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Jamaica Finish with their 2nd Biggest Medal Haul ever at the World Championships!

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Despite being in the transitioning phase of athletics and going with no Usain Bolt, Jamaica finished in Doha with their 2nd biggest medal haul in World Championships history with 12 medals!(Compared to 13 in 2009 and 2015)

Imagine we didn’t get medals expected from Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeoud too!

However, we had our biggest showing ever in Field events. Spectacular performances by our athletes.

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Suga votes the Women’s 4×100m Gold as our sweetest victory in Doha.

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Jamaica’s 4×100m Women Final team after winning Gold at World Championships, Doha 2019

I think every Jamaican would agree that we could watch that race over and over again. So, here you go!

Watch “Jamaica Wins Women’s 4x100m Gold | World Athletics Championships 2019 | Doha Moments” on YouTube by clicking on the link here:
Jamaica also medalled in the Mixed 4×400m relay, the Women’s 4×400m and the men had an impressive 2nd place finish in the Men’s 4×400m relay. Suga sees our 400m male athletes on the rise, especially in our young, Akeem Bloomfield. What a first leg!
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Jamaican Men’s 4×400m team who won Silver at Doha 2019.

I am so proud of our athletes, their determination and their perseverance. Congratulations to Team Jamaica on this huge accomplishment and their success!

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Looking forward to Tokyo 2020! We’ll even be represented in Gymnastics with Danusia Francis!

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congrats to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on her Return & Victory at World Champs!

 

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with her son, Zyon after her 10.71s win at the World Championships, Doha in the Women’s 100m final.

What an accomplishment for our pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, right?!

Suga cannot let another minute go by without Congratulating our Sprint Queen, Shelly, who won the Women’s 100m Final at the Doha World Championships in 10.71s! Her first major event after giving birth to her son, Zyon.

It is a pity Elaine Thompson could not give Jamaica the 1-2, but it has been said that her achilles tendon is acting up again with soreness. All the best to Elaine in the 200m!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Briana Williams opts out of World Championships in DOHA that Begins Today!

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I doubt that Jamaica will ever see another performance similar to the Olympics in Beijing 2008, London 2012 or even Usain Bolt. But we should continue to be proud Jamaicans knowing we have produced some of he best athletes in the world.

The World Championships begin in DOHA, Qatar TODAY! There was some drama surrounding the selection of the Women’s 100m team after Briana Williams’ hearing where she was reprimanded and then ruled as free to compete.

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Briana Williams [Photo: Sportsmax]
However, the words of Coach Stephen Francis were quite different. He stated that the IAAF has a Doping rule for 2019 and once there is an in-competition test and you turn up with a positive A and B sample for a banned substance, you are immediately disqualified, your results are disqualified and the results of any hearing or punishment does not matter.

So Jonielle Smith was selected to run the 100m Women, putting Briana’s trip to Doha in doubt.

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Jonielle Smith [Photo: Sportsmax]
Last night, Briana Willams posted that she is not going to Doha as follows:

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Check out your schedule of Athletics for the weekend here!

*N.B. Jamaican times are stated as ‘My time’ and races are in the mornings and afternoons.

DAY 1 – Friday, September 27th

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DAY 2 – Saturday, September 28th

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DAY 3 – Sunday, September 29th

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ENJOY!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congratulations to Kingston College & Edwin Allen High, Winners of CHAMPS 2019!

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Instagram Photo: @issasportsja
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Instagram Photo: @issasportsja

Congratulations to Kingston College & Edwin Allen High, Winners of the Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships 2019!

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After Calabar High won 7 straight titles, Kingston College (KC) did not yield and executed one of the best and highest scoring CHAMPS win in history.  Their win was confirmed from as early as Friday night. With practically an injury free team compared to Calabar, they kept a high standard all season and executed their races well, winning races they were expected to win and creating upsets, running with momentum and heart. Well done KC. They continue their ‘Purple reign’ with the most Champs wins in history, 32. This was Project 32 and they succeeded.

