First Year Champs Leads to World Junior Triple Jump Silver
When Jaydon Hibbert bounded out to a triple jump personal best of 16.05 metres at this year's World Under 20 Championships, the mark made him the first Jamaican ever to win a medal in the event. It was also compensation for years of disappointment.
10 Champs Class 1 Winners Off On Scholarships – Girls
Led by double winners Shantae Foreman and Aaliyah Francis, 10 female 2021 Boys and Girls Championships Class 1 queens have secured college scholarships. Foreman, who completed a stellar Champs career in the jumps at St Jago High School after years at Excelsior, will head to Clemson University while 200/400 metres prospect Francis will move from the Rusea's School to Auburn University. Both Foreman and Francis will move to their new institutions in January.
Great Scott_Shot Put Pioneeer
Dorian Scott, Jamaica's first Olympic throws finalist, has joined a growing band of coaches from the island to hold head coaching posts on the US college circuit. Scott was recently named the head coach of the women's track & field/cross country programs at UNLV, the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Kerr - Long Jumping into the Future
"This has boosted my confidence so much. I just really want to see where else this will take me." Those are the words of Kavian Kerr, who won Jamaica's second straight long jump bronze medal at last month's World Under 20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. Kerr will ride the wave of confidence to a college scholarship at Kansas State University.
Elaine Completes the Set
Thanks to Elaine Thompson-Herah, Jamaicans now own all of the 100 and 200 metres records at the renowned Zurich Weltklasse meet. Thompson-Herah completed the set with a swift 100 metres dash on September 8 at the Diamond League final.
World Junior Stars Making the Transition
All but one of Jamaica's World Under 20 Athletics champions has represented the country at the World Championships or the Olympic Games or both. That was the status leading into the recent World Under 20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya and in addition, the lion's share of the 64 medals won by the nation in individual events has been won by performers who later contested senior global championships.
30th Anniversary of a Relay First
Jamaica has a proud record in the 4x100 metres relay, with gold medals galore won by both our men and women. Dahlia Duhaney, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, Beverly McDonald and Merlene Ottey began that sequence on September 1, 30 years ago at the 1991 World Championships with a memorable run in Tokyo, Japan.
Junior Stars Revise Jamaica All Time Performance List in Nairobi
With a world junior record in the girls' 4x100 metres as the highlight, Jamaica's team to the World Under 20 Championships made substantial revisions to the nation's all-time junior performance list. The changes came not only in the sprint relay but also in the 100 metres, the 110 metre hurdles, the long jump and the discus.