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Trainer says Asafa, Sherone should take responsibility following failed drug tests

Asafa and SheroneA Canadian trainer at the centre of Jamaica athletics’ latest drug scandal has sought to distance himself from claims that supplements he provided to former Olympic gold medalists, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were responsible for their failed drug test as the National Senior Championships last month.

Chris Xuereb, who was hired shortly before Jamaica’s national trials on June 20, defended himself after both Powell and Simpson claimed said supplements triggered their positive tests, which contained the banned stimulant, oxilofrine.

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Asafa gunning for Rio despite recent injury setbacks

Asafa PowellNagging injuries at the most inopportune times have dogged prominent Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell for years as he tries to return to the top of the track world. His latest setback is not doing him any favors in trying to regain that form.

Powell was set to run on Easter Monday (April 1) for the first time since he pulled up during the 100m final at the 2012 summer Olympics in London after damaging his groin. Scheduled for the Stawell Gift meet in Australia this week, the former 100m world record holder has pulled out of the race as a result of tightness in his hamstring, according to the Associated Press.

Reports are that Powell was unable to run full speed during warm-ups on Saturday, feeling soreness in said hamstring and was still experiencing it Monday morning.

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Black, Green and GOLD: Jamaica’s true colors show in London

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne as Usain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trials last month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne as Usain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trials last month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

Given that Yohan Blake teased many of us with his blistering run of form in the last year, it was logical to think that some fans (including myself) would roll with the hot hand. Unfortunately, Bolt ensured that we got burned badly for making that switch as his mystique and uncanny ability to accelerate at ease during the second half of any sprint proved that he not only hails as a master of sprinting but at deception as well.

For all the times that people have doubted Bolt, it always seems as if Bolt intentionally tries to toy with us at every turn just for the purpose of entertainment and intrigue as he’s by far track and field’s most attractive draw. It’s as if Bolt’s 100m defense was just a warm-up act for his usually appealing show as he turned up the heat in the 200m and 4 by 100m relay; forever assuming his place as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, if not, the greatest given the ease that he’s managed to defend his titles.

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Asafa Powell hits back at critics following Olympic performance

Despite the unprecedented success of our growing sprint legends during these Olympic games in London, it appears that the failure of another Jamaican athlete has somewhat overshadowed the achievements accomplished by the island’s track stars in recent days.

Former world-record holding sprinter, Asafa Powell has taken loads of criticism from fans after pulling up during the highly anticipated 100m final on Sunday. Despite the fact that fellow sprint superstars, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won gold and silver in the event respectively, giving Jamaica 1-2 in an Olympic 100m final for the second straight summer games, most of the talk surrounded Powell and his unfortunate set of circumstances during the final, when he injured his groin and finished last in the event.

Since Sunday’s race, much ire has been directed towards Powell, with many fans expressing their frustration on social media; pointing to his past shortcomings in major events as they lashed out against the man who was once branded ‘Afasa.’ Some fans later speculated that Powell faked the injury while others insisted that he’s chock full of excuses.

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Video : Yohan Blake pulls a stunner, beats Usain Bolt in 100m

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The Fastest Man in the World wasn’t the fastest man in Jamaica.
That honour goes to Yohan Blake, who got out of the blocks fast and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset world-record holder Usain Bolt by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.
A shocker? Well, that’s for the world to decide. One thing for sure, however, is that the calculus for the London Olympics has changed dramatically.
Blake is the reigning world champion but that victory, last year in South Korea, came with an asterisk because Bolt didn’t run that night after being disqualified for a false start. This was their first rematch, their first real race since then. Bolt was considered the favourite, not only because of his world record – 9.58 seconds – but because Blake, his training partner had never run below 9.84 in his life.

Well, now, he has.
The 9.75 seconds goes down as the best time this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both marks were 9.76 – both held by Bolt.
As much as the numbers, though, it was all that daylight between Blake and Bolt at the finish line that told this story. Blake, the man known as “The Beast,” let out a primal scream when he crossed. Bolt just sort of pulled up – no “To the World” pose or anything else to celebrate.
Asafa Powell will join them at the Olympics, after finishing in 9.88. In the women’s 100, defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in a Jamaican record 10.70 seconds, with Veronica Campbell-Brown in second and Kerron Stewart in third.

