Fast Facts — Champs 2017

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Boys and Girls Athletics Championships 2017 produced more noteworthy performances than any sports scribe could find the time to document. In light of this unfortunate fact, I’ll stick to a review of the extra special performances that were either age-group world bests or yearly list toppers. (Of course, it’s worth noting that the American sprinting/hurdling juggernaut and the European throwing juggernauts have not yet fully awoken from their slumber.) With that said, here goes… Continue reading

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Eye-catching “Champs” Clashes — Boys (Part II)

6) Tyrese Reid vs Ackeen Colley (Class I 800m) Continue reading

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Eye-catching “Champs” Clashes — Boys (Part I)

christopher_taylorUsain Bolt versus Jermaine Gonzalez (Class I 400m) in 2003. Yohan Blake versus Remaldo Rose (Class I 100m) in 2007. Of a more recent vintage; Michael O’Hara versus Jaheel Hyde (Class I 110m Hurdles) in 2015. Continue reading

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Eye-catching “Champs” Clashes — Girls (Part II)

6) Amoi Brown vs Janeek Brown (Class I 100m Hurdles) Continue reading

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Eye-catching “Champs” Clashes — Girls (Part I)

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There are few more compelling sporting storylines than those featuring two athletes facing off in a high stakes battle of wills, wits, and skill. Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly from Bydgoszcz

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The 16th staging of the rebranded IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Athletics is officially in the books. Team Jamaica, once again, produced a creditable showing. The total of eight medals won (two gold, three silver, and three bronze) equalled our third-best ever output at a staging of these championships. Here’s a quick look back at some of the happenings that had me smiling, frowning, and cussing during the six days of scintillating action.

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Olympic Trials Preview: 6 Field & Hurdles Events to Watch

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The sprints will once again headline the show at the upcoming Jamaican Olympic trials (June 30 – July 3). The likes of multiple Olympic champions Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Veronica Campbell-Brown are just a few of the superlative speedsters who’ll be looking to punch their tickets to Rio. I, too, will definitely be keeping a close eye on the sprints. However, I’ll also be watching other goings-on on the track and in the field very closely. Here’s a look at six events that could steal just a bit of the shine from the sprints this weekend.

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NFL Draft 2016: Who the Packers Picked

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You know yours is a hopeless case when you get almost as excited about the National Football League’s player selection exercise as you do about an actual NFL game. Continue reading

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Deciphering the Mystery That Is Asafa Powell

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To many, Asafa Powell is an enigma, wrapped in a puzzle, and clothed with a big question mark. “Underachiever”, “choke artist”, and “flop” are just a few of the many uncomplimentary terms routinely tossed the big Jamaican sprinter’s way by those who fail to fathom how one apparently so gifted could perpetually fail to win the big one.

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The Benchwarmer’s Point-of-View: Easy Does It

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When I was growing up, there were few sights more mesmerizing than seeing Trinidad and Tobago’s former World Junior 100-metre champion Darrel Brown in full flight. Then again, that “full flight” characterization never seemed apropos because Brown, who also won a World Championship 100m silver in 2003, never ever looked to be going flat out. Continue reading

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