Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

She came to finish in the top-three but Rushell Clayton ended up winning the 400m hurdles final on Friday night upsetting favourite Janieve Russell, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, who finished out of the medals in fourth.

Briana Williams broke a national junior record for the second time in two weeks but had to play second fiddle to Elaine Thompson in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships in Kingston.

Jamaica’s 400m prospects took a blow on Friday when Nathon Allen failed to show for the heats of the 400m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Christine Day was the fastest woman in qualifying for Saturday’s semi-finals of the 400 metres at the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships on at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday.

Group C leaders Jamaica have made two changes to the team that defeated Honduras on June 17 for their match against El Salvador this evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Waseem Williams and Rasheed Dwyer were the two fastest to advance to Friday’s semi-final round of the men’s 100 metres at the SVL/JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Briana Williams all easily advanced to Friday’s semi-final of the 100 metres at the Supreme Ventures JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday.

Dethroned national triple jump champion Jordan Scott was not particularly pleased about his performance on Thursday’s opening day of the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships and declares that he has a lot to work on before he gets to Doha in September.

Scott, who has three legal jumps over 17 metres this season, and has qualified for the IAAF World Championships by finishing in the top three at the national championships, could only muster 16.77m to finish second to Clive Pullen, who won with a windy 17.02m.

“I think it was alright, it wasn’t my best performance. There is a lot I need to work on technically. In regards to strength and all that I am feeling good but the technical aspects of my jump are kind of off right now, so it’s just to go back to the drawing board to kind of work on it,” he said.

“We have a long season going all the way down to September so I have ample so I am confident that with time everything will work out but in regards to today, it was good. I needed to come top three, I did that, so it’s back to the drawing board to work on those little aspects that I feel need to be corrected.”

He suspects that he might be a little rusty but once he gets back to training, he said, he is confident he will get back to jumping at his best. He said he has not finalised his competition schedule but that should be sorted soon as he intends to be at his best to take on the world in September.

 

Consistency, Clive Pullen says, was the key to his winning his third national title in the triple on Thursday evening, the opening day of the 2019 Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Bahamian sprint queen, the imperious Shanae Miller-Uibo smashed the 300m world record for the 300m at the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike on Thursday.

Jamaica has named nine debutants and USA seven in their squads for Saturday’s historic meeting at the Mona Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston (kick-off 3.30pm local time) - which is part of the sport’s international weekend. The match-up between the 14th and 15th world ranked nations will be the first between them on Caribbean soil.

In their previous full meeting, in Jacksonville, Florida, last year, the Reggae Warriors’ triumph saw them qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, joining the final stages of the global tournament for the first time. The Hawks are using the match as preparation for their final WC qualifier in November, when they will face the winners of South Africa and the Cook Islands, who meet in Wentworthville, Sydney on Friday night.

 Caribbean Maritime University duo Kevin Thomas and Chawn Henry are among the Jamaican newcomers, the first representatives from the club, with Adrian Thomas, Mohenjo Thompson, Akeem Murray, Kile Nembhard, Roland Grey, Jenson Morris and  Romario Bartley also in line for their bows.

 Veterans Renaldo Wade and Tyronie Rowe are out of contention and playmaker Adrian Hall is also unavailable after being involved in a serious car accident on his way to training in April.

 “Having defeated the Hawks in the World Cup qualifiers, we are acutely aware that revenge is on the minds of our visitors,” said JRLA head coach and director of rugby Romeo Monteith. “They have assembled a powerful team and we will start as underdogs in this one as we are without the services of any of our professional players. The boys are looking forward to the challenge and will give a good account. It’s been the most difficult preparation for a game we’ve ever had after the sudden passing of national player, Leon Thomas, two weeks ago.”

 USA head coach Sean Rutgerson has included former Thailand captain Charlie Jones in his selection, together with some of the standout performers who won the inaugural Americas 9s in Toronto recently, where they beat Jamaica 18-4 in the group stages.

 Jacksonville’s Khalial Harris who was a standout after only a handful of games is included for the first time with Brooklyn Kings providing the most representatives with six players including debutants Alex Foster and Dane Wilcoxen. Josh Jackson, Kevin Wathen and Randy Porter are the other newcomers.

 “It is getting tough to choose as I am getting better coverage of all players now,” Rutgerson noted. “This is our chance to see guys that have been performing well in the domestic competition step up to the next level so that when we play in November we know who is up to the standard and we’re not guessing.”

 JAMAICA 20 MAN SQUAD:

Chawn Henry, Kevin Thomas (Caribbean Maritime University), Antonio Baker (Cedar Grove Cyclones), Andrew Simpson, Fabion Turner, Jermaine Pinnock, Kenneth Walker, Khamisi Mckain, Marvin Thompson, Ryan Grant (Duhaney Park Red Sharks), Adrian Brown, Chevaughn Bailey, Steve Miller (GC Foster College Lions) Roland Grey (Jamaica Defence Force) Akeem Murray, Romario Bartley (Liguanea Dragons and University of the West Indies) Jenson Morris, Kile Nembhard (University Of Technology), Lawrence Drummond, Mohenjo Thompson (Washington Blvd. Bulls)

 USA 17-MAN SQUAD

Sean Hunt, Nick Newlin (Atlanta Rhinos), Brandon Anderson, Alex Foster, Randy Porter, Jamil Robinson, Dane Wilcoxen, Sterling Wynn (Brooklyn Kings), Khalil Harris, Josh Jackson, Charlie Jones, Jon Purnell, Kevin Wathen (Jacksonville Axemen), Kyle Denham, Tristan Sylk (Philadelphia Fight), Cody Blackwell, Bart Longchamp (Tampa Mayhem).

 

Several Jamaican Olympians were presented with Olympic pins during a special dinner held in their honour at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, June 18.

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