Broadbell, Hyde and Powell nominated for 2022 National Sportsman of the Year

By Sports Desk December 06, 2022

Rasheed Broadbell, Jaheel Hyde and Rovman Powell are the three nominees for the 2022 RJR Gleaner National Sportsman of the Year award.

2022 was sprint hurdler Rasheed Broadbell’s break-away season. After finishing second at the National Championships in Kingston, Broadbell overcame a sub-par performance at the World Championships to win the 110m hurdles title at the Commonwealth Games with a time of 13.08 seconds. After a series of good Diamond League performances, including becoming the third Jamaican to run sub-13 seconds in the sprint hurdles with an outstanding run of 12.99 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, Broadbell went on to take the silver medal at the Diamond League Final in Zurich in 13.06 seconds. He finished the year ranked 4th in the 110m hurdles.

National Champion, Jaheel Hyde, was brilliant at the National Championships in Kingston, taking the 400m hurdles title in 48.51 seconds. He then ran a personal best of 48.03 in the final of the 400m hurdles at the World Championship. Hyde took the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 49.78 seconds, to cap a good season.

Rovman Powell started 2022 with a bang. In the international T20 competition, he scored a century (107) against England and followed that up with 68 not out against India, and 61 not out against Bangladesh. Powell then led Jamaica to two famous Caribbean victories, winning the Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament, with the Jamaica Tallawahs, and the Caribbean Super 50 League with the Jamaica Scorpions. Both victories owed much to his astute captaincy and calculated and important batting contributions.

The winner will be announced at the RJR Gleaner National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus on January 23.

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