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Published:Saturday | July 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert 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:Wednesday | June 28, 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:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert 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:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 12:25 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:Wednesday | June 21, 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:Wednesday | June 21, 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:Monday | June 12, 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:Friday | June 9, 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:Thursday | June 1, 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:Monday | May 29, 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:Saturday | May 27, 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:Friday | May 26, 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:Thursday | May 25, 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:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert 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:Sunday | May 21, 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:Sunday | May 21, 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:Saturday | May 20, 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:Thursday | May 18, 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:Wednesday | May 17, 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...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Jamaica has an exciting future in the shot put. That's the viewpoint of Jamaica's finest shot putter, O'Dayne Richards. Speaking last Saturday, he cited Kevin Nedrick, Kyle Mitchell, and Warren Barrett as good prospects.Asked about Petersfield High...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 12:14 AMHubert Lawrence

Persistent injuries have jeopardised the promising athletics career of 2013 World Youth champion hurdler Yanique Thompson. Despite those troubles, the GC Foster College student-athlete is slowly getting back on track. Now, with some encouraging wins...

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Demish Gaye delighted a small band of devoted track and field fans at the first JAAA All Comers meet with a winning 400m run of 44.85 seconds inside the National Stadium on Saturday. Gaye, the two-time Inter-Collegiate champion, broke through the 45...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Encouraged by good early form, Fedrick Dacres is considering a throws double at the National Senior Championship in June. Speaking on Saturday at the first JAAA All Comers meet of the season, Dacres says he intends to contest both the discus and the...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Don't expect easy passage of the suggestion of a track and field world record wipe.Based on the response by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to a similar suggestion earlier this year, adoption of a European Athletics...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

If relay split times could pick 2017 all-schools 4x400m teams, the result would be mighty impressive. That may never happen. However, with the boys' 4x400m ending Jamaican participation in the 123rd Penn Relays on Saturday in Philadelphia, the best...

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