Blake beats Bolt.. the fastest man in the world.. by 0.11.
Jamaica National Olympic Trials 100m Finals
1 Yohan Blake, Racers Track Club 9.75
2 Usain Bolt, Racers Track Club 9.86
3 Asafa Powell, Mvp Track Club 9.88
4 Kemar Micheal Frater, Mvp Track Club 9.94
5 Bailey-Cole, Racers Track Club 10.00
6 Nesta Carter, Mvp Track Club 10.01 1.1
7 Lerone Clarke, Unattached 10.07
8 Jacques Harvey, Mvp Track Club 10.17

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Usain Bolt may face charges following car accident

Two days after world record holding Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt was involved in a one vehicle accident in Kingston, local police are implying that the megastar athlete could face charges as a result of the incident.

On Sunday morning, Bolt crashed his black BMW into a guard rail in Half Way Tree as he was returning from a popular party around 5 a.m. local time. Bolt escaped the crash unhurt and his publicist, Carole Beckford later confirmed that the 100m and 200m record winning track star was resting at home.

However, Bolt may not hear the last of this incident as law enforcement officials in Kingston suggest that the reigning Olympic champion could be charged regarding his accident; claiming that he may face legal ramifications should he be deemed at fault for the car crash following ongoing investigations.

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Usain Bolt uninjured, resting at home following car accident

Multiple world record holding Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt is resting comfortably at his Kingston home following a car accident that took place early Sunday morning in the island’s capital.

The Olympic gold medal winning athlete was involved in a minor car accident in Half-Way-Tree where his BMW crashed into a guard rail shortly after 5 a.m. as he was making his way from a popular party in Kingston. However, Bolt escaped unharmed and according to his publicist, Carole Beckford, the 100m and 200m record holder is resting well at home.

“There were no injuries at all. He is fine and resting at home,” Beckford told the Associated Press.

Reportedly, the police are still investigating the crash.

Meanwhile, former world record holding Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell was travelling in another car at the time of the crash and later tweeted, “My friend and countryman [Bolt] is ok after a fender bender.” Additionally, Powell intimated that he was not injured nor was he inside Bolt car as the crash occurred.

Bolt and Powell had only just returned to the island earlier this week after finishing first and second respectively at the 100m during a Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway. Bolt clocked in at 9.79 seconds while Powell registered a time of 9.85 seconds.

This isn’t the first time that Bolt has been involved in a car crash. In 2009, the internationally acclaimed track superstar crashed his BMW into a ditch along a highway. Following that accident, Bolt underwent minor surgery on his left foot after stepping on thorns while escaping from the wreckage.

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Olympic champion Usain Bolt wins 100M at Diamond League in Paris

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World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt out-paced fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell to wil the men’s 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

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Asafa Powell gets a 9.71 in 100m

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Bolt and Richards win at IAAF world athlete of the year in Monaco

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The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and United States 400 metres runner Sanya Richards have won their second IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.

Bolt retained the honour for winning the 100m and 200m finals in world record times at the World Championships in Berlin, matching his sprint double at the Beijing Olympics.

“It’s been an amazing year for me,” said Bolt, whose training was hampered by a foot injury after he crashed his car in April. “I had to refocus my goals and put in a lot of hard work. I did extremely well and I’m proud of myself.”

Richards, the 2006 winner, won her first individual gold medal at a major championships in Berlin. She also won at all six Golden League meetings in Europe to claim a share of the $1m jackpot (£605,000) offered to athletes who swept their event.

“I am so excited and overwhelmed,” said the Jamaican-born Richards. “You work so hard to be a world champion. It’s right up there with winning the title in Berlin.”

Lamine Diack, the president of the International Association of Athletic Federations, praised Bolt for raising his performances to “an unimaginable level”. “We need stars in the sport,” he said. “He brings a lot of prestige to our sport and is one of the best-known people on the planet.”

The 23-year-old Bolt said he aimed to go unbeaten through the 2010 season, when he will compete at seven of the 14 meets which make up the new global Diamond League circuit.

He has signed a contract to race against Tyson Gay, of the US, and his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell. “A lot of people are going to watch out for the showdowns,” Bolt said.

Gay said he wanted a 100m rematch with Bolt at the New York City meeting on June 12. “That would make track and field huge again in the United States,” Gay said at a Diamond League launch.

Richards credited Bolt and other Jamaican sprinters for inspiring her in Beijing with their obvious love of the sport.

