WHILE most attention was being focused on track events at last Saturday’s Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic inside the National Stadium, athletes in the field were making their mark with some strong performances, with Excelsior High’s Shanice Love leading the way.Love, who is conditioned by outstanding throwing coach, Michael Vassell, remained unbeaten this season after a splendid 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus.Former Buff Bay High School top female thrower, Fiona Richards, who is now competing for Edwin Allen High, shared the spotlight as she was a double winner. Richards, who will not be eligible for this year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, captured the Class Two discus with 48.27m, before winning the shot put with 15.46m.Other outstanding female performances came from Kimberly Lugg of Excelsior and Sanique Burgher of Edwin Allen. Lugg captured the girl’s Class Three discus with 35.00m, while Burgher soared 1.75m in winning the Class Three high jump.Field events could play a major role in deciding the title at Champs this year and many of the top athletes were on show.Calabar High’s Class One thrower, Warren Barrett Jr, stayed unbeaten in the discus and shot put. He easily won the shot put with 19.30m, way ahead of second-place finisher, Vashon McCarthy, of Jamaica College (JC), with 14.86m.UPSETThere was an upset in the boys’ triple jump Open, as Campion College’s Jordan Scott surprised JC’s Obrien Wasome. Scott won with 15.81m, while Wasome had to settle for second with 15.44m.Otherwise, JC showed their strength in the jumps with Clayton Brown getting the better of St Jago High’s Lushane Wilson in the Class One high jump. An event which will be worth going miles to see at Champs, Brown cleared the bar at 2.18m to beat Wilson, 2.15m.Other JC athletes, Paketo Dudley (7.25m) in the Class One long jump and John Mark Rainford, (5.79m) in the Class Three long jump, also won.Kingston College’s Zico Campbell was a double winner in the boys’ Class Two throws. Campbell, formerly of Glenmuir High, took the discus with 53.18m and the shot put with an impressive 17.96m.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): All three Caribbean teams were beaten on the second day of competition in the Netball World Cup in Sydney yesterday. England edged Jamaica, while Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados suffered huge losses against New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Following comfortable wins on the opening day, both Jamaica and England were fighting to maintain the Pool B lead, but England took a four-goal win over the Sunshine Girls to confirm their status as World Cup title contenders. Jamaica, led by goal shooter Romelda Aiken, took a 14-11 first-quarter lead and doubled their score by the half-time interval. With Jhaniele Flower-Reid replacing Aiken, England stormed back to outscore their opponents, 16-9, and take the lead, 39-37, in the third quarter. The Jamaicans were relentless, but England held onto their narrow lead to seal an important 54-50 win. Aiken finished with 27 goals from 29 attempts, and goal attack Shanice Beckford, 17 from 20, for Jamaica. Joanne Harten, 37 from 46, and Helen Housby, 11 from 13, led the way for England. Trinidad & Tobago, who lost to the hosts on the opening day, were no match for New Zealand in their Pool A match. Despite Rhonda John-Davis becoming the highest test-capped player of the tournament with 150 games for the Calypso Girls, the milestone didn’t stop the Silver Ferns from a second straight victory. Goal shoot Samantha Wallace, 24 from 31, and goal attack Joelisa Cooper, nine from 11, led the shooting for Trinidad & Tobago, but New Zealand led in all quarters, 16-12, 37-25, 56-33 and, finally, 74-38 for the win. In the other Pool match, the Barbadians were no match to Australia as they were limited to single-digit scores in the quarters. The Australian Diamonds restricted the Bajan Gems to three goals in the first quarter, 20-3, and extended their lead, 38-7, 61-11, and 83-16 for a 67-goal margin of victory. Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados are on today, with Jamaica playing Scotland tomorrow to determine who will join England as the second team to advance from Pool B.
