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Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The nation’s track and field coaches have presented a proposal for the staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships next year. The proposal follows meetings held by the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association and...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Yvonne Graham, the German-born queen of Jamaican middle-distance running, believes current flagbearer in the discipline, Aisha Praught-Leer, could become a role model for youngsters. In addition, Graham sees Praught-Leer’s improvement on the...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:13 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Winthrop Graham’s Jamaica mark in the men’s 400-metre hurdles has stood unchallenged since 1993. According to one coach, several active Jamaicans, including 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaheel Hyde, could surpass the mark if they...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

For years, Jamaica’s incomparable Usain Bolt was the big draw at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet. When the meet is contested today, Norwegian Karsten Warholm could end the 28-year reign of Kevin Young as the fastest 400-metre hurdler of all time...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2020 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Protocols developed by the local track and field federation have paved the way for the return of sporting activities in Jamaica. That’s the view of outgoing Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake. Not only...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, will not be seeking re-election for a third term in charge of Jamaica’s track and field and has thrown his support behind current General Secretary Garth Gayle...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Deon Hemmings-McCatty made sporting history on July 31, 1996, 24 years ago today. On that day in Atlanta, she became the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal with a memorable triumph in the 400m hurdles. “Wow, it’s amazing,” Hemmings-...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:13 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Senoj-Jay Givans, the 2017 World Championships team member, got his 2020 season off to a promising start in Florida on July 4. Givans placed fourth in the 100-metre final in 10.21 seconds. With competition curtailed by the COVID-19 outbreak, that...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Warren Blake’s end to this term in office has seen a pandemic affect what might have been a happy last season, and he’s disappointed. But he says the country will do well when the sport...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2020 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Three-time Jamaica men’s singles champion Kane Watson believes Caribbean table tennis players can compete with the best in the world. Watson is holding up another player from the region as proof, and says dedication, being in the right system, and...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

James Beckford, Jamaica’s first World Championships long jump medal winner, was delighted to see Tajay Gayle become world champion last year. Beckford believes Gayle can jump even further if he stays focused. When Gayle jumped 8.69 metres to win...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

BORN ON May 25, 1920, 100 years ago today, Arthur Wint compiled an immense body of work on the track. He is known especially for being Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medallist, a milestone he attained in the 400m, but he was so good at both that...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:23 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Outstanding as a schoolboy hurdler, Dejour Russell says training with the accomplished Hansle Parchment is helping him through his first year as a senior athlete. Russell is grateful and is working patiently to his ultimate goal – a medal in the...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:16 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

LIKE EVERYONE in athletics, star sprint hurdler Danielle Williams is twiddling her thumbs while she keeps safe from the novel coronavirus. However, while she waits, Williams is looking forward to intense competition in 2021, 2022 and 2023. In a...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

ARMED WITH renewed vigour for training and competition, three-time national table tennis champion Kane Watson is aiming to achieve big goals in what he calls the twilight of his career. Watson has his eyes on medals at the Caribbean Regional...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:20 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THE ST Catherine lockdown because of COVID-19 has forced the Spanish Town-based Sprintec Track Club to change the way it trains. The adjustment has led Sprintec head coach Maurice Wilson to improvise to keep his athletes fit, and now the club is...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THANKS TO the novel coronavirus, many young athletes have lost their final opportunity to compete at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships, which has been moved from Nairobi, Kenya, this year, to 2021. With them in mind, Jamaica Athletics...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

HONOURED LAST week for his performances at Pittsburgh State University, 1998 Commonwealth 400 hurdles champion Dinsdale Morgan says he simply did his best to help the team. Morgan is being inducted into the US Track and Field and Cross Country...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2020 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Sprint hurdler Danielle Williams and 400m hurdles exponent Dinsdale Morgan have been inducted into the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division Two Hall of Fame. Williams, who distinguished herself at Johnson C....

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

WELL-KNOWN SPORTS administrator Freddie Green died on April 12 after a lengthy illness. He was 88 years old. Known in particular for his distinguished service to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Green also did sterling work...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:17 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

When Jamaica’s Usain Bolt settled into the blocks for the 200 metres at the Carifta Games on April 11, 2004, he was already on the radar. Just 19.93 seconds later and Bolt had taken sole ownership of the World Under-20 record. The result obtained...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

ATHLETES WHO have already attained the Olympic qualifying standard in their respective events need not worry. Recently, all sports agreed to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Tokyo...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:24 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Expert track and field coach Maurice Wilson supports the staging of meets late this year as proposed last week by the sport’s world governing body. Wilson says the sport can’t afford to disengage from fans for a whole year and believes that...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Remarkably, a decade has slipped past since the historic 2010 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Lest you forget, Holmwood Technical denied a stout challenge from Edwin Allen High while Wolmer’s Boys won a thriller that went down to...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

FORMER VERE Technical High School athlete Rene Medley has made history. Medley, a final-year student-athlete at Lincoln University of Missouri, was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2020 NCAA Division 2 Indoor Track and...

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