“These athletes were just having so much fun,” Richards said. “I was so focused on winning, the medals and the money and everything that came with being a champion that I forgot the simple enjoyment and fun of track and field.”

Richards said she watched videos with her parents of her running as a child aged seven and began to relax during races. “I just felt like I was running a lot lighter, the races became a lot easier,” she said.

Richards said her goal for 2010 is to break the US record of 48.70 she set in Athens three years ago.

Her next main event is marriage to the New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross in Austin, Texas, on her 25th birthday in February.

Bolt topped a shortlist that included his sprint rival Gay and three other world champions: the 5,000m and 10,000m winner Kenenisa Bekele, of Ethiopia, the pole vaulter Steven Hooker, of Australia, and the Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen.

Richards beat her fellow world champions Valerie Vili, the shot putter from New Zealand, the Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, who set a world record winning the hammer, and the Russian pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva.

Votes were cast by nearly 1,800 athletes, officials and journalists.
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Bolt runs easy 9.91 to win at Crystal Palace

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Osafa Powell takes Men 100 – Bislett Games 2009


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U.S. dominates Jamaica at Penn Relays

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The U.S. left Beijing with more track and field medals than any other nation, but without its title as the world’s premier sprint nation.

For the first time, that crown rests squarely on the mantle of Jamaica, which left no doubt as to where the power lies thanks to the dominance of Usain Bolt and their women’s sprint team, which piled up six gold medals and 11 total.

Needless to say, losing hasn’t sat well with the red, white and blue, particularly Olympians Lauryn Williams, who was involved with the dropped baton in the women’s 4x100m, and Shawn Crawford, who watched from the sidelines as his teammates dropped the stick in the men’s 4x100m.

When the American’s stepped onto the track at Franklin Field for the USA vs. the World 4x100m races at the 115th Penn Relay Carnival and were greeted by a crowd of 47,904 clad mostly in yellow and green and feverishly waving Jamaican flags, it was more motivation than this group needed.

“This is American soil,” Crawford said. “I felt like it was war. We can’t let anybody come in here and take the victory from us. It’s not a revenge thing, but you’ve gotta win on your home turf.”

The Americans won, and they won big.

In the men’s 4x100m, Walter Dix, Travis Padgett, Crawford and Darvis Patton teamed to run a blistering 37.92 seconds to win while becoming the first team in meet history to break 38 seconds.  Team USAs second squad of Terrence Trammell, Mark Jelks, Ivory Williams, Mike Rodgers finished second in 38.36. Jamaica’s team of Dwight Thomas, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, and Asafa Powell finished dead last as Powell pulled up with an apparent injury.

In the women’s 4x100m, Williams ran a sensational lead-off leg, Allyson Felix blew the race open on the second leg, Mechelle Lewis held the advantage on the third leg and Carmelita Jeter out-sprinted Jamaican anchor Shelly-Ann Fraser, the Beijing 100m gold medalist, to deliver the U.S. a victory in 42.40. Jamaica, which also ran Brigette Foster-Hylton, Sheri-Ann Brooks, and Kerron Stewart, was second in 42.77.

U.S. Olympians Kerron Clement (44.70), Angelo Taylor (44.60), David Neville (45.27) and LaShawn Merritt (44.26) easily won the men’s 4x400m in 2:59.78 while Jamaica finished fourth almost three seconds behind. The U.S. women were equally dominant as Monica Hargrove (51.90), Natasha Hastings (51.00), Felix (49.64) and Sanya Richards (50.52) crossed first in 3:23.08, a pretty good time considering Hastings lost her left spike and ran barefoot. Jamaica was second in 3:24.57.

“The rivalry with Jamaica is very motivating,” Felix, who was the only U.S. runner to double, said. “Beijing was, in a sense, a wake-up call. Sometimes we take things for granted. Everyone wants to step their game up. Going into these Worlds, we’re going to see a lot of that.”

While it is impossible to say that the U.S. regained its standing with four strong races here – Jamaica ran without Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown and the U.S. was minus Tyson Gay and Muna Lee – if the Americans accomplished nothing else this weekend, they planted the seed with Jamaica that there will be no back down come the World Championships this summer.

“People like to go through all different scenarios and say if this happened and this happened then this would have been the outcome,” Crawford said about the Beijing 4x100m. “On that day, we dropped the stick so the world will never know. We’ll try to let you know at the World Championships. We’ll make sure that we get it around so no one will have to ask what ifs.”