Kudos also to Calabar for roaring towards the end and putting on a great show. They still managed to rack up over 300 points, which showed a valiant effort despite their mishaps and having an injured star athlete, Christopher Taylor.

Here are your final results!

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A generation of Calabar athletes is now gone and there is a new crop of KC athletes, plus emerging JC athletes with their very own new track and field. It will be interesting to see how Calabar regroups and how long KC can reign this time.

GIRLS

Competition was stiff on the Girls’ side. It came down to the relays to determine the winner. Defending Champs, Edwin Allen held on strong to beat the challengers, Hydel High, who were hot on their heels by 7 points.

There was a fight in the middle order of the top 10 too, where the ladies from Constant Spring Road, Immaculate High came out and made a statement this year, taking back the Corporate area title. They showed up in both field and track events, winning in high jump, long jump, a 4×100m relay and 200m! They got a silver in the Shot Put too! Well done Suga’s alma mater, Immaculate!

Here are your results!

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Hydel came really close this year, can they win next year for the first time? We’ll see.

Suga’s Athlete of CHAMPS 2019 – KC’s Wayne Pinnock!

Long Jump, 110m Hurdles and Sprints including 2 records! #SugaSnaps

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Suga’s Race of Champs 2019 – The Class 3 Boys 800m Final!

That moment when Jaquan Coke came from behind to secure the win for KC on the line was priceless.

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Suga would like to congratulate all the athletes for such talented, relentless performances. Jamaica has a lot to look forward to in the future of our Athletics Programme.

Also, thanks to all of you who tuned in and followed Suga Lifestyle every step of the way on Facebook and Instagram.

See you next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Point Standings for CHAMPS 2019!

After 5 Finals, here are your Point Standings for the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships!

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Suga expects HYDEL, JAGO & HOLMWOOD to come up in the sprints for the Girls, but EDWIN ALLEN should still take Champs. I have to big up IMMACULATE who might finally take back the Corporate area this year. Can CALABAR nurse their injuries and improve execution from a tight situation to beat KC? Stay tuned! 2 more days to go!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Champions of the Weekend in Sports!

BRIANA WILLIAMS Won the Sprint Double (100m & 200m) for Jamaica at the Under 20 IAAF Championships in Tampere, Finland!

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16-year old, Briana Williams won amongst a stacked field of predominantly 18-year olds in her 100m and 200m finals. 

Jamaica’s Briana Williams edged out the World Leader from USA, Twanisha Terry to win the 100m in 11.16s.

She had a more convincing win for the 200m, clocking 22.50s in Championship record time.

Briana’s Coach, Ato Boldon says that she should be finishing high school before going pro. There is no rush.

Congrats Briana!

ANGELIQUE KERBER wins her 1st Wimbledon title!

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Angelique Kerber is the first German to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996. After a 2-hour delayed start time, she beat the mother of all Champions, Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3. She caught Serena on a bad day, off her serve and overhitting shots, but she held serve, mixed things up when she needed to and stuck to her game. Well done and Congrats to Angelique Kerber!

NOVAK DJOKOVIC shows he is back with a WIMBLEDON TITLE WIN!

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Photo: ESPN

Novak Djokovic of Serbia won Wimbledon in straight sets vs. Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 after a 2-year Grand Slam drought! It is Djokovic’s 4th Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam title. Congrats Djokovic!

FRANCE WINS the WORLD CUP 4 – 2 over CROATIA!

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Goal Scorers for France in yesterday’s World Cup Final

France has done it! France won the World Cup with a 4 – 2 victory over Croatia yesterday. It was an exciting game from start to finish with an early own goal by Mandzukic of Croatia, giving France the lead, then an equalizer by Perisic of Croatia. Afterwards, it was all about France. Griezmann scored a penalty given from a hand ball, then Pogba and Mbappé scored brilliant goals. Mandzukic with the self redemption for the own goal, beat France’s goalkeeper, Lloris all on his own and spoiled the party a bit with an awkward goal for Croatia.

