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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce named one of three finalists for IAAF World Athlete of the Year award

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce IAAF 2013As expected, two time Olympic 100m gold medalist and Jamaican sprinting queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named as one of three finalists for the prestigious IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year award, set to be handed out later this month in Monaco.

Fraser-Pryce will contend against world champion New Zealand shot-putter, Valerie Adams and Zuzana Hejnova, the reigning 400m hurdles world champion from the Czech Republic. Fraser-Pryce was nominated for the World Athlete of the Year honor after winning gold in both the 100m and 200m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow this past summer. She also anchored Jamaica’s dominant victory in the women’s 4 by 100m relay at the same event and is the winningest female runner on the track circuit this year.

Should Fraser-Pryce walk away with the distinguished honor, she will be the first Jamaican runner to win it since the legendary Merlene Ottey copped the award in 1990.

Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot and fellow Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt faces off against elite British long-distance runner, Mohamed Farah and Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko for the men’s version of the Athlete of the Year honor.

The winners for both awards will be announced at a ceremony on November 16.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says many athletes accused her of drug use at Worlds

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceAfter a world class after at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow last month, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has once again pronounced herself as one of the track and field’s all-time dominant performers.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win the 100m, 200m and 4 by 100m at a world championships. She also had to overcome hurdles in her races to glory, only these hurdles came in the form of criticism and skepticism from her competitors, who she says accused her of doping during the event.

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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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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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