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Culson impresses in morning session: London Olympics

LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Track and field action began in glorious fashion on Friday with several athletes already voicing their intentions for Olympic Games medals.

Leading the way in the first session on day one of competition, were Jessica Ennis and David Greene of Great Britain, Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan, Kimberly Williams of Jamaica, Sanya Richards-Ross of USA, Amantle Montsho of Botswana, as well as the heavy hitters, Koji Murofushi of Japan and Primož Kozmus of Slovenian in the men’s hammer throw.

They said the track is fast and Ennis showed this by posting a fantastic 12.54 seconds to win her heat of the women’s heptathlon 100m hurdles behind a huge roar from the crowd on the opening morning.

Also looking good on the track was world No. 1 in the men’s 400m hurdles Culson, who cruised to a superb 48.33 seconds when winning his heat in the fastest time of the morning, despite looking around all the way home. Kerron Clement of USA was also in good form when finishing second to Culson in 48.48.

Great Britain’s captain Greene won his heat in 48.98secs and he said he was just focusing on getting through.

“I tend not to be too worried in the heats, but tomorrow night is when it really starts for me,” Greene, who ran from the inside lane said.

Two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor (USA, 49.29) and Felix Sánchez (DOM, 49.24) were also heat winners in the 400m hurdles as well.

In the women’s 400m dash, favourite for gold Richards-Ross won her opening heat in easy fashion, shutting down in the home stretch to win in 51.78.

World champion Montsho of Botswana was the fastest of the morning in the preliminaries with 50.40, while defending champion Christine Ohuruogu (50.80) of Great Britain, Deedee Trotter of USA (50.87), Antonina Krivoshapka of Russia (50.75) and Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills (50.88) also went through to the semis.

In field event action, Rypakova of Kazakhstan and Williams of Jamaica set the marks in the women’s triple jump, heading into the finals, while Reese Hoffa (USA, 21.36m), David Storl (GER, 21.15m) and defending champion Tomasz Majewski (POL, 21.03m) all made it from the men’s Shot Put.

Murofushi threw 78.48m and Kozmus did 78.12m to qualify for the final in the men’s hammer.

Asafa Powell confident “a lot of guys will eat my dust”

LONDON — A confident Asafa Powell believes that “a lot of guys will eat my dust” in the 100 metres when track and field action begins later this week.

Powell, who has been labeled as a choker at the major championships in the past, is desperate to win an Olympic individual medal after missing out in 2004 and 2008 when he was a big contender.

The Jamaican former world record holder is now in London preparing for the Games and despite not getting most of the attention, he strongly believes he still has what it takes to be one of the best.

“If I don’t make the podium, I’ll be very disappointed,” Powell said last week.

“I know I have what it takes to go out there and put in on the track and a lot of guys will eat my dust.”

Powell’s fellow Jamaican teammates Usain Bolt, the triple Olympic gold medallist and world record holder and world champion Yohan Blake will start as the men to beat in the 100m, and he’s OK with that.

Blake defeated both Bolt and Powell at the Jamaica championships in June, but many are still backing the towering lanky sprinter to defend his crowns in London.

However, Powell, although admitting that Bolt will be the man to beat again, doesn’t believe it will be as easy as it was in Beijing 2008 when he won by day light.

With Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin running well also this season, the stage is well set for an exciting dash.

“It’s just going to be very exciting. I don’t know what is going to happen in the finals,” he said.

“All I know is a lot of people are expecting Usain to win way out in front but it’s not as easy as you think.”

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Usain Bolt: “Everything is coming together”

Usain Bolt says he’s feeling good and will be ready to defend his 100m and 200m sprint titles at the London Olympic Games this summer.

The Jamaica admits that he had been having some problems with his hamstring, which came as a result of a back problem.

Bolt was beaten twice at the Jamaica Championships in Kingston, by training partner Yohan Blake and his defeats saw many wondering if he would be fit enough to repeat his stellar performances from Beijing 2008, where he set world records in both the short sprints.

However, the triple world record holder revealed that he’s been training very well over the last couple of weeks and is “ready to go” in London.

“I have been training great over the past two-and-a-half weeks so everything is coming together,” said Bolt, who was speaking at a press conference in east London.

“I had slight problems but nothing too serious. I am ready to go.”

He added: “The vibe is good and I am happy.

“I am always ready, for me I keep telling you guys it’s always about the champs, it’s never about one run, never about the trials.”

Bolt holds the 100m and 200m world records at 9.58seconds and 19.19 seconds, times he set at the Berlin World Championships in 2009.

He also holds the Olympic records at 9.69secs and 19.30secs.

In London, he is expected strong challenges from Blake, Asafa Powell, as well as Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin.

More than 150 London Olympians Have Performed at The Armory

When the 2012 Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony begins July 27, many of the world’s most famous track & field athletes in London can count The Armory as a place where they showcased their extraordinary talents.

