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Maalique Foster scored a brace while Chavany Willis, Shemar Nicholson and Lamar Walker all scored as Jamaica hammered Aruba 6-0 in the return leg of their Group C match at the Ergillo Hato Stadium in Curacao on Tuesday.

Jamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has predictably been named to a shortlist for the 2019 IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year award.

The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce set the track alight at the Doha World Championships, this year, after clocking 10.71 to claim a fourth 100m world title.  The diminutive athlete is back to the peak of her powers after taking time off to have her first child two years ago.  Fraser-Pryce’s winning time was the fastest in the world over the distance this year, edging out compatriot Elaine Thompson’s 10.73.

Joining the Jamaican on the overall list of 11 athletes is Beatrice Chepkoech, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Sifan Hassan, Brigid Kosgei, Mariya Lasitskene, Malaika Mihambo, Dalilah Muhammad, Salwa Eid Naser, Hellen Obiri and Yulimar Rojas.

Fraser-Pryce, who won the award in 2013 after claiming the sprint double at the Moscow World Championships, will face stiff competition for the top prize.

Muhammad broke the world record with 52.20 at the US Championships and went on to improve that mark to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16.  She then added the 4x400m title to her accolades.

Hasan claimed the world 1,500m and 10,000m titles in Doha with world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62.  She also won the IAAF Diamond League 1,500m and 5,000m titles in addition to breaking the world mile record with 4:12.33.

Bahrain’s Eid Naser won the world 400m title in 48.14, the third-fastest time in history.  She also won the Diamond League title and three gold medals at the Asian Championships.

 

 

 

 

Jamaica rallied from a three-point deficit on Friday to a convincing win at the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships that concluded at the PGA National Resort & Spa at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida on Saturday.

Jamaica Reggae Boyz assistant coach Jerome Waite believes the team was guilty of underrating its opposition in an uninspiring 2-0 win over lesser-ranked Aruba in Nation’s League action at the National Stadium on Saturday.

In the end, the Jamaicans scraped out a win courtesy of goals from Devon Williams and Shamar Nicholson but much more had been expected with approximately 129 places between the teams in the rankings.  It was the second time the Jamaicans faced the inhabitants of the tiny island, with a population of somewhere in the region of 106,314. 

Visibly annoyed spectators at the Jamaica National Stadium, galled by the home team’s misplaced passes and sloppy turnovers, clearly expected a result similar to the 6-0 beating administered to the visitors during a 1997 Caribbean Cup fixture.

“We won 2-0 and it could have been better, but we looked a little lacklustre,” Waite said following the match.

“One of the things that I believe contributed to that is that the opposition didn’t seem to have much to offer, so we went into a super-slow gear.  It’s not what we are capable of doing and when we play better opposition we have a tendency to rise to the occasion,” he added.

“Despite that, we have to understand that it’s a job and it’s our duty to continue doing what we need to do, which is to play our best at all times,” he added.

 

 

 

Puerto Rico extended its lead over Jamaica to three points at the end of day two of the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships currently underway at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 

Jamaica’s men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams refused to come away from the Doha World Championships empty-handed after battling to win silver and bronze medals, respectively, as the event ended on Sunday.

The United States will go into tomorrow’s IAAF World Championships of Athletics Women’s 4x400-metre finals as understandable favourites after bettering the qualification of Jamaica’s team by more than half a second.

During Saturday’s penultimate day, the Jamaican team of Roneisha McGregor, Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson clocked a world lead, 3:23.67 seconds to win heat one of the 4x400s.

The Jamaicans beat back the challenge of Poland, 3:25.78, and Canada, 3:25.86. Fourth in the heat were the Netherlands, who qualified in a non-automatic spot with a time of 3:27.48 seconds.

While that team may strengthen for Sunday’s final, the race was tight until the final leg where McPherson showed her class in pulling away from her rivals and the second heat put things in perspective.

Jamaica’s World Lead would only last five minutes, as the United States won the second in 3:22.96, the team of Jessica Beard, Allyson Felix, Kendal Ellis, and Courtney Okolo stamping their authority on an event they have rarely lost.

That team, which will also strengthen, was far better than a chasing pack with no close encounters anywhere. Great Britain and Northern Ireland led that chasing pack to clock 3:24.99 seconds, while the Ukraine were third in 3:26.57 seconds. There was one non-automatic qualifier in the heat, as Belgium ran 3:26.58 seconds for fourth.

The finals take place on Sunday at 1:15 pm Jamaica time.

Jamaica’s 4x100-metre relay team at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar, are the quickest through to the final of the event after Friday’s heats.

Bahamian quarter-mile star Shaunae Miller-Uibo clocked a massive personal best and new national record but had to settle for silver behind Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser in the women’s 400m on Thursday.

Miller-Uibo, who had not lost over the event in almost two years, had looked impervious heading into the event but even she was no match for Eid Naser’s blistering run.  The Bahrainian, who ran out of lane four, had the field covered by the first bend before easily fending off a fast closing Miller-Uibo down the stretch.

