Maurice Smith, one of Jamaica’s few medal favourites for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, has withdrawn from the team days before the team is scheduled to depart for the Games.
Smith, a decathlon silver medallist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, reportedly informed members of Jamaica’s management team yesterday after-noon that he is suffering from dehydration following his last competitive outing over the weekend.
“We got another withdrawal today, Maurice Smith has advised us that he won’t be able to make the trip because he is dehydrated,” said team manager Judith Ewart.
“We are disappointed as we figured that he would have been one of our medallists.”
Smith joined fellow high profiled athletes – such as Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson, Melaine Walker, Kerron Stewart, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter…..Read More At Gleaner
Haile Gebrselassie added another title to his list of distinguished accolades with a commanding victory in today’s Great North Run.
The 37-year-old Ethiopian, the marathon world-record holder and two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champion, who was competing in the North-east half-marathon event for the first time, broke away at the halfway point to claim victory well ahead of Kenya’s Kiplimo Kimutai.
He was unable to threaten the 2005 course record of 59 min 5 sec, finishing in a time of 59:33, a comfortable 1:50 ahead of Kimutai. Morocco’s Jaouad Gharib was third.
Gebrselassie, who has set 26 world records in his career and is rated the greatest distance runner of all time, felt he could have gone faster had he been pushed…..Read More At Guardian
Jamaica could have had the fastest man in history in their sprint squad at the Commonwealth Games next month. Instead, they will have someone by the name of Slowly.
Usain Bolt announced in June that he would not be representing his country on the Commonwealth stage in Delhi
but neither will the other five speed merchants who, together with the Lightning Bolt, make up the top six places in the Commonwealth 100m rankings.
Like Bolt, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Mario Forsythe and Michael Frater have all run under 10 seconds this summer. In their stead in Delhi, Jamaica will be represented by Lerone Clarke, who has run 10.10sec this year, Oshane Bailey, who has clocked 10.11sec, and Rasheed Dwyer, whose season’s best is a decidedly modest 10.29sec.
In the 200m, the Jamaican selectors have chosen Steve Slowly, who would appear to be living up to his name this year. The 30-year-old is not one of the 19 Jamaicans who feature in the world’s top 175 in 2010….Read More At Independent
Triple European champion Christophe Lemaitre’s victory in the 100m and Blanka Vlasic’s dominating performance in the High Jump were the key highlights at the 23rd Super Track and Field meet at Todoroki Stadium in Kawasaki on Sunday (19).
In the featured men’s field event, 2007 World champion Tero Pitkamaki prevailed over Japan’s Yukifumi Murakami, the reigning World bronze medallist, in the Javelin Throw.
With Christophe Lemaitre of France ran unchallenged and won the men’s 100m 10.26. American Wallace Spearmon, a three-time World Championships 200m medallist was a distant second in 10.47 with Ramil Guliyev of Azerbaijan, who was seventh at 200m at the 2009 World Championships, even further back in third, at 10.57.
Jamaican Dwight Thomas ran 13.46 to win the men’s 110m hurdles, while American Bershawn Jackson beat Felix Sanchez in the men’s 400m hurdles.
Croatia, Blanka Vlasic was again supreme. Vlasic cleared 1.86m, 1.89m, 1.92m, 1.95m and 1.97m all with her first attempt…..Read More At IAAF
Steve Hooker had a close shave in his final meet before the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic champion missing the mat in a leap in northern England.
The pole vaulter failed to register a height in the gusty conditions at an Australia v England competition on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle, won 5-4 by the home nation.
The world, Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion failed in his three attempts at 5.40m at the Great North City Games but was fortunate not to injure himself as he came down near the right support on his second jump.
“It was one of those days in a sense,” he said.
“It was not the easiest conditions to jump in.
“I had a couple of hairy winds and that is why I missed the pit and that shook me up for my last jump a little bit.”