Jamaica continue to dominate on the track adding more medals. Shericka Jackson claimed bronze in the Women’s 400m behind Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of Bahamas. Jamaica has taken an historic Gold for Jamaica in the Men’s 110m hurdles through Omar Mcleod. This is the first time Team Jamaica has won a Gold Medal in 110m Hurdles. Jamaica has so far racked up three Gold Medals in the sprint finals, Men’s and Women’s 100 through Elaine Thompson and Usain Bolt respectively and Omar Mcleod in 110m Hurdles sprint.
Jamaica will later look to continue the domination of the sprints when Elaine Thompson takes the track in 200m finals. Elaine Thompson will be aiming at taking the sprint double after winning the 100m finals. The 100m Women’s Hurdles sprint semi finals and finals will also be contested with 3 Jamaicans slated for the semi-finals, Shermaine Williams, Nickiesha Wilson and Megan Simmonds all looking to advance to the finals. Other semi finals action will see the Men’s 200m. Usain Bolt Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade will all want to advance to the finals. The finals will be run Thursday night.
The Day after Usian Bolt won his first Gold Medal of what should be a tally of three Gold Medals for a 3rd straight Olympics, other Jamaican Athletes look to build on the medal count for Team Jamaica. In the morning session the 200m Women’s Round 1 kicked off with 2 of three competitors moving on to the Semi-Finals with Elaine Thompson and Simone Facey both placing 2nd to automatic qualify. Veronica Campbell-Brown was the one who failed to move on to the next round. Team Jamaica on Day 3 had a participant in the Men’s Triple Jump in Clive Pullen who did not move on to the next round with his only legal jump of 16.08.
Jamaica qualified all 3 men in the 400m Hurdles with Annsert Whyte winning his heat in the fastest time of all the heats in a time of 48.37. Roxroy Cato qualified with a time of 48.56 while the young World Juniors Champion qualified with a time of 49.24 in 18th position. This is a good experience for the 19 year old two time Juniors Champion. In the mid evening session is Yona Knight-Wisom on the 3m Spring Board.
In the evening session of day 3 is the Men’s 110 hurdles with Omar McLeodDeuce Carter and Andrew Riley in heats 1-3 respectively. The Women’s 400m Hurdles also kicks off with Ristannia Tracey Janieve Russell and Leah Nugent in heats 1-3 respectively.
The medal race of the closing of Day 3 will see the 400m Women’s Finals which features Jamaican Athlete’s Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson going up against American Allyson Felix and Natasha Hastings for the gold medals.
What the World was waiting to see, Usain Bolt certainly delivered, winning his Gold Medal in his third straight Olympics. This feat was the first by any human being, and as usual did in style of fun and charisma. Usain Bolt came out the block in last position, with Justin Gatlin out the blocks the quickest.
Usain Bolt hit his top end speed and blew by Gatlin and Andre DeGrasse as if they weren’t even there finishing in a time of 10.81. The other Jamaican representative Yohan Blake could managed 4th in a seasons best of 9.93. Usain Bolt was business like from semi-finals looking better as the races go along. Usain Bolt reminded the world what he is at the 2016 Olympics to do and is to defend all three gold medals.
In the evening sessions of Day 2 Jamaica struck their first Gold Medal in the Women’s 100m Finals, with Elaine Thompson winning her first Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in a time of 10.71. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce won the Bronze Medal in 10.86 her seasons best. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce could be seen hurting from the Semi-Final round but still went out there and brought home a medal, great respects for the fight and determination to bring home a medal. But it was Elaine Thompson’s night winning the Gold Medal comfortably. The other competitor in the race Christania Williams managed to placed 8th. The semi finals was ran with 2 hours prior to the finals where Christania Williams produced her personal best of 10.96, while Elaine Thompson made 10.88 look easy in the semi finals.
In the other events of the evening session of Day 2 we saw Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to qualify for the finals in the mens 400m finals. While Damar Forbes finished last in the standings with his best jump of 7.82 in the long jump discipline
Day 3 of track and field will be a quiet morning session but the world will be waiting for the evening session for the Men’s 100m Finals, which features the Legendary Usain Bolt. The Semi finals will begin at 8pm Eastern Time 7pm Jamaica Time and the finals will be just one hour and 25 minutes later, slated for 9:25 Eastern time, 8:25 Jamacian time. Nickel Ashmeade will run in semi-finals 1, while Usain Bolt in Semi-Finals 2 and Yohan Blake in Semi-Finals 3.
Jamaican Women will also take the track at 7:35pm Eastern time 6:35pm Jamaican Time in the Semi-Finals of the 400m. We have Stephenie Ann McPherson, Shericka Jackson and Christine Day competing in the 3 Semi-Finals respectively.
