The west no longer the best

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Montego Bay United’s Jermaine Woozencroft (left) tries to dribble away from Portmore United’s Ricardo Morris during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

The relegation of either Montego Bay United or FC Reno, or both, from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is imminent. It is all but a given that both will not survive the dreaded drop this season, with the shortest odds being on both former champions getting relegated from the Premier League.

Prominent western Jamaica sports personality, the former coach, FIFA referee and international cricket umpire Steve Bucknor recently diagnosed the struggles of the western clubs as stemming from a chronic lack of coaching at the youth level in the region. Bucknor opined that enough youngsters are not being taught the fundamentals of the game, with too much emphasis, instead, being placed, on winning competitions. Bucknor concluded that there are no functional academy structures in the west, and as a result, enough quality young players are not coming through, which is manifesting itself in the demise of the western clubs.

Other stakeholders from the region have also weighed in on the debate, with the pre-eminent school of thought emerging that the ineptness of the administrators in the west, in addition to the lack of financial support, are among the major challenges.

All are plausible diagnoses, but coloured with a tinge of overanalysis. The fact of the matter is that most of the problems outlined are not unique to the teams in the west. Indeed, many of the players representing prominent schools and clubs in Kingston and other areas of Jamaica are from the west, which means that despite the obstacles, the region is still producing quality young players. With the exception, one or two clubs which benefit from the strong involvement of their political representatives, almost all the clubs in the RSPL are struggling.

A myriad of intertwined factors is crippling the football in western Jamaica, but amid the quagmire, there is a massive elephant in the room which is somehow being ignored. It is a stark development that has swept across the west like a firestorm, totally discombobulating the value system of an entire generation of potential players and their support base. This particular dynamic has resulted in a major shift in the focus, attitude, and general ambitions of the average youngster in western Jamaica. Suffice to say, the long, arduous, uncertain, and sometimes unforgiving path of semi-professional football is not as appealing as these more instant, lucrative and nefarious options.

GLORY DAYS

Another reality worth pondering is that during the glory days of western football, when Seba, Wadadah, and Reno ruled the roost, even up to the recent success of Montego Bay United, all of these clubs in the period of their success were characterised by strong, resourceful individual ‘one man’ ownership, instead of being properly structured organisations. Therefore, the fortunes of the clubs fluctuated with the fortunes of these individuals with very little, if any, structure left in place.

Western stakeholders must take the bulk of the blame for the demise of the clubs in their region. As a group, they have not been able to get their act together. There is an innate fractiousness that continues to divide this relatively small fraternity. The concept of the merger of the major clubs in Montego Bay, under the umbrella of Montego Bay United, despite the initial resistance, seemed to have worked well for a while, but even that synergy seems now to be falling apart, as the West is staring down the barrel of RSPL obscurity. We do not know how long it will last, but for one reason or another, the fact of the matter is, the west is simply no longer the best in football.

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Mondon, Thomas win record-breaking SIGMA Run

Elisabeth Mondon winning the female section of the Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run in New Kingston yesterday.

Elisabeth Mondon, competing unattached, and Henry Thomas, representing UCT Steppers, were the top female and male finishers at the 21st staging of the Sagicor SIGMA Corporate 5K Run in New Kingston yesterday. The event saw a record number of more than 27,000 participants and also hauled in a record $52,498,324.25 in earnings.

Mondon clocked 21:28.00 minutes to finish ahead of Kelly-Ann Beckford, second in 23:09.00 minutes, while Jozanne Harris of Sun Island Jamaica was third in 23:58.00 minutes. Thomas’ winning time was 17:39.00 minutes, as Kemar Leslie, competing unattached, was second in 18:55.00 minutes, with Kosiani Dunkley, representing Tax Administration Jamaica, closing off the top three among the males in 19:02.00. The event started on Knutsford Boulevard and ended at Emancipation Park.

BENEFICIARIES

With three institutions – the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, and the May Pen Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – being the beneficiaries this year, an upbeat Alysia Moulton White, assistant vice-president of group marketing of Sagicor Group, and SIGMA Run team lead, spoke about this year’s staging.

