September 23,24 and 25 have been set aside for the anti-doping hearing case involving World U20 champion Briana Williams.

Jamaica Olympic and world 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod expressed delight with his conditioning as the clock counts down to the IAAF World Championships, in Doha later this month.

The sprint hurdler clocked a comfortable looking 13.07, well clear of France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who was second in 13.25, to claim top spot at the ISTAF Berlin World Challenge Meeting in Germany on Sunday.  Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite was third in 13.36.

McLeod will have plenty of reason to feel encouraged following a tough start to the season, which was perhaps fueled by somewhat of a ride on a coaching carousel of sorts early on.  The 25-year-old had trained with Eldrick Floreal up until late 2018 but then moved to Gary Evans at Empire Athletics in Florida.  Tony Ross at World Fastest Humans was his hurdles coach. 

Following early struggles, however, the athlete joined Tumbleweed camp of elite coach Rana Reider in Jacksonville.  His performances seem to have since improved as he claimed the top spot in Birmingham two weeks ago, before winning again in Germany.

“Everything was coming together perfectly. I ran so smooth, tight over the hurdles. This was like a final rehearsal for Doha,” McLeod said.

“I did it! Like my coach told me, I just got out and took control. Everything was good – the start, the finish and every hurdle. You could say it was a perfect race,” he added.

Fellow Jamaicans Orlando Bennett, 13.54 and Ronald Levy, 14.24 were 8th and 9th respectively.

 

After only two weeks with Rana Reider’s Tumbleweed Track Club, 2017 World Champion, Omar McLeod is confident he is back on track to defend his world title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Lennox Graham, coach of Jamaican sprint hurdler Danielle Williams, said he was happy with the decision of the JAAA to consider the sprint hurdler for selection to the Jamaican team to compete at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar starting in late September.

Reigning double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is confident she remains on target to hit her best form in time for the Doha World Champions.

The 27-year-old recently looked in superb form as she coasted away from the field down the stretch to post a relaxed-looking 22.13, in the women’s 200m, at the London Diamond League.  The time was the athlete’s second quickest this season, with her season’s best of 22.00, clocked at the Jamaica National Championship in June, the fastest time run over the distance this year.

After struggling with an Achilles injury for the past couple of seasons, Thompson is increasingly certain she is on track display the type of form that made her unbeatable over both the 100m and 200m distances at the Rio Olympics.  At her best, the Jamaican clocked a sizzling 21.66, the fifth-fastest time ever run over the distance.

“It’s a long season, I just listen to my coach (Stephen Francis).  I know he is a genius.  I know what he has in store leading up to the World Championship and I just have go out there and put it on the track. Every race is a work in progress,” Thompson told Givemesport.

“To come here and get this type of 200m performance and in the type of place I want to be, I think I’m in just the right position. I just need to continue to put in the work and execute.”

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has confirmed that she will be doing the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha from September 28 to October 6.

Olympic 200-metre champion Elaine Thompson is continuing to show good form ahead of the IAAF World Championships, winning the half-length event at the London Diamond League on Saturday.

Thompson lead early and managed to stay ahead of the field to stop the clock at 22.13 seconds.

The Olympic champion’s win came against a field that included the Côte d'Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who tried to make a late push but found she was given as good as she gave, eventually crossing the line in a season’s best 22.36.

Beth Dobblin of Great Britain was third in a lifetime best 22.50 seconds, while another Jamaican, Sashalee Forbeswas fourth in 22.93.

The field was rounded out by the Netherland’s Jamile Samuel, 22.94, Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji, 22.95, Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert-Powell, 23.16, Great Britain’s Bianca Williams, and teammate Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Both Williams and Johnson-Thompson were running season’s best.

Bahamian Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo has admitted she is considering the 200m, 400m sprint double at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha but only if the organisers amend the schedule.

The 25-year-old star has displayed splendid form over both distances for the past several months. Her most recent outing, a dominant half-lap sprint at the Herculis EBS in Monaco last Friday, saw Miller-Uibo pull clear of a quality field, which included 2016 Olympic 100-200m champion Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers, the 2017 world 200m champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist. The athlete is even more of a dominant force in the one-lap event but knows first hand the demands of attempting the sprint double. At the 2017 World Championships, an obviously overworked Miller-Uibo settled for the bronze medal in the 200 metres race and finished fourth in the 400 metres event.

Impressed with her performance at the weekend, however, the athlete admitted that attempting the double was once again a possibility. "I feel pretty good, like I did a good job out there," Miller-Uibo said. "I'm happy with how the race went. The quicker I get at 200m, the quicker I'd be at 400 and I'm really happy with where I'm at right now.” “My coach said he was very happy with how I ran the turn. If they can change the timetable for the Olympics, I'd be more than happy to double."

Jamaica’s Chrissann Gordon is feeling confident about the season ahead following her win in the 400m at the Meeting International D’Athletisme De La Grande Caribe Region Guadeloupe on the weekend.

Jamaican 400-metre hurdler, Janieve Russell is set to face the starter in her pet event for the first time this season in her pet event at the Doha Diamond League, the first stage of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, on May 3. 

Jamaica’s athletic bosses have written to the head of the Local Organising Committee in Qatar, hoping they can provide their athletes with a suitable training site in the weeks leading up to the IAAF World Championships set for Doha in September.

The Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) is planning to host more All Comers meets and have a camp somewhere in the Middle East in September as it confronts anticipated challenges associated with the World Championships in Qatar in 2019.

Coming off a season in which he won everything in sight, 2018 Diamond League discus champion Fedrick Dacres is confident of success in 2019 when he is expected to compete for Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar.

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