Competing for the first time since he failed to finish at a meet in Hungary in early July, national 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod clocked 13.28 (-0.1) to win ahead of fellow Jamaican Andrew Riley, 13.39, and American Ronnie Ash, 13.46. Campbell-Brown was busy, winning the women’s 200m in 22.82 (-0.1) ahead of the United States’ Charonda Williams, 23.25, and Semoy Hackett, 23.37, from Trinidad and Tobago. Earlier, Campbell-Brown was also fastest in the 100m, winning in 11.22 (-0.1), with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee- Ahye, 11.29, crossing the line in second place and another Jamaican, Simone Facey, 11.30, finishing third. Shevon Stoddart, 56.40, and Samantha Elliott, 56.49, were second and third, respectively behind Leah Nugent (USA), who clocked 55.63 to win the women’s 400m hurdles. Natoya Goule, 2:02.16, was third in the women’s 800m, which was won by American Maggie Vessey, 2:00.30, ahead of Canada’s Melissa Bishop, 2:00.43. Competing at the Dutch Championships, Olympic and World Championships medallist Warren Weir was second in the men’s 200m with a time of 20.68, running behind Liemarvin Bonevacia, 20.62, with Solomon Bockarie, 20.81, finishing third. Mcleod comes back Jamaicans Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Omar McLeod were among the winners at Saturday evening’s American Track League meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, while Warren Weir was second, competing in The Netherlands. Powell stopped the clock at 10.01 seconds (+0.1 metres per second wind) to win ahead of St Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rodgers, 10.23, with American Walter Dix taking third place in 10.25. It was Powell’s first clocking over 10.00 seconds since the semi-finals of the National Senior championships in late June and his 12th win in 13 starts this season. Powell is not expected to compete again until this month’s World Championships in Beijing, China (August 22-30), where he will be looking to improve on his two bronze medals won at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships.
Schedule for Jamaicans ZURICH: SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce says being able to inspire others is what will keep her motivated in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio next year. Having won everything there is to win on multiple occasions, the diminutive sprinter would be forgiven for feeling like she has done all there is to do in the sport. However, the 28 year-old told The Gleaner that remembering where she comes from and being able to inspire others from her community is what keeps her going. “I get to inspire so many young girls and boys. I get to inspire the community where I am from and I get to do a million things that I can only do because of where I am and what I have done. “Those are the things that keep me motivated. To be able to help and give back; to be able to show the girls in my community that no matter where you are from, what matters is what you believe in and how hard you work for it. To be able to show them that you should always have faith in what you want to do.” Having achieved all of the goals set for this year, Fraser-Pryce is looking forward to taking her first-ever vacation as an athlete by heading to Africa. Rather than stepping away from athletics totally, however, the Olympian will be assisting Namibian sprinters in their quest to emulate the feats of the Jamaicans. “Two years ago, we started a programme with Namibian athletes who came to Jamaica as part of an exchange programme. “So I had always said to them that one day I would come and visit where they are from. You can really get them to try anything in Jamaica, and I really want to go and see where they are from and take in their culture.” She added: “There are two ladies with us training and things are a bit different for them. Our programme is very different from what they are used to in Namibia. So now they have been a part of our camp they see the things that we go through, especially when it comes to our facilities. It’s not the greatest, but it works for us. “I am hoping that after two years with us they will be able to send one of their sprinters to an Olympic Games, and who knows, maybe this will spark some great things for Namibians moving forward.” – J.C. 10:55 a.m: Men’s discus Jason Morgan 12:10 p.m: Women’s 100m B race Kerron Stewart, Elaine Thompson, Sherone Simpson 1:05 p.m: Women’s 400m hurdles Kaliese Spencer, Janieve Russell 1:29 p.m: Women’s 100m Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison 1:56 p.m: Men’s 200m Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer 2:36 p.m: Men’s 400m hurdles Annsert White 2:55 p.m: Women’s 4x100m
