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Some of Jamaica’s top athletes will get valuable relay practice for the upcoming IAAF World Relays when they suit up for the annual Penn Relays at the Franklin Field in Philadelphia from April 24-27.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson are down the run the 4x200m relays at the IAAF World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan on May 12 and 13. Meanwhile, veteran Yohan Blake will Jamaica’s 4x100m campaign.

The 42-member team named by the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) on Wednesday, sees reigning CAC 100m champion Jonielle Smith, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Sashalee Forbes and Sherone Simpson down to contest the 4x100m women.

Blake, Julian Forte, Tyquendo Tracey, Jevaughn Minzie and Kenroy Anderson have been named in the men’s 4x100 squad.

The 4x200m female squad is comprised of Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Stephanie Ann McPherson. Forte, Nigel Ellis, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were assembled for the men’s squad.

Jamaica’s 4x400m squads include Demish Gaye, Fitzroy Dunkley, Rusheen McDonald, Ackeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen. The women’s team also looks a strong squad with Christine Day, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia Le-Roy, Janieve Russell and Roneisha McGregor.

For the mixed relays, the JAAA selection committee went with Rhonda Whyte, Tiffany James, Shian Salmon, Javon Francis, Anthony Carpenter and Jamari Rose while Yanique Thompson, Megan Tapper, Amoi Brown, Andrew Riley, Norman Pittersgill and Ronald Levy will contest the newly introduced shuttle mixed relays.

The team to be managed by Ludlow Watts will have Maurice Wilson as its head coach.

Jamaica will be the first country to host a Gold Cup match outside of  North America in the upcoming tournament.  CONCACAF Chief Football Officer Manuel Zubiria explains the idea behind a bigger, wider tournament.

A day after reports emerged that she has signed a professional contract with global sportswear giant, Nike, Reggae Girlz striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 13th annual Volscars on Monday night.

Jamaica is to host the 2019 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships from May 12-19, 2019 at the Stadium East in Kingston.

Jamaica swept the sprint relays, the sprint hurdles and the 4x400m relays on Sunday’s final day to close out the 2019 Carifta Games in emphatic fashion.

Jamaica’s football bosses are breathing a collective sigh of relief following news that their first choice goalkeeper Andre Blake is expected to recover from injury in time to start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

Rising Jamaica sprint sensation easily dismissed the field to complete the Carifta sprint double with a seasons best time in the U-20 women’s 200m on Sunday.

The 17-year-old junior World Champion sprang from the blocks and blasted through the field to hit the top of the corner first, gradually pulling away to leave her opponents well and truly beaten.  Williams stopped the clock in a speedy 22.89, well clear of second place compatriot Joanne Reid who crossed the line in 23.69. Third place went to Beyonce Defreitas of the British Virgin Islands who finished in 23.79.

On Saturday, Williams had won in similar fashion, putting away the 100m field to win in a time of 11.25.  On that occasion getting the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Akila Lewis and compatriot Kemba Nelson.

In the men’s equivalent, the Jamaican’s also claimed the top two podium spots.  Xavier Nairne crossed the line in first spot, stopping the clock at 20.65.  Antonio Watson closed strong to finish in 20.83, just ahead of the Bahamas’ Terrence Jones who was third in 20.89.

 

 

Jamaica’s Shaquena Foote claimed a second gold medal at the 2019 Carifta Games after easily claiming the U-20 women’s 400m hurdles title in the Caymans Islands on Sunday.

Foote, who claimed the U-20 women’s 400m title on Saturday, once again had very little difficulty putting away the field.  The Jamaican had a slight stumble at the first hurdle, but had full control of the race by the top of the stretch and pulled away from the field to stop the clock at 58.02.

It was a one-two finish in the end for the Jamaicans as Johnelle Thomas finished strongly behind her teammate, claiming the silver medal with a time of 58.77.  Trinidad and Tobago’s Tamia Badal was third in 1:02.34. 

The Jamaicans similarly dominated the U-17 event, with gold and silver going to Quaycian Davis and Sashel Reid respectively.  David took top spot after stopping the clock in 1:00.78, with Sashel Reid second in 1:01.59.  Reshae Dean of the Bahamas was third in 1:03.52.

In the men’s equivalent, Rasheem Griffith of Barbados showed his class after decimating the field to claim gold in 51.47.  Matthew Thompson of Barbados overtook Jamaica’s Shamar Brown for second place, eventually stopping the clock in 52.23.  Brown was third in 52.51.

In the U-17 equivalent, it was the Jamaicans who stole the show once again after one-two finishes for Jayden Brown(53.03) and Sharvis Simmonds (54.11).  Aren Spencer of Barbados was third in 54.26.

Jamaican thrower Danielle Thomas-Dodd set a new national record on the way to a gold-medal winning performance in the women’s discus at the 2019 Virginia Challenge meet on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Dodd has been incrementally improving the national mark since breaking the then 13-year-old record of Kimberly Barrett in 2004.  On this occasion, she threw the implement 19.48m in the fifth round of competition, by far the biggest throw of the afternoon.

Thomas-Dodd was the only thrower to get to 19 metres with Canadian Brittany Crew second with a mark of 18.08m and the United States’ Aliyah Gustafson third with 17.26m.  Thomas-Dodd’s new mark erased her previous best of 19.36 which was set in April of last year.  

 

Two Jamaican boxers, super heavyweight Ricardo Brown and lightweight Shiloh Defreitas, have qualified for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from July 2 to August 11.

Messages of condolence poured in on Wednesday in reaction to the passing of The Honourable Patrick Rousseau OJ, who died on Tuesday night after a long illness. He was 85.

Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has expressed sadness at the passing of former president Pat Rousseau OJ.

Jamaican Olympian Kemoy Campbell is back home for some well-needed rest and recovery after the harrowing experience he endured in February when his heart stopped while competing at the Millrose Games in New York.

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