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Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Asafa Powell could be part of Jamaica's 4x100m relay pool at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in London next month. This was the indication given by Dr Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), in...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Fedrick Dacres, Jamaica's best ever discus thrower, loves to compete with the best athletes in his event. That's the attitude he's taking into the London Diamond League this weekend and next month's World Championships. He's also heading for his...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

A prominent athletics magazine has allotted 11 medals to Jamaica’s 2017 World Championships team. The predictions, done online by the respected US publication Track and Field News, pinpoint Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson, Omar McLeod and Fedrick...

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Olympian Rupert Hoilette has two words of advice for the emerging group of speedy 400 metres runners. Hoilette, a star 440 yard runner for Kingston College in the 1960s, believes the runners of today need to be stronger in the abdominal and low back...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 3:29 PMHubert Lawrence

Danielle Dodd is hoping to improve her national shot put record of 19.15m. In addition, Dodd is aiming for the final of the IAAF World Championships next month and sees herself in the next generation of great shot putters. Understandably, she...

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

  Julian Robinson, coach of Pan-American Games discus champion Fedrick Dacres, is hoping star throwers Danielle Dodd and Kellion Knibb will get financial support once their days at college end. Robinson believes Dodd and Knibb could challenge...

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 3:44 PMHubert Lawrence

Oslo Diamond League discus winner Fedrick Dacres will be there, but Chad Wright will be the man in the spotlight at today's Throws Last Chance Meet at the National Stadium. Wright will be throwing to qualify for the World Championships in London....

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Lennox Graham, coach of reigning World 100-metre hurdles champion Danielle Williams, says his charge is on target to do great things. He believes that her win at last weekend's National Senior Championships will serve as a confidence booster. Graham...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 9:55 PMHubert Lawrence

Five-time World Championship 400 metres finalist Novlene Williams-Mills isn't looking back at any of her eight national titles this week. Instead, she is fully focused on a top-three finish at the National Senior Championships.Speaking after a short...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Most hurdlers move from the 100 metres hurdles and go up to the 400 metres variety. Jamaica's Nickiesha Wilson is going the other way with some success. In fact, when the pistol cracks to start the National Senior Championships today, Wilson will be...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Fedrick Dacres isn't the only Jamaican discus thrower making progress this season. His training partner, 2012 Olympian Traves Smikle is also reaping the benefits of training at the University of West Indies with the guidance of Julian Robinson. Like...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

World Under-18 400 metres champion, Christopher Taylor, won't be racing with the big men at this week's JAAA National Senior Championships.Back spasms have influenced a decision to move Taylor from the men's 400m to the Under-20 boys 200 metres....

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

If the National Stadium is renamed the Usain Bolt Stadium, the author of the change wouldn't be far wrong. That's because Bolt, a star worldwide, has reserved some of his best performances for that 55-year-old edifice. Buoyed by an apparent need to...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Ricardo Cunningham is making gains in his move from the 800 to the 400 metres hurdles. On Saturday, June 3, he set a personal best of 49.55 seconds in a victory at the National Stadium at the third JAAA All Comers meet of the season. Now 35,...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Though he is at a stage where other stars are contemplating retirement, American 400m ace LaShawn Merritt is harbouring no such thoughts and believes he will be a bigger threat in the 200m compared to last year. Merritt is still working hard and is...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Now 28 years old, Rasheed Dwyer has won international titles for Jamaica without attracting too much attention, and after illness ruined his Olympic year, he is accelerating steadily towards a bid for a place on the national team to the 2017 World...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

The date is May 31, 1975. The place is Eugene, Oregon. Having lost a tight 100 yard dash to top American sprinter Steve Williams, Don Quarrie is a step behind Williams as they emerge from the turn in the 220. Though his rival has run what DQ has...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

A one-two-three finish for Jamaicans in the 400 metres hurdles was the highlight of the recently concluded United States Junior College Track and Field Championships, contested on the grounds of Hutchinson College, Kansas, last week.Former St...

Published:Wednesday | May 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

National high-jump champion as a student-athlete at Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School, Kimberly Williamson is adjusting to life as a professional. She cites harder training, the rigours of travel, and focus on small details as the big...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 2:25 PMHubert Lawrence

New national table tennis coach Satoshi Takashima says young Jamaican players need to train harder to improve their footwork and also need to gain overseas experience. Takashima has made these observations during his first three months in the island...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

The presence of Japanese table tennis coach Satoshi Takashima is a source of motivation for young Jamaican players. That was the word from Richard Davidson during a visit by the new national coach to Davidson's Angels Table Tennis Academy recently....

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Two years ago, Christopher Taylor made his mark on global athletics with a 400 metres victory at the World Under-18 Championships.Now, he is being primed for the 2017 National Senior Championships, the selection meet to the 16th World Championships...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

In 13 stagings, the Jamaica International Invitational has provided fans with a ringside seat to watch some of the world's best athletes. It all began in 2004 with a press conference for embattled US star Marion Jones. By then, she was embroiled...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Nathon Allen has edged ahead of Davian Clarke as the athlete with the fastest 4x400 metre leg ever by a Jamaican. Running at the South-Eastern Conference Outdoor Championships in Columbia, South Carolina, Allen anchored Auburn University to second...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Ronald Levy, undefeated in three races so far in 2017, has hurdles to cross at this Saturday's Jamaica International Invitational. Levy has fallen in the 110 metres hurdles at the last two Invitationals but recently made a psychological breakthrough...

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