On July 30, the Associated Press (AP)published an indepen-dent analysis of water quality that showed high levels of viruses, and in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where the rowing competition took place. US coach Susan Francia, a two-time Olympic gold-medal rower, said in an interview with the AP that 13 athletes and four staff members – including herself – suffered various gastrointestinal symptoms during the team’s two weeks of training in Rio. Dr Kathryn Ackerman, the US team physician, said athletes from several other countries stayed in the same hotel as the Americans, but did not seem to get as sick as her rowers. “I don’t know if it was the water bottles in the boats, or hygiene precautions that some athletes are really good about and others weren’t,” she said. Officials did not rule out that the Americans could have gotten ill from food or drinking water. “We’re not really sure. My personal feeling is, I think it’s from the lake,” Ackerman said. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Thirteen rowers on the 40-member United States (US) team came down with a stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships – a trial run for next summer’s Olympics – and the team doctor said she suspected that it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place. The event took place amid rising concerns about the water quality at venues for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, now less than a year away. The Americans were by far the hardest hit at the regatta that concluded over the weekend, with reports of vomiting and diarrhoea. Other teams in the competition reported some illnesses, according to World Rowing, the sport’s governing body, but those were about as expected at an event that featured more than 500 young rowers. poor water quality
In 2002, there was no clue that Usain Bolt would become the best 100-metre, sprinter in history. Save for a forlorn Class Three effort at Boys and Girls’ Champions two years earlier, he had concentrated on the 200 and 400 metres with much success. The penny dropped at a training camp hosted by the G.C. Foster College. The nation’s finest junior athletes were assembled at the G.C. Foster College for an ongoing training camp. It was a key plank of Jamaica’s preparation for the World Junior Championships which were set for Kingston in July 2002. Bolt lined up against many of the best junior 100-metre sprinters of the day and cleaned their clocks. Those present were stunned by his speed. It was a glimpse into his famous future. In those days, training camps were a standard part of preparation for our junior teams. In the late 1990s, stalwarts like Ian Forbes, Juliet Parkes and Brian Smith manned these camps. They ensured that our juniors faced the world’s best at their best. There was even a time when support camps were held outside of the Corporate Area, with the late Constantine Haughton sharing his expertise with those who couldn’t reach Kingston. The conversion of Melaine Walker to the 400-metre hurdles was done at camp by World Junior head coach Stephen Francis with the blessing of Walker’s high school Raymond ‘KC’ Graham after an injury had threatened her 2000 season. Walker took a bronze in the World Juniors in her new event and the rest is history. In 2002, the juniors were housed each weekend at G.C. Foster and their school coaches freely attended and shared their knowledge. The out-turn was a brilliant performance by the team when the big show rolled around. Bolt famously won the 200m. Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Anniesha McLaughlin and Simone Facey clicked to gold in the 4×100 metres. Facey and McLaughlin took silver medals in the 100m and 200m respectively, with Jermaine Gonzales and Sherul Morgan third in their respective 400-metre finals. Walker moved up to second in the hurdles, behind a world junior record by Lashinda Demus of the United States. It’s a pity that the World Junior Championships won’t come to Jamaica in 2016 but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for it well. The aforementioned training camps have largely dropped off the calender. Where team members come from schools with self-sufficient programmes, they can arrive ready for national duty. That isn’t often the case. In 2010, distance ace Kemoy Campbell was slowed when funding for track at his school ran out after Champs. A camp, like the one that heralded the sprint future of Bolt, would likely have seen to his welfare. Perhaps, a better prepared Campbell would have advanced past the first round on the 1500-metres in the World Juniors in Moncton, Canada. Our top seniors largely have camps of their own, but our juniors suffer if left alone. Our medal haul at the World Juniors tell the story. In 2002, the team’s 11-medal performance may have been boosted by brilliant home support. Since then, the take has settled at lower levels. Jamaica garnered nine medals in 2004, eight in 2006, six in 2008, three in 2010, five in 2012 and six in 2014 at successive stagings of the Under-20 championships. This year, a three-day camp helped to prepare Jamaica’s 2015 Pan-Am Junior team for a 13-medal haul. The 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston were wonderful. The support by a capacity audience, night after night, and the performances by the likes of Carolina Kluft, Blanka Vlasic, Meseret Defar, Darrell Brown and Bolt make it worthwhile for the authorities to consider a return to Kingston at some point in the future. In the meantime, it makes sense to prepare well for the 2016 renewal, wherever it is staged. The revival of preparatory junior camps would be a good way to get out of the blocks. – Hubert Lawrence was present at the 2002 World Juniors.