Team Jamaica competed in the morning session opening up with the Women’s Triple Jump with 2 competitors, Shanieka Thomas and Kimberly Williams. Kimberly Williams advanced to the finals with a jump of 14.22 ranking her 6th going to the next round, while Shanieka Thomas best jump of 14.02 placed her just 2 places outside of qualifying. Aisha Praught qualified 14th in the Women’s 3000 meters Steeplechase, finals on Monday. In the Women’s 400 meters all 3 Women in Stephenie Ann McPherson, Shericka Jackson and Christine Day won their heats to qualify for the Semi-Finals on Sunday.
The highly anticipated World Record holder Usain Bolt took the track in the morning session on the 100 meters round 1 in heat 7 in a time 10.07, while Justin Gatlin posted 10.01 in his heat. Yohan Blake won his heat while Nickel Ashmeade came in 2nd to also qualify for the semi finals on Sunday’s evening session.
The evening sessions of Day 2 will kick off with the Semi-Finals of the Men’s 400 meters. Javon “Donkey Man” Francis will run in the first semi-finals while Rusheen McDonald will run in semi-finals 2. In Men’s Long Jump we have Damar Forbes representing for Team Jamaica. The Semi-Finals and Finals of the Women’s 100 meters in on the cards for the closing of Day 2, hours apart. Olympic Champion Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce will continue the defense of her title in semi-finals 2, Christania Williams in semi-finals 1 and Elaine Thompson rounds up Semi-finals 3. In just a mere one and half the winners will take part in the finals of the 100 meters Women’s to close the night.
Jamaica Track Team will take the track at the 2016 Olympics Rio Brazil in the evening session this Friday August 12th. While continuing the Field Events is Daina Levy competing in the Women’s Hammer Throw Qualifying Round of Group A. In the Men’s Long Jump Qualifying Round we have two athletes competing in Aubrey Smith and Damar Forbes. Jamaica takes the track in the 400m Mens with Fitzroy Dunkley in Heat 1,Javon “Donkey Man” Francis in Heat 3, Rusheen McDonald Heat 6 while, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce takes the track in the highly anticipated Women’s 100m Round 1 in Heat 4. Christania Williams in Heat 6 and Elaine Thompson in Heat 7.
This would be their 37th anniversary hosted at the Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay. Competing were over 1800 athletes from schools, institutions and clubs on Saturday, February 14, 2015. What better day to spend running than on Valentine’s Day. The Milo Western Relays was electrifying. The VIP seats up to the regular seats were jam packed. Parents, friends, families you name it were there to witness the athletes in action. It started 12:00 noon sharp and ended 9:50pm. The climate was windy which was in favor of the spectators. There were 53 events that took place. Some of these were 110m Hurdles, 100m, 4 x 100m, long jump, high jump, sprint medley etc. It was a beautiful day for everyone. The Patron for this year is Paul Francis, coach to several world class athletes at MVP and the University of Technology, Jamaica. There were athletes from primary, secondary, tertiary, clubs and institutions. Also, let us not forget the world class athletes who lit up the track. Davion Baker from Kingston College burned the track when he won the 400m Hurdles Men Open. Kingston College came to the event with a mission and they accomplished it by breaking 2 records. They were considered as the top school for the men’s race.
Odane Lewis of Cornwall College and Lamara Distin of Ruseas High were given 2015 Gleaner Youth Link Awards. This would be the first time the awardees were from field events. On the other hand in the primary level, the top school was Montego Bay Preparatory for both boys and girls. Believe it the younger ones had the supporters on their feet chanting and filled with excitement. As it came closer to the end of this upbeat event, Hydel Group of Schools was the one to finish as the best at the end. They won the 4 x 400 High School Girls Open. St. Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) won the 4 x 400 High School Boys Open leaving the arena with a new record. The spectators were going wild, as the athletes indeed put on a wonderful show. Everyone was excited and there was never a dull moment at Milo Western Relays. Put a little love on the track.
Jamaican Juniors as made sure to keep the fire burning of our national colors on the track. Going into the final day of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships help in Eugene,Oregon USA, Jamaica has bagged a total of 5 medals, with a possibility of 2 more. These medals could be delivered by both the Men and women 4x400m team. The medals came in the form of 1 Gold 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. The only standout Gold medal coming in the form of Jaheel Hyde formerly of Wolmer’s High School in the 400 Meters Hurdles Event.
The silver medals would come from Tyler Mason in the 110M Hurdles in a time of 13.06. The Junior Women 4x100m team brought home the other Silver medal, while the Men team manage Bronze in 4x100m. The other Bronze medal was collected by Michael O’hara in the Men 200 Meters. So overall the youngster held their own and showed some good prospects for the future.