World-leading 12.55s for Janeek Brown who eyes ticket to Doha

By May 13, 2019

University of Arkansas sophomore Janeek Brown plans to vie for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September. Based on what she has managed to do so far this season, that spot seems all but assured.

 Brown, the former Wolmer’s girl, won the Southeastern Conference 100m hurdles title on Saturday at the John McDonnell Field in Arkansas with a world-leading 12.55s. It was the second time she has set a world-leading mark in the hurdles this season, following upon her 12.57s run at the same venue on April 26.

However, as much as she surprised herself in late April and followed up with an even faster time, a personal best on Saturday, Brown said they mean very little.

“My mindset is not really wrapped around having a world-leading time because it means nothing at the start of a next race. So, while it’s a nice achievement, I barely think about it,” she told Sportsmax.TV.

World-leading times might not be as important but she is definitely thinking about competing in Doha later this year when, hopefully, she will be wearing national colours.

“Yes, I’ll definitely be trying out for the world championships,” she said, explaining that she is not overly concerned about the wear and tear of the collegiate circuit dampening her chances of making the cut to Doha.

“Well, the trials are 10 days after the collegiate national championship so if anything that’s should be a good thing for me since I’ll already be on a small peak.”

Now in her second year at Arkansas, Brown said a more focussed approach has been yielding the results that have made her the top hurdler in the world.

“I’ve got better work habits now. I’m not given the opportunity to shy away from workouts and I train hard,” she said. “My coach ensures my focus on and off the track and I already knew what I was capable of so I just remained motivated and patient through the process. I just want to keep doing better and getting better. If that happens then my goals will make themselves.”

Brown revealed that her second year at Arkansas has not been as challenging as her freshman year and that has allowed her to come into her own on and off the track.

“My freshman year was definitely a struggle trying to figure out classes, training indoor for the first time, the transition to outdoor,” she said.

“It was very difficult and so once I got used to that, I just decided that my second year, since I know how everything works now, it should be smooth sailing. It’s still a little hard juggling school, weights, therapy, massage, training and then homework but I make it happen.”



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 he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Trinidad and Tobago discus thrower Quincy Wilson sues athletic association Trinidad and Tobago discus thrower Quincy Wilson sues athletic association

    Trinidad and Tobago athlete Quincy Wilson is suing the National Association of Athletic Associations over what he claims is the association’s negligence which caused him to become injured thereby losing the ability to earn, to train and prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

    The suit was filed in Trinidad and Tobago's High Court of Justice on Monday. Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Crys­tal Paul, and Ja­son Jones are representing the disaffected athlete.

    The 28-year-old Wilson is an eight-time national champion and holds the national record of 59.65m. He has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CARIFTA Games and in 2011 won a bronze medal at the NACAC U23 Championships in Mexico.

    In late July, on or about the 28th, Wilson was competing at the national championships. He stepped into the ring and executed two throws. Two other throws were fouls. However, on his fifth throw, he slipped and fell.

    According to court documents obtained by Sportsmax.TV, Wilson suffered shock and severe pain, a meniscal tear in his right knee, pain in both knees. He subsequently experienced psychological damage, mental anguish and a loss of quality of life.

    Wilson claims his subsequent inability to train has affected his mood and personality, and he is unable to carry out his household chores and his responsibilities as a husband and father.

    He blames the NAAA in that they or their employees painted or covered the discus circle with the wrong substance making it slippery. He also claims that the NAAA failed to ensure that the discus circle was at the requisite standard of safety and that they failed to inspect the circle prior to his accident.

    Wilson also claims, among other things, that the NAAA failed to use a certified IAAF official to inspect the circle.

    As a result, he wants the NAAA to pay for or facilitate his rehabilitation, cover his lost wages. He is also seeking compensation for the loss of opportunity to compete professionally and possibly attracting sponsors.

  • World champion triple jumper forms rebel athletes association World champion triple jumper forms rebel athletes association

    Christian Taylor, a seven-time Diamond League champion, has announced the formation of The Athletics Association, an association for all professional athletes from across the globe and has encouraged athletes worldwide to join and take back power from the IAAF.

  • Asafa Powell launches fitness and health website Asafa Powell launches fitness and health website

    Asafa Powell, the former 100-metre world record holder and current Guinness Record holder for the most sub-10 runs has launched, a fitness membership platform to help people around the world take control of their health and meet their fitness goals, with hands-on guidance on workouts and nutrition.

    “Health is our greatest asset,” Powell said. “Having over a decade of dedicated workout and nutrition experience as an athlete I felt it was time to share that.”

    The services offered on the site include but not limited to a 12-week fitness plan, nutrition advice, as well as recipes and fitness videos. Having done a soft launch to get feedback and fine-tune the site, the response has positive.

    It has given persons the opportunity to start their fitness journey with someone they trust, can relate to and know that the support they need is at their fingertips.

    “I wanted to create a community,” Powell said.

    Once people sign up, they get access to a range of his e-books like 'Live Like a Legend', a 30-Day guide to help people kick-start their journey to fitness. There is also access to a private group on Facebook that members can join to share their progress, provide support, share recipe ideas and keep in touch with Powell as they embark on their fitness journey.

    The site also features more than 50 fitness videos providing detailed workout instructions for beginners as well as expert advice on how to exercise safely and effectively as well as Powell’s Nutrition Mission eBook.

    To learn more about Asafa’s fitness membership platform and to see why it’s poised to change the game visit

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.