It was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.
New captain John Campbell is hoping for a change in fortunes when the Jamaica Scorpions meet title-hopefuls Barbados Pride in the eighth round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional League at Sabina Park, beginning today. Parachuted into the leadership position last weekend following the axing of fellow opener, Paul Palmer Jr, Campbell lost his opening game in charge to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by eight wickets. This followed another below average batting display by the Scorpions, who made 225 in their first innings and 155 in their second. “I would have loved to have started off with a win, but it didn’t happen,” said Campbell. “However, I have to try and put that behind me. We have three games left, and I am definitely looking forward to winning these three games.” Set for a 10 a.m. start, third-place Jamaica, on 60 points, will enter the contest with three wins, four defeats and a mere mathematical chance of winning the title. This is in comparison to Barbados, who with four wins, two draws and a defeat, are second on 90 points, 17 off league leaders and title favourites Guyana Jaguars, with three rounds of matches to go. “We are not playing the best cricket at the moment, but I think we will get there,” stated Campbell, one of several batsmen in the team who is yet to score a century in 14 first class innings. Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, with a ton in the fourth round, is the only player to pass triple figures. “We definitely do have the talent inside the dressing room, but talent is not all; production is it. “It’s kind of hard to be positive when you’re not getting any runs, or you’re trying to survive. But we need to believe in ourselves some more,” Campbell stated. “We are playing for Jamaica, so we are good enough, and as such, need to look into ourselves. The Scorpions will enter the contest with three changes to their 13-man squad. This is after the Wavell Hinds-led selection panel dropped West Indies fast bowler, Sheldon Cottrell and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley; and left out Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood. According to the Jamaica Cricket Association, the latter has not fully recovered from an injury sustained against the Red Force. Replacing the trio are young batsman Brandon King, who was dropped after the team’s first two matches; Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith; and left-arm seamer Gavon Brown. Barbados, in the meantime, have brought their strongest available team, which includes West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite. The other West Indies players in the 13 are batsmen Jonathan Carter and Kyle Hope and Omar Phillips, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and left-arm spinner, Jomel Warrican. Exciting fast bowler, Miguel Cummins, who was drafted for West Indies recent tour of Australia but did not play, is also in the Barbados squad. FOUR WINS
ISSA, that is the principals, in acting in the best interest of the youngsters under their tutelage, are well within their right to err on the side of caution in doing all within their powers to protect the long-term interest of the young student athletes. Another chink in the coach’s armour is their failure to demonstrate how these proposed changes will negatively affect the development and progress of the young athletes. The more genuine and credible concern is the rush in finalising the implementation of these changes just weeks before Champs 2017, since the preparation of the athletes are well in advance for this coming season, and it would have been much more reasonable to implement these changes for Champs 2018. However, even then ISSA, as principals have absolutely no obligation to anyone except their students, no coach, no coaching body, no expert or analyst, not even the president of the local governing body, the JAAAs. They, the principals and ISSA, are well within their right, and are indeed correct to push for these changes, and push for them now. Indeed, on the complete contrary, the Jamaican male athletes who have made the upward leap into international stardom have been predominantly athletes who were NOT the big Champs stars. Conversely, the list of mega Boys Champs stars who have fallen by the wayside is conspicuously long and winding, going back several years. What the coaches have failed to do is to provide a plausible explanation for that worrying trend, and indeed offer any semblance of proof that physical and psychological overwork and burnout have not been major contributing factors to so many outstanding Jamaican youngsters failing to make that logical transition. These coaches seem to be caught up in their own false sense of importance and have lost sight of the fact that ISSA is comprised of school principals, with their main responsibility being the welfare of the students who participate in high school amateur sports. These coaches, for the most part, are professionals who get paid based on the performance of their charges at Champs and elsewhere. The motives and perspectives of ISSA, and the coaches, are completely different. The coaches are in no credible position to make the defining call on this issue, since they are effectively the ones being accused of overworking the athletes. INT’L STARDOM The pronouncement by the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competitions director, George Forbes, to the effect that the tail is trying to wag the dog, and that the high school principals are not hired by the track and field coaches, but instead coaches are hired by principals, is poignantly appropriate and smacks profound wisdom. This assertion by Forbes aptly sums up the situation regarding the feeble and splintered resistance to proposed changes to the competition rules to the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships. The ISSA point man is absolutely right, especially in a context where the motivation for the hasty implementation for these rule changes appears to be the protection of the young athletes from overwork. The dissenting voices are struggling to make a credible case. Implicit in this attempted pushback is that ISSA has no proof that athletes are being overworked. They continue to argue that until ISSA can present empirical data and hard evidence to prove that athletes are being overworked, then the governing body ought not to make not make these changes. What the coaches are failing to accept, however, is that the overwhelming reality is that for several years now, the vast majority of outstanding Boys Champs stars have failed to make the successful transition into the senior ranks. ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Global Sports Brand PUMA continues to deepen its roots in Jamaican athletics after securing the signatures of seven of the island’s top athletes. Puma, a long-time partner of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Jamaica Olympic Association followed up its recent signing of Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole with seven MVP Track Club athletes including Olympic silver medallist Shericka Jackson, World Championships medal winner O’Dayne Richards, Janieve Russell, Christania Williams, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald and Megan Simmonds. “Puma continues their commitment with up and coming athletes, and its mission to be the fastest sports brand in the world by signing seven Jamaican athletes to represent them in the upcoming World Championships in London. They all have a strong possibility to make the podium in London and increase PUMA’s footprint in Jamaican athletics, which includes none other than Usain Bolt,” read a release issued by the company late yesterday. The signings represent a major coup for Puma considering MVP’s long association with US brand Nike and the fact that its most recognisable ambassador Usain Bolt will be stepping off the track at the end of the season. Twenty-one year-old Jackson, represents one of the most exciting signings for the company. Jackson won bronze medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in the 400m and was a member of the 4x400m world title winning team in 2015 and the Rio 2016 silver medal mining unit. She has a personal best of 49.83 seconds in the 400m and is seen as Jamaica’s future of the event. Russell’s Olympic ambition was hampered by injury but she also brings significant promise and world class pedigree. The 23 year-old 400m hurdles specialist has already made her mark in the event and the best is still to come. Russell was a finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2015 World Championships in Beijing. She is also a former World Junior Champion. Richards is a bronze medallist who competed in the shot put at the last 2015 World Championships and made the final at the 2016 Rio Olympic. He also won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Williams, 22, competed in the 100m final in Rio and ran the lead off leg as a member of the 4x100m relay team which won the silver medal. Simmonds, the 22-year-old 100m hurdler was the 2016 Jamaican national champion and represented Jamaica during the latest Olympic Games while Forte, who just missed competing in Rio breaking the 20 seconds barrier in the 200m for the first time in 2016. McDonald is the 400m national record holder with a personal best of 43.93 seconds. He was part of the medal winning relay teams at the last two World Championships.
In any other country, there would be dancing in the streets if their ladies 4×200 metres relay team clocked one of the fastest times ever to win at the IAAF World Relays. Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes and Elaine Thompson would be the talk of the town. This, however, is Jamaica. It doesn’t seem to matter much that Jura, Shericka, Sasha and Elaine demolished the old Jamaica record set at the 2014 Penn Relays by a clear second with their sensational time of one minute 29.04 seconds. Neither does it matter that Jamaica is now the third-fastest country of all time. Given that the world record is held by the old East Germany at 1:28.15, Jamaica would be number two all time if the holders were rightly erased from track history because of East Germany’s well-documented, state organised steroid use. On another note, the official World Relay 4x200m splits promise much. Jackson, the World and Olympic 400 metre bronze medal winner, scurried through her leg in 21.9 seconds and Thompson’s controlled outpouring of speed was a 21.7. These encouraging signs have passed all too quietly. The focus seems to be on a rare baton drop by the men’s 4x100m team and the impending retirement of the incomparable Usain Bolt. It was unfortunate, but as one sage reminded me, the winning time by the US – 38.42 seconds – wasn’t too much faster than the 38.89 clocking by the G.C. Foster College to win the recent Inter-Collegiate Championships. For now, there isn’t too much cause for alarm. UNFORTUNATE LOSS Funnily enough, Jamaica actually lost to the US at the last World Relays in a race that ended with Ryan Bailey’s ‘cut-throat’ dub version of Bolt’s ‘To the World’ sign. Later, in the same season at the 2015 World Championships, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt won handily. That should comfort the nerves ruffled by the loss and the eye-opening speed of Canadian whizz Andre deGrasse. The truth is that the 1.29.04 was the best performance of the World Relays. Moreover, it might end the World Relays-Penn Relays period as the supreme piece of sprinting. It was that good. In less windy conditions, the time would certainly have been under 1.29. In the mourning over that dropped baton, we have managed to gloss over the form of Jura, Shericka, Sasha and double Olympic champion Elaine. All four have bright prospects for this World Championships year. In particular, Thompson looks set for a fine campaign. The 4x100m men have proven to be a fast and safe relay unit. Their gold medals and world records, which still stretch all the way back to 2008, speak volumes, but the women are almost as good. In a way, the 1.29.04 may signal the arrival of parity. It might also mean that the brilliant women’s 4×100 world record of 40.82 seconds might be within reach when super sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce returns. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at tracksince 1980.