“It was a record-breaking staging this year, and we are very proud to have pulled it off,” she said. “It was the hard work of an amazing group of volunteers and the team from Sagicor Jamaica, and, of course, we were really supported by our leadership from our foundation.

“When we crossed the threshold of $50 million a couple years ago, and when we crossed that of 25,000 people a few years back, and last year was our 20th anniversary, the nerves were high for all of us as [to] how we’re going to top last year’s staging.

“Already, we are the biggest road race in the Caribbean. We have already been reaching records, year after year, and this year, primarily, the focus was on our beneficiaries. We lost a very good friend (and former emcee) in Elva Ruddock last year. Not only were we honouring the people living with lupus by making that institution a beneficiary, but also to honour Elva in a special way. The spirit the people came out with and the fun they had on the run was fabulous,” Moulton White said.

Notable patrons of this year’s staging were Olympian Yohan Blake and international supermodel Stacy McKenzie. Blake, who was a patron for the second time, was very pleased to have played a part in this year’s staging.

“Two years ago, I was a patron, and to be involved once more, I feel honoured. When I was asked to be a patron of the run, I did not hesitate, knowing that I was going to be involved with something that is helping with a needy cause. Knowing that it was the biggest road race event in the Caribbean, this really touched my heart,” said Blake.

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‘Godspeed, Chris’

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Errol Moodie, president of Lucas Cricket Club, said retiring Windies one-day international (ODI) batsman Chris Gayle has made a valuable contribution to the club, as well as international cricket.

Gayle announced yesterday that he would be retiring from ODI cricket after this summer’s ICC World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

The 39-year-old left-hander has scored 9,727 ODI runs, which is second only to Brian Lara among West Indians in 284 matches since his debut in 1999.

Gayle, who represented Lucas for more than 20 years, has made 23 ODI centuries, and his 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 is the fourth-highest score in history.

A part-time off-spinner, he has also taken 165 ODI wickets at an average of 35.33.

MOODIE HAPPY

Moodie toldThe Gleaner that Lucas was proud of Gayle’s achievements.

“I am happy for him for what he has achieved and he has made use of his opportunity,” Moodie said. “Maybe he is tired and wants to come home to spend more time with his family. It is very for taxing for him because some people can’t deal with the travelling. When you are young, it is easier, but when you get older, it gets tiresome after a time.

“He has done well and Lucas is happy, because I knew him when he was a schoolboy trying to make the cricket teams at Lucas, and from the beginning we saw the quality, and he has developed and he has achieved.”

However, Moodie added that despite Gayle’s record in ODI cricket, the powerfully built left-hander could have achieved a lot more.

“Maybe feel he could have achieved more because he made so many scores over 50, and I once said to him, he needs to increase his conversion rate, but I think he is satisfied with himself,” Moodie said.

“We are happy for his achievement because it is a whole family of cricketers and he has gone the furthest,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies President Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron declined to comment on Gayle’s legacy, saying he does not want to make premature statements, as he had not received official communication of the player’s intent to retire.

Gayle is in the Windies squad to face England in a five-match one-day series starting at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Wednesday.

He has played 103 Tests for the Windies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.

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Easy for Azan’s Money Magnet

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MONEY MAGNET (Simon Husbands), winner of yesterday’s Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy race over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park.

MONEY MAGNET used her class to chase and beat stablemate PEKING CRUZ in yesterday’s Eileen Cliggott Memorial, securing an exacta for trainer Richard Azan in the six and a half furlong grade-one feature event.

Carrying topweight 126lb for the first time in the class, MONEY MAGNET pressed Anthony Nunes’ EXHILARATE down the backstretch before dropping back into third, allowing PEKING CRUZ to attack the leader.

PEKING CRUZ rushed past EXHILARATE and raced into the straight with a clear advantage, exciting backers anticipating a 3-2 payday.

However, 1-2 favourite MONEY MAGNET hit top stride down along the rail and surged forward under Barbadian Simon Husbands a half-furlong out to win by a length and a half in a smart 1:17.4.

Two-time former champion jockey Dane Nelson and apprentice Reyan Lewis each rode two winners on the 11-race card.

