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Stories by Hubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating uncertainty, triple jump prospect Shardia Lawrence has set her sights on long-term goals and on becoming one of the best in her event. Lawrence has devoted herself to improving her technique and she is optimistic...

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2021 | 5:02 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Shahiede Patterson is two weeks away from an attempt to make rowing history. Patterson will journey to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to compete in the Americas Olympic Continental Qualification Regatta on March 4 and 6. A top- two finish will book him a...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The last time Jamaica staged an international multi-event meet, Maurice Smith defeated a young prospect who later became a star. Now Smith, Jamaica’s finest decathlete, wants to help to develop a new generation of Jamaican multi-eventers Smith,...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Former decathlete Maurice Smith recommends that athletes venture into business before retirement. The 2007 World Championships silver medallist says the experience will pay dividends in the long run. “In the sporting world as a professional...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The passing of former Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) President Avril Crawford has hit the sport’s local fraternity hard, and her colleagues have showered her with praise. Tributes have cited her quiet dignity, committed service to netball, and...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

“India could soon be a power in world athletics.” That is the view of experienced Jamaican coach Michael Vassell, who has just returned from a two-year stint in India. Vassell has pinpointed world junior champions Neeraj Chopra and Hima Das as the...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The year 2020 is not remembered fondly by most, and one of the reasons is the many lives taken from the sporting world. The death of retired basketball star Kobe Bryant on January 26 set the tone for a year that removed well-loved sportsmen and...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, world record holder Alia Atkinson is reasonably pleased with her performances at the recently concluded International Swimming League (ISL). She didn’t go as fast as she hoped, but she was glad to get back...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Under normal circumstances, the local hockey fraternity would be preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its greatest victory. Instead, the fraternity is mourning Sharon Malcolm, who led Jamaica to that landmark gold medal in the 1990...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Sprinter Andre Ewers learnt as much as he could last year, both on the track and off it. On the track, Ewers imbibed his first taste of international athletics at the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, and at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The nation’s track and field coaches have presented a proposal for the staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships next year. The proposal follows meetings held by the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association and...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Yvonne Graham, the German-born queen of Jamaican middle-distance running, believes current flagbearer in the discipline, Aisha Praught-Leer, could become a role model for youngsters. In addition, Graham sees Praught-Leer’s improvement on the...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:13 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Winthrop Graham’s Jamaica mark in the men’s 400-metre hurdles has stood unchallenged since 1993. According to one coach, several active Jamaicans, including 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaheel Hyde, could surpass the mark if they...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

For years, Jamaica’s incomparable Usain Bolt was the big draw at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet. When the meet is contested today, Norwegian Karsten Warholm could end the 28-year reign of Kevin Young as the fastest 400-metre hurdler of all time...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2020 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Protocols developed by the local track and field federation have paved the way for the return of sporting activities in Jamaica. That’s the view of outgoing Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake. Not only...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, will not be seeking re-election for a third term in charge of Jamaica’s track and field and has thrown his support behind current General Secretary Garth Gayle...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Deon Hemmings-McCatty made sporting history on July 31, 1996, 24 years ago today. On that day in Atlanta, she became the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal with a memorable triumph in the 400m hurdles. “Wow, it’s amazing,” Hemmings-...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:13 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Senoj-Jay Givans, the 2017 World Championships team member, got his 2020 season off to a promising start in Florida on July 4. Givans placed fourth in the 100-metre final in 10.21 seconds. With competition curtailed by the COVID-19 outbreak, that...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Warren Blake’s end to this term in office has seen a pandemic affect what might have been a happy last season, and he’s disappointed. But he says the country will do well when the sport...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2020 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Three-time Jamaica men’s singles champion Kane Watson believes Caribbean table tennis players can compete with the best in the world. Watson is holding up another player from the region as proof, and says dedication, being in the right system, and...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

James Beckford, Jamaica’s first World Championships long jump medal winner, was delighted to see Tajay Gayle become world champion last year. Beckford believes Gayle can jump even further if he stays focused. When Gayle jumped 8.69 metres to win...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

BORN ON May 25, 1920, 100 years ago today, Arthur Wint compiled an immense body of work on the track. He is known especially for being Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medallist, a milestone he attained in the 400m, but he was so good at both that...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Outstanding as a schoolboy hurdler, Dejour Russell says training with the accomplished Hansle Parchment is helping him through his first year as a senior athlete. Russell is grateful and is working patiently to his ultimate goal – a medal in the...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:16 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

LIKE EVERYONE in athletics, star sprint hurdler Danielle Williams is twiddling her thumbs while she keeps safe from the novel coronavirus. However, while she waits, Williams is looking forward to intense competition in 2021, 2022 and 2023. In a...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

ARMED WITH renewed vigour for training and competition, three-time national table tennis champion Kane Watson is aiming to achieve big goals in what he calls the twilight of his career. Watson has his eyes on medals at the Caribbean Regional...

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