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Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2023 | 1:28 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THERE’S SOMETHING different about Natasha Morrison this season and it’s more than her shocking pink hair. Talk to her and you sense maturity befitting a 30-year-old who raced in an individual World Championships 100-metre final as far back as 2015...

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2023 | 1:20 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

With Traves Smikle, Fedrick Dacres, and Rojé Stona all in the top ten on the 2023 world performance list, Jamaica is a bona fide world power in the men’s discus. Julian Robinson, coach of Smikle and Dacres, is delighted and has renewed a call for...

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2023 | 1:09 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

A respite from injuries has allowed Jamaica’s shot put queen Danniel Thomas-Dodd to train and compete at a new level in 2023. The relief saw Thomas-Dodd smash her own national record on Saturday in Los Angeles with a new mark of 19.77 metres. Her...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2023 | 12:49 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s stocks in the men’s 400 metres were on the rise in 2017, 2018 and 2019, but have dipped since then. However, there is cause for optimism. Leading the new wave is Sean Bailey who has just run 44.43 seconds for the distance. Racing in Los...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2023 | 12:48 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

British sprinter Zharnel Hughes views his impressive 200 metres win at the May 20 JAAA All-Comers meet from two different perspectives. On one hand, he wanted to run a little bit faster than the 20.18 second clocking he was credited with. More...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2023 | 1:41 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

TRAVES SMIKLE walked away with the win in the discus at last Saturday’s JAAA All Comers meet at the National Stadium, but runner-up Kai Chang was the happiest thrower on the day. Chang scored his longest throw since he did knee surgery. Now, The...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2023 | 1:32 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

AS BEFITS an athlete of vast experience, Stephenie Ann McPherson has the air of someone who has seen everything track and field has to offer. However, the five-time World Championships 400-metre finalist still has big goals and none of them is...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2023 | 1:34 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

EVEN THOUGH he defended his World 200-metre title last year in Eugene, Oregon, Noah Lyles has a long way to go before he matches Usain Bolt’s achievements in the half-lap sprint. That’s because Bolt did far too much for anyone to catch him easily....

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2023 | 1:30 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

TRINIDAD AND Tobago’s 2013 World 400-metre hurdles champion Jehue Gordon has shrewd advice for the new generation of Caribbean track and field hopefuls. Gordon recommends that they focus on their dreams rather than financial gain. He rose from...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2023 | 1:28 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

WHEN SAMANTHA Pryce lined up for the 4x800 metre relay at the 2022 Penn Relays, she was riding on a wave. Pryce, a Holmwood Technical senior, had gold medals from the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships and the Carifta Games...

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2023 | 12:52 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The best performance at last year’s Penn Relays (Penns) by a United States team in the girls’ 4x400 metres came from the Bullis School of Maryland. Bullis return to Penns next week with fine teams in the 4x100m and the 4x400m, and with a coach who...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2023 | 1:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

WHEN JAMAICA College (JC) takes off for the Penn Relays in Philadelphia next week, the school’s lynchpin will be the breakout high school athlete of the season, Malique Smith-Band. Coached by Neil Harrison, the smooth running sixth-former has...

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2023 | 1:04 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The passing of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) patriarch Eldemire Smith has hit the school community hard. Among those lamenting his death are former West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor and 1997 Girls’ Championships double winner Peta-Gaye...

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2023 | 1:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When retired Holmwood Technical teacher and track coach Edward Hector was laid to rest in Kendal, Manchester late last month, he was remembered as good and kind. Among those present were 1995 ISSA Girls’ Championships gold medallist Tracey-Ann...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2023 | 1:26 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

FIRST-TIME CARIFTA Games head coach Keilando Goburn is delighted with his team’s 78-medal performance at their recent Carifta Games in the Bahamas. However, Goburn says it was tough to get the athletes going after ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2023 | 1:05 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

WHEN DELANO Kennedy false-started in the final of the 400 metres at last year’s World Athletics Under-20 Championships, Jamaica wept. When he found himself under false-start scrutiny at the recent Carifta Trials, fans wondered if a worrying trend...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2023 | 1:15 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

After an injury scare, St Elizabeth Technical High’s (STETHS) team leader Shamer Blake is back to full speed in time for this week’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Blake’s super 2023 season climaxed with a big Class One 110 and...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2023 | 12:55 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) will be a blast. With 2022 World Under-20 runners-up Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, Serena Cole, Alexis James, and Kobe Lawrence leading the way, fans will certainly get moments that...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2023 | 1:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Patient progress and two turns of fortune have put Antonio Forbes within reach of his second ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles. When the action begins next on Tuesday, the slim Kingston...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2023 | 1:09 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Outgoing Calabar High School senior Kobe Lawrence is poised to do great things in the shot put. To hear 2015 World Championships bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards tell the tale, Lawrence could break the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2023 | 1:21 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

JAYDON HIBBERT, Carey McLeod and Wayne Pinnock could be world record holders in the future. That’s the view of 2016 Olympic triple jumper Clive Pullen who has helped to mentor the talented trio at the University of Arkansas. Pullen, an NCAA indoor...

Published:Monday | March 20, 2023 | 12:52 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Aside from double Commonwealth Games runner-up Olivia McKoy, Jamaica has a pretty bleak history in the javelin. However, Elvis Graham and Devon Spencer are leading a charge to change that. The pair showed there might be light at the end of the...

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2023 | 12:56 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

WHEN 2021 Olympic 200-metre finalist Rasheed Dwyer settles into his blocks for the last section of the men’s 100 at today’s John Wolmer Speed Fest inside the National Stadium, Dwyer will be continuing his quest for early speed. It’s a key element...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2023 | 1:08 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Last year, Jamaica College (JC) got a sterling silver double effort from Deandre Watkin at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs). The outgoing senior finished second in the Class One 200 and 400 metres with...

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2023 | 12:42 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THE PERFORMANCES by Kingston College captain Bouwahjgie Nkrumie last weekend at the Carifta Trials point in one direction – an assault on the Class I 100-metre record at the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships (...

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