In Beijing, for example, there was additional pressure on Bolt to deliver, and the superstar delivered emphatically by destroying the myth of a Justin Gatlin challenge in that first big race of the championships. It is a victory that with all things considered, must have inspired every member of that Jamaica team to even greater excellence. I remember watching a video clip of members on the Jamaican team in a hotel room in the athletes’ village watching that 100m final, obviously shot with a cellular phone, with running commentary by some of the athletes. You could hear the near reverence with which the big man is held within the team coming out in the comments. When the big man, Bolt, beat Gatlin at the line to win gold, the phone was still running and it captured the ensuing pandemonium with the loud, jubilant, and colourful cheers by the Jamaicans, who stormed out of the room and into the hallways. The big man had delivered and Jamaica was the best. The bar was now officially set in the biggest event of them all. Confidence must have swept through the Jamaica team like wildfire as the proverbial domino effect followed. BOLT EFFECT EXPIRATION Twelve medals, inclusive of seven gold, two silver, and three bronze, saw Jamaica finish in an impressive second on the table at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. It is fair to say the dream run continues for Jamaica in international track and field. There has been one constant in recent years of Jamaican excellence in the sport in the form of Usain St Leo Bolt, the inspirational leader and standout performer whose influence directly and indirectly cannot be overstated during this period of pound-for-pound dominance by Jamaica. Bolt was at it again in Beijing, winning his now customary three gold to take his total to 11 World Championships gold medals. Amid the euphoria of celebrating the success of the Jamaican ambassadors, there is the clear and present danger, I think, of taking the ‘Bolt Effect’ on Jamaica’s on-the-track fortunes for granted. Bolt invariably leads from the front, with the stellar 10-metre event run off early in all the major championships, giving Bolt the perfect platform to set the platform. INSPIRATIONAL VICTORY The Jamaican governing body, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, must recognise and address the inevitable fall-off that will occur when the ‘Bolt Effect’ expires. The soundings are that Bolt could walk away from the sport in another two years. The void that will result from that eventuality obviously cannot be filled, but things need to be put into place to minimise the fallout from that imminent Bolt exit. We all need to understand and appreciate the fact that we are all living in the time of the greatest athlete to have ever walked the face of the Earth and that if and when he goes, the sport will not be the same, and Jamaica’s status will not be the same. It is going to take some major adjustments locally and internationally to appreciate life in track and field after Bolt. By all means, we must continue to enjoy the spectacular brilliance and genius of Bolt, but we need also to understand clearly that it cannot and will not last forever, and that sooner, rather than later, Jamaica especially, will have the arduous task of continuing our quest for excellence in the sport of track and field without the ‘Bolt Effect’.
Title holders St Catherine Cricket Club, on the back of a half-century from sidelined national batsman Tamar Lambert, overcame the challenge of St Ann Cricket Association by 12 runs in their Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship clash at Naranda Bauxite Oval in St Ann on Sunday.Lambert, omitted from the Jamaica Scorpions 13-man squad for their opening four-day fixture away to Barbados, hit a topscore of 61 as St Catherine, batting first, posted a competitive 258 for eight.All-rounder Gavin Wallace, 53, Shacaya Thomas, 42, and Danza Hyatt, 36, also got among the runs with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, in the ‘Saints’ line-up for the first time, scoring zero.St Ann, in their reply, despite an impressive 124 from Xavier Marshall, were then bowled out for 242 with 14 balls to spare.Stefan Casey, four for 47, and pacer Brian Buchanan, two for 53, claimed the wickets for the victors.St Catherine will meet St James in the semi-finals after the latter surprised the previously unbeaten St Catherine Cricket Association aggregation by seven wickets at Ewarton Bauxite Oval.St Catherine CA, playing without inspirational captain Nkrumah Bonner, who left for the Leeward Islands last week, were dismissed for 161 off 37.2 overs.St James, in response, cruised to 166 for three off 26.2 overs.Jamaica Under-19 batsman Leonardo Friginette, 54, Vinroy Crooks, 53, made the most runs for St James.UWI VS KENSINGTONKensington will square off with University of the West Indies (UWI) in semi-final two after both recorded wins over St Elizabeth and Kingston, respectively.At Sabina Park, new national captain Paul Palmer Jr made 75 to pilot UWI to 283 for six.Kingston, in their turn at bat, were restricted to 230, despite 95 from opener Garth Garvey, and 44 from young Brandon King.All-rounder Rovman Powell claimed six wickets.Meanwhile, at Manley Horne Park, Kensington made 219 for eight before returning to limit St Elizabeth to 150 for eight, when bad light stopped play, to win under the Duckworth-Lewis method.David Bernard Jr, 47 not out, Cassius Burton, 46, and Horace Miller, 36, made the most runs for Kensington with left-arm spinner Denniel Griffiths leading their bowling with two for 14.