President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven is hopeful that the opening of the state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centre at Sabina Park will result in an improvement of the national cricket teams.The fitness centre, which was officially opened on Thursday at Sabina Park by Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange cost an estimated US$70,000 and was co-funded by the National Health Fund (NHF).”This is an initiative that was contained in this administration’s manifesto over two years ago, and this is a realisation of that commitment,” said Heaven.”It is an achievement of the JCA, and the hope is that it will contribute to the fitness level of our players, which, at the moment, is nowhere near where it should be.”The facility, which will also be open to members of other national associations, as well as sports clubs and schools, consists of a range of equipment and exercise machines.It can hold a capacity of 20 persons at any given time.”The fact that the JCA has chosen to take the matter of health seriously is most worthy of commendation, and, indeed, adulation,” stated Grange, who cut a ribbon to signify the opening.”I must commend the NHF and the CHASE Fund for buying into the vision and providing the funding for this initiative.”Added Grange: “What pleases me most, as well, is that this vision fits into my wider vision for the support of infrastructure, which we, as a Government, must put in place to support our athletes.”ENDORSED BY MINISTRYPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Kevin Harvey, who spoke on behalf of Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, also hailed the venture.”The ministry has been on a drive to take health to another level, and last year, we launched our workplace policy,” Harvey outlined.This is because, he said, the ministry recognised that several Jamaicans spent a significant portion of their time at work.”We have subsequently been encouraging persons to set up at their workplace wellness centres and areas of opportunity for physical activity,” he said.Meanwhile, Everton Anderson, chief executive officer of the NHF, who presented the JCA with several pamphlets and healthy lifestyle charts for the centre, said that he welcomed the partnership.”We believe that a healthier nation leads to a more productive nation, and when Mr Heaven approached us, we were excited,” said Anderson.”I commend Mr Heaven, and on behalf of the board and management of the NHF, we really are pleased that we were able to contribute to this wellness centre US$50,000.”He added: “We really hope that it will lead to positive outcomes.”
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City’s risk-versus-reward approach under Pep Guardiola was summed up in one passage of play during a Champions League match against Celtic. With two opponents closing in, City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo coolly slid a pass between them to midfielder Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Pressured by two more hounding Celtic players, Fernandinho produced a Cruyff turn to create space for himself and burst upfield. Just like that, Celtic was opened up and City was launching another attack. Guardiola acknowledges his possession-based style is fraught with danger but it’s been getting results, with City making its best-ever start to a season in winning 10 straight games and scoring 30 goals in the process. It sparked talk of City winning the Premier League at a canter. However, a 3-3 draw at Celtic on Wednesday that ended City’s winning run exposed potential fallibilities in Guardiola’s side. Bravely standing toe to toe with City, Celtic pressed high, hassled relentlessly and looked to outmuscle City’s ball-playing defenders. It worked, with City enduring an uncomfortable night at atmospheric Parkhead, especially at the back. Sitting deep against City and attempting to soak up pressure has got teams nowhere so far. Celtic have shown fellow sides the blueprint to trouble Guardiola’s side: Take them on. As it happens, Tottenham one of the best proponents of a high-energy, high-intensity pressing game are City’s next opponents in the standout match of the Premier League this weekend. It’s first versus second in the standings, a meeting between two unbeaten teams. Tottenham will know Bravo isn’t great under the high ball and takes risks with the ball at his feet. They’ll know the likely centre-back pairing of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi can be brittle. And they’ll know the absence of injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne takes some creativity out of City’s side. Tottenham beat City home and away last season, but it will be a huge task to stop the new-look City juggernaut. Guardiola has got City operating at previously unseen levels. The team’s biggest problem under his predecessor as manager, Manuel Pellegrini, was its work rate. But under Guardiola, City is second behind Liverpool in the “distance covered” category, according to sports data company Opta. Dropping Yaya Toure has helped City in this regard. Guardiola is getting the best out of winger Raheem Sterling, who was a disappointment last season after signing for $76 million, by giving him self-belief and playing to his strengths by getting him one on one with defenders as much as possible. He has five goals already. Likewise, Aleksandar Kolarov is looking like a different player under Guardiola, who has even turned the Serbia left back into a ball-playing centre back with mixed results. Playmaker David Silva looks liberated now that he is playing more centrally. Then there’s Sergio Aguero, a scorer of 11 goals in seven games this season. Guardiola is still asking for more from the striker, saying he has to work harder when City isn’t in possession to help the team. That sums up Guardiola’s demanding approach. As does his removal from the first team of goalkeeper Joe Hart and Toure, who were mainstays for the past six years. They didn’t fit his philosophy Hart for his poor footwork and Toure for his lack of intensity in midfield so they’ve been banished. “I want to have control,” Guardiola said after City beat Manchester United 2-1 this month. He was talking about his ball-possession, but he could so easily have been referring to his grip on the squad. WALCOTT’S REVIVAL Theo Walcott’s future at Arsenal looked bleak after a disappointing last season when he was mostly used off the bench and lost his place in the England squad. Now it appears he’s back to his best. Walcott has started all of Arsenal’s league games, and has scored four goals in his last three games ahead of Sunday’s match at Burnley. The pacey winger credits his improved form to a chat he had with manager Arsene Wenger during the off season. “I want it more than anyone else,” Walcott said. Arsenal is unbeaten in eight games since losing to Liverpool on the opening weekend.
