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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.

Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the Jamaican team to the 2019 IAAF World Championships that gets underway tomorrow in Doha, Qatar.

Jamaican teen star Briana Williams has been issued a reprimand without any period of ineligibility by the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel.

Four new players have been named in a 20-player Reggae Girl squad for the upcoming matches in Group B of the Women's Olympic Qualifiers that Jamaica will host from September 30 to October 8.

When it comes to the triple jump there were two women who stood head and shoulders over everybody, now there are three.

Shanieka Ricketts has emerged this season as a serious medal contender in the triple jump and should be one of the three to take home silverware from Doha in Qatar.

This season, Ricketts has taken her personal best from 14.61 metres to 14.93 metres when she won the Diamond League trophy last month.

But more than just having those one-off leaps, Ricketts has maintained a level of consistency she hasn’t in seasons past, landing in the sand at more than 14.5 metres with some regularity.

That movement means Ricketts can challenge the relative dominance of Yulimar Rojas and the potential comeback of Caterine Ibarguen.

In truth, Rojas stands on her own if she’s really feeling it.

Only one woman, world record-holder Inessa Kravets, has ever triple jumped farther. Considering the company the 23-year-old Venezuelan is now keeping on the world all-time list, she'll be difficult to stop as she seeks to successfully defend her title and join Caterine Ibarguen, Yargelis Savigne and Tatyana Lebedeva as a two-time (and back-to-back) world champion.

Rojas has won six of her eight outdoor competitions this year, sailing beyond 15 metres in half of them. Her most impressive performance came in her most recent outing when she bound to 15.41m in Andujar, Spain, on 6 September, the second farthest leap of all time. She went beyond 15 metres twice in that competition, shaking out the rust out with a 15.03m effort in the second round.

Rojas has struggled with her consistency in the past, but has improved on that front as well this season, adding to the difficulty her competitors can expect in Doha.

She has lost twice this season, once to Ibarguen, whom she succeeded as world champion in London two years ago, and to Jamaican champion Shanieka Ricketts at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich. Both have the capabilities to throw serious challenges at the Venezuelan.

Ibarguen, the 2018 World Athlete of the Year, has competed sparingly, choosing to divide her attentions between the long and triple jumps, competing four times in each. She reached 14.79m in Oslo and a season's best of 14.89m in Lausanne to secure a pair of Diamond League circuit victories, but she hasn't contested the triple jump since 11 July when she finished a distant sixth in the port-side competition in Monaco, reaching just 14.33m. But considering her war chest of medals, we can expect she'll arrive in Doha ready.

After the season's big three, others will have to spring a fairly big surprise to figure in the medal hunt.

Leading that charge is rising Cuban star Liadagmis Povea who improved her lifetime best to 14.77m to finish third in Lausanne. She also finished second in Monaco with 14.71m and third at the Pan-American Games and the Diamond League final.

US champion Keturah Orji improved her career best to 14.72m to finish third in Paris but more recently was a distant fourth in Zurich.

Spain's world indoor bronze medallist Ana Peleteiro leads the European charge. But the 23-year-old will need to do considerably better than her 14.59m season's best to challenge for the podium. Likewise for Jamaican Kimberly Williams, the world indoor silver medallist and finalist at this championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017, who has reached 14.56m this season.

Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd is one of the three best shot putters in the world but this season she has struggled for consistency.

The same cannot be said of the two women who are likely to battle for the number-one spot in Doha, Qatar this weekend.

Gong Lijiao of China has been on top of almost every podium this season, only failing once, when United States star, Chase Ealy usurped her on debut in the 2019 Diamond League.

That blip meant Gong won 12 of her 13 competitions in 2019, producing the four best throws this year, capped by her 20.31m effort to win another IAAF Diamond League title, her third straight, in Zurich last month.

With a gap of more than 60 centimetres on her nearest competitor, Gong will start as one of the heaviest favourites at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics. A medal of any kind will be her sixth at the World Championships, a record for the event.

Thomas-Dodd, on the other hand, despite throwing 19.48 metres in April, a national record, before erasing the mark in August with 19.55, cannot say she has been in the best form heading into the championships.

