Big Performances at European Championships

The 2024 European six-day Track and Field Championships ended in Rome on June 12, and unlike some former years, there were many high-level actions throughout. The continent sent its A-listers, and their performances were superb, a peek into what to expect in Paris. Let’s look at Italy whose Olympic men’s 100m defending champion Lamont Marcell…

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Can The German Doc Save ET-H?

Jamaica’s double-double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah turned up at the New York Grand Prix yesterday to the delight and curiosity of track fans. Just a week prior, she returned to competition for the first time this season in Oregon. To the dismay of many, Thompson-Herah ended the race in last place of nine with a…

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Big Performances of the Week

Seville Stuns Lyles Rising Jamaican sprinter Oblique Seville upstaged the World 100m reigning champion, Noah Lyles of the USA, at the Racers Grand Prix meet in Kingston last night (June 1) by defeating him over 100m. Seville clocked a personal best 9.82secs, a world lead. Drawn in lane three – beside his training partner Zharnel…

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3 Young Jamaicans Make Big Progress

While track fans in Jamaica and the diaspora were growing excited about the exploits of two big prospects overseas, 19-yr-old Brianna Lyston at LSU and 23-yr-old Nickisha Pryce at the University of Arkansas, both in the US, their 22-yr-old country woman Krystal Sloley shocked herself and spectators at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational meet in Kingston…

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Is Forte Finding Form Again?

Jamaica’s Julian Forte emerged winner of the men’s 100m in a tight finish with his compatriot and World Indoor Championships bronze medalist Akeem Blake. Forte, who has had years of injury problems, clocked 10.02secs (0.8m/s) to lower his 10.07 season best he ran this weekend (May 11) and got the better of Blake who was…

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Ivorian Talou-Smith Is Toast of Jamaica

Marie Jose Talou-Smith drew the biggest applause for the night when she was introduced in the lineup of the women 100m at the World Athletics Jamaica Invitational International meet in Kingston, Saturday, May 11. Talou-Smith, who represents the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast on the southern coast of West Africa and is a friend of Jamaica’s sprint queen…

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Penn Saturday Fell Short of Its Usual Excitement

After months of waiting for the much-heralded new-look Penn Relays for 2024, which many thought would have rekindled the fire of the former Nike-sponsored USA vs. The World, fans were left crest fallen, and it wasn’t because only two of the relays on the agenda until 2019 were run. What was billed as a battle…

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Hydel Girls Rule at Home and Abroad

The tenacity, speed, and strength of Jamaica’s Hydel High School girls fended off the challenges of their main rivals, compatriots Edwin Allen High School and US powerhouse Bullis High School of Washington DC, to win the high school girls Championship of America sprint and mile relays in the US city of Philadelphia, Friday, March 26.…

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5 Teen-aged Sprinters Caught My Eyes

The excitement from the Jamaica high school track and field championships (Champs) in March might still be in the air. For me, it was more than the battle among schools, the points they amass, and bragging rights; I tend to see who catches my eyes as the possible next “big thing” overtime, based on their…

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Two Big 100m Upsets at Jamaica Champs

Alliah Baker (photo above) of Hydel High School and Damor Miller of Excelsior High school staged major upsets in the marquee 100m races last week Wednesday (20th) at the ISSA Boys and Girls High School Championships (Champs 2024) in Kingston. Both athletes went into Champs without fanfare, and both came from behind to snatch victory…

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