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Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:35 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Kimberly Williamson, bronze medal winner at last year’s Pan American Games in the high jump, is training for the Olympics in Jamaica. Williamson said she made her mind up to make the change after working with a former coach at the Games. Now 26...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:35 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Lacovia High School isn’t a track and field powerhouse … yet. However, the school’s athletics programme is growing and as part of that growth, Lacovia High is targeting scholarships for its student-athletes and a possible appearance at the Penn...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:48 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Tajay Gayle made a breakthrough last year in Doha, when he became Jamaica’s first world champion in the long jump. One coach says Gayle has inspired all jumpers and among them is Tissanna Hickling, the Pan American Games bronze medallist. Her coach...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Wayne Pinnock, the outstanding long jumper from Kingston College, has an attempt to make the Jamaica team to the Tokyo Olympics on the radar. That’s the word from his coach, Jeremy Delisser, who says Pinnock is looking good in training so far. “So...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:22 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Fedrick Dacres, the 2018 RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman of the Year, opened his Olympic year with a fine win on Saturday. Dacres, last year’s World Athletics Championships discus throw silver medallist, zoomed out to 63.04m. Others to...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 10:24 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Olympic team will meet for its pre-Games training camp in Japan. The venue, located in the southern Japanese city Tottori Prefecture, will be made available as part of a longstanding partnership with Jamaica and Warren Blake,...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:35 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THE 2017 World Championship 4x100m team member Michael Campbell is feeling good, as he continues his journey back to full speed. Injured in a car accident over two years ago, Campbell says it’s wonderful to be back. Speaking on Saturday at the...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela is poised and ready to break the triple jump world record. That’s the view of Kerry Lee Ricketts, who believes his wife Shanieka Ricketts might also reach the 24-year-old mark of 15.50 metres. Rojas raised expectations...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:37 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Triple jumper Shanieka Ricketts competed in 15 meets in 2019 as she built a season that saw her win the World Athletics Diamond League final and a silver medal at the World Championship. However, her husband and coach Kerry Lee Ricketts says she...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:31 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Some Jamaicans have already achieved the qualifying standards for next year’s Olympic track and field competition. That’s because of a change made to the period in which athletes can attain the standards. In a revision of previous policy, the...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:56 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Wayne Pinnock and Kevona Davis will be on centre stage during the 2020 high school athletics season with good reason. Pinnock, the excellent Kingston College long jumper and hurdler, and Davis, the bright sprint prospect from Edwin Allen High...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Michael Frater is back on the track, but the three-time Olympian has swapped his spikes for the coaching chair. Frater is assisting the male sprinters at St Jago High School, and he hopes to put them on the path to success. “Anyone who knows me...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:31 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Add Michael Frater to the list of those worried about the state of men’s sprinting in Jamaica. The retired speed stalwart thinks one fix is for our young sprinters to go to college to gain experience before they become professionals. “I’m very...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In March, Courtney Lawrence won the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships Athletics Championships Class One shot put after three years of trying. Now, the Cloud County Junior College freshman is learning how to compete at the next level...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:30 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

New national badminton champion Matthew Lee is readying himself for a busy 2020 on the court and in the classroom. Winner of his first Jamaica men’s singles title in November, Lee will focus on international tournaments, including the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | December 14, 2019 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When Megan Tapper settled into the blocks for the 100-metre hurdles final in Doha at the 17th World Championships, she was on the cusp of her greatest accomplishment in track and field. Sadly, a twitchy start left her in tears, with the other...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:32 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

After a successful 2019 season, 100 metre hurdler Megan Tapper has bright hopes for next year. Tapper, a World Championship finalist, is up for the challenge she will face against a Jamaican hurdles contingent she describes as brilliant. The 25-...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Experienced sports journalist Lance Whittaker believes that the next generation of track and field stars will have to become friends of the camera. Whittaker, who was the guest speaker at the recent launch of the 17th Heart Institute of the...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:30 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

“Jamaica could once again have great runners at 800m.” That’s the view of Derek Thompson, the Jamaican who coached Raevyn Rogers and Ajee Wilson to silver and bronze medals in the women’s 800m at the recent World Championships in Doha, Qatar....

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:38 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican is among the world’s best coaches in the women’s 800m. That’s because Kingston native Derek Thompson tutored the United States pair of Raeven Rogers and Ajee Wilson to second and third in the recent World Championships, held in Doha,...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:40 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

“A travesty.” That’s how Jamaica’s 2005 triple jump world champion Trecia Smith has described the recent cuts to the range of events contested on the Diamond League circuit. The national record holder said the cuts will restrict fans to seeing the...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:22 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The recent changes made to the format of schoolboy football are being keenly watched. ISSA president Keith Wellington says his organisation will appraise the effect of the changes, which include the reduction in games played by the top teams and...

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2019 | 12:21 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Trecia Smith, Jamaica’s 2005 World triple jump champion, was delighted to see the nation’s performances in the jumps at the 17th IAAF World Championships. Smith says Tajay Gayle, winner of the long jump there, could become a superstar. “Like...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:28 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Mike Fray, a two-time individual Olympic finalist, died on Wednesday morning in Kingston in an apparent suicide. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death, which appeared to be caused by hanging. Fray, who had injured a shoulder...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican surge in the throwing events could hit the skids without financial support for athletes. That is a nagging worry for Julian Robinson, who coached Fedrick Dacres to a silver medal at the recent IAAF World Championships in Doh, Qatar. “...

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