BRUSSELS, Belgium:Not even the motivated pair of Elaine Thompson and Allyson Felix could stop the bustling locomotive that is Dafne Schippers from running away with their high-profile 200m clash – not yesterday, not in front of a pro-Schippers crowd.Still, the fast-rising Jamaican, fresh from her silver medal won at the recent IAAF World Championships in Beijing, left the series -closing AG Memorial Van Damme IAAF Diamond League in Brussels, Belgium, as encouraged as ever and eager to start working again towards a season that promises more for the MVP charge, with the Olympic Games ever nearer on the horizon.Schippers, the world champion, showed that her Beijing gold medal was no fluke – and perhaps made it clear that Felix or not, nothing was going to stop her in China – producing a frightening burst in the last 50m to frankly overpower the others, stopping the clock at 22.12 in still wind.Felix, who was consoled by the glistening Diamond Race trophy and the accompanying US$40,000, was second in 22.22, with Thompson crossing the line in 22.26. Sherone Simpson was sixth in 23.12.”I’m not disappointed. I was looking forward to competing with these ladies,” said Thompson. “I knew it would be a challenge, and it will only push and motivate me to work harder.”Gatlin’s Diamond streakSpeaking of working hard, American Justin Gatlin – the Diamond winner – was made to dig deep for his win in the 100m as he protected his unbeaten run on the circuit, which dates back to 2014 with a laboured 9.98 win. Femi Ogunode (Qatar), who also came in at 9.98, was second, with Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, 9.99, closing out an almost inseparable top three.It was a bad day for Jamaican pair Nesta Carter, who looked for an early advantage and was ejected after a false start, and Asafa Powell, who finished fifth in 10.04.In the men’s shot put, World Championships bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards registered a 21.37m mark for second place, but his real target was 22m, leaving the ever-improving Jamaican slightly disappointed.The event was won by New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, 21.39, with Diamond Race winner and world champion American Joe Kovacs (21.35) finishing third.Richards, who fouled on his last three attempts says, he will be going all out to meet his target at his last meet for the season in Berlin on Sunday.”I have to give God thanks even when I lose. I have to learn that is part of the sport. Assessment-wise, I wanted to hit 22m today. I have one more chance. I kept missing the shot, not applying all the force on the shot, so it kept slipping and didn’t go as far as I wanted it to go, but (it is) my best performance outside of a championships, so I’m happy for that,” Richards told The Gleaner after his event.Kimberly Williams got off to a good start but slipped to fourth in the women’s triple jump, taking advantage of world champion Caterine Ibarg¸en’s (Colombia) slow start, with her second effort 14.22m keeping her in the top two for much of the competition.The Jamaican would eventually improve to 14.28m, but by then, she was already out of the top three, with Ibarg¸en taking her third straight win in Brussels and ensuring she won all but one of the six Diamond League competitions with a 14.60m mark. World Champs silver medallist Hanna Knyazheva-Minenko (Israel), 14.42m, was second, with Russian Ekaterina Koneva, 14.37m finishing third.Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.00, was third in the women’s 400m behind winner Shaunae Miller (Bahamas), 50.48, and Diamond Race winner Francena McCorory, 50.59. Christine Day, 51.96, was sixth, with Novlene Williams-Mills, 52.04 finishing seventh.In the male equivalent, national record holder Rusheen McDonald seems to still be suffering from his 43.93 run in Beijing, finishing ninth here in 47.89, while Peter Matthews took third place in 45.74. The event was won by Renny Quow (T&T), 45.29, ahead of Belgian Kevin BorlÈe, 45.43.Rasheed Dwyer, 20.27, was third in the 200m, with Antiguan Miguel Francis, 20.22, finishing second to the winner, Qatar’s Femi Ogunode, who clocked a personal best and area record 19.97. Nickel Ashmeade was fifth in 20.59.
Top-order batsman AndrÈ McCarthy, highlighted the opening day of the fifth and penultimate Jamaica Scorpions regional four-day trial match between John Campbell XI and Paul Palmer XI at Sabina Park yesterday.The 28-year-old, who had a lukewarm season last year and was in and out of the team, hit an unbeaten 159 as John Campbell XI, sent to bat, closed on a healthy first innings total 346 for nine.McCarthy, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, stroked 13 fours and five sixes during his knock, which has so far accounted for 203 balls.Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, who made an unbeaten 54 in the previous trial match, almost scored a century as he provided strong support with 96.Part-time off-spinner Tamar Lambert took two for 19; left-arm spinner Coi Thompson, two for 44; Rovman Powell, two for 50; and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, two for 104, led the way with wickets.”I know I needed a good score after getting starts in the other games and today it came off. I am excited about it,” said McCarthy.”I have been training hard before the start of the season and been putting in the work and am now glad to see it coming together.”I just hope to continue in the remainder of the trials and hopefully impress the selectors to be a part of the squad for the opening game,” he expressed.McCarthy, prior to the hundred, had made scores of 53, 42, 37, 14 not out and 16.