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Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:40 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s male athletes could win five medals in athletics at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. That’s the early prediction from the respected US journal, TRACK AND FIELD NEWS. The prediction appeared on the magazine’s website yesterday and...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:16 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Simon Tomlinson and Kane Watson will start their bid for Olympic table tennis glory today. They are among 27 men with the same goal at the five-day Latin American Singles Olympic Qualification tournament in Rosario, Argentina. Tomlinson is seeded...

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

Long jumper Chanice Porter was delighted to get a personal best in her first outdoor meet of the season on Friday. However, she limped out of the pit at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Georgia, with an ankle niggle that has her concerned....

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:16 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In the long history of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs), only former Calabar High School captain Christopher Taylor has bettered 48 seconds over 400m in his first year in Class Two. Mark Anthony Miller of...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:05 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Kenia Sinclair, the 2008 Olympic finalist, believes that fellow Jamaican middle-distance athlete Natoya Goule could be the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic medal in the 800 metres. Retired after the 2016 Olympics, Sinclair points to a fast...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:16 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The versatile Trishauna Hemmimgs is making the transition to success at Clemson University. That’s the evaluation by Clemson’s director of track and field, Jamaican Mark Elliot, after Hemmimgs performed creditably at the Atlantic Coast Conference (...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Believe it or not, there was a time, fairly deep into Jamaica’s Olympic history, when our women hadn’t yet reached the podium. The near misses ended in 1980 thanks to Merlene Ottey, and since then, our female Olympians have been even more...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local volleyball off court and the sport won’t be back until June. However, according to Jackie Cowan, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA), the body has been using the ‘down time’ to focus on...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The 1997 World Indoor 60-metre hurdles champion, Michelle Freeman, is backing Omar McLeod all the way, as he seeks to defend his Olympic title. According to Freeman, who is now a coach at the University of Virginia, the 2016 Olympic 110-metre...

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...

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