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Eatmon pleased with strong World Champs team

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2022 | 12:10 AMDaniel Wheeler/Staff Reporter
Elaine Thompson Herah
File Elaine Thompson Herah
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shericka Jackson
Shericka Jackson
Linclon Eatmon
Linclon Eatmon

World Athletics Championships team manager Lincoln Eatmon says he is pleased with the strength of the team assembled that will battle for medals in Eugene, Oregon, starting in two weeks.

The full list of more than 60 athletes was released yesterday. Eatmon said that while he has deferred talk of medal count targets to technical leader Maurice Wilson, he is anticipating strong performances from the group assembled.

“We are happy with the team, especially with the women, the male sprinters are certainly looking up and we expect (strong performances in Oregon),” Eatmon told The Gleaner.

As expected, the team will be headlined by the likes of four-time World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah, national 100m and 200m champion Shericka Jackson for the women, while former world 100m champion Yohan Blake will be a part of a strong men’s sprinting squad that includes Oblique Seville and Ackeem Blake.

National 200m champion Andrew Hudson will not represent Jamaica at the meet. Hudson, who was born in the United States and had competed for them years prior, had gone through the process to change his allegiance to Jamaica. However, Eatmon said that World Athletics approval would not have come in time for the championships

“(It was) because of his change of eligibility. World Athletics had indicated that the date for his eligibility would be July 28, after the championships,” Eatmon said. Ackeem Bloomfield will replace him in the 200m.

The team also comprises athletes that will be making their World Championship debuts including national high jump record holder Lamara Distin, 100m sprinter Kemba Nelson and national long jump champion Wayne Pinnock. Although he did not compete at the national championships, 2019 world championship silver medallist Fedrick Dacres earns a place on the team in the men’s discus as well as national champion Travis Smikle.

Wilson will lead yet another Jamaican team into a global championship and will have eight coaches on the team which include MVP head coach Paul Francis, Elite Performance head coach Reynaldo Walcott, and Titans Track Club coach Gregory Little. Eatmon says that the quality and the pedigree of the technical team cannot be questioned as they hope to improve their 2019 medal haul of 12.

“I don’t think that anyone can criticise the coaching staff that has been assembled. Each of them has produced top athletes and are still producing top athletes. We certainly don’t have any issues with our coaching staff,” Eatmon said.

Eatmon says that the technical team will start leaving for Oregon next week as well as the athletes to assemble for training camp. The championships begin on July 15.

Full team announced


Women Men

100m Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Yohan Blake

Shericka Jackson Oblique Seville

Kemba Nelson Ackeem Blake

Elaine Thompson-Herah Jelani Walker*

Briana Williams*

200m Shericka Jackson Yohan Blake

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Rasheed Dwyer

Elaine Thompson-Herah Akeem Bloomfield

Natalliah Whyte*

400m Candice McLeod Jevaughn Powell

Stephenie-Ann McPherson Christopher Taylor

Charokee Young Nathon Allen

Stacey-Ann Williams*

800m Natoya Goule Navasky Anderson

Crisann Gordon-Powell

Adelle Tracey

1500m Adelle Tracey

100m/110m hurdles: Britany Anderson Hansle Parchment

Megan Tapper Rasheed Broadbell

Danielle Williams Orlando Bennett

Demisha Roswell* Damion Thomas

400m hurdles Shiann Salmon Jaheel Hyde

Janieve Russell Kemar Mowatt

Rushell Clayton Shawn Rowe

Andrenette Knight*

High Jump Lamara Distin

Kimberly Williamson

Long Jump Chanice Porter Tajay Gayle

Wayne Pinnock

Triple Jump Shanieka Ricketts Jordan Scott

Kimberly Williams

Ackelia Smith

Shot Put Danniel Thomas Dodd

Llyodricia Cameron

Discus Samantha Hall Travis Smikle

Fedrick Dacres

Chad Wright

4x100m Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Yohan Blake

Shericka Jackson Oblique Seville

Kemba Nelson Ackeem Blake

Elaine Thompson-Herah Jelani Walker

Briana Willaims Kemar Bailey-Cole

Remona Burchell Conroy Jones

4x400m Candice McLeod Jevaughn Powell

Stephenie-Ann McPherson Christopher Taylor

Charokee Young Nathon Allen

Stacey-Ann Williams Karayme Bartley

Roniesha McGregor Javon Francis

Natalliah Whyte Anthony Cox

4x400m Mixed Junelle Bromfield Akeem Bloomfield

Tiffany James-Rose Javon Francis

Manager: Lincoln Eatmon

Assistant Managers: Marie Tavares, Michael Frater

Doctor: Kevin Jones

Physiotherapist: Noel Brown

Massage Therapist: Jeffery King, Jowayne Johson, Keneil Brown, Troy Evans, Morine Dawson, Damion Rowe

Technical Director: Maurice Wilson

Coaches: Paul Francis

Bertland Cameron

Lennox Graham

Julian Robinson

Marlon Gayle

Reynaldo Walcott

Lamar Richards

Gregory Little