As many as 156 athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics have performed at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

“There have been more Olympians who have competed indoors at The Armory than in any building in America,” said Dr. Norb Sander, Executive Director of The Armory Foundation.

The 156 athletes will be representing 40 nations in the 2012 London Olympics.

Among those Olympians who won at The Armory during this year’s 105th Millrose Games include United States’ Jenny Simpson, (New York Road Runners Wanamaker Women’s Metric Mile), Matthew Centrowitz (NYRR Wanamaker Mile), Bernard Lagat (5,000m in 13:07.15, a United States’ record), LaShawn Merritt (Mel Sheppard Men’s 500m Dash), Sanya Richards-Ross (Howard Schmertz Women’s 400m Dash), Morgan Uceny (Women’s 800m) and Jesse Williams (John Thomas Men’s High Jump).

“The history and the quality of The Armory track makes it one of my favorite places to race. The venue has been instrumental in providing great racing opportunities for many of the world’s best athletes,” said Simpson, one of 55 USA athletes who have competed at The Armory and will be in London.

Along with 55 Olympic representatives from the United States, there are 19 from Jamaica, 13 from Trinidad and 11 from Canada.

“The Armory congratulates the 156 Olympic athletes from around the world who have performed under its roof,” said Ray Flynn, Millrose Games Meet Director.

“The Armory is proud of the tradition of these 156 Olympians and wishes them well as they represent their countries the next three weeks in London.”

For more information on The Armory go to www.armorytrack.com.

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Jamaica announced Olympic team

The Jamaica Olympic Association is pleased to announce the delegation to the Games of the XXX Olympiad to be held in London, United Kingdom from July 27 to August 12, 2012.


FRASER-PRYCE Shelley-Ann 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

CAMPBELL-BROWN Veronica 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

STEWART, Kerone 100m, 4x100m Relay

SIMPSON Sherone 200m, 4x100m Relay

CALVERT, Schillonie 4x100m Relay

HENRY-ROBINSON Samantha 4x100m Relay

WILLIAMS-MILLS Novlene 400m, 4x400m Relay

WHYTE, Rosemarie 400m, 4x400m Relay

DAY, Christine 400m, 4x400m Relay

WILLIAMS, Shericka 4x400m Relay

LLOYD Shereefa 4x400m Relay

BLAKE, Dominique 4x400m Relay

SINCLAIR Kenia 800m

FOSTER-HYLTON Brigitte 100m Hurdles

GREAVES Latoya 100m Hurdles

WILLIAMS, Shermaine 100m Hurdles

WALKER Melaine 400m Hurdles

SPENCER, Kaliese 400m Hurdles

WILSON Nickiesha 400m Hurdles

WILLIAMS, Kimberly Triple Jump

SMITH, Trecia Triple Jump

RANDALL, Allison Discuss

HINDS, Korine 3,000m Steeplechase


BLAKE, Yohan 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

BOLT, Usain 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

POWELL, Asafa 100m, 4x100m Relay

FRATER, Michael 4x100m Relay

BAILEY-COLE Kemar 4x100m Relay

CARTER Nesta 4x100m Relay

WEIR Warren 200m

HYATT, Dane 400m, 4x400m Relay

McDONALD, Rusheen 400m, 4x400m Relay

GONZALES, Jermaine 400m, 4x400m Relay

NOLAN, Errol 4x400m Relay

STEELE, Edino 4x400m Relay

HYLTON, Riker 4x400m Relay

PARCHMENT, Hansle 110m Hurdles

RILEY, Andrew 110m Hurdles

PHILLIPS, Richard 110m Hurdles

GREEN, Leford 400m Hurdles

ROBERTSON, Josef 400m Hurdles

CATO, Roxroy 400m Hurdles

FORBES Damion Long Jump

SCOTT, Dorian Shot Putt

SMIKLE, Traves Discuss

MORGAN, Jason Discuss

SMITH Maurice Decathlon


ANDERSON, Donald Chef de Mission

RODNEY, Compton Deputy Chef de Mission

HAMILTON, Merlene Female Manager

WATTS, Ludlow Athletics Team Manager

QUARRIE, Donald Athletics Technical Manager

CAMERON Bertland Athletics Coach

WILSON Maurice Athletics Coach

WESTNEY, Maurice Athletics Coach

COLEMAN, Fitzalbert Athletics Coach

BLAKE, Dr. Warren Chief Medical Officer

SINGH, Dr. Priamanand Medical officer

DAWES Dr. Winston Medical Officer

DEPASS Michelle Physiotherapist

JULIUS Dr. Karen Physiotherapist

EDWARDS, Everald Masseuer

JAMES, Gavin Masseuer

TURNER, Colin Masseuer

WATSON, Patrick Masseuer

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