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Asafa Powell

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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Usain Bolt cops World Athlete of the Year award

Two-time defending Olympic champion, Usain Bolt can add more gold to his already rich collection as the Jamaican sprinting legend has been named World Male Athlete of the Year.

Bolt received the award on Saturday morning during a special awards ceremony by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) this morning. The world athletics governing body celebrated their 100th year of existence during that ceremony, which took place in Barcelona, Spain.

Bolt beat out Olympic 110m hurdles champion, Aries Merritt and Kenyan middle-distance runner, David Rudisha, who won the 800m title at London 2012.

Bolt’s World Male Athlete of the Year award caps off a highly successful 2012 for Bolt, who retained his 100m and 200m titles in London while anchoring Jamaica to a second straight 4 by 100m men’s relay medal, in which they broke their own record by 21 seconds. He became the second man to win back to back 100m titles (Carl Lewis) and the first to repeat as the 200m champion.

Meanwhile, the World Female Athlete of the Year award went to prominent American sprinter, Allyson Felix, who scored gold in the 200m for women. Felix also helped the United States’ 4 by 100m women’s relay team to record-shattering success during the summer games in London.

Felix eclipsed Olympic heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis of Great Britain, as well as Olympic shot-put champion, Valerie Adams of New Zealand.

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Jamaican athletes to get ‘Heroes’ welcome on Monday with special concert

Given the many fetes that Jamaica’s sporting heroes accomplished during this summer’s Olympics, it’s only fitting that the island’s athletes will be honored for their commendable efforts on National Heroes Day.

Just over two months after Jamaica completed their most successful Olympic games to date (12 medals – 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze), all of the island’s athletes will be commemorated during a litany of special events during Heroes Day weekend (October 13-15). Announced earlier this month by Jamaica’s sports minister, The Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, four special activities will occur this weekend to recognize the achievements Jamaica’s 59 athletes earned during the Olympics. Additionally, all of Jamaica’s Olympians and team officials will receive monetary prizes for their efforts.

On Sunday morning, a church service will take place at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston while a cocktail reception for the athletes will occur at Jamaica House later that day. On Monday (Heroes’ Day), a new headstone will be unveiled honoring late Jamaican sprinting legend, Dr. Herb McKinley at National Heroes Park in Kingston.

All of these festivities will be capped off on Monday with a special concert which features Jamaica’s Olympians as well as performances from many of the island’s top musicians. The free concert, dubbed Jamaica’s Musical History Honouring Our Olympic Journey, will take place at the National Arena, starting at 7 p.m. and traces back Jamaica’s Olympic and musical transformation since 1948, when the island participated in the summer games for the first time.

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Usain Bolt reps for Man U

Usain Bolt could suit up for Manchester United in friendly

After conquering the Olympic track in London by retaining his sprinting titles in fine style, Usain Bolt will be changing his sporting interests, for a day anyway.

Bolt, a life-long fan of English Premier League club, Manchester United could finally get the chance to suit up for his favorite club as he may play for the 19-time English champions in a charity match against a team of legends representing world-renowned Spanish club, Real Madrid. According to English newspaper, the Daily Mail, Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson plans to invite Bolt to play in the annual charity match after the world-record holding sprinter publicly pleaded to earn a chance to play for his favorite club.

Ferguson told Manchester United’s magazine, Inside United that he’s intrigued about the possibility of giving the Jamaican track legend a run with the ‘Red Devils.’

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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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Usain Bolt, fellow Jamaicans fire back at Carl Lewis following 200m triumph

Nine-time Olympic Gold medalist, Carl Lewis may be learning the hard way never to make Jamaicans angry as the island’s greatest sprinting product and several of his fans have fired back at the highly revered American athlete.

As expected, Usain Bolt cemented his legendary status at the Olympic games in London by repeating as the 200m champion in a time of 19.32 seconds. Bolt, along with Jamaican teammates, Yohan Blake (Silver – 19.44s) and Warren Weir (Bronze – 19.82s) ensured that London’s medal stand was proverbially painted in black, green and gold; completing an unprecedented sweep of the high-profile event.

However, the attention turned to Usain Bolt as he had a verbal go at Carl Lewis for comments that the American sprinting legend made a few days ago in light of Bolt’s defense of his Olympic 100m title on Sunday. During an interview, Lewis implied that Jamaica’s drug testing procedures and doping controls needed to be strengthened compared to other countries.

At a press conference on Thursday, Bolt addressed Lewis’ comments; intimating that he has no respect for the former American champion and eight-time World champion.

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Brigitte Foster-Hylton set to retire from track

Following grave disappointment at her final Olympic Games in London, one of Jamaica’s greatest hurdlers will hang up her cleats once the track season concludes.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton, regarded as one of Jamaica’s most accomplished female track athletes, will retire from the sport of track at the end of this year. This decision comes after Foster-Hylton, who turns 38 this November, clipped a hurdle during the first heat of the 100m hurdles on Monday morning, finishing seventh as a result. A devastated Foster-Hylton was obviously overcome by disappointment and seemingly inconsolable despite efforts by American hurdler, Lolo Jones and Olympic 100 hurdles gold medalist, Sally Pearson to comfort the distraught Jamaican veteran.

However, the St. Elizabeth born Foster-Hylton will walk away from the track with her head held high, despite being unable to fulfill the one goal that has eluded her since first competing on the Olympic stage in 2000.

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Asafa Powell

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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