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Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Former national champion Sandra Riettie thinks Jamaica's young women's team can win a medal at the 60th Caribbean Table Tennis Championships but only if they give 110 per cent when the tournament starts on Sunday.Riettie, runner-up in the women's...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Some years ago, I dreamt that the day would come when Jamaica would dominate the sprints and win the World Netball title. Those visions weren't pipe dreams. Rather, they were founded in the belief that well organised efforts could bear fruit.Usain...

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Azizi Johnson and Tsenaye Lewis came within a whisker of gold at the Caribbean Region Mini and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday in the Dominican Republic. Playing in the final of the Under-11 mixed doubles, Johnson and Lewis lost a...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

With weather trends in host city Doha dictating terms, the IAAF has designed a schedule for its 2019 World Championships that will keep athletes and fans safe from searing heat.Unlike every other World Championships, the 2019 meet will feature no...

Published:Saturday | August 25, 2018 | 12:07 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

When St George's College (STGC) won their 22nd lien on the Manning Cup in 2012, no one foresaw the five-year run of dominance by Jamaica College that would follow. However, with tragedy and a period of rebuilding receding into history, St George's...

Published:Friday | August 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Though 34 years have passed since he stepped to the blocks for the Olympic 200-metre individual medley, Andrew Phillips has bittersweet memories of that swim in Los Angeles.Phillips, Jamaica's first Olympic swimming finalist, is gratified to have...

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Crushing disappointment last year has spurred Akeem Bloomfield, the second fastest Jamaican over 400 metres, to a majestic 2018 season.Speaking to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Bloomfield revealed that he felt like a...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

In 2015, when the Canadian city of Toronto hosted the Pan-American Games, Jamaica won 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in track and field. When Toronto opens its doors this week for the North American, Central American and Caribbean...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

When the Jamaica team takes to the track and to the field this week at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, the 50-strong athletics team will be following famous footsteps.In a bygone era, Baranquilla...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Canada, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines will be here this weekend to compete in the first Jamaica Under-18 Invitational. So says Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. Dr Blake says the new...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

A good start to his endeavours in the 5000 metres has Kemoy Campbell smiling. Campbell, a 2017 IAAF World Championships finalist, made his seasonal debut in the 12 and a half lap race on June 9 with a solo run clocked in 13 minutes 35.09 seconds....

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Don't expect a dazzling opening to the World Cup today. That's not just because the teams that will get the action going - hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia - are the lowest ranked two teams in football's biggest tournament. It's because opening World...

Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Andre Clarke made a big move forward in the 400 metres hurdles last Saturday.Clarke, formerly of Vere Technical High and G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, zoomed to a massive personal best of 48.29 seconds and seventh in the all-...

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Bahamian 400m ace Steven Gardiner has come a long way since his semi-final exits at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games. Now the fastest man in the world at 43.87 seconds, Gardiner is one of the biggest stars of the 2018...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Shot putter Ashinia Miller does not know when he will next be competing, but he is excited. That is because his last meet yielded a personal best that drew him close to the 21m barrier. As happy as he is about that, he expects to do better.Miller, a...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

The best women's 100 metres field of the season will assemble in Eugene, Oregon, today at the annual Prefontaine Classic.Standing ready will be Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion Elaine Thompson. The 25-year-old will face world champion Tori Bowie...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

The incomparable Usain Bolt may have retired, but new Jamaican stars will arise. That was the optimistic note struck by three-time Olympian Vilma Charlton at the recent launch of the Preparatory Schools Championships in Kingston. She was addressing...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Injuries may have forced former national 400 metres record holder Jermaine Gonzales to retire, but he's still watching closely, and he's pleased with the recent progress in his event. Speaking in Kingston on Thursday, Gonzales said that he's...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

More than 1,800 athletes from 55 schools will battle for top honours when the Preparatory Schools Championship is contested at the National Stadium from May 31 to June 2.Now in its 41st year, the meet will include hurdling for the first time. This...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

While Nathon Allen was showing his speed at the South Eastern Conference Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee, other Jamaicans were producing strong performances elsewhere on the US college circuit.Minutes before Allen toured the Tom Black track in...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

A solid start to his 2018 season has national long jump champion Ramone Bailey expecting good things this year. He is targeting the NACAC Championship,s which are set for August in Toronto, Canada, and he is anticipating jumps well beyond his...

Published:Monday | May 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Life at Western Texas College seems to agree with Sean Bailey. In two seasons there, Bailey has dominated the 400m in indoor national junior college competition while steadily improving his personal best. The trend continued at the weekend in...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College could be Jamaica's next world-class long jumper. That is the word from 1997 World Championships finalist Maurice Wignall. Speaking about the student-athlete who broke his 24-year-old Penn Relays long jump record...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Speaking from experience, Jamaica's 1998 Commonwealth Games 400m champion Sandie Richards said rest will be key to high performances at the 2018 Games currently under way on Australia's Gold Coast. Richards said rest and massage therapy will help...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Hurdler supreme Omar McLeod did some early-season sprint work in Gainesville, Florida, on the weekend.McLeod, the Olympic and World 110 metre hurdles champion, started with a close loss in the 200 metres at the Florida Relays, but finished with a...

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