first_imgPORTLAND, USA:As evidence of his superiority, Omar McLeod hit down almost every hurdle, but still clocked a world- leading and national record 7.41 seconds in an easy run as he claimed Jamaica’s lone gold medal in the 60m hurdles on the final day of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre here yesterday.McLeod got a quick start out of the blocks and then eased away from his competition to finish three metres ahead of France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in a season’s best 7.46 second, and Dimitri Bascou in 7.48 seconds.”Never in a million years would I think I’d be world champion at the age of 21, but thanks to God, he made this possible,” an elated McLeod said afterwards.”Coach (Douglas Case) said that if you want to win that race, you’ve got to get out, tunnel vision, and just own the race. I knew that those two French guys would have been there, so I really just wanted to be there with that (in mind). He knew that’s what it would take for me to win that race,” he added.McLeod’s win took the Jamaican medal tally to three, adding to the silver won by Asafa Powell in the men’s 60m on Friday and the bronze won by Elaine Thompson in the women’s 60m on Saturday.Jamaica finished fourth on the medal table, three behind hosts United States with 23 (13 gold, six silver, four bronze); Ethiopia, with five medals (two gold, two silver and one bronze); and France with one gold, one silver and two bronze.McLeod had earlier sprinted away from the field to win semi-final two in a time of 7.52 seconds, equalling the fastest time of the other top-two qualifiers, Martinot-Lagarde of France and Jarrett Eaton of the USA.It was Jamaica’s lone medal on the final day of competition.The women’s 4x400m literally crashed out as Patricia Hall went tumbling to the ground on the second lap of the opening leg of the event. It appeared that Hall’s heel was stepped on by either the athlete from Poland or Nigeria and she stumbled and fell, taking with her any medal hopes the Jamaicans might have had.The remaining members of the quartet, Chrisann Gordon, Stephenie Ann McPherson and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, were forced to watch in disbelief as their last hope dissipated.The United States went on to win the event in a world-leading 3:26.38 seconds, ahead of Poland in a season’s best 3:31.15 and a fast-finishing Romania, also in a season’s best 3:31.51.The men’s 4x400m team of Ricardo Chambers, Dane Hyatt, Demish Gaye, and Fitzroy Dunkley finished fourth in the final event of the evening.Dunkley ran a brave anchor, but could not pull back the fast- flying Americans, who won in a world leading 3:02.45, and the Bahamas with the evergreen Chris Brown on anchor in a national indoor record 3:04.75.last_img read more

first_imgThe country’s ambitious six-member Paralympic team’s medal hunt is steadily gaining momentum, with three medals bagged, so far, at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games, currently under way in Toronto, Canada.The medals include one gold and two silver and have, so far, cemented the dream of one medal per member.Jamaica’s latest and first medal on track came yesterday evening, with Shane Hudson striking silver in the men’s T47 Class, with a time of 49.97 seconds.Hudson’s start was less than satisfactory, but he finished strong.”I misjudged it, but the silver is mine,” he commented following his race.Alphanso Cunningham opened his account on his first day competing in discus F51/52/53/57 Class with gold on Monday. That was then followed by Tanto Campbell’s silver on Tuesday night in the men’s discus F54/55/56 Class.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING, China: A day after watching his athlete cross the line ahead of the pack, again confirming his position as the greatest sprinter, manager Ricky Simms has lauded the work put in over the past few months by Usain Bolt and his team, as he labelled the Jamaican superstar as the ultimate champion. Speaking to The Gleaner, Simms said that the athlete had been working around the clock to get himself in the best shape possible ahead of the World Championships, while also noting the efforts of coach Glen Mills, executive manager and best friend Nugent Walker (NJ), and physio Emerald Edwards to get him in top condition before the start of the championships. Bolt, who struggled for form early in the season while American Justin Gatlin was dominating the sport, arrived in Beijing with a cloud of doubt hanging over his head and questions about whether or not he would be able to stop the in-form American and win his ninth gold medal at the World Championships. He, however, showed his authority, beating Gatlin to the line in the 100 metres final on Sunday, stopping the