The Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake is now in full support of a government to government agreement with Kenya to exchange technical expertise in track and field.

Kenya, long known as giants of middle and long-distance running, has agreed to help Jamaica in that area of the track, an area they have had little to no impact. Jamaica, though, have been masters of sprinting, making an impact where a tiny nation probably wouldn’t be expected to. There, Jamaica has promised to help Kenya, who have recently begun to produce sprinters of fair talent, but have yet to grab real success at the global stage.

According to Blake, the Jamaican government and the JAAA are on the same page, despite the fact that they did not liaise on the initial agreement.

“Even though we were not included in the initial process, it is part of the thing that we are trying to do, which is broaden the scope of Jamaican track and field as that is the only way we are going to stay on top for the long term,” Blake said. “Veronica Campbell-Brown’s statue will be unveiled on Sunday at the Stadium, so I am hoping I get a chance to raise it with her (Sports Minister Olivia Grange). If not, next week I will to do that,” he said.

“We haven’t excelled in distance running. We have had occasional athletes who have performed reasonably in the area like Kemoy Campbell, Aisha Praught[-Leer] and Natoya Goule, but we are not consistent in putting out middle- and long-distance runners.”

According to Blake, the process must not be rushed and it will take time for Jamaica to get a foothold into middle and long-distance sprinting.

Blake explained that this project was attempted in 2012 but with little to no success and asked for patience this time around if the exchange was to bare fruit.

Cavalier handed promoted Molynes United their first loss of the season with a 3-1 drubbing in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday.

The RSPL newcomers have enjoyed a rosy start to life in the top flight, winning their first six games of the season before drawing with Harbour View last weekend.  Cavalier were determined to ensure that they did mount a quick recovery and dominated throughout the encounter.

Chevonne Marsh gave the visitors an early lead in the 22nd minute and with the match heading towards halftime, Keithy Simpson doubled that advantage with his goal in the 42nd minute.  The game seemed to be well and truly over by the time Nicholas Hamilton added a third goal in the 82nd minute but Anthony Greenland got a consolation goal for the hosts in stoppage time.

 Elsewhere, league leaders Waterhouse failed to take advantage of the Molynes United slip-up as they were themselves hammered 3-1 by Mount Pleasant.  Jourdaine Fletcher put the hosts in the lead in the 40th minute, with Francios Swaby doubling that lead just five minutes later.  Andre Fletcher, however, made things interesting when he found the back of the net in the 81st minute, setting up the potential of a grandstand finish.  The two-goal advantage was restored when Kesslon Hall struck in time added on.

Tivoli Gardens left things late but still grabbed all three points when Davian Garrison found the back of the net in the 82nd minute.  In other matches, Humble Lions and Harbour View played to a 0-0 draw at Effortville, while UWI and Vere United played to a 1-1 draw at UWI bowl.

 

 

 

 

Lawyers representing the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) are proceeding to initiate legal action against noted attorney Dr Emir Crowne after the latter refused to apologize for alleged defamatory comments he made about the commission in  August this year.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey is primed to return to action for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen having fully recovered from a hamstring injury suffered last month.

The 22-year-old, who is looking to rediscover his best form at the Bundesliga club, could be on the bench for the team’s match away to Eintracht Frankfurt.  Prior to the injury, the winger made four appearances for the team, scoring once.

Bailey has had a torrid time of late with injuries.  In April the player experienced another setback, on that occasion straining a thigh muscle.  Having worked hard at rehabilitation, the player insists he is ready to go again and could be in line for a start.

"I am back now, and I feel very good.  But of course, after an injury, it's important not to rush anything. Maybe I come off the bench,” Bailey said.

"I think I'll be in the squad, but I do not know if I'll start."

In addition to Bailey, other players making a comeback are Lars Bender and Jonathan Tah.

Jamaica centre Samardo Samuels is expected to join Athens-based club Panionios BC ahead of the new Greek Basketball League (GBL) season.

The much-traveled 30-year-old former NBA player was recently back in the United States where he took part in the Big 3 league.  Samuels represented the Trilogy. 

Prior to the move, the controversial player had found himself without a club, after being suspended by French basketball outfit Limogues following an argument with the coach.

A string of short stints has followed the player since 2017 when he signed with Spanish club Real Betis Energia Plus.  The big man parted ways with the club after a coaching dispute. 

Samuels signed with the Serbian club Partizan for the rest of the 2017–18 season.  He was suspended by the club on November 15, for the violation of its discipline code, just a day after Partizan lost in a EuroCup game against Alba Berlin.  The player reportedly criticized head coach Miroslav Nikolić and made inappropriate remarks to a female journalist.

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.

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