POPULAR FIGURE In his time at Kent, Adams became a popular figure and club chairman, George Kennedy, hailed the former Test batsman’s contribution. “We thank Jimmy for his fine service of the club and wish him all the best for the future,” Kennedy said. “His commitment to developing Kentish cricket talent is shown by the core of homegrown players now at the heart of our professional squad.” Adams led West Indies in 15 Tests, winning four, losing eight and drawing three. As a left-hander, he made 3,012 runs at an average of 41, with six hundreds. LONDON (CMC): Jamaican Jimmy Adams has quit as head coach of English County Kent after five years in charge, further fuelling speculation he will take over the vacant role as West Indies head coach. Only last month, the 48-year-old former West Indies captain was linked to the post after Trinidadian Phil Simmons was suddenly sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), on the eve of the ongoing tour of Pakistan. Simmons spent a turbulent 18 months in charge of the Caribbean side, during which time he oversaw the capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April. Adams, who played 54 Tests for West Indies between 1992 and 2001, took over the reins at Kent ahead of the 2012 season and led them to a third place finish in Division Two that year. He enjoyed perhaps his best season in the south-east in the recently concluded campaign when Kent finished second, narrowly missing out promotion. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Kent, which has been a great learning experience for me. I wanted to be involved in a club that was seeking to grow, and I am fortunate to have found that here at Kent over the past five seasons,” Adams said. “It’s been a delight being involved with all our players as they have developed during the period, and especially watching the younger players who have made the step up to first class level.” He continued: “Working with the club to develop a stronger support team to back up our players has also been a highlight for me. “I’m extremely grateful for the members and supporters who have consistently backed me, the team and the club’s overall vision.”
FASTANDFLASHY has never won going this far, but represents the lone speed and could scramble home. OH MY GRAND PA won easily over 1400 metres on September 24 while CAMOUFLAGE finished second to out-of-class MISS DOROTHY, some weeks ago, and if fully sound enough, should be able to to beat this field with connections calling up Harvey for the ride. JAMAI RAJA, who impressed when leading home WILL IN CHRGE in a fast-run 1500-metre race on October 6, clocking 1:30.2, should give Harvey and his apprentice master Azan another winner in the third race for the Royal Dad Trophy over 1820 metres. Given the additional real estate, the free running JAMAI RAJA, who finished a close second to BIGDADDYKOOOL in the Lotto Classic over 2000 metres back in May, should be wary of old rival WILL IN CHARGE over the longer distance and a good race is anticipated. FREE RANGE, who beat all baring FIERY PATH over 1400 metres last Saturday, is even more effective over the 1200 metres of the fourth race and Harvey seems gifted with yet another winner, despite the presence of LEGAL ARENA, CRUCIAL VALOR and QUICK CHIC in a field of 10. LEGAL ARENA, who was second to BIG BUCK over 1400 metres on August 1, looks the principal danger coming from the in-form stables of Steven Todd. The last two races in the first Super-6 should see the recent winner UNRULY TEXAS repeating at the expense of SWEET DIMENSION while HE’S A MACHINE, the mount of leading jockey Omar Walker, is tipped to go one better in the sixth race following his good second to LEIGHTON REID on October 3. Both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught on Monday’s Heroes Day programme at Caymanas Park, ensuring there are no carryovers going into tomorrow’s meet. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10 with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10, both offering minimums of $750,000. We look at the first Super-6 which gets underway with a two-year-old maiden special over 1000 metres round to be contested by eight starters, including DUTY FIRST to be ridden by Paul Francis for trainer Gordon Lewis and the well-forward first-time runner SUPERBOLT with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Richard Azan. DUTY FIRST has finished second in her two races to date, the more recent when 11/4 lengths second to FOOT SOLDIER over the straight on October 6. She has been administered Lasix for the first time, will report even better and is poised to fight out the finish. However, preference is for SUPERBOLT who has travelled nicely at exercise in the company of his more experienced stable companion TOUGH COOKIE. The bay colt by Adore The Gold out of Patty Girl looked fluent out of the straight in 1:01.2 by 47.1 easily at exercise recently and should get off the mark immediately. Next on the programme is a one mile race for $180,000 claimers in which down-in-class CAMOUFLAGE, the recent winner OH MY GRAND PA, YES SHE WILL, YES WE WILL, and the front running FASTANDFLASHY should decide the outcome in a field of eight. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) SUPERBOLT/DUTY FIRST (2) CAMOUFLAGE/OH MY GRANDPA (3) JAMAI RAJA/WILL IN CHARGE (4) FREE RANGE/LEGAL ARENA (5) UNRULY TEXAS/SWEET DIMENSION (6) HE’S A MACHINE LONE SPEED