clock at 9.79 seconds, with the American taking second in 9.80 ahead of the 20-year-old pair of Trayvon Bromell (USA) and Canadian Andre De Grasse, who shared the bronze medal. It was another demonstration of Bolt’s ability to face his challenges with conviction and deliver when the stakes are highest. “Usain is Usain. He’s the ultimate champion. He shows up for the big ones, and he’s been working extremely hard for this,” shared Simms. “We’ve all been working very hard over the last month or so – myself, NJ, the coach himself and Eddie, his physio – to try to get him right.” Bolt showed glimpses that he was rediscovering his range when he twice clocked 9.87 in terrible conditions and within one hour at the Sainsbury’s London Anniversary Games, after reports began to seep through that he was almost back to his old self in training. The world, however, wanted to see it on the track, and though it wasn’t vintage Bolt in Sunday night’s massive win, it’s the Bolt that was needed – the one that thrives on competition, as Simms explained. “He was doing well in training, and like he said in London, we all knew that if he executed the race well, he was going to run fast. He improved since London, so we knew he could go faster if he needed to. However, he was race-rusty,” Simms said. “Obviously, the semi-final didn’t go to plan, but it was better he did it in the semi and not the final. But what can you say? He rises for the big challenge. “I think he’s just a supreme competitor. He loves running against strong guys. He took it down a little bit last year, and the media went a little crazy about him being injured and this and that. This year, he didn’t have an injury. It was more of a tightness – like driving your car with the handbrake up – so he was fit right through the year,” said Simms, who also manages other high-profile athletes such as British distance star Mo Farah. “All the other guys were running very well. Justin (Gatlin) was running well, and that made it more interesting for the public, and I’m glad he got it done,” said Simms. Bolt will now focus on defending his 200m title; and will also compete in the 4x100m at these championships. authoritylast_img read more

first_imgSix-time defending Intercol women’s table tennis champions, the University of the West Indies (UWI), will be confident at home and firing on all cylinders in their title defence opener against G.C. Foster College this afternoon at the UWI Students Union, Mona. The competition will serve off at 2 p.m.The high-flying UWI Women have copped the last six championships, with coach Sandra Riettie hoping to repeat this year and net seven straight.Meanwhile, the University of Technology (UTech) men’s team is the team to beat, having captured the title five times in the last six years.Shayne Frost has been appointed new coach of the G.C. Foster men – the only team to have upset the UTech juggernaut, winning the title in 2011.Today, UWI’s men will also take on G.C. Foster’s men’s team.The three-team competition will feature the UWI (Mona) men and women, G.C. Foster men and women and the University of Technology (UTech) men and women.UTech are competing on a bye for the opening round.last_img read more

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP):Stephen Curry scored 28 points and Andre Iguodala added 20 as the Golden State Warriors matched a club record for most wins to start a season with a 100-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.Harrison Barnes added 19 points for Golden State, which won their ninth straight to open the season. Curry’s was 9 of 21 from the field but only 3 of 10 from outside the arc. The Warriors finished shooting 41 per cent from 3-point range, 11 of 27.Marc Gasol had 26 points, Zach Randolph added 19, and Tony Allen finished with 15 as the Grizzlies lost their fourth straight.San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in his return to Portland, leading the Spurs to a 113-101 win over the Trail Blazers.Aldridge, who played nine seasons in Portland before leaving as a free agent this summer, added six rebounds. Kawhi Leonard finished with 20 points for the Spurs, who won their third straight.a season-highDamian Lillard led the Blazers with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and nine assists. Portland has lost three straight.In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 31 points to lead the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers 118-108 in DeAndre Jordan’s first visit since backing out on an agreement to sign with the Mavericks in free agency.A tight second half upstaged the sideshow of the return of Jordan, who was booed throughout before coach Doc Rivers pulled him in the fourth quarter with Dallas successfully using the hack-a-Jordan tactic against one of the NBA’s worst free throw shooters.As Dallas pulled away in the final minute, the crowd chanted a derogatory phrase at Jordan, who had nine points and 11 rebounds with a minus-23 scoring margin while he was in the game.Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 21 points.The Atlanta Hawks downed the New Orleans Pelicans 106-98 after Al Horford scored 26 points.After trailing by 12 points in the first half, the Hawks pulled away down the stretch. Paul Millsap converted a couple of three-point plays to help seal the victory for Atlanta, which bounced back from a home loss to Minnesota two nights earlier.Denver’s Kenneth Faried rebounded Danilo Gallinari’s errant shot in the lane for a putback with five seconds remaining to give the Nuggets a 103-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers after Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and Luis Scola had 21.In other games, Nik Vucevic hit a fallaway 18-footer at the buzzer as the Orlando Magic edged the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99, the Charlotte Hornets edged the New York Knicks 95-93, the Indiana Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 102-91, the Brooklyn Nets overcame the Houston Rockets 106-98, and the Los Angeles Kings were 101-92 winners over the Detroit Pistons.last_img read more

first_img MEDAL HAUL Jamaica’s junior athletes in swimming and track and field were recognised for their achievements at the Carifta Championships at a function hosted by Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange at the Norman Manley International Airport’s VIP Lounge. Jamaica won 86 medals – 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze – at the Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada. The total accumulated by the team of 80 boys and girls was the second highest number won by Jamaica at the regional showpiece. This year 20 swimmers swept 25 medals – eight gold, nine silver and eight bronze. The team also had 12 other swimmers making finals along, with 25 personal bests. “I was really passionate. I was there with you in spirit, and I just want to say the Carifta Games has been our stamping ground over the last 45 years so it is not surprising that we dominated the competition, equalling last year’s medal haul in the process,” Grange underlined of the track and field stars. In lauding the swimmers, she said: “You have done exceptionally well. You have come back from Martinique with 25 medals and you have made us exceptionally proud.” Jamaica hold the record for the most medals at the track and field championships, 88 overall. The record-breakers on the track and field team were Zico Campbell (U18 boys’ shot put), Warren Barrett Jr. (U20 boys’ shot put), female Under-20 400m hurdler, Shannon Kalawan, who replaced a 13-year-old record, Shian Salmon (U18 400m hurdles) and the boys’ Under-18 4×100 metres relay team of Michael Stephens, Christopher Taylor, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dejour Russell. “We feel really excited,” said head coach Reynaldo Walcott. “To be fair, it was a conservative effort; we have to ensure the safety of our athletes first and foremost, so we feel good team Jamaica did well, and I’d like to just encourage the kids to keep doing their best.” In the pool, Keanan Dols set a new 15-17 age group record of 2:07.80 minutes in the 15-17 boys’ 200-metre individual medley. In the preliminaries of the event, he lowered the 2004 record of 2:08.15 by Barbadian Olympian Bradley Ally. Emily McDonald broke Olympian Alia Atkinson’s 50m freestyle record (28.23) with a time of 28.15 seconds. The swimmers, who were experiencing financial challenges, received a $1 million boost from the Sports Development Foundation. ASAJ president, Handel Lamey, thanked the minister, sponsors, parents, stakeholders and the supporters on behalf of his team. “On behalf of the swimming fraternity, aquatics in Jamaica, we would like to say a big thank you and continue to support us,” said Daley. The sports minister said celebrations would soon be announced for both teams.last_img read more