Nelson landed back-to-back winners, 3-2 chance GOLDEN DESTINY and UNCLE FREDDIE at 5-2 in the ninth and 10th races, respectively, joining apprentice Christopher Mamdeen atop the jockeys’ standings on 11 winners.

Lewis improved his position in the top 10, joining Tevin Foster and Shane Ellis, sharing sixth place on six winners apiece.

The three-kilo claiming rider won twice over the straight course, opening his tally aboard 4-5 favourite JAMALJAMES in the third and closed the card with five-straight specialist ADONIS at even-money.

Racing continues on Saturday.

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Podium finish could be the catalyst

Gladstone Taylor

Aisha Praught-Leer believes that in the near future, Jamaica will start to enjoy the same amount of success in the long- and middle-distance races as it is currently having in the sprints and field events.

And the Commonwealth Games champion in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase told The Sunday Gleaner that a podium finish for one of the country’s champions for distance running over the next two seasons could be the catalyst.

“I know that if I were to win a medal at the IAAF World Championships or the Olympic Games it would provide validation for everyone that this is an outlet that is possible and that we can win medals in these events,” she explained. “If we can strike that possibility in people’s minds, then it can happen. We are seeing it in the field events with our throwers, and I think we can do it in the distance events too.”

Praught- Leer, Natoya Goule and Kemoy Campbell have been breaking down doors for Jamaica’s long- and middle-distance running in recent years.

The 29-year-old Praught-Leer and Goule created history when they won medals in their respective events at the Commonwealth Games last year.

They both went on to lower their national records in the 3000m steeplechase and 800m to 9:1409 and 1:56.15, respectively, last summer.

“Something that I would like to see before the end of my lifetime is Jamaica fielding a full team at a championship. And that means filling out the 800m to the 5000m with three men and women, and I know it is a stretch, but I believe that it can happen,” she said.

She is also making steps to inspire the next generation of Jamaican runners to take up the longer races, as she is now lending her support to Hydel High School middle-distance programme.

“I was with Hydel this past week and the girls train really hard. They have what it takes and hopefully, if myself, Natoya and Kemoy can perform well, then they will have someone to look up to,” she explained. “It is really powerful when you can see yourself on the stage. If you can look up and see this person who looks like me doing this, I think it tells one that I can do it, too.”

Praught-Leer also believes that she is inching closer to a top-three finish at a global championships.

“I do believe I am getting closer to the top five. I am not an overnight success kind of a person. I believe in making incremental jumps over time. Based on my training last year, I think that I am really moving forward. I felt like I never express to the fullest what I was capable of doing last year.

“And this year, I think I am making progress again. I was really surprised by how easily training came back for me this year,” she said.

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H View, Dunbeholden in crucial RSPL clash

Gladstone Taylor
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After contrasting results in last week’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), ninth-place Harbour View and 10th-place Dunbeholden will each go in search of a victory today in the hope of keeping clear of the teams below them in what has become a ‘crab in barrel’ fight for the bottom four.

Harbour View were sitting pretty in their clash with Montego Bay United, leading 3-1 late on, only to allow two late strikes to peg them back to a 3-3 draw. Dunbeholden, on the other hand, gave up home advantage by journeying to Drax Hall to play Mount Pleasant and returned long-faced with a 2-1 loss. This is a must-win for both.

“This game is very, very important, they (Dunbeholden) are two points behind us and we need a victory to get more distance between us and them, they are too close,” Fabian Taylor, former national player and coach of Harbour View, said.

“We haven’t been playing well at home either and we need to change that, and this presents a perfect opportunity for us to do that,” added Taylor.

The fact that his team surrendered a two-goal lead to bottom-of-the-table Montego Bay United in another crucial match has done little to dampen Taylor’s confidence ahead of this game. This confidence is based on the additions through the recently closed second transfer window.

“I am very confident of a favourable result as we have some experienced players back with us now and, hopefully, this can spur on the youngsters. Jorghino James and Rennico Clarke are two of them.

