Bahamian sprint queen, the imperious Shanae Miller-Uibo smashed the 300m world record for the 300m at the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike on Thursday.

Several Jamaican Olympians were presented with Olympic pins during a special dinner held in their honour at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, June 18.

Noted broadcaster and coach, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Boldon said he is elated to have been entered into the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) Wall of Fame.

When Sweden’s Daniel Stahl opened his Diamond League season in Doha with three throws over 70 metres, he might have intimidated many rivals aspiring for a gold medal at this year’s IAAF World Championships at that very venue in late September.

Jamaica Olympic champion Omar McLeod expressed disappointment with a stumbling fifth-place finish at IAAF Diamond League, in Rabat on Sunday.

After getting off to a trademark quick start, it was McLeod who led the race most of the way.  He was, however, always under pressure from Sergey Shubenkov who close quickly as the Jamaican lost his form over the final two barriers.

McLeod tripped on the final barrier and in the process also clearing out the feet of Shubenkov.  The Russian was as a result, however, catapulted clear over the line.  Having lost all momentum, the Jamaican rolled over the line in fifth spot.  Shubenkov stopped the clocked at 13.12, with Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi next over the line in 13.30.  Brazil’s Gabriel Constantino was third in 13.41.  McLeod was recorded with a time of 13.48.

 “I am not really satisfied with finishing fifth as I was aiming to win. The race was very quick and tough. I was running very fast but unfortunately I fell at the finish line,” a dissatisfied McLeod explained.

 

Jamaica discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, set a new national record and world lead, after registering a massive 70.78 to get the better of Sweden’s Daniel Ståhl at the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday.

The tight finish was, however, somewhat controversial. Initially, the victory had been awarded to Ståhl as Dacres’ massive throw, registered in the third round, was recorded as a foul.  After an appeal, however, the throw was validated, which also gave the Jamaican the meeting and Diamond League record.

Ståhl, who recorded his best throw of 69.94 in the third round, was as a result dropped to second place, with Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger registering a season-best of 68.14 for third.  With many initially believing Ståhl to be the winner, the IAAF later clarified the initial cause for the mix-up with a posting of the official results via its official Twitter handle.  The 25-year-old Dacres has dominated the event locally and claimed the 2018 Diamond League discus title. 

The record eclipsed the athlete's previous best of 69.67, set in Stockholm Sweden last year.  The result also moved Dacres to third place, on 15 points, in the Diamond qualification standing, just behind Weisshaidinger (19).  Ståhl leads the pack with 24 points.

 

 

Caster Semenya has been invited to compete in the Diamond League meeting in Rabat this weekend after initially being denied entry.

Semenya was again cleared to compete without restriction on Thursday when the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (SFT) rejected an IAAF request to reimpose a new ruling limiting testosterone in female athletes.

The double Olympic 800 metres champion is challenging the IAAF's decision to introduce restrictions on testosterone levels in women competing at distances ranging from 400m to a mile.

Semenya should be free to run while she awaits an SFT verdict on her case, but was told on Tuesday that the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation would not permit her to compete in Rabat on Sunday.

Race organisers backtracked after taking note of the SFT's refusal to reimpose the IAAF ruling.

A statement released by race organisers on Friday said: "After checking the situation of Caster Semenya in view of the decisions of the Swiss Federal Court, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the head of the sports centre and sports organisation of the international athletics meeting in Rabat, Mr. Alain Blondel, is happy to confirm her invitation to participate in the 800m race of the said meeting on Sunday 16 June 2019."

Semenya is also hoping to run in the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in California on June 30.

Shanieka Ricketts was not too disappointed she lost her triple-jump world lead to Caterine Ibarguen at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. She believes fatigue may have played a part in her not getting a jump better than the mark she produced for third place.

Jamaica’s sprint hurdles queen Brigitte Foster-Hylton has come out in praise of Janeek Brown, who broke her 16-year-old national record on Saturday.

2018 Continental Cup champion Fedrick Dacres won discus gold on Tuesday at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland where two other Caribbean throwers produced podium-worthy performances.

At the start of the season Kansas State University triple jumper, Shardia Lawrence set a target of achieving a mark of 14 metres by season’s end. She fell one centimetre short, but it was good enough to win the 2019 NCAA Division 1 title in Texas on Saturday.

Coach Chris Johnson believes Janeek Brown could have gone faster when she won her NCAA sprint hurdles title on the weekend and that she will definitely go faster in the future.

The University of Arkansas will back 2019 NCAA Division 1 100m hurdles champion, Janeek Brown, on her quest to compete at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar come September.

Caster Semenya has been included in South Africa's preliminary squad for the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

The two-time Olympic 800 metres champion is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland in a bid to overturn a new IAAF ruling.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the IAAF could implement a regulation that would require Semenya to take medication to lower her testosterone levels in order to compete against women in track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

The Swiss Supreme Court has stated that Semenya can compete without restrictions while it considers her appeal, although athletics' governing body is seeking a "swift reversion" of this order.

The final decision on the ruling will determine whether the 28-year-old is able to compete in the World Championships in September.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has named Semenya among 40 athletes in its preliminary group.

However, ASA notes that Semenya's inclusion is still subject to the Swiss Supreme Court verdict.

Semenya ruled out retiring after winning the 800m at the Diamond League event in Doha last month, two days after the CAS ruling was announced.

Decorated Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sounded a warning to her rivals after registering an impressive season's best and meet record to claim the women’s 100m title at the Racers Grand Prix meet, in Kingston, on Saturday.

In trademark style, the pocket rocket, as she is commonly known, blasted away from the field before stopping the clock at 10.88.  Fraser-Pryce led wire-to-wire and finished a third of a second ahead of second place Jonielle Smith and Michelle-Lee Ayhe who both clocked 11.20.

The win was the third in a row at the meet for the diminutive Jamaican but more importantly, she believed the result puts her in good shape ahead of the country’s national trials.

“This is my third victory here and honestly I’m happy with the time of 10.88 as I’ve always wanted to lower the meet record to under 11 seconds,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I couldn’t have asked for more and I’m really looking forward to the national trials in two weeks.”

In the men’s equivalent, Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes just about covered the field to win the men’s 100m in a season’s best of 9.97 (0.9m/s) ahead of Yohan Blake 10.01 and Kendal Williams 10.13.

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