first_imgAsafa Powell was left fuming after his 100m defeat to Justin Gatlin; American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison blazed to the second fastest time ever in the 100m hurdles; and Omar McLeod continued to have his way in the men’s variant at the Prefontaine Classic – witnessed by a packed crowd at Hayward Field – in Eugene, Oregon, yesterday. It wasn’t a glittering performance, but super sprinter ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce also made her return to competitive action, while Elaine Thompson made her first 200m appearance this season, and Kirani James extended his authority over LaShawn Merritt in the 400m, now finishing ahead of the American in seven of their last nine meetings. Powell had to put in some work to get back and claim second spot in the men’s 100m in 9.94 seconds, but there was no catching Justin Gatlin, who crossed the line in a wind-aided 9.88 seconds, with Tyson Gay taking third in 9.98. However, the Jamaican, who was looking for his first win over Gatlin since 2004, was livid after complaining that he could not hear the starter’s gun, an issue that was also raised by Gay and Mike Rodgers, who finished fourth in 9.99. “The mic wasn’t working, so that threw me off big time. I thought the starter would have stopped the race, but that’s how it goes,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. DISAPPOINTING “I’m very disappointed because I felt good coming here. I am in good shape and I was expecting to come here and run really fast, so it’s disappointing that they allowed Justin (Gatlin) to go away with such a big jump, and he was too far for me to catch him,” added Powell, who joked about what he’d take from his performance here. “I’m very pleased that I was able to run back very well. That’s a good thing for me, but I’m very disappointed with what happened at the start. What I’d take from this? I would take away the starter’s gun,” he laughed. McLeod continued to add credence to his status as a serious threat for top honours at the Olympics, with another solid win in the 110m hurdles. The speedy Jamaican stopped the clock at 13.06 seconds, well ahead of former World Champions David Oliver, 13.38, and Jeff Porter, 13.48 – both from the USA. Hansle Parchment was eighth in 13.58 and despite seeming to be in some discomfort after the event, his management is reporting that the national record holder is fine. “This was a good win for me and I am grateful that I could come here and get this result,” McLeod said. Fraser-Pryce, who is trying to get her season on track after a toe injury that has kept her out of action for several weeks, was just happy to have completed her 100m assignment despite crossing the line in eighth place in 11.18 seconds. “I really had no expectations. I just wanted to come out and see what’s happening,” she noted. STOMPING GROUND The event was won by American English Gardner, who was competing at her old college stomping ground, with a time of 10.81 seconds – the second fastest time this season. Second place went to Tianna Bartoletta, 10.94, with Murielle Ahoure, 11.01, finishing third. Jamaican Simone Facey was fourth in 11.09. Competing in her first 200m of the season, world silver medal winner, Elaine Thompson, 22.16, took third place behind Tori Bowie, 21.99 (world leading), who scored a minor upset over world champion, The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers, 22.11. American Bowie now has the fastest time in both short sprints so far this year. Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller is now 3-0 in the 400m this year after a strong 50.15 seconds win over Francena McCorory, 50.23 and Natasha Hastings, 50.86. The Jamaican pair of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.07, and Shericka Jackson, 51.34, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The male equivalent was won by Grenadian James, 44.22, after another exciting battle with Merritt, 44.39, with the two coming off the 300m mark stride for stride. Isaac Makwala, 45.37, was third with national record holder, Rusheen McDonald, 46.82, finishing at the back of the field. The performance of the day was, however, provided by young American Harrison, who stopped the clock in a blistering 12.24 seconds in the 100m hurdles, a time only bettered by the world record 12.21 set back in 1988 by Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova. Harrison is now the holder of the three fastest times this year in the event.last_img read more

first_img IDENTIFYING AT-RISK ATHLETES I do not know if any or all of the students at the school where the 16 year-old basketball player attended had PPEs or if arrangements were made to have this important medical intervention done. What I do know is that the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean and other concerned medical professionals have come on board in conjunction with ISSA to tackle this problem. Jamaica Bickle, a group of Jamaicans in the USA have donated 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) and offered training in how to use this equipment, and some (not all) schools have actively begun programmes to identify children at risk for cardiac-related events, while involved in sports. A PPE consists of a standard questionnaire, to be completed with the student athlete and a parent or guardian, who knows the child, answering the questions together, a