FIRST DAY FUN FACTS - THE WOMEN'S 100
The Olympic track and field programme begins today and on the schedule is the first round of an event in which most pundits expect a Jamaican bonanza. Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 winner, 2016 champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and sprint newcomer Shericka Jackson are the fastest three women of the season with times of 10.63, 10.71 and 10.77 seconds respectively and understandably there is talk of a medal sweep. This prospect presents several intriguing possibilities.
Memorable Moments in Jamaica's Men in the Olympic 100 Metres
When Herb McKenley won the silver medal in the 100 metres in the 1952 Olympics, he wrote the first chapter in Jamaica's memorable history in sprinting. When Tyquendo Tracey, Yohan Blake and Oblique Seville go to the blocks for the 100 metres on July 28, they will seek to add to those memories. If Tracey, Blake or Seville wins a medal, it will be the fourth consecutive Games in which Jamaica's flag will fly at the presentation ceremony.
NACAC U18 & U23 TEAM READY TO GO
The squad that will represent Jamaica at the North American Central American and Caribbean Under 18 and Under 23 Championships in Costa Rica this weekend is ready to go. That's the indication from team manager Keith Wellington who also expects the Tokyo bound pair of Christopher Taylor and Charokee Young to use the meet to fine tune their preparations for the Olympic Games.
JAAA names teams to the 2020 Olympic Games & NACAC U18 & U23 Champs
The JAAA has named the members of the teams to the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan & NACAC U18 & U23 Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. The events are scheduled for July 30 - August 08 & July 9 - 11, respectively.
National Champs Upgrades All-Time Performance List
Last week's National Senior Championships produced several revisions to the Jamaican all-time performance list, with Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Stephenie McPherson, Jaheel Hyde and Damion Thomas the prime movers. Converted from the 400 metres, Jackson put her pen to the list twice with sensational times in the 100 and 200 metres.
Patient Development the Key for Hurdlers Anderson and Nugent
Fast young 100 metre hurdlers Britany Anderson and Ackera Nugent are reaping the benefits of patient development. So says David Riley, head of the Excelsior High School Track and Field programme that guided Nugent to a World Under 18 record.
Burnett Inspired By Bolt
After a fine US College season, Davonte Burnett is here in the land of his father's birth to compete at this week's National Senior Championships. The incomparable Usain Bolt is Burnett's inspiration and he will be racing to follow in the great man's footsteps.
Hurdles & Field Events Lead the Way For Jamaica at NCAA
Runner-up finishes for Roje Stona and Lamara Distin secured top billing for Jamaicans at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships at Eugene, Oregon. Stona, now at Clemson University, and Distin, who represents Texas A&M University both produced personal best marks to win silver medals in the discus and the high jump respectively. Podium finishes were also earned by hurdlers Phillip Lemonious, Ackera Nugent, Andrenette Knight and long jumper Carey McLeod.