It’s often said that defense wins championships. In much the same way, it’s bowling – of the quality variety, at that – that wins Test matches. It’s really no surprise that the West Indies’ prolonged descent into the dungeons of international long-form cricket has coincided with a corresponding fall-off in the quality of its once famed fastbowling. Since the retirement of the legendary Courtney Walsh in 2001, no West Indian pacer (or spinner, for that matter) has managed to scalp more than 200 wickets in Tests.
No, Jamaican sprintdom’s roof isn’t caving in. Yes, it is sporting a few gaping holes. Yes, we do have the raw materials to fix it. Yes, the refurbishing work will take a little while. No, we won’t have to live in the outhouse until it’s patched up. Continue reading
All good things, much like bad things, eventually come to an end. It was never a matter of if we’d be knocked off our short sprinting perch. It was merely a matter of when.
This clutch personal best leap took Ramone Bailey to a place in the pit he’d never previously been. It also likely booked him a ticket to embark on his maiden senior World Championships voyage. Continue reading
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
6) Tyrese Reid vs Ackeen Colley (Class I 800m) Continue reading
Usain 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
6) Amoi Brown vs Janeek Brown (Class I 100m Hurdles) Continue reading
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
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.