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Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:22 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Minutes after Shawn-D Thompson jumped to within 2cm of an Olympic qualifier on February 8, his thoughts leapt forward to the Gibson McCook Relays this weekend. The relay carnival this Saturday will see Thompson and outstanding schoolboy Wayne...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Even though Natoya Goule’s last race at Boys and Girls’ Championships was 10 years ago, the middle distance standard-bearer still has two records at the world’s greatest high school meet. One of them could be under threat come March 24, when Kayan...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Olympic swimmer Belinda Phillips is proud to have represented Jamaica. Phillips is thankful for the honour bestowed on her at the Jamalco Development Meet in Halse Hall, Clarendon, on February 1. “I’m proud, I’m happy,” she said. “I’m happy to be...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:20 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Year after year, Devontie Archer of Excelsior High School has come close to gold at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. A determined performance in the Class One 400m hurdles at last week’s Corporate Area Championships...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Wayne Long and high-school student athletes Lotavia Brown and Wayne Pinnock were all in the spotlight at Saturday’s 42nd staging of the Milo Western Relays. Long, a veteran meet computer manager, served as patron of the meet while Brown and Pinnock...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

After super-sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce got the 42nd Milo Western Relays going with a season-opening 60m win, two-time World Championship 400m finalist Demish Gaye, Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School and Kingston College (KC) entertained...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The MVP Track Club trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, and Nesta Carter will test their early season fitness over 60m at the Milo Western Relays at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport today. Fraser-Pryce, the 2016 World...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:21 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Two-time Olympic sprinters Jackie Pusey and Ethlyn Tate were honoured for their athletic accomplishments at last Saturday’s JAAA/Jamalco Development Meet at Halse Hall. Afterwards, though Pusey and Tate each have praiseworthy individual...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:35 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Kimberly Williamson, bronze medal winner at last year’s Pan American Games in the high jump, is training for the Olympics in Jamaica. Williamson said she made her mind up to make the change after working with a former coach at the Games. Now 26...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:35 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Lacovia High School isn’t a track and field powerhouse … yet. However, the school’s athletics programme is growing and as part of that growth, Lacovia High is targeting scholarships for its student-athletes and a possible appearance at the Penn...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:48 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Tajay Gayle made a breakthrough last year in Doha, when he became Jamaica’s first world champion in the long jump. One coach says Gayle has inspired all jumpers and among them is Tissanna Hickling, the Pan American Games bronze medallist. Her coach...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Wayne Pinnock, the outstanding long jumper from Kingston College, has an attempt to make the Jamaica team to the Tokyo Olympics on the radar. That’s the word from his coach, Jeremy Delisser, who says Pinnock is looking good in training so far. “So...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:22 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Fedrick Dacres, the 2018 RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman of the Year, opened his Olympic year with a fine win on Saturday. Dacres, last year’s World Athletics Championships discus throw silver medallist, zoomed out to 63.04m. Others to...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 10:24 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Olympic team will meet for its pre-Games training camp in Japan. The venue, located in the southern Japanese city Tottori Prefecture, will be made available as part of a longstanding partnership with Jamaica and Warren Blake,...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:35 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THE 2017 World Championship 4x100m team member Michael Campbell is feeling good, as he continues his journey back to full speed. Injured in a car accident over two years ago, Campbell says it’s wonderful to be back. Speaking on Saturday at the...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela is poised and ready to break the triple jump world record. That’s the view of Kerry Lee Ricketts, who believes his wife Shanieka Ricketts might also reach the 24-year-old mark of 15.50 metres. Rojas raised expectations...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:37 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Triple jumper Shanieka Ricketts competed in 15 meets in 2019 as she built a season that saw her win the World Athletics Diamond League final and a silver medal at the World Championship. However, her husband and coach Kerry Lee Ricketts says she...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:31 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Some Jamaicans have already achieved the qualifying standards for next year’s Olympic track and field competition. That’s because of a change made to the period in which athletes can attain the standards. In a revision of previous policy, the...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:56 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Wayne Pinnock and Kevona Davis will be on centre stage during the 2020 high school athletics season with good reason. Pinnock, the excellent Kingston College long jumper and hurdler, and Davis, the bright sprint prospect from Edwin Allen High...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:10 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Michael Frater is back on the track, but the three-time Olympian has swapped his spikes for the coaching chair. Frater is assisting the male sprinters at St Jago High School, and he hopes to put them on the path to success. “Anyone who knows me...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:31 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Add Michael Frater to the list of those worried about the state of men’s sprinting in Jamaica. The retired speed stalwart thinks one fix is for our young sprinters to go to college to gain experience before they become professionals. “I’m very...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In March, Courtney Lawrence won the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships Athletics Championships Class One shot put after three years of trying. Now, the Cloud County Junior College freshman is learning how to compete at the next level...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:30 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

New national badminton champion Matthew Lee is readying himself for a busy 2020 on the court and in the classroom. Winner of his first Jamaica men’s singles title in November, Lee will focus on international tournaments, including the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | December 14, 2019 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When Megan Tapper settled into the blocks for the 100-metre hurdles final in Doha at the 17th World Championships, she was on the cusp of her greatest accomplishment in track and field. Sadly, a twitchy start left her in tears, with the other...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:32 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

After a successful 2019 season, 100 metre hurdler Megan Tapper has bright hopes for next year. Tapper, a World Championship finalist, is up for the challenge she will face against a Jamaican hurdles contingent she describes as brilliant. The 25-...

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