comprehensive examination that includes Blood tests (hemoglobin, blood sugar and cholesterol levels), urine tests,vision tests, electrocardiograms (ECG’s) and an examination by a medical professional. ECG’s with unusual tracings are referred to a consultant cardiologist, who will determine if the child needs a cardiac echogram or other tests to determine if the child is at risk for a cardiac event, while playing sports. At the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, this PPE is available to any child involved in ISSA controlled sports at a reduced fee of J$25OO. If the child cannot attend at the offices of the Foundation (on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston) The Foundation will go to the school requesting assistance, with the necessary equipment and experts to conduct the PPE! There is simply no reasonable excuse why our young people involved in school related activity should not be screened to identify those at risk. We owe it to our children. Let us stop blaming children. Let us stop mouthing Shaggy’s hit song:” it wasn’t me”. Let us stand up and accept the fact that children on their way to school, at school, and on their way home from school, ARE the responsibility of adults, who are paid to do their job! We cannot go on like this! Orville Burrell aka “Shaggy” is a Jamaican, who has garnered many awards and fans for his music. What resonated with me, however, is his relentless drive to assist the children of Jamaica through his Foundation, which has literally adopted the Intensive care Unit of the Bustamante Hospital for Children. His hit song, “It wasn’t me” has unfortunately become morphed into the “anthem” of adults and officials whenever there is a report of tragic abuse of the nations young. A child is shot in the back of a taxi, and after five years of supposed investigations and gathering of information in order to identify the person, who fired the fatal shot, we are left with officials scrambling to respond to the angry backlash of citizens, who demand “justice”; “IT WASN’T ME”. Children on the way to school, at school, representing the school in extra -curricular activity, going home from school, are beaten, robbed, drowned, shot, and drop dead, and the answer from those tasked with the care and protection of our children:”It wasn’t me”. The follow-up question therefore is: “then who is responsible?” On Friday the 4th of November a sixteen year-old Jamaican schoolboy, after representing his school in a basketball match, collapsed while being transported from the game. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead! Media reports from the school community are that he died of a heart-related condition. After the untimely and tragic demise of the captain of the St. George’s College’s football captain, Dominic James, there was a flurry of activity, all geared to not prevent, but to reduce the possibility of future occurrences and to identify and train officials at the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) – controlled sporting events, who can initiate a meaningful response geared at sustaining life. ISSA has arranged meetings with principals, where a Pre-Participation Evaluation (PPE) for all children involved in ISSA supervised sports was mooted to be made mandatory and principals are encouraged to ensure that stretchers and other vital and necessary equipment and trained personnel are present at their events. Yet tragedies continue.last_img read more

first_imgMILAN (AP):In the only group yesterday where qualification for the Champions League knockout stages was still to be decided, Besiktas crumbled under the pressure, allowing Napoli and Benfica to progress.Napoli and Benfica had eight points going into their Group B match, one more than Besiktas, who were playing at already eliminated Dynamo Kiev.However, the Turkish side fell to a shock 6-0 defeat in a match that saw them finish with nine men. Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica to top a Champions League group for the first time.Elsewhere, Arsenal topped Group A following their 4-1 win at Basel after Paris Saint-Germain could only draw 2-2 at home to Ludogorets.AtlÈtico Madrid had already secured first place in Group D but lost their perfect record in a 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich. The final positions in Group C had already been decided and Barcelona beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0, while Manchester City drew 1-1 against Celtic.last_img read more