TWO-TIME World 400-metre hurdles champion, Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, has singled out Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer as her greatest rival. Hejnova made the admission as part of an interview with the online IAAF publication Personal Bests. She said that she and the Jamaican were equally matched.”Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica is my greatest rival,” the 28-year-old Czech said. “We have a similar personal best and we seem to be equally matched each season,” she explained accurately. Spencer’s best time is just 0.04 faster than hers at 52.79 seconds.In 2010, when Hejnova and Spencer appeared in the top-10 world rankings published by the American publication Track and Field News for the first time together, they finished 1-2, with Spencer winning, in Gateshead, London, Zurich and Zagreb. They ended the year with Spencer ranked number two and Hejnova at number four.Hejnova ran in the 2011 London Diamond League race where the Jamaican set her personal best. Earlier in that season, they were first and second in Paris with the Czech in front.Spencer watched from the stands after a first round disqualification when Hejnova set her personal best of 52.83 seconds to win the 2013 World Championships.Together, they have dominated the number one ranking spot recently. Though just fourth at the London Olympics, Spencer was on top in 2012 with Olympic bronze medallist Hejnova at number three. Despite the loss in London, Spencer had victories over Hejnova in Rome, Lausanne, Birmingham and Brusselone.The Czech was number 1 at the end of a brilliant 2013 campaign, with Spencer regaining the spot in 2014.Hejnova, who struggled last year with injuries, is likely to be world number one this year. Despite losses to Spencer in Birmingham and Oslo, she defended her World title in Beijing with the injury troubled 28-year-old Jamaican eighth.
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The strong batting prowess of teachers from the parish of St Catherine will be on display against the defending champions Westmoreland in the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA)/Errol Miller Twenty20 cricket final at the Ultimate Jerk Centre, Discovery Bay, St. Ann today at 1 p.m.Both teams emerged winners after the semi-finals played at the same venue on April 1.St Catherine defeated Portland by ten wickets in their semi-final. Batting first, Portland made 52 all out and St Catherine replied with 55 without loss.In the second semi-final, Westmoreland defeated St Andrew by five runs. Westmoreland made 132 for five before dismissing St Andrew for 127.The winners of this year’s competition will receive the Errol Miller trophy.Special prizes will be presented to the player who scores the most runs and the player who takes the most wickets in the final.