“We also have the youngster Norman Campbell, from Jamaica College, with us as well,” Taylor stated, naming one of the quality youngsters who have joined also.

Taylor also expressed the hope that James will join Tevin Scott, who joined on loan last month from Cavalier, in leading their goal charge.

LIFE OR DEATH

For Dunbeholden’s Riegel Smith, this game could mean RSPL life or death.

“This is very important to us. It is the turning point between survival and relegation.

“We take all games seriously and will have to take this one as serious as possible,” said Smith, who lost one of his key acquisitions in training leading up to the Mount Pleasant game.

That player, Kimoni Bailey, was a breath of fresh air for the St Catherine-based team and a potent partnership with Demarley Phillips as they terrorised opponents down the left and right flanks, respectively. Smith will now have to find a new weapon.

“We will have to look to our midfielders Nickoy Christian to create openings for us with Dean-Andre Thomas and Narado Brown to finish.

“We have to play the game in all areas. Against Mount Pleasant, we started slowly and cannot afford to do that against Harbour View,” Smith said of his keys to victory.

Today’s games

– 3:30 p.m.: FC Reno vs Portmore United – Frome Sports Complex

– 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Montego Bay United – Effortville Community Centre

– 3:30 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Tivoli Gardens – Drax Hall Sports Complex

– 7 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC – Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

– 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Dunbeholden – Harbour View Stadium

Tomorrow’s game

– 8:35 p.m.: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Anthony Spaulding Sport Complex

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Tony Becca | Something to celebrate

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The latest Test series between the West Indies and England is now history, and following their fairy-tale performance, or the slingshot attack of David on Goliath, the lowly Windies are basking in the glory of knocking off the highly fancied England, and against the odds at that.

And although it should, it mattered little to the West Indies that in the end the ecstasy was marred by their captain, Jason Holder, missing the final Test; by the injury to stand-in fast bowler Keemo Paul; by England stealing a consolation victory; and by fast bowler Shannon Gabriel being fined and banned for four ODI matches.

All is well that ends well, however, and after so many years of failure against the top teams, the 2-1 scoreline deserves high praise and is something to really celebrate.

In another era, calypsonians would by now be singing their praises and immortalising the West Indies, not only for the brilliant batting of Holder and Shane Dowrich, but also for the wonderful and fearsome bowling of Kemar Roach, Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, and Holder, not to mention the bowling and batting of Roston Chase.

For the West Indies, after being in the cellar of international cricket for so long, the victory was great for two reasons.

One reason was because the West Indies-England contest, which brought together the team number eight and the team ranked number three, was like that of a top heavyweight boxer taking on an average fighter, blasting him with a flurry of big shots, and scrambling his brains before, surprisingly and astonishingly, knocking him out in round one or two.

The second reason was that the contest, as exciting and as interesting it was, looked like a well-hatched plan which the West Indies followed to a ‘T’ to systematically destroy England day by day, and left them drooping over the ropes.

From day one, or day two, the victory was on the cards as the West Indies opened their innings with a dasher and with a batsman prepared to bat forever. They shifted the young and dashing Shimron Hetmyer down to number six, and the batsmen, most of them for a change, batted sensibly, choosing what to hit and defending what they could not hit, or decided not to hit, for caution’s sake.

Kraigg Brathwaite was his usual dour self, but the usually free-scoring Darren Bravo’s innings in the second Test was a perfect example of careful, watchful batting at certain stages of a game, especially on the bowler-friendly pitch in St Antigua.

As well as they played this time around, and as promising as it is, however, the West Indies have not yet turned the ‘corner’. There is work still to do.

It was good to see the batsmen showing a level of responsibility and acknowledging the importance of defence and shot selection; the bowlers, even though the pitches were good for bowlers, looking more committed and giving everything; and the fielders, despite a few lapses, running around for the duration of a day’s play.

England’s problems

Looking back at the series, many have been the reasons put forward as to why England lost to the West Indies, and they included one which seems reasonable, or a good excuse.

It is, as was said of India recently, that England, in their preparation for the Australia and the ‘Ashes’ series, planned to use the series against the West Indies to ‘test’ some players as they planned for Australia.