first_imgNational Sportsman Nominees, 2016 Athletics: Usain Bolt became the first man in track and field history to claim the triple-treble, by winning his third straight set of 100 metres, 200 metres and sprint relay titles in Rio, Brazil. Already a legend and the most successful male sprinter of all time, the victories took Bolt’s total of world titles to 20, nine of which are Olympic gold medals with 11 World Championship titles. Of this total, an incredible 13 are individual gold medals. Bolt also has two silver medals obtained in the 200 metres and the 4×100 metres relay from the 2007 World Championships. Incredibly, Bolt achieved this despite a significant injury just weeks before the Rio Olympics. Athletics: Omar McLeod followed up his 2015 breakout season with a stellar 2016 season in which he became the first Jamaican to win an Olympic sprint hurdles gold medal. McLeod took the Men’s 110 metres High hurdles event in 13.05 seconds. McLeod also set the two fastest times of the year for the event (12.97 and 13.01 seconds) and had six of the top eight times of the year. Earlier in the year, McLeod became the first Jamaican male to win a World indoor sprint hurdles title, clocking a National Record in 7.41 seconds, winning the men’s 60 metre Hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on March 17 in Portland, Oregon. Cricket: Marlon Samuels was the hero for the West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup Final in India. The heavy hitter cracked an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls to help carry the West Indies to an improbable 4 wicket victory over England in April and was deservedly named player of the Match. In July, Samuels was named West Indies One Day International Player of the Year for the 2015-2016 season. Samuels also scored a brilliant 125 against Australia in Barbados in an ODI match and 92 in another match of the series. National Sportswoman Nominees, 2016 Swimming: Alia Atkinson made the Final of the women’s 100 metre Breaststroke at the Rio Olympics Games in Brazil. Then, in the very first meet of the short course FINA/AIRWEAVE Swimming World Cup, Atkinson once again equalled the world record for the 100 m Breaststroke clocking 1 minute 02.36 seconds on August 26 in Chartres France. Atkinson followed up with a new world short course record in the 50 metres Breaststroke at the Tokyo meet, breaking the seven year old record by 0.16 seconds with a swim of 28.64 seconds. Atkinson finished second overall in the points standings for the World Cup and won all eight 50 metre Breaststroke events she entered in the series. Atkinson finished the year with a trio of medals; gold, silver and bronze in the FINA World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada. Athletics: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce overcame a painful, injury plagued season, narrowly missing out on becoming the first woman to win three Olympic 100 metres titles. Despite the problems, Fraser-Pryce ran through the pain to earn herself a bronze medal in the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics in a season best 10.86 seconds. “The Pocket Rocket” also won a silver medal in the sprint relay. Athletics: Shericka Jackson continued her fine form of 2015 with a bronze medal in the 400 metres at the Rio Olympic Games. The Jamaican speedster clocked a personal best 49.83 seconds in the semi-final before bringing home the bronze in the Final. Jackson was also a vital member of the 4×400 metres relay team which claimed the silver medal at the Olympics. Cricket: Stafanie Taylor who captained the West Indies team, led the squad to their first ever title at the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup. The Windies defeated Australia in the final. Taylor scored the most runs in the tournament and was fourth in the batting averages. She also had the fourth highest wicket haul with eight wickets. Taylor is the world number one ranked ODI all-rounder and second ranked T20 all-rounder. She is also the highest ranked West Indies woman in both T-20 and One Day International batting rankings at number one and six, respectively. Athletics: Elaine Thompson followed up her 2015 break out season by claiming the rare and coveted sprint double at the Olympic Games in Brazil and became the first woman since to do so in 28 years. She clocked winning times of 10.71 seconds and 21.78 seconds for the 100 metres and 200 metres respectively. Thompson left her first Olympic Games with three medals; two gold and one silver. In a brilliant season Thompson also equalled the National 100 metre record, clocking 10.70 seconds at the National Championships on July 1 to equal the mark set by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2012. Thompson ended the year in glory. At the IAAF Diamond League she won all four races and finished second in the 200 metre Diamond series. She also set a new 200 metres Diamond League record of 21.85 seconds at the Welklasse meeting in Zurich.last_img read more