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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.

Patience Rewarded For Shelly-Ann – 10.63!

A dream came true for Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce at last Saturday’s JOA/JAAA Olympic Destiny Meet inside the National Stadium. The 4-time World 100 metres champion rocketed from the blocks, drove smoothly to top speed and finished in 10.63 seconds – an improvement on the national record she set in 2012. More than that, the brilliant run made her the second fastest woman of all time.

33 Jamaicans Qualify for NCAA Outdoor Champs

When the University of Oregon opens the door to its newly refurbished Hayward Field Stadium for the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 9-12, 33 Jamaicans will rush in. The group of 17 men and 16 women will be led by sprinter Kemba Nelson, a student at Oregon, who will seek to duplicate her surprise NCAA Indoor win on ‘home soil’.

Knight Adds to Jamaica’s Strong 400 Hurdles Crew

With three finalists from the last Olympics, the Commonwealth champion, the CAC champion and the last two World Championships bronze medallists, Jamaica is blessed with quality in the women’s 400 metre hurdles. Yet, Andrenette Knight looks set to join this strong crew following her recent win at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships in Raleigh North Carolina on May 14. Running for the University of Virginia, Knight rode her tally of 2021 personal bests to three with a smart run of 55.75 seconds to win the gold medal.

20 Year Old Jamaican Junior 4x400 Record in Danger – Rusea’s Coach

The Jamaican women’s Under 20 4x400 metres relay record has stood for 20 years but Rodrick Myles, head coach of the Rusea’s School, says it could go this year. Coach Myles was convinced by compelling 400 metre races at last week’s Boys and Girls Championships that a 2021 national under 20 team could go as fast as 3 minutes and 26 seconds. 

Death of Legendary Half-miler, Olympian and former JAAA Executive Neville Myton, OD

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is extremely saddened by the passing of legendary half-miler, Olympian and former executive member Neville Myton.  Mr. Myton, who has been ailing for nearly a year, passed at 74 years old on May 19, 2021.

Sachin Sitting Pretty With Early World U20 Qualifying Mark

Sachin Dennis of STETHS distinguished himself last week at Boys and Girls Championships by achieving a rare trio of 100 metre wins. The 18 year-old speedster has another reason to smile. He came to Champs with the 100 metres qualifying time for the 2021 World Under 20 Championships already secured.