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.

Three-time world 100-metre champion showed Friday that running her first 10.7-time in four years last month was no fluke when she powered to a 10.74s clocking at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the Noah Lyles became the fourth fastest man in history with a 19.50-second run over 200m.

Left in Fraser-Pryce's wake was Great Britain’s Dina-Asher Smith (10.91) and Marie Josee Ta Lou (10.93), proving they were no match for the Jamaican who clocked 10.73s for a second place finish at Jamaica’s National Championships on June 21.

“I came to Lausanne in a very happy state of mind despite a poor performance in Stanford (where she was seventh in 11.39s). I am delighted with 10.74 today. Such ups and downs make sure that you do not take anything for granted and do not get complacent,” she said. 

“It is a long season this year. I am feeling great. Let’s see how the season progresses, I will happily embrace anything that the season will throw at me. I am going to enjoy and do my best.”

Also on the podium in Lausanne was Stephenie-Ann McPherson who was third in a season-best 50.88s in a blistering 400m won by Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Nasser won set a new meet record and season-best time of 49.17, just holding off an emerging Aminatou Seyni of Niger who set a new national record and personal best 49.19s.

Ronald Levy was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.25, beaten by the USA’s Daniel Roberts, the NCAA silver medallist who clocked 13.11 and Spain’s Orlando Ortega who had a season-best 13.05s for the win.

There was a fourth-place finish for Janieve Russell in the 400m hurdles won by the USA’s Shamier Little in a season-best 53.73s, a season-best time for the American who is sharpening up for the US National Championships later this month.

Russell’s 55.13 was also a season best.

Zuzana Hejnova also set a season-best 54.11 for second place while the USA’s Ashley Spencer as third in the same time, which was also her season’s best.

Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas was third in the 200m in a season-best 22.81. Jodie Williams of Great Britain also ran a season-best time of 22.75 in the race won by the USA’s Gabrielle Thomas whose 22.69s was also a season-best.

Shanieka Ricketts has been consistently over 14.50 in the triple jump this season and was again on Friday. However, her 14.65m, her third-best mark for the season was unable to get her onto the podium as she finished fourth.

Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea claimed third with her personal best jump of 14.77 while Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the world leader was second with 14.82. Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took the gold medal with her season-best mark of 14.89m.

Tajay Gayle’s jumped 8.13m for fourth in the long jump won by Cuban prodigy Juan Miguel Echevarria with 8.32m. Greek Militiadis Tentoglou was second with 8.19m while South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga was third with 8.13m





 West Indies batsman Shai Hope said the team’s underwhelming performance at the ICC World Cup will be a learning experience for him and the other young members of the team that ended their campaign on Thursday with a 23-run over Afghanistan.

Insatiable hunger and even greater motivation are what seven-time IAAF World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said are driving her to be on the podium at the 2019 World Championships in Doha in September.

Jamaica’s National U-17 male team departs the island on Thursday, July 4, for Trinidad and Tobago where they will participate in the CWI Regional U-17 Championship from July  6 – 14.

Chairman of Jamaica’s Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel Kent Pantry has been appointed as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Pantry’s appointment is with immediate effect and is for a term of four years.

The England Lionhearts, a powerful representative team from the amateur leagues in England landed in Jamaica on Monday, July 1, for a 14-day Tour of Jamaica.

Former president of the Bahamas Athletics Association Mike Sands is the new president of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC).

He won the vote during the 2019 NACAC Congress in Queretaro, Mexico on Tuesday, July 2

He replaces former president Victor Lopez who did not seek re-election.

Sands won the preliminary vote with 10 of the 31 votes cast. Alain Jean Pierre of Haiti got eight votes with Claudia Perez of Mexico picking up seven.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ephraim Serette of the NAAA got only four votes while Dr Warren Blake of Jamaica got two.

During the final round of voting Sands got 14 votes to Jean Pierre’s 12 with Perez picking up the remaining five votes.

“I am very humbled by the confidence displayed in me by all the member federations. I am looking forward to the challenge that also comes with being the regional representative on the IAAF Council,” Sands told Sportsmax.TV following his victory on Tuesday.

“I am looking forward to serving all the member federations without prejudice.”

In that vein, Sands said he expects to meet with all the member federations in the short term to undertake a SWOT analysis of the challenges they face so that he will be able to assist them in determining the way forward.

Meanwhile, President of the BAAA Drumeco Archer said he is elated that a member of his executive is now NACAC president.

“I believe that it bodes well for sports in the Bahamas as we continue to demonstrate that we have the capacity to lead in the sport of athletics,” he said.

“More importantly, we are not only producing elite and high-performance athletes but  we are also driving the business of sports from the Bahamas and I am very happy because, in my bid for the presidency of my federation, that has been one of my mantras; we must move beyond just competition but we must be driving the business of sports and the administration of sports very differently.”

Archer said Sands worked tirelessly on the ground and fought a herculean fight.

“This fight would have dated back to 2015 when he would have won the vice presidency of NACAC, having to withdraw from the executive board of NACAC at the time since Pauline Davis-Thompson would have been an IAAF Council Member,” Archer said.

“Today, another opportunity has been presented to him and God saw it fit for it to be Mike Sands. So, on behalf of my federation and the people of the Bahamas we are immensely proud of Mike Sands.”






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