After running a personal-best time and winning her first-ever Diamond League race in London on Sunday, newly minted Jamaican 400mH champion Rushell Clayton said getting that first win provided a major boost in confidence as she zeroes in on her first World Championships in Doha in September.

Lennox Graham, the coach of Danielle Williams has a simple plan to keep her running fast in her quest to win the Diamond League title this season.

Reigning 100m World Champions Omar McLeod believes former world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was well within his rights to defend longtime coach Glen Mills.

The decorated Olympian and sprint icon set off a social media storm in recent weeks when he was highly critical of the work attitude of some of the current crop of sprinters, following criticism of veteran coach Mills.

  In recent weeks, multiple athletes affiliated to the Racers Track Club had written social media pieces critical of the coach and the operation of the now-famous club.  In a terse response, Bolt suggested that the athletes had only themselves to blame for any lack of success, accusing them of not working hard enough.  While admitting that he did not know enough about the issue, McLeod claims to understand the sprinter’s defense of the coach.   

“I don’t know about what happened in-depth, I’ve seen the interview.  I’m really happy he made the decision to speak up for his coach.  It can be a thing when athletes don’t get what they want they try to point fingers and blame other people,” McLeod told Nuffin’ Long Athletics.

 “Nobody knows the extent of what happened, I don’t so I don’t want to speak of it but I just think it was good of him to come out and speak because he and his coach have had a really good career and I guess he is a father figure to Usain Bolt.”

Britany Anderson, the 2018 World U20 100m hurdles silver medallist, ran a personal best 12.71 in the 100m hurdles at the Motonet Joensuu Grand Prix in Finland on Wednesday.

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell inched closer to his 98th sub-10 clocking while competing at the 2019 Bayer Classic in Leverkusen, Germany on Wednesday.

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girl Romelda Aiken is now a brand ambassador for Motorama Ford in Queensland, Australia.

 Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has encouraged athletes facing setbacks to not be overcome by the many barriers they face on the road to recovery.

The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce has amazed sports fans everywhere by recently clocking some of the best times in her career, having taken time off from the sport to have her first child almost two years ago.  Recently, the sprinter dismissed the field at the London Anniversary Games clocking 10.78. 

The time was Fraser-Pryce’s third-fastest run this year and the third time the athlete has clocked a time in the 10.7s range.  Her best time this season was a sizzling 10.73, just three-hundredths of a second outside of her personal best.

“For me, it’s a testament to hard work and being committed and mentally driven as an athlete.  Time after time you hear persons telling you what you can do and what you can’t do and what is possible and what isn’t possible.  For me those are barriers and boundaries I continue to leap over,” Fraser-Pryce said.

“You have so many people that are dealing with injuries that are out for 2 years, three years and they think they can’t come back but you can,” she added.

 “It’s not just about mother for me but about athletes who are in a slump and who can’t get up believing it’s the end.  It’s about mentally preparing for the battle ahead and understanding it’s you against everything else.  You can overcome those obstacles.”

Jamaican bodybuilder Shawn Rhoden has turned himself in to the police in Utah on rape and sexual assault charges reports in the United States claim.

The Jamaican girls’ squad took a silver medal in the team competition at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships, which buoyed Team Jamaica to a third-place finish overall, behind three-peat winners, Barbados and runners-up Guyana, as the tournament wrapped up over the weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago national under 15 team coach Stuart Charles Fevrier has called on the TTFA to secure more matches with Central American opponents in order to close the gap between the twin-island republic and CONCACAF’s top teams.

The recently concluded TTFA Youth Invitational football tournament proved to be a chastening experience for the national team.  The young Trinidadians lost matches to Panama, Venezuela, and Mexico. 

The match-up with the Panamanians was closely contested with T&T losing 5-4 by the odd goal, the team, however, went on to lose 4-0 and 4-1 to Venezuela and Mexico respectively.

With the tournament serving as a warm-up for the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in August, the gulf in quality has proven to be a concern.

“We need to play more Central American and North American teams instead of Caribbean teams.  It’s not that we can’t play Caribbean teams, we are from the Caribbean region but I believe now we have to focus a lot more on the Central American and North American teams.  If we are to qualify for any major competition these are the teams we have to beat,” Fevrier said.

“Playing against Caribbean teams is a lower level obviously because when you watched the level of football tonight (against Mexico) for me it was very high,” he added.

“In the last 10 minutes they were still going, it was nothing for them.  They already have a professional mentality and our boys are still playing college football.”

The uncapped Anthony Bramble has been named in West Indies' squad for the first two Twenty20 games against India along with recalled duo Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Bramble could make his debut in a three-match series that will be staged in Florida and Guyana next month.

Spinner Narine and all-rounder Pollard come back into the fold, but opener Chris Gayle made himself unavailable as he is playing in the GT20 in Canada. 

John Campbell should get his chance at the top of the order, while spinner Khary Pierre is also in the 14-man squad.

Andre Russell will have to pass a fitness test after a left knee injury cut short his participation in the Cricket World Cup.

"This squad is an excellent balance of experience and youth," said interim chairman of selectors Robert Haynes.

"It's not just about the present – the India tour of the West Indies – but we are also looking at the T20 World Cup coming up next year and it is important that we find the right combination of players and the right formula for defending our title.

"We have to make sure that we put certain things in place now, so that when it comes to picking the squad for the T20 World Cup, it becomes easier, so we are giving more players the opportunity to play and get the exposure."

 

West Indies squad:

Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

West Indies cricket selectors have recalled Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard to the squad to play the first two T20 internationals against India early next month.

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls avoided finishing sixth at the Vitality Netball World Cup, the worst the team would have since 1967 after a hard-fought playoff game against Malawi. 

Jamaica’s Briana Williams has ended her successful career as a junior and will now focus on making the transition to the senior ranks.

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