Athletics

Bring it on!

SPENCER…categorically refutes any assertion that she has refused or evaded a drug test (Photos: Bryan Cummings)

“Bring it on” was the response of the management team of embattled Jamaican athlete Kaliese Spencer at the news that the Commonwealth Games gold medallist was one of two athletes alleged by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) to have avoided being drug-tested last year, a breach o ... Read More

Dave Oddman (4th left) being congratulated by team members after being presented with his silver medal at a ceremony in Graz, Austria, yesterday. Speed skater Oddman feeling ‘good’ after copping silver
GRAZ, Austria — Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) continues to create waves in winter sports, as ... Read More

Jamaica’s Ajornie Simpson (right) and Himgary’s Szabok Zelanak in a keen battle for possession. Floor hockey team loses to Hungary again
GRAZ, Austria — Jamaica’s floor hockey team did not contest the third-place match yester ... Read More

Cold bug bites at World Winter Games, but athletes coping
GRAZ, Austria — Patricia Lue-Chin, the sole trained medical personnel with the Jamaican contin ... Read More

Apology

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

SPENCER…won the gold medals in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China in 2006, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland

The Jamaica Observer wishes to advise that yesterday’s lead story from the back page Spencer, Hylton charged, which was set to continue on Page 48, did not appear due to a technical glitch for which we apologise unreservedly. However, please note that the main elements of that story are repeated in today’s updated version, Bring it on! Read More

Thomas, Brown cop silver, bronze at Para Pan Games

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Jason Brown (right) with his bronze medal won in the T12 100m at the Para Pan games in Brazil.

Para athletes Tevaughan Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica its first medals when they struck silver and bronze medals on Tuesday in the Under-19 T47 and T12 100m events, respectively, at the Sao Paulo Para Pan American Youth Games, currently being held in Brazil. It was a photo finish with second place for Thomas who ran on strongly in the closing stages and who spoilt the Brazilian party as he was competing in a field that had three fancied athletes from Brazil. “I’m pleased ... Read More

More students to benefit from MoBay City Run

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Chair of the MoBay City Run organising committee Janet Silvera addresses the launch of the fourth staging of the event at the Holiday Inn Resort in Rose Hall on Tuesday.

ROSE HALL, St James — Organisers of the fourth staging of the MoBay City Run have extended their reach and will broaden their scope as they seek to assist more students from the proceeds of this year’s event, which will be staged on May 7 in Montego Bay. Chair of the organising committee, Janet Silvera, told Tuesday’s media launch at Holiday Inn Resort in Rose Hall that they will be extending assistance to residents of western Jamaica who attend tertiary institutions outside o ... Read More

Gold hunt!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Speed skating coach Jacqueline Bennett shares lens with her charges Dave Oddman (left) and Romaine Austin, both of whom will be gunning for gold medals today.

GRAZ, Austria — The members of the Jamaica delegation here at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be watching with fingers crossed as compatriot Dave Oddman races for gold in the 222-metre ice speed skating event at the ice rink stadium. Up to press time yesterday, the division list to show the line-up of athletes he will be facing was not available. Nonetheless, Jacqueline Bennett, the speed skating coach, held an optimistic view. “I think Dave should have a good cha ... Read More

Spencer, Hylton charged

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

SPENCER…won the gold medals in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China in 2006, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kaliese Spencer and World Championships relay bronze medallist Riker Hylton were yesterday identified by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) as the two Jamaican athletes who have violated the JADCO anti-doping rules that speak to “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection”. A release from the JAAA late yesterday afternoon said both athletes who were part of the Bert Cameron training group last year when the inci ... Read More

Mixed fortunes for Jamaican floor hockey warriors at Winter Games

BY SANJAY MYERS Senior staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

After the game Jamaica goalkeeper Oshain Daley (centre) enjoys the company of Hungary’s goalkeepers Barnabas Peliken (left) and Gabor Gerencser.

GRAZ, Austria — Jamaica’s floor hockey players endured another difficult day at the Special Olympics World Winter Games as they fell out of gold medal contention yesterday after another defeat. They went down 0-7 to the formidable Hungary outfit in the top floor hockey division in the afternoon’s encounter on the court, inside Stadthalle Graz in Austria. Earlier, the inexperienced Jamaicans fought pluckily to hold Costa Rica — who beat them 2-0 in a preliminary game day ... Read More

NCB commits 3m to Intercollegiate Track Field and Cheerleading Champs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Gregory Peart (right), sales manager at NCB, entertains (from left) Shashalee Forbes of GC Foster of Physical Education and Sports Tyquendo Tracey of UTech and Milissa Fletcher of UWI during the lauch of the 2017 NCB Intercollegiate Track & Field and Cheerleading Championships at NCB Wellness Centre on Phoenix Avenue in Kingston yesterday.Photo: Bryan Cummings

In another gesture of their commitment to nation-building, National Commercial Bank (NCB) has announced a $3-million sponsorship to host the 2017 NCB Intercollegiate Track & Field and Cheerleading Championships. The two-day championship will take place at the National Stadium on April 7 and 8. Fifteen schools, including defending champions GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, The University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), will take par ... Read More

Duncanson proud of Jamaican roots, big fan of Special athletes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Ayana Duncanson (left), daughter of Jamaican parents, speaks to Special Olympics Jamaica athletes Romaine Austin (centre) and Sydney Manyan at the Microsoft booth at Stadthalle Graz on Sunday. (Photos: Collin Reid, courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — A visitor animatedly approached the Special Olympics Jamaica floor hockey team as members sat in the stands at Stadthalle on Sunday. She was all smiles and bursting with excitement as she greeted members of the delegation in Austria for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. It turns out that Ayana Duncanson, the daughter of two Jamaicans living in the United States, had been waiting for that moment for days — the moment she would see the unmistakable black, ... Read More

Speed skaters excited after first and second-placed finishes

BY SANJAY MYERS @ Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Jamaican speed skaters Dave Oddman (left) and Romaine Austin pose for pictures after competition.

GRAZ, Austria — Special Olympics Jamaica’s two speed skaters, Romaine Austin and Dave Oddman, finished first and second, respectively, in a preliminary 333-metre race yesterday at the World Winter Games. The 19-year-old Austin clocked 59.028 seconds to cross the line way ahead of the other two competitors here at the ice rink stadium. Oddman, 35, finished in 1:27.853 minutes, while Brian Proost of the Netherlands was timed in 2:14.603 minutes. At the Special Olympics World Winte ... Read More

‘Thinking of being the greatest mother!’

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

FRASER-PRYCE...  right now I am embracing that new experience (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

There will be a new women IAAF World 100m champion in London as Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won in Moscow in 2013 and Beijing in 2015, will miss the 2017 edition because she is expecting her first child. Fraser-Pryce, who struggled with a toe injury last year and just failed to win her third consecutive 100m Olympic title in Rio, told the Jamaica Observer that she is actually okay with missing this year’s World Championships. “I announced that I am pregnant, as a ... Read More



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