Eid Naser’s winning time of 48.14 was the fastest time recorded over the event in 36 years and third fastest of all time behind Czechoslovakia’s Jamila Kratochvilova (47.99) and East Germany’s Marita Koch (47.60).

Miller-Uibo who came into the competition with a long unbeaten streak over both the 400 and 200m, uncharacteristically found herself trailing off the corner and gamely chased Eid Naser to the line but could not get close enough to the runaway sprinter.  The athlete’s time of 48.37 was a new national and area record and shaved 0.6th of a second off her previous personal best.  Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson finished in third place, also recording a personal best of 49.47, after fending off a challenge from the American duo of Wadeline Jonathas (49.60) and Phyllis Francis (49.61).  Stephenie-Ann McPherson, the other Jamaican in the race, finished 6th in 50.89.

  

It was a good day for Caribbean 400-metre running at the 116th IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, with entrants from the Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica all making it through to the event's final on Friday.

Jamaican goal defender Jodi-Ann Ward has signed with the Collingwood Magpies for the 2020 season of the Suncorp Super Netball season.

Decorated multi Olympic and World Championship gold medallist Allyson Felix has hailed Jamaican star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as an inspiration following her exploits at the Doha Championships.

Fraser-Pryce claimed a fourth World Championship 100m title after dismantling a quality field, once again ascending to an all too familiar top spot on the podium.  This time around, however, the journey to the gold medal was a different one for Fraser-Pryce. 

It’s difficult to imagine that just two years ago Fraser-Pryce, then an expectant mother, watched the World Championships from the comfort of her living room.  That she has been able to not only recover to compete at the highest level but claim gold in a time just outside of her personal best is a remarkable set of circumstances in and of itself.  For Felix, on a difficult journey of her own after having her first child, the Jamaican serves as a source of inspiration to female athletes everywhere.

“She’s amazing.  She is my friend.  She has helped me along this journey, and we encourage each other.  I am so happy for her and very encouraged for myself,” Felix told Nuffin Long Athletics.

“Everyone’s situation is going to be different, but she shows that it’s possible.  I think more than anything she is an inspiration.”

Felix, who had her daughter Camryn in November of last year, was a part of the United States squad for the World Championship but only managed to secure a place as a member of the relay team.  The six-time Olympic and 12-time World Championship gold medallist, however, has plans to be back in top shape in time for next year’s Olympic Games.

Jamaica earned their second medal of the IAAF World Championship in Doha after finishing second in the 4x400m mixed relay.

Quarter mile specialist Javon Francis anchored a spirited chase of Justyna Święty-Ersetic on the final leg. The Europeans had interestingly chosen to alter their race tactics to hand their females who competed on the third and final legs. United States Michael Cherry, however, quickly made light of that big lead, blowing by Święty-Ersetic to claim the gold medal for the United States in 3:09.34. Francis who also passed the Polish athletes on the straight was next across the line in 3.11.78 but narrowly held off Bahrain’s Abbas Abubakar Abbas who led the team to bronze in 3.11.82.
Nathon Allen led off a strong effort for Jamaica before handing over to Roneisha Mcgregor, who then handed over to Tiffany James. The United States were led off by Wilbert London, who handed over to Allyson Felix with Courtney Okolo taking duties on the third leg.

Jamaica representative Andre Ewers was one of three athletes disqualified in the men’s 200m heats on Sunday.
Having looked to initially progress from Heat 7, Ewers was later disqualified for a lane violation on the curve.

Ewers finished in fourth position behind Brendon Rodney of Canada, favourite Noah Lyles of the United States and race winner Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jamaica national champion Rasheed Dwyer had no such issues as he finished in third position in Heat 5. The race was won by Aaron Brown of Canada who clocked 20.10, ahead of Miguel Francis of Great Britain who was second in 20.11.
Yohan Blake showed very little ill effects of the 100m final after booking his spot from Heat 3. A relaxed-looking Blake crossed the line in 20.23, behind race winner Alex Qinuonez of Equador who finished first in 20.08. Alex Wilson of Switzerland was third in 20.40.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Kyle Geaux also looked in impressive as he eased away from the field to claim Heat 4 in 20.19. Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominica Republic was second in 20.47, with Cuba’s Reynier Mena third in 20.52.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey expects to be fit for action following the international break, missing another three games due to injury.

The 21-year-old has been out of action since suffering a muscle injury in a match against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League earlier this month.  The setback is just the latest for the talented winger, who has suffered with fitness injuries for a good part of the year.

In April, the player suffered a hamstring injury, only just returning in time to make his debut for the Jamaica national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The latest injury is expected to keep Bailey out of action for the team ‘s upcoming match against Aruba on October 12 at Jamaica’s National Stadium.  

"I think I'll miss three more games," Bailey said in an interview with Kicker and continued:

 "I'll be back during the international break."

Bailey has scored two goals in six games for Leverkusen so far this season.

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