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Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:21 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jonathon Edwards of Britain and Ukrainian Inessa Kravets set the world records in the triple at the 1995 World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden. Jamaican jumps expert David Riley thinks both marks could fall in Doha when the 17th World...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:14 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

With Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield now selected to compete in Doha, Qatar, at the 17th IAAF World Championships, a great men’s 400m field will clash when the meet begins on September 28. Bloomfield’s presence will run the number of Doha-bound sub-44-...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Excelsior High School cranked up its effort in track and field this week with the dedication of a new, improved gymnasium. Named the ‘Equator’ by students in the 1960s, the expanded facility now houses a wide range of modern weight-training...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection committee will meet this evening to finalise the national team to the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Speaking in Kingston on Friday, September 6, Jamaica Athletics...

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2019 | 12:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

With noted coach Anthony Patrick directing affairs, St Catherine High School has emerged as a quality team in recent schoolboy football seasons. Patrick is confident that the Spanish Town Blues will again emerge from the first round of the ISSA/...

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

A year ago, Marcel Gayle made the move to coach his home town football club Waterhouse FC after a long stint at The University of the West Indies. The first year of the new arrangement saw Waterhouse reaching the final of the Red Stripe Premier...

Published:Saturday | August 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When Elaine Thompson settles into the blocks for the 100m at the Paris Diamond League meeting today, she’ll be more focused on technique than time. That’s what the 2016 Olympic double gold medallist revealed at a pre-meet press conference yesterday...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

St George’s College came within minutes of taking the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup to the blue side of North Street last year, and, according to assistant coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, the Georgians hope to go one better in 2019. A bright preseason and...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:32 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Of all the Jamaicans in action this Saturday at the Paris Diamond League meet, it is eight-time national 800m champion Natoya Goule who faces the toughest challenge. Goule needs a strong run to qualify for the Diamond League final after a campaign...

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The Excelsior High School auditorium was abuzz last week with the sounds of youngsters swatting table tennis balls back and forth under the watchful gaze of two former national champions, Keith Evans and Roberto ‘Dino’ Byles. Under the auspices of...

Published:Saturday | August 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Christian Coleman is the world’s fastest man these days but he does not want to be the next Usain Bolt. The young American wants to leave his own legacy, starting with gold in the 100m at the World Championships on September 28. In an interview...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

From the moment Usain Bolt raised his hands in exultation in the 2008 Olympic 100-metre final, the world sought to answer one question: how fast would he go if he sprinted hard all the way? In that race, the clock stopped at 9.68 seconds and then...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When Usain Bolt retired from the 200 metres after the 2016 Olympics, he left a void that hasn’t yet been filled. His stunning world record – 19.19 seconds – turns 10 years old this week and since 2011, no one has come remotely close. His 100-...

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:13 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s four-medal jumps performance at the recent Pan Am Games has at least one observer smiling. David Riley, head coach at Excelsior High School, is tipping his hat to Tajay Gayle, Shanieka Ricketts, Tissanna Hickling, and Kimberly Williamson...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:15 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Star sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson will lead Jamaica to a 10-medal haul at this year’s World Championships. That’s the long-range forecast from the respected United States (US) publication, Track...

Published:Saturday | August 10, 2019 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The race for the bronze medal in the men’s 100m will be hotly contested at the World Championships. That’s the long-range forecast by Ato Boldon, the two-time 100-metre Olympic medallist. According to Boldon, the choice by young American Noah Lyles...

Published:Tuesday | August 6, 2019 | 12:14 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When track and field competition begins at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, today, Jamaica will enter the fray with one of its strongest teams ever. Sprint queens Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson, along with defending champions Fedrick...

Published:Monday | August 5, 2019 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Triple jumpers Shanieka Ricketts and Kimberly Williams will feature in a virtual World Championships rehearsal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, this week. According to jump expert David Riley, the Jamaicans can use the event to ready...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:20 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Led by 2017 Super Bowl winner Patrick Chung, there is a small contingent of Jamaicans in American football. Michael Blair, a retired wide receiver, wants that to grow into a steady stream, who utilise college scholarships to go all the way. Blair...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Though they finished second and third in the 100m at the London Diamond League meet, Zharnel Hughes and Yohan Blake both took comfort from their performances on the day. The Racers Track Club teammates both identified stumbles that spoilt their...

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2019 | 12:17 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The year 2016 should have been a good one for Rasheed Dwyer. His stocks were rising, and with the Rio Olympics approaching, Dwyer was on the accelerator. Sadly for the Sprintec Track Club stalwart, illness struck. Now 30, the broad-chested sprinter...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:36 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Shericka Jackson has described her winning run at last weekend’s London Diamond League meet as a training run. Jackson fought off MVP Track Club training partner Stephenie-Ann McPherson to win the 400 metres as her preparations for the World...

Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 12:24 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

One senior track and field coach says there is a new group of male athletes starting to emerge, but he is asking their coaches not to train them like professionals. That’s the consideration proposed by Maurice Wilson, head coach at the G.C. Foster...

Published:Saturday | July 20, 2019 | 12:13 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s hurdler supreme Omar McLeod rarely runs the flat sprint events, but things may change when he has accomplished all he hopes to in the 110m hurdles. Speaking in London, ahead of this weekend’s IAAF Diamond League meet, the Olympic and...

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:34 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Sprintec Track Club and G.C. Foster coach Maurice Wilson is steadily mastering the nuances of the 400m hurdles, and this year, his athletes, Shiann Salmon and Ronda Whyte, occupy two of the three Jamaican team spots for the upcoming IAAF World...

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