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Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2023 | 1:07 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

A single moment can change your life. That’s the case for Jamaica’s Rivaldo Marshall, a student-athlete at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, who won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 800 metres gold medal on May 21,...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2023 | 12:54 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

National champions Kane Watson and Solesha Young lead the list of invitees to a trial event designed to help the Jamaica Table Tennis Association pick its squads for upcoming regional tournaments. Watson and Young will be on familiar turf, as the...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 1:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

IN 2021, St George’s College had just one entry at the GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) in Amari Officer and he put seven big points on the board. The St George’s team has grown since those COVID-19-ravaged days, and...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2023 | 1:16 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

TWO THOUSAND and twenty-three began with the Hockey World Cup and now the FIFA Women’s World and Netball World cups are just months away. As a track and field fan, I can barely wait for the World Athletics Championships which will arrive this...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 1:20 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

As St Catherine High School coach Marlon James headed for the exit after the ONDIRUN Sprint Fest at the GC Foster College of Physical Education on January 20, he predicted good things in 2023 for the star graduate of his programme, Julien Alfred....

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 1:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In the decade since the 2000 metres steeplechase was introduced at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs), Kingston College (KC) have won most of the glory. Five KC boys have stood atop the podium and the school owns...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 6:40 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Bryan Levell and Delano Kennedy, teammates at Edwin Allen High School, are both working to make 2023 a better year on the track than 2022. That’s the assurance from their coach, Leon Powell, who led the team to a fine fifth place at the ISSA/...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 6:36 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Those who arrived an hour late for the 2023 staging of the Central Hurdles and Relays meet last Saturday missed a record run that may signal a challenge to the established order of merit in the girls’ 4x800 metre relay. Early birds at the GC Foster...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2023 | 12:46 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The North America, Central America and the Caribbean region dominates relays at the Olympics and the World Championships. That has led the region’s top athletics administrator to believe that the World Relays meet should become a staple in this...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2023 | 1:43 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

CARMEN CLARKE had many friends in track and field circles, and many gathered on Saturday as she was laid to rest. They included Mike Sands, the president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Athletic Association, who...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2023 | 1:24 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In pursuit of medals at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, this August, coach Julian Robinson is tweaking the training programme for his star discus throwers Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle. His objective is to get them to...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2023 | 1:18 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

The low point in Jamaica’s 16-medal triumph at last year’s World Athletics Under 20 Championships came at 5:50 p.m. in Cali, Colombia on August 4. After racing to the fastest time in the semifinals, Carifta champion Delano Kennedy moved before the...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2023 | 12:42 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

On January 12, I heard the first sign of worry by a Jamaican that the incomparable Usain Bolt could lose his position as the best sprinter of all time. It came as a coach wondered what lies ahead in my presence. The cause of his worry is Letsile...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2023 | 12:49 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

“Sir, I have a lot of improvement to make.” Those are the words of former Edwin Allen High School horizontal jump standout Ackelia Smith shortly after a personal-best jump of 6.73 metres in December. The distance and her desire for advancement have...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2023 | 12:48 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

HURDLERS SOMETIMES fall and it can happen at the worst possible time. If you doubt that, ask Shamer Blake or Demario Prince. The two young hurdlers enter 2023 chasing redemption after disappointing falls last season. As fate would have it, they...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2023 | 12:51 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION High School got its 2023 track season off to a fine start at Jamaica College last weekend, thanks to the hard work by its student-athletes and expert guidance by the team’s coaching staff. In addition, the Immaculate team had...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2023 | 1:15 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

With her blazing speed, Serena Cole is a long jump coach’s dream athlete. Understandably, her jumps coach Jeremy Delisser is hoping that the outgoing Edwin Allen High School senior will continue with the long jump and the 100 metres throughout her...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2023 | 1:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In his 13 years at Immaculate Conception High School, head coach Franz Forde has helped the school to three top-10 finishes at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, four more in the top 15 and a high point score of 81 in...

Published:Monday | January 9, 2023 | 12:56 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

With regions elsewhere in the world being assailed by new outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus, local track and field meet organisers are being asked to be on their guard. This appeal to maintain many of the sport’s COVID-19 protocols has come from...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2023 | 1:34 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

BEACH VOLLEYBALL and Jamaica seem to be a natural match but not every beach has the space to host tournaments. That’s the challenge the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) is working to overcome as it seeks to spread this version of the sport....

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2023 | 1:04 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

In a late-season run in regional tournaments in 2022, Jamaica took the first step towards qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in beach volleyball. Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) President Jacqueline Cowan wants to build on that success. She...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2023 | 1:24 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Basketball fans are in for a treat. The second staging of the E1 Caribbean Pro Basketball League will start tomorrow inside the National Arena, once again pairing top local exponents with professionals from overseas. Though the tournament is in...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2023 | 1:20 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Jura Levy, a World Championships and Olympic Games medal winner, will headline the first local meet of the 2023 track and field season. Levy will test her speed at the On Di Run Sprint Fest, which is being staged today on the grounds of Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2023 | 1:32 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

JAMAICA BASKETBALL Association (JBA) president, Paulton Gordon, has pointed to the invitation of an Italian academy as one of the synergies his organisation will be looking to take advantage of as a way to help develop the sport. “We have an...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2023 | 1:34 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

THE JAMAICA Table Tennis Association (JTTA) is focused on preparing the nation’s teams for the upcoming Caribbean Championships for both seniors and juniors with local tournaments and national squad training. “We plan to have a tournament at least...

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