His time on the track may be winding to a close, but influential Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell is hoping that when he does hang up his spikes, his time off the track will be largely spent giving back to the society. “It is really amazing, the effect that we (athletes) have on people. There is a lot more that we can do as athletes,” Powell said. “Post retirement, boy, this retirement thing!” Powell laughed. “I really just want to help Jamaica. You have kids coming up who would want to be in my shoes one day and want to be in all the athletes’ shoes, so I am just trying my best to do as much as I can to be a good role model for everyone,” he pointed out. Powell, through his Asafa Powell Foundation (APF) handed over $560,000 to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday. The funds were raised via an online #SpreadABed4KPH crowd funding campaign. “To see that we can stop traffic, crime, everything in maybe nine seconds or whatever time it is … just for us to come together,” he pointed out, while assuring he would like to see social initiatives in the fight against crime. “It’s up to Jamaica and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association to really form something for the athletes to help a lot more,” he continued. The athlete, who also contributed part of his personal funds from participating at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said he wants to live a life of making a difference in the country and help with social responsibilities. Powell called it “a great feeling” to give back to Jamaica. “When I am home sitting down, where I go on the balcony and chill, everyone who pass by can see me, they pass by they shout ‘Asafa, Asafa, big up!'” the sprinter reasoned. “The reception I get from people is just amazing, and sometimes I sit back and ask why these people love me so much. It’s just crazy how the people of Jamaica love me. You want that from your country, this is where you should get the love,” he explained. While Powell’s foundation, which was started a few years ago, may have been dormant for some time, Powell said he has changed a few members and will be restarting it in full effect. “We have a lot more things in store. As the years go by, we have a lot more plans and bigger plans.We will re-launch the foundation and will be doing other things,” continued Powell. Speaking of reaching out, the Sub-10 Sprint King said he personally got in touch with American sprinter Tyson Gay, who lost his daughter recently to gun violence in the United States. “Definitely reached out to him. This is something that is so sad and shouldn’t happen to anybody, and I felt really bad knowing he is a fellow competitor of mine. “I reached out to him, and the response that I got is very surprising. I didn’t know he is someone who respected me that much, and now I have a different kind of respect for him now after this tragic incident,’ Powell outlined.
“With seven games to go, I told the players that we needed to win all games to stay up. We had a blip in the loss against Waterhouse. Now, we have to gain at least a point in the last game to be safe,” he explained. Price praised his senior players for their roles in the team’s revival. “The leadership of senior players – Michael Campbell, Daemion Benjamin, Wayne Ellis, Garfield Gillespie, Rafiek Thomas, Xavian Virgo, as well as young Shamar Nicholson who has netted 14 goals, has been very good,” the former Boys’ Town defender pointed out. With Arnett already safe and still in contention for the title, Price is not taking comfort from that. “We are going to Arnett to win the game on merit, show integrity. It is a Trench Town derby. It is a big game,” Price noted. Andrew Price, the coach of relegation threatened Boys’ Town, said that despite his team’s good recent form, they need at least a point against neighbouring Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby tomorrow at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.. Having spent four months in last place in the Red Stripe Premier League, Boys’ Town are enjoying their best form of the season with five wins in their last six league games. That impressive form moved the Collie Smith Drive-based team into ninth position on 35 points ahead of Waterhouse (34), Maverley-Hughenden (32) and already relegated Jamalco who are at the bottom on 30 points. However, after being written off as likely candidates for relegation, Boys’ Town just need to avoid defeat in their last fixture in order to be safe for the nation’s elite league next season. “We are not out of the woods yet,” Price who has been coaching Boys’ Town for over ten years told The Gleaner. NEEDED TO WIN