Jamaica senior men’s football team coach, Winfried Schaefer, said how his Reggae Boyz match up against the world number-three-ranked football team and defending Copa America champions Chile will be most important when the teams meet in a friendly encounter on May 27 at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar, Chile. “This is a friendly match, a test match. I want to win all matches, and this is important. But the important thing is to see the players against the number-three team in the world, and the number-three team is Chile,” he told The Gleaner. However, he has no intention to select his best team for the upcoming friendly, as some players (local and overseas-based) have just completed their season and he intends to rest players he consider to be tired for this match. “I can tell you that this practice game is not a game we will play with our best players. It’s very short (close) after the season for many players, like Wes Morgan. He played 2014-2015 (EPL) season after he played Gold Cup and Copa America and he played through the 2015-2016 season. He had no rest and he needs rest, he cannot come direct to Chile to play. If he has no rest; maybe he is injured in the Copa America Centenario, and for us it’s very important, The Copa America Centenario, that is our priority,” he insisted. Continuing, Schaefer said: “We cannot play with 11 local-based players. We have 23 players. We have (Jermaine) Taylor coming, (Adrian) Mariappa can play and I want to see (Giles) Barnes in another position. But maybe ‘Messi’ (Chevonne Marsh) plays or (Allan) Ottey, I don’t know. The players played a very hard season; Chile is a test match, and I want to see the players, but it’s clear all cannot play,” he reasoned. He also noted that the Federation has already submitted a 40-man provisional squad to the organisers for the Copa America Centenario, which will be held in the US from June 3-26. A final squad of 23 will be selected. The deadline for submitting the final Copa America squad is May 20.
While not slamming the door shut on a possible return to the programme, Reynolds, who says that she has no regrets about her experiences, believes the time is right to afford the opportunity to another individual, one she hopes will nurture what she considers the talented group of ladies in the Sunshine Girls programme. “For now, I think I am taking a well-needed break. I have been in the programme since 2005, and I think it’s time for someone else. There is no regret. I have done my time. I have done well, particularly with the juniors, and I did my best with the seniors,” Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday. “It doesn’t mean it will always work the way you want it to, but all things must come to an end and I think that my time has come to say goodbye to coaching in the national programme. But it’s certainly not goodbye to netball because that’s my passion and I won’t be giving up my passion. “I always believe in these ladies. Whoever comes in to take over just has to believe in their netball ability and help them to believe in themselves; understand them and their lives in and outside of netball and try to work with them as best as possible,” Reynolds advised. “These are good ladies. It’s a very good crop of girls. You just have to work with them, respect them and you will get the best out of them. You have to understand that it’s all about working as a team, getting them involved, making them a part of the process.” The NJ top brass is expected to meet next Thursday to decide the way forward for the programme. The task of finding a new coach is likely to be directed to the technical committee. Veteran netball coach Minneth Reynolds said the time was right for her to step down as head coach for the Sunshine Girls and believes that the current crop of national senior netballers can lift the sport if given the right guidance. Reynolds, who has been involved with the national programme at varying levels since 2005, achieving particular success with the country’s age group teams, decided to end her contract with Netball Jamaica (NJ) one year before its expiration, following a somewhat surprising series win over arch-rivals England. Contrary to earlier reports, Reynolds’ most recent deal with NJ, which was signed in May 2016 under the signature of current president Dr Paula Daley-Morris, was due to run its course on December 31, 2017. The decision to end the deal, she says, was due to personal reasons. She also offered some advice to the incoming coach. “It’s personal,” Reynolds shared. “All things must come to an end whether it’s good or bad. It’s just that the time has come for me say let’s give someone else a chance.” Reynolds’ reign included a 0-3 defeat to New Zealand and a 2-1 win over England, their first away win over the Roses since 2007. Both series were played away. “Most persons would not have done what I did. I had a very young and inexperienced squad that I took to New Zealand I wasn’t afraid. Win, lose, or draw, I was determined to go to New Zealand.” ‘TIME IS RIGHT’
