CAMERON - Independence Day Hero
Nothing tests a man's mettle like adversity. Jamaica's Bert Cameron was tested severely at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and passed with flying black-green-and-gold colours. He went to LA in search of a gold medal that would crown him king of the event some still call 'the quarter'. He left with something just as valuable.
Deon on Top in Atlanta
Pioneers like Cynthia Thompson, Una Morris and Rosie Allwood paved the way for a new generation led by Merlene Ottey to win track and field medals at the highest level. However, the honour of being the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold fell to Deon Hemmings-McCatty, a determined 400 metre hurdler. Unheralded at high school, she beat the world in style at the 1996 Olympics.
Stepping Up at All-Comers Meets
If you only go to big meets like the Gibson McCook Relays, Boys & Girls Champs, the Jamaica Invitational and then Racers Grand Prix, you'll see exciting international and local performances. However, in the last few years, regular staging of local All-Comers Meets has given hard core fans extra clues about emerging stars. Among those who gave used All-Comers Meets as stepping stones are Kemar Bailey-Cole, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Christania Williams, and Demish Gaye.
World Record! Marilyn Neufville
When Marilyn Neufville settled into her blocks for the 400 metre final on July 23 at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, the 17 year-old Portland native had the world on her shoulders. She shrugged off the pressure and raced into history. Neufville won by a city block and stopped the clock at 51.02 seconds, a world record by seven tenths of a second.
Great Expectations for Pinnock at Tennessee
Outstanding jumper/hurdler Wayne Pinnock is 'one of the best talents in the world'. That's the word from the University of Tennessee. Pinnock will be attending that institution on scholarship with several Jamaicans as company, when the next academic year begins.
Return To Training And Competition Guidance (Post) Covid-19 In Jamaica
The world has been gripped by a highly infectious pandemic caused by the SARS corona virus 2. COVID-19 infection has caused severe disruption to all aspects of life inclusive of the sporting landscape.
First Big Win for Little VC
The glittering track and field career of Veronica Campbell-Brown, CD, has been filled with consistent success. With two individual wins a piece at the Olympics and the World Championships and two World Indoor 60 metre titles, Veronica is one of Jamaica's best ever sprinters. She shifted into gear 21 years ago at the 1st World Youth Championship, in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Fans argue endlessly about which race made it clear Usain Bolt would be a star. In most cases, the race selected is either Bolt's stunning 100 metre 9.76 second victory at the 2008 Jamaica Invitational, his world record defeat of Tyson Gay later that same season in New York, clocked in 9.72, or his eased-off 9.69 second dash in the Beijing Olympics. All three are good choices.