Croatia ran out of time and France became victorious after 20 years! It’s a wrap folks!

Awards

Golden Ball – Luka Modric (Croatia)

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Photo: Fifa World Cup

Best Young Player – Kylian Mbappé (France)

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The Golden Boot came home – Harry Kane with 6 goals (England)

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Golden Glove – Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

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Fun Facts to take away from the World Cup

● France is the youngest squad to win the World Cup since Brazil in 1970

● Pogba of France is the 1st Manchester United player to score a goal in a World Cup Final

● Mbappé (19 yrs old) of France is the youngest player since Pele (17 yrs old) with a goal in a World Cup final

● Tottenham players scored the most goals in this World Cup

● Didier Deschamps is the 3rd coach to win the World Cup as a player and then as a Coach

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I think that we can all agree that if this was not the best World Cup you have ever seen, it was definitely one of the most entertaining World Cups.

Thanks for tuning in to Suga Lifestyle’s website and Facebook Page for continuous World Cup Updates.

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CONGRATS TO LES BLEUS, FRANCE!  See you in Qatar 2022!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Champions of the Weekend in Sports!

NBA FINALS 

WARRIORS VS. CAVS GAME 4

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The Starting Five of the Golden State Warriors celebrate their NBA Championship win last Friday (Photo: ESPN)

The Golden State Warriors swept the Cavs Friday night in a blowout! 108-85!

This is the 3rd NBA Championship win for Stephen Curry and the 3rd ring for Steve Kerr as a Coach to add to his 5 rings as a player.

Kevin Durant won Finals MVP, snatching it from teammate, Steph Curry after his epic, unforgettable Game 3 performance.

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KD accepting his Finals MVP Trophy last Friday night (Photo: Bleacher Report)

LeBron James had a great run carrying his team that had no chance in the Playoffs all the way to the Finals. But he has now been swept twice in the NBA Finals, where the first time was by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

Stay tuned for LeBron’s next move. It will be a long summer.

FRENCH OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL

SIMONA HALEP VS. SLOANE STEPHENS

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World no. 1, Simona Halep finally won her 1st Grand Slam! Congrats to her and well fought after losing the 1st set to Sloane Stephens and being broken the 1st game in the 2nd. She beat Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Simona Halep credited mental strength to winning her first Grand Slam.

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Simona Halep raises her long-awaited French Open Grand Slam Trophy last Saturday (Photo: Sports mole)

 

BELMONT STAKES

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Justify being ridden to victory by Mike Smith at the 2018 Belmont Stakes (Photo: New York Times)

Justify, an American thoroughbred racehorse, became the 13th winner of the American Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes last Saturday. The 2018 Kentucky Derby and the 2018 Preakness Stakes preceded his big win at Belmont.

The last horse to do so was American Pharoah in 2015 who ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Both were guided by the same trainer, Bob Baffert.

JN RACER’S GRAND PRIX

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in action at the JN Racer’s Grand Prix at The National Stadium Saturday, June 9, 2018.

The Queen is back! Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce not only improved on her time since her return, but won the 100m Women’s race as well in 11.10s!

This all went down at the National Stadium on Saturday night.

Also look out for our future Queen, young Briana Williams (16yrs), who had a faster start than our Pocket Rocket and sustained her speed throughout the race, finishing 3rd in 11.26. Congrats to Team Jamaica and thanks to other athletes who came to the island to compete.

Jenna Prandini of the USA and no stranger to Jamaica came a close 2nd to Shelly in 11.14.

FRENCH OPEN MEN’S FINAL

RAFAEL NADAL VS. DOMINIC THIEM

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Rafael Nadal reacts after winning Championship point and his 11th French Open title yesterday

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open yesterday! He beat Dominic Thiem who put up quite a fight, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Each set was about an hour-long, but the experience, strength, power and dominance of Nadal was just too much for Thiem. Winning never gets easier, but he has pulled it off again. Congrats Rafa!

Now let’s get ready for the World Cup!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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