Athletics

Hughes aims for elusive sub-20 clocking at JN Racers Grand Prix

Hughes... I hope that I can stay healthy leading up to Racers Grand Prix because the sub-20 might just come there (Observer file photo)

After being hampered by injury deep into last season last year, British sprinter Zharnel Hughes is aiming to return with a bang and establish his mark at the second staging of the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) sponsored Racers Grand Prix to “Salute a Legend” – Usain Bolt o ... Read More

Minister of Sports Olivia Grange (third left) interacts with students following the launch of the 39th staging of the INSPORTS All-Age and Junior High Schools Athletics Championships. Sixteen schools for INSPORTS All-Age and Junior High Athletics Champs
SIXTEEN schools are expected to participate in the 39th staging of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS ... Read More

Andre de Grasse - said to be the likely successor to Usain Bolt. Merritt heads US dominance, De Grasse stars
NASSAU, Bahamas (AFP) —American veteran Lashawn Merritt showed all his experience to bag a thi ... Read More

Gayon Evans (right) gives the  baton change to Christania Williams during the heats of the Women’s 4x100m rfelay lasy night in The Bahamas. (Photos: Collin Reid courtesy of Courts, Alliance Investments and JN Bank) Bronze, bronze and more bronze
Bronze was the medal of choice last night of Jamaican athletes as they competed on the second and fi ... Read More

Silver for the 4x100m ladies

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior staff reporter | Monday, April 24, 2017    

Jamaica’s Women’s 4x100m team (from left) Simone Facey, Natasha Morrison, Gayon Evans, and Sashalee Forbes display their silver medal during the medals ceremony of the IAAF/BTC World Relays in The Bahamas last night. The team completed the event in 42.95 seconds behind Germany, which took gold in 42.84 seconds. China won the bronze in 43.11 seconds. More World Relays coverage on Pages 26, 27, 28, 52 and 53. (Photo: Collin Reid courtsey Courts,Alliance Investment and JN Bank)

Jamaica’s women won silver in the 4x100m behind a resurgent Germany as the World Relays in The Bahamas concluded yesterday. The race was dramatic one as, for the umpteenth time, pre-race favourites the United States failed to carry the baton around the track. Jamaica started the final with Simone Facey who passed to Natasha Morrison. Morrison then delivered to Gayon Evans and then Evans to Sashalee Forbes. Surprisingly there was no Elaine Thompson in the line-up. Jamaica had to sett ... Read More

Photo: Relay Silver

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Jamaica’s Women’s 4x100m team (from left) Simone Facey, Natasha Morrison, Gayon Evans, and Sashalee Forbes display their silver medal during the medals ceremony of the IAAF/BTC World Relays in The Bahamas last night. The team completed the event in 42.95 seconds behind Germany, which took gold in 42.84 seconds. China won the bronze in 43.11 seconds. More World Relays coverage on Pages 26, 27, 28, 52 and 53. (Photo: Collin Reid courtsey Courts,Alliance Investment and JN Bank)

Jamaica’s Women’s 4x100m team (from left) Simone Facey, Natasha Morrison, Gayon Evans, and Sashalee Forbes display their silver medal during the medals ceremony of the IAAF/BTC World Relays in The Bahamas last night. The team completed the event in 42.95 seconds behind Germany, which took gold in 42.84 seconds. China won the bronze in 43.11 seconds. (Photo: Collin Reid courtsey Courts, Alliance Investment and JN Bank) Read More

PHOTOS: WORLD RELAYS

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Demish Gaye collects the baton from Peter Matthews and is on the go in the heats of the Men’s 4x400m relay at the World Relays in The Bahamas on Saturday night.

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PHOTOS: The World Relays

Monday, April 24, 2017    

TIME TO SMILE: Jamaica’s 4x200m winning ladies flash their smiles on the medal podium: (from left) Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes and Elaine Thompson.