Ealy’s statistics puts her ahead of Dodd, the World Indoor silver medallist, after she blasted onto the scene in April this year, throwing 19.67 metres and going on to show it was no fluke with nine of her next 12 competitive marks going over the 19-metre mark. Her best this season and over the course of her career, came in Zurich during the Diamond League final, which suggests she’s peaking at the right time. She threw 19.68 metres for second at the Diamond League final.

Behind that trio, the picture is less clear. Five other women have thrown beyond 19 metres outdoors this season, Maggie Ewen, another US thrower on the rise, the most recent. The 25-year-old produced the best throw of her career, 19.48m, to win the US-Europe match on 10 September. But that was the only 19-metre-plus effort of the season for the multi-talented thrower who won NCAA titles in the shot put, discus and hammer during her collegiate career.

Christina Schwanitz, the 2015 world champion, is still showing solid form, and can't be discounted in the chase for podium spots. The 33-year-old German has reached 19.37m this season.

Brittany Crew (19.28m) of Canada, Aliona Dubitskaya (19.21m) and Sweden's Fanny Roos (19.06m) have also breached 19 metres this season but will have to produce breakout performances to be a factor.

Others to watch include Hungary's world indoor champion Anita Marton, European champion Paulina Guba of Poland, and Olympic champion Michelle Carter of the US.

Newly promoted Molynes United maintained a perfect start to the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after slipping by former champions Arnett Gardens, despite going down to ten men, at the Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday.

Nicholas Nelson gave the home team the lead in the lead in the 18th minute but was dramatically sent from the pitch only two minutes after.  His ejection left Arnett with a one-man advantage and plenty of time to turn the game around.  The team seemed to be well on their way to doing just that when Vishineul Harris equalised two minutes in the second half.

The hosts, however, had more surprises as Tyrique Wilson fired them back into the lead in the 65th minute.  To make matters worse for Arnett, they were themselves reduced to ten men when Kimani Arbourine was sent off in the 82nd minute.  The win marked a fourth in a row for Molynes who top the RSPL standings with 12 points.

At Harbour View Stadium, defending champions Portmore United secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over struggling Harbour View. 

At the Edward Seaga Stadium, Tivoli Gardens snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season when they defeated Cavalier 2-0.  The match seemed to be headed for an even share of the points but the dismissal of Tivoli’s Clifton Woodbine gave the home team added impetus. 

Rodrico Wellington gave Tivoli the lead six minutes later before Donovan Dawkins secured the home team their first win of the season in the 88th minute.

At the Royal Lakes Complex, Dean-Andre Thomas scored a brace to ensure Dunbeholden kept the momentum from a narrow win over Portmore United last week, with a 2-0 win over newcomers Vere United.  Thomas scored from the penalty spot in the 40th minute before adding a second in the 83rd.

At Effortville, Humble Lion and Waterhouse played to a 0-0 draw.

On Monday, Briana Williams flew to the Bahamas to do her part in the ongoing relief efforts there after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Abacos Islands and claimed several lives.

Jamaica were to have their next CONCACAF Nations League away game against Aruba on October 15 but that has been changed to a fixture in Curacao.

According to reports, Aruba’s home field, did not meet the FIFA and CONCACAF standards to host international fixtures.

The Reggae Boyz have played at the Ergilio Hato Stadium before when they visited Bonaire in Nations League action from last year.

It has been 22 years since the Reggae Boyz last played Aruba in a 6-0 affair and based on the start the team has had, that kind of result could be on the cards for the tiny island nation.

The Reggae Boyz started League ‘B’ positively, winning their first two games against Antigua & Barbuda and Guyana, 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

Aruba, on the other hand, have found the league’s Group C a rough place to be, losing their games to remain rooted to the foot of the table without a point. Aruba lost to Antigua & Barbuda 2-1, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Guyana.

The tie between the teams could be well and truly over with the Reggae Boyz first facing them in a home game at the National Stadium in Jamaica on October 12.

Veteran shooter and long-standing member, Major John Nelson was recently elected President of the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) and has pledged that his administration will elevate the profile of sport shooting. 

The Melbourne Vixens have signed Jamaica’s Kadie-Ann Dehaney to a new deal that will see the player return to Melbourne for the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season.

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