And looking at the team, at who were the opening batsmen, who were the fast bowlers, at the omission of Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, or Mark Wood, in the first Test, at the inclusion of spinner Adil Rashid in the first Test, and the presence of three wicketkeepers in the eleven would support that position.

If indeed that was the thought process going into the series, it backfired as England were totally outgunned and blown out of the water. In fact, they were totally embarrassed.

While it may have been a sense of superiority that caused the downfall of England, however, to me, England’s poor performance had nothing to do with their assessment of their own level of cricket or that of West Indies cricket, but more to do with England’s general attitude.

England’s cricket, it seems, is at a stage where instead of producing batsmen good enough to play Test cricket, they are now producing batsmen who are only good enough to bat for a few overs while making 30, 40, or even 50 runs now and again.

England’s batsmen are batting out of position, they are batting too high and in positions where their lack of technique is exposed, and on top of that England are selecting bowlers who can bat a little in order to strengthen their tail.

While such bits and pieces cricketers will work, or may work, in limited-overs cricket, that is just not what the doctor ordered for Test cricket.

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Turning the spotlight on coaches

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Amid a rising swirl of concern over instances of sexual and physical abuse and neglect of athletes at the hands of their coaches, Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison and legal officer at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Detective Inspector Pauline Pink Bond, are sounding the alarm.

For years, it’s been a dirty little secret being whispered about in the field of sports. Stories of coaches being engaged in, at best, inappropriate behaviour, and going as far as sexual assault and rape.

Despite seven cases of sexual assault and at least two of physical assault at present before the courts, CISOCA and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) are concerned that those numbers could be higher, given Jamaica’s culture of silence in criminal matters.

“Because of Jamaica’s culture of silence, see no evil, hear no evil, plus the fear factor, because, let’s be real, once there is a power dynamic, there is the fear of vilification, hence the level of cooperation has been quite low, and that directly affects the number of persons that can be held accountable,” said Gordon Harrison.

The Children’s Advocate revealed that in 2018, eleven cases involving coaches were reported to the office and statements collected. Six of those cases involved sexual abuse, three cases of physical abuse, and two instances of neglect, trespassing on the child’s best interest.

Neglect is established where minors fall ill while under the care of the coach, but the children are not taken for medical care. Since the start of 2019, three complaints have been filed to the OCA – one case of sexual abuse and two physical-abuse cases.

It is a situation that deeply bothers Pink Bond.

“Sports is important to the development of our children, but what is mind-boggling is that you find that these children are placed in the care of a coach, and coaches have high reputation, people believe in them. The issue of trust does not arise, but these coaches, who are supposed to protect the children and help them to perform to the best of their abilities on the field of play, are abusing them sexually and physically, and that’s very sad,” Pink Bond noted.

Between 2015 to 2018, seven cases were reported to CISOCA, with those cases at various stages of the court system.

Pink Bond says that number could be higher, as oftentimes, victims do not pursue the matter after making the initial report to the OCA.

WORRYING ISSUE

A worrying issue for CISOCA and the OCA are cases where schools sometimes fire the coaches when complaints are made against them, making the job of CISOCA more difficult to find perpetrators. Some of these coaches are fired from one school yet remain in the system at other schools.

Dr Walton Small, president of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), insists that ISSA takes a zero-tolerance view on the issue of abuse of students by their coaches. Small noted that such matters are reported to the police.

“But the fact is though, the schools or ISSA are not investigative entities. A lot of the stories are not reported to ISSA. People say things but won’t make a written report and we cannot proceed on anecdotes even though at ISSA, we hear the whispers with some names repeatedly under a cloud, but until we have sufficient information or the abused person or the parent files a complaint, our hands are tied,” said Small.

The issue has also reared its head at the national level, with the selection of coaches to international events.

Garth Gayle, general secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says the body has had to remove coaches after complaints were filed against them.

“The IAAF is very clear about instances of abuse, whether sexual or physical, and whether it involves senior or junior athletes. Where teams include girls or women, then a female manager or managers must be included. And if the allegations against particular coaches are made, then the JAAA have removed coaches from trips,” Gayle stated.