Jamaica reaped gold in the women’s 4x200m relay on Saturday night at the World Relays in The Bahamas when the team of Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Jura Levy and Elaine Thompson (in running order) not only won the coveted gold medal, they also broke the Championships’ record with a time of 1:29.04 seconds. Read More

Organisers anticipate huge numbers for Jakes Off-Road Triathlon

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Action from the Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon in St Elizabeth last year. (Observer file photos)

Organisers of the 22nd staging of the annual Jakes Off-Road Triathlon are anticipating an excellent turnout in their continued bid to raise funds for the Treasure Beach community in St Elizabeth. The event, scheduled for April 29, is the oldest in the Caribbean and has been rated as one of the five best triathlons worldwide by Triathlete Magazine. Jake’s Triathlon features a 300-metre protected ocean swim, a 25-kilometres off–and-on road back-country mountain bike, and a seven k ... Read More

Photo: Glorious!

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Photo: Collin Reid

Student athletes from the south-central region were outstanding as Jamaica again outclassed the Caribbean region at track and field’s junior level, topping the Carifta Games medal table for the 33rd year in a row. Jamaica won 86 medals for the third-straight year, finishing with 39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze. Photo shows Vere Technical High’s Britany Anderson (left) who broke the Carifta Girls Under-18 100m hurdles record in 13.16 seconds, and her teammate Daszay Freeman of Manche ... Read More

Racers Grand Prix tickets go on sale May 1

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Online e-tickets for the JN Bank Racers Grand Prix set for June 10 at the National Stadium go on sale on Monday, May 1. The cost of the tickets range from $1,000 to $6,000. It will cost $6,000 for a ticket to watch the event at the finish line, $3,500 for the rest of Grandstand and $1,000 for the Bleachers’ section of the National Stadium. Racers Track Club’s vice president Dennis Gordon told the Jamaica Observer that the ticket prices are more than reasonable for an event of the ... Read More

Elaine Thompson for Racers Grand Prix

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Elaine Thompson cruises to victory in one of her heats at the Rio Olympics. Thompson eventually became the first Jamaican woman to win the 100m and 200m gold at the Olympics. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson of the MVP club joins the galaxy of stars set to compete at the second staging of the JN Bank Racers Grand Prix on Saturday June 10. Dennis Gordon, vice- president of Racers Track Club, has confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that Thompson was booked, but was uncertain as to whether or not she will be running the 100m or the 200m at the event. Thompson had a breakout year in 2015, culminating with a silver medal in the 200m at the ... Read More

Golden record for our 4x200m ladies  

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior staff reporter | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

OUR GOLDEN GIRLS: Gold medallists in the Women’s 4x200m, (from left) Shericka Jackson, Jura Levy, Sasha Lee Forbes and Elaine Thompson   stand proudly in front of the clock displaying their new championship record. [Photo: Collin Reid (Courtesy Courts, Alliance Investments, JN Bank)]

Jamaica won its first gold medal at the IAAF World Relays last night in The Bahamas with a blistering run that brought home the coveted gold in the Women’s 4x200m. If this was not enough for the ladies, they also set a new championship record of 1:29.04. Jamaica made a tactical switch from the heats, shifting Elaine Thompson from the opening leg to the anchor leg, and. In addition the coaches brought in the promising Sasha Lee Forbes for Anastasia LeRoy on the third leg, and it worked wo ... Read More

Men’s 4x100m quartet flop

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior staff reporter | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Yohan Blake is a picture of dejection as he leaves the track after his teammates had dropped the baton in the heats of the 4x100m relays last night in The Bahamas.

A botched second-leg exchange between Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie ruined Jamaica’s chances in the Men’s 4x100m relay at the World Relays in The Bahamas last night. Everton Clarke gave Jamaica a decent start but the baton never got to anchor leg runner Yohan Blake who was left stranded. The race was won by the Netherlands in 38.21 seconds ahead of China in 38.97 with Australia third in 39.09 seconds. In the next heat Canadian Andre DeGrasse showed that he has improved le ... Read More



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