Knowledgeable cricket fans could be expected to understand that our captain is learning on the job, but their frustration must be understood when there are continuous and persistent reports of West Indian cricketers of far superior quality than those currently in the team, who are not available because of the policies and vindictiveness of the Dave Cameron-led board. However, as we can see in our powerful neighbour up North, and in Jamaica’s football hierarchy, these leaders were all democratically elected, and they have influential support from electorates who have economic reasons to continue with the status quo, while the country and sport continue on a definite and relentless downward spiral. So, as chaos reigns and results continue to defy logic, we hear and see blame being ascribed to everyone and everything except where it belongs; where the buck stops. But let us not give up hope. One day, the penny will drop and change will come. The West Indies cricket team WILL be among the top tier of international cricket. There is too much talent available in the islands, and no poor leader lives forever. England’s defeat of the West Indies in the second of three One Day Internationals (ODIs) on Sunday means that the Windies have lost another home series in the quest to improve its ODI ranking. This ranking is important, as those nations in the bottom third of the list are excluded from automatic qualification to the lucrative ICC World Cup. It also restricts the opportunities for these teams to improve their rankings in the coming year. The new management team of the West Indies Cricket Board has quite rightly played down the expectations of fans who are desperate for us to turn the corner and once again, return to winning ways in International cricket. We are hearing of a plan for 2018! There were times in the two matches played so far that it seemed as if the youngsters on show in Antigua could actually win one of these games. In fact, the members of the team, in separate interviews, all predicted improved showing in the games as the series continued. However, it now seems as if it was just hot air, with no such improvement seen. The coach bemoaned the level of fielding as one of the main reasons for defeat in the first ODI, and now we await the reason for the second defeat. UNDERSTANDABLE FRUSTRATION EXCELLING ELSEWHERE West Indian cricket fans (a rapidly diminishing number) are being forced to watch those selected to represent the region being beaten while hearing of the successful exploits of other West Indian cricketers plying their trade in other countries. Outspoken, dismissed captain of the West Indies cricket team, Darren Sammy, led his Peshawar team to victory in Lahore, Pakistan, amid scenes of adulation usually reserved for local heroes. There are reports on ESPN’s Cricinfo that Captain Sammy’s inspirational and tactical leadership on the field of play ensured that his team (Peshawar) won its way to the finals, while playing in Dubai, then encouraging his overseas teammates to stay calm and focused as the finals was switched to the troubled city of Lahore in Pakistan. The fact that the overseas players in his opponents’ team for the finals all declined to travel to Lahore speaks volumes for the strength of his influence in International cricket circles. Compare his performance, captaincy and positive influence on teammates in the West Indies and internationally with what now obtains back home. Our young captain is trying. Of that there is no doubt, but his inexperience and cricket nous has resulted in our opponents being able to extricate themselves from precarious positions in match after match, snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory.
Persistent injuries have jeopardised the promising athletics career of 2013 World Youth champion hurdler Yanique Thompson. Despite those troubles, the GC Foster College student-athlete is slowly getting back on track. Now, with some encouraging wins under her belt, Thompson is smiling again. The former Holmwood Technical High school star was beaming after her 100 metre hurdles win at last Saturday’s JAAA All Comers meet held inside the National Stadium. “I’m feeling great apart from the injuries and stuff”, she said cheerfully. “It’s good to be back on track, trying to run myself back in some form.” Improved form has brought her the 2017 Inter-Collegiate 100 metre hurdles title and a new career best of 13.13 seconds. Thompson, however, isn’t getting ahead of herself. Better times “This year, I’m just focusing on me”, the 21 year-old reasoned. “Just to better my times each time I run.” “So, it’s not to have that goal that I’ll have to make the Trials or something like that, It’s just to get back myself in form because as you know, I’ve been out for almost four years, so it’s just basically working back my way to the top,” Thompson shared. A bothersome knee injury has been the problem. “Sometimes I cannot hurdle. Sometimes when I hurdle, it hurts and stuff, so I have to try and be patient with it and try to get the best doctors to look at it and go with the best decisions,” she added. Thompson is one of the most successful sprint hurdlers in Boys and Girls Championships history, with wins in classes two, three and four and a Carifta Games Under 20 title from 2015. The Maurice Wilson – coached speedball has high hopes for the future. “When I’m over my injuries, (and I am able to) build my confidence and everything, I don’t know, I’m just going to continue to do great things”, she hoped.
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