Importantly, Gordon Harrison is encouraging potential employers to utilise the Sex Offenders Registry.

“What is important, and what I encourage persons to do, is to use the registry as far as they can,” said Gordon Harrison. “So I’ve advocated if you are a prospective employer of a coach, a teacher, a band leader – if someone applies for the job, if you are being a responsible adult, a protector of children, then you should establish a case and use the registry, which resides at the Department of Correctional Services.”

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Let us talk!

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Dianne Ashton-Smith

After Governor General Sir Patrick Allen’s Throne Speech in Parliament on Thursday, where it was said that the Government is considering laws to regulate sponsorship from alcohol brands, one stakeholder is concerned about what it may mean for her brand.

The proposed law follows a ban on the public consumption of cigarettes and its marketing and is expected to be similar in nature.

“The main objectives of the policy will be to regulate the advertising, promotion and sponsorship of alcoholic products, strengthen the health response to the harmful use, reduce road traffic accidents as a result of the use of alcohol, and to monitor and evaluate the public-health surveillance measures,” the governor general said in Parliament on Thursday.

The Red Stripe Premier League is one of Jamaica’s most popular football competitions, and such a law coming into place may affect it as the title sponsor is beer brand Red Stripe, whose partnership with the organisers of the tournament has helped in its marketing.

Red Stripe’s head of corporate affairs, Dianne Ashton-Smith, said that she hopes some discussion takes place with all stakeholders, before further steps are taken to enforce a law.

“We haven’t had occasion to see the actual policy, but what we are hoping for from the Government is that there is industry engagement as it relates to the crafting of this policy,” she said. “So we don’t know what’s in it. We have no idea. They have made indications, but what we would hope from the Government is that there is some further engagement and inclusion with what we call ‘economic operators,’ as is prescribed by the WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines.”

SERIOUS HEALTH BURDEN

The WHO guidelines that Ashton-Smith speaks about say that the use of alcohol, which it describes as harmful, is a “serious health burden,” and it affects virtually all individuals on an international scale.

“Health problems from dangerous alcohol use arise in the form of acute and chronic conditions, and adverse social consequences are common when they are associated with alcohol consumption,” WHO said. “Every year, the harmful use of alcohol kills 2.5 million people, including 320,000 young people between 15 and 29 years of age.”

Premier League Clubs Association chairman, Edward Seaga, however, said that he is not worried about implications such a potential legislation may have on the league, especially as its players are aware of the effects of alcoholic consumption on athletes.

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Thompson wins 60m thriller

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After she opened her 2019 season at the Queens/Grace Jackson track meet last month, Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, Elaine Thompson,  vowed that she will learn how to compete with an Achilles tendon injury that has become an albatross on her illustrious career.

And on Saturday she took the first step in surmounting the challenge by winning a thrilling women’s 60m final at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England.

Thompson stopped the clock at 7.13 seconds, her fastest time over the distance since 2017. In a three-way photo-finish, British sprinter and former World Youth 100m champion, Asha Phillips, was just behind in 7.14 while Marie-Josee Ta Lou of  Cote de’Ivoire took third in 7.15.

Three Jamaicans ran in the final. Ramona Burchell, who made the final  in the event at the World Indoor Championships last year was fifth in 7.21 and Gayon Evans, the Commonwealth Games 100m bronze medallist, was in 7.28.

Stephenie Ann McPherson was also a winner on the day as she captured the women’s 400m in 52. 24 seconds. Britain’s Eilidh Doyle was second in 52.43 while Lisanne De Witte of the Netherlands rounded out the field with 52.61.

Tajay Gayle picked up where he left off last season as he leaped to a personal best in the men’s long jump with 8.10 metres. His effort was only bettered by Cuban star jumper, Juan Miguel Echevarria, who produced 8.21m on his final attempt to grab the first position. 

The performance of the meet went to Ethiopia’s 19-year-old Samuel Tefera who ran a world record in the men’s 1500m. He stopped the clock at 3:31.04 to erase Moroccan Hicham  El Guerrouj’s 22-year-old mark of 3:31.18.

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