ANTHONY Nunes’ ROYAL ASSAULT returns to his happy hunting ground in this afternoon’s 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bunny Bucknor Memorial, racing among overnight allowance horses. In his last 10 starts, the five-year-old chestnut beat the level three times, losing twice but under forgivable circumstances, one of which was in this very race last year, outclassed by BUZZ NIGHTMARE in a rapid-fire 57.1. ROYAL ASSAULT’s other loss in overnight allowance was last October when he had returned off a near five-month lay-up and finished third behind PROLIFIC PRINCESS and DREAMLINER at 1200 metres. Though he returns off a similar lay-up tomorrow, ROYAL ASSAULT, remains the class horse in the 12-horse field. When last raced on November 30, he beat none other than speedy TALENTED TONY K, which should have taken him out of the class. However, having not raced since, qualifies him to return to the level whereas he should really be facing open allowance company. RACE-FIT HORSES Though lightly raced and seemingly doing nothing much at exercise, ROYAL ASSAULT must not be taken lightly. After returning from his lay-up in October and placed third, he returned two weeks later in grade one and was fourth behind CAMPESINO, BUZZ NIGHTMARE and CHACE THE GREAT in the Caribbean Sprint. This afternoon, he faces race-fit horses such as FORCE DE JOUR, VISION and DANCING QUEEN breaking from gates seven, nine and 10, respectively, on a racing surface which should be running a bit heavier after being sanded last weekend. Class aside, a heavier track should be a plus for ROYAL ASSAULT, considering he is drawn widest at post-position 12, the more compact part of the track. Though carrying 56.0 kilos, he is a proven cut above his rivals and should be the horse to beat/ If ROYAL ASSAULT is, indeed, rusty, Philip Feanny’s DANCING QUEEN, carrying only 50.0 kilos, is dangerous. She is better than VISION and has the jump in the handicaps on FORCE DE JOUR, who is down to carry 55.0 kilos.
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It seems that Kiefer Ravena’s early success in the PBA has come to an end.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After NLEX won two straight to open its campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup, Ravena and the Road Warriors were stopped in their tracks and skidded to two straight losses.And although Ravena scored a career-high 31 points with four rebounds and five assists, he knows it all went down the drain as one victory is more important than individual numbers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s down the drain, we have to wake up,” said Ravena after losing to Magnolia 105-94 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We have to fight for survival.”Ravena added teams may have finally caught up on their style and it’s time for them to adjust and prepare better for their upcoming games. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “When you’re a rookie, people don’t know much about you and they don’t know what to expect of you,” said Ravena in Filipino. “But as the conference progresses and they get to watch more of your games they will get familiarized more.”“It’s like coming to a test day, you do your homework, here you’re getting out of your way to study your opponents because you can’t just practice and expect to win every single game.”Apart from the intangibles, Ravena said it was his team’s bad rebounding that put them in the position they’re in.Magnolia outrebounded NLEX 61-42 as a whole and 15-11 on the offensive glass.“We were outrebounded by 19 rebounds and that’s a lot,” said Ravena in Filipino. “It’s all about effort, so on that part we lost and that’s what irritated coach Yeng [Guiao] the most.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lee has high praise for ‘gifted’ Ravena