One of the scenarios that has been floated is what would have happened had the U.S. opted not to run the injured Gay, who fumbled the exchange with Patton, on the anchor in Beijing? Common sense would indicate that a healthy Crawford would have been a better option.

Yesterday, Crawford let it be known, loud and clear, that he intends to be a part of the 4x100m pool in Berlin.

“Sometimes I come across as arrogant because I feel like if we’re going to get the world record back I’ve got to be on that relay,” Crawford said. “I just feel like that. I run the strong leg. If we stretch it out like we’re supposed to and I’m on the team, we break the record. It sounds cocky, but I’m confident.”

No one on the U.S. side went as far as to say that revenge was on their mind going into USA vs. The World races, but all of them felt like they had something to prove.

Crawford stressed the importance of clean baton exchanges as a primary goal.

“Before we went out there, Darvis said nobody ever ran 38 on this track before,” Crawford said. “I said, ‘Man, let’s go for 37. We’ve got the horses, let’s do it.’ But the main thing was to build chemistry among the four of us and get the stick around. We didn’t stretch out the zones as much as we would have liked to. We played it safe. In Beijing, we dropped the stick. We were focused on not letting that happen. I don’t care how fast you are, if you can’t get the stick around then it’s useless.”

Williams said that her approach to the 4×100 was to stay relaxed and not feel pressured to win. But her actions  — Williams ran such a determined opening leg that she was on top of Felix before she could even get out in the exchange zone – spoke of an athlete who isn’t quite over what transpired at the Olympics.

“I said let’s not put everything on the line,” Williams said. “Let’s get the stick around and do what you know how to do from elementary school on up. I made up the stagger a little bit. I was just excited to be out there. There was definitely a little chip on my shoulder, still, that said I had to represent. To the point of me being stressed out about it, it wasn’t like that.”

Richards, who ran for the first time this outdoor season, was more overt in her commentary.

“Jamaica had a great, great team on paper,” she said. “We were all motivated by Beijing. We wanted to prove that we are the best team in the world. Even though I wasn’t on the 4×100, I felt like I was. I feel motivated and amped. I can’t wait to go back to practice this week.”

Neville said he felt like Team USA accomplished its goal of proving that it is too soon for them to be discounted.

“We were able to come out here and showcase our talents,” Neville said. “Everybody came out here and had a great day today. We’re Team USA, the No. 1 team in the world. For us to be able to come out here and do what we did speaks highly of our team.”

The highlight for Jamaica came in the women’s sprint medley relay, where Sheri-Ann Brooks, Rosemarie Whyte, Moya Thompson and Kenia Sinclair rallied to beat the U.S. and set a new world best time – there is no official world record in the SMR – of 3:34.56, breaking the mark of 3:37.16 set by the U.S. at this meet in 2006.

The U.S. led the race until the bell lap when Sinclair, who starred collegiately in New Jersey at Essex County College and Seton Hall University, blew by U.S. anchor Hazel Clark and split 1:57.43 on the anchor. Clark tied up down the stretch and was also passed by Russia’s anchor Maria Savinova.

“Due to the Olympic Games, this was more like Jamaica vs. USA instead of USA vs. the World,” Sinclair said. “We had three Olympians and decided we would give it everything we had. I tried to do my best, and I think my best was just good enough. I thought this was our best chance of winning a relay today against the USA. I knew the world record was based on the 800 leg. I could run 1:58 we would finish in 3:36 or 3:35. Running 3:34 was very surprising, until I finished and heard what I split. It’s very exciting.”

But for the most part, Jamaica was left to lick its wounds – literally and figuratively.

Powell’s status after the meet was uncertain. According to USA Track and Field Communications Coordinator Vicky Oddi, the Jamaican’s said Powell has been nursing “a left leg issue.” This was his first race in four weeks but felt fine before the race and wanted to test the leg out.

On more than one occasion after the races, Jamaican runners were quick to point out that they were not running their best squads and would go back to the drawing board.

“First of all, we represented ourselves well enough,” Fraser said. “It was a team that was not our strongest, but we did our best. We always try to compete to the best of our ability and try to make it work. I’m not disappointed at all, because you win some and lose some. USA was the best on the day. They delivered and executed a proper race. I’m used to coming in second and third and also winning. It just shows we have to work harder as a team.”

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