Six Jamaican Olympians, who collected upgraded silver medals during the Mueller Anniversary Games in London on Sunday, said they were honoured to have their bronze medals from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games upgraded but were greatly disappointed that no Jamaican officials were on hand for what was a special moment for them and the country they represented.

The women said they feel slighted because no Jamaican official accompanied them to the United Kingdom last week to collect their medals. They say they had mismatched uniforms, there was no one to greet them at the London Stadium, no one knew they were getting the medals and to date, no one has sent a congratulatory message.

One of the women who chose to remain unidentified said that when they arrived at the stadium on Sunday they saw Sprintec head coach Maurice Wilson, who seemed surprised to see them and asked why they were there. This, she said, suggested that not even the Jamaican coaches and athletes who were there knew that the women were going to have their medals upgraded on the day.

It is almost as if, they said, nobody cares about them once their careers are over.

The two teams had their medals upgraded due to doping sanctions handed to the silver medal-winning teams of Russia from both Games.

Shereefa Lloyd, Shericka Williams, Rosemarie Whyte-Robinson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Bobby-Gaye Wilkins collected silver medals for the mile relay in 2008 while Christine Day, Lloyd, Whyte-Robinson, Williams and Williams-Mills, collected silver medals for 2012.

Both teams received their medals on Sunday, July 21 on the final day of the Mueller Anniversary Games held in London. Two-time Olympic champion Mr Pal Schmitt, a member of the International Olympic Committee, presented the medals.

“For me personally it was an honour that after all these years we got our medals upgraded but the biggest part for me was that all these ladies that have run in the past were able to make the trip. For me, sharing that experience with them again was wonderful,” said Williams-Mills, who now has three Olympic silver medals and a bronze.

“For the Mueller Anniversary Diamond League to even extend that opportunity for us to come there and receive our medals, for the IOC to make sure that we rightfully got those medals after we started the process a year ago with the JOA, for them to accommodate us and make sure we feel the love is wonderful.”

She said it was also great that there were able to bring a few family members with them to witness them receive their medals enjoy a fun day watching Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce storm to 10.78 in the 100m, Akeem Bloomfield win the 400m in a season-best 44.40 and Rushell Clayton win the 400m hurdles in a personal-best 54.16.

“That was really good,” she said.

On the other side of the occasion is that that so few knew that they were going to be in London to collect those medals nor was there any representation from Jamaica.

“We didn’t have a representative from Jamaica, from the JOA, no one. I feel disappointed,” Williams-Mills said.

“For many years I represented Jamaica at the highest level. I have represented Jamaica at four Olympics at the highest level, World Championships at the highest level. I’ve made multiple Jamaica teams and for not one person from the JOA or in sports was able to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure that we were taken care of was really disappointing.”

She said that no one from the JOA or JAAA to congratulate them and to ensure that everything went well was a slap in the face.

Lloyd said everything worked out in the end but, “Yes, I think official should have been there because it was difficult to get information about tickets and credentials to go to the stadium,” she said.

“Once we got to the stadium it was also a bit confusing because we didn’t have much direction or guidance. I also did not like the fact that we did not get the logistics about the trip until the day before we travelled. But overall, it wasn’t a bad trip and I do take into consideration that the time to prepare for the trip was short.”

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

There was to be no joy in the 200 metres for Jamaica or the wider Caribbean on day two of the Pan American Under 20 Cahnmpionships, currently under way in Costa Rica. 

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle challenged one of the best long jumpers in the world in London on Saturday for a second-place finish.

Gayle leapt out to 8.32 metres but was bested by a jump of 8.37 from South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga.

Manyongo’s effort was a season’s best, while Gayle had never been out to such a distance before.

Another South African, Ruswahl Samaai, 8.11. was third, while Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou, 7.99, was fourth and the United States Trumaine Jefferson, fifth with 7.89.

Rounding out the field was Great Britain’s Jacob Fincham-Dukes, 7.70 for sixth, teammate Dan Bramble, 7.61, and Australia’s Henry Smith, 7.57.

Olympic 200-metre champion Elaine Thompson is continuing to show good form ahead of the IAAF World Championships, winning the half-length event at the London Diamond League on Saturday.

Thompson lead early and managed to stay ahead of the field to stop the clock at 22.13 seconds.

The Olympic champion’s win came against a field that included the Côte d'Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who tried to make a late push but found she was given as good as she gave, eventually crossing the line in a season’s best 22.36.

Beth Dobblin of Great Britain was third in a lifetime best 22.50 seconds, while another Jamaican, Sashalee Forbeswas fourth in 22.93.

The field was rounded out by the Netherland’s Jamile Samuel, 22.94, Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji, 22.95, Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert-Powell, 23.16, Great Britain’s Bianca Williams, and teammate Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Both Williams and Johnson-Thompson were running season’s best.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson has continued to show good speed from all her 200 metre work last year, as she cruised to a Diamond League win over 400-metres in London on Saturday.

Jackson clocked 50.69 seconds as she stepped past countrywoman Stephenie-Ann McPherson, who ran a season’s best, 50.74.

Great Britain’s Laviai Nielson was third in a lifetime best 50.83.

Another Jamaican, Anastasia Le-Roy was also in the race, finishing fourth in 51.46.

Cruising through the first 200 metres, Jackson looked like she may have saved her work for too late, but showed immense speed and strength to overhaul the fading McPherson just before the tape, the result looking far more easy to come by after the fact.

Rounding out the field at the London Diamond League were Poland’s Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, 51.58, Great Britain’s Emily Diamond, 51.69, Slovakia’s Anita Horvat, 51.83, and France’s Amandine Brossiere, 52.03.

African champion Akani Simbine notched his first Diamond League win of the season, holding off Anguilla-born Briton Zharnel Hughes at the London Diamond League meeting on Saturday. 

Danielle Williams set a new national record while winning the 100m hurdles at the Diamond League meeting in London on Saturday.

The USA’s Matthew Boling drew first blood in his maiden clash with Jamaica’s Oblique Seville in the final of the 100m at the Pan Am U20 Championships in Costa Rica on Friday night.

Briana Williams followed up her NACAC U18 title with the Pan Am U20 title in Costa Rica on Friday night.

Jamaica’s Bovel McPherson and Doneisha Anderson of the Bahamas won bronze medals in the 400m on day one of the Pan American U20 Championships in Costa Rica on Friday.

Ackera Nugent and Akeem Cargill won Jamaica’s first medals on day one of the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships in Costa Rica on Friday.

Maurice Wilson, head coach of the Sprintec Track Club, has come out against the proposed method for selecting Jamaica’s female sprint hurdlers for the team to compete at the IAAF World Championships in September.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio and Kyle Greaux had third-place finishes in the 400m and 200m, respectively at the XXXIII Meeting Citta' Di Padova in Italy on Tuesday.

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