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Champions and Winners of the Weekend in Sports!

COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD COAST 2018 – ATHLETICS

The Commonwealth Games down under have come to an end and Jamaica did extremely well, winning International medals that we have never won before.

Over the weekend, we took over some of the Field events!

Jamaica’s thrower, Danniel Thomas struck Gold in the Women’s Shot Put!

Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle brought home the Gold and Silver respectively for the Men’s Discus.

Back on the track, Paralympian, Tevaughn Thomas won Bronze in the Men’s T47 100m!

Natoya Goule finally medalled internationally with a Personal Best in the Women’s 800m Final with a sweet Bronze medal finish.

Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson got Jamaica a Silver and Bronze respectively in the Women’s 110m Hurdles.

Jamaica also took home medals in the 4×400m Relays for both the Men and Women!

Bronze for the Men

Gold for the Women!

NBA PLAYOFFS – BASKETBALL

The NBA Playoffs started last Saturday and the Celtics are already 1 up on the Bucks and the Thunder 1 up on the Jazz.

Warriors blew out the Spurs and the 76ers routed the Heat.

The Raptors finally won an opening Game 1 in the Playoffs, beating the Wizards.

The no. 1 team in the West, the Rockets, had a fight to beat the Timberwolves, 104-101. This may be one of the best match ups for the West in the 1st round.

Surprises?

The Cavs lost to the Pacers 80-98. But if you think about it, LeBron James usually allows a Game 1 loss.

Pelicans beat the Trail Blazers, 97-95. They had a significant lead for most of the game and when the Trail Blazers came fighting back it just wasn’t enough.

PREMIER LEAGUE – SOCCER

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After Manchester United lost to West Brom over the weekend, Manchester City officially became Champions of the Premier League!

It’s Man City’s 1st title under Pep Guardiola. Congrats to them.

More exciting weeks ahead in Sports. Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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2 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games Today!

WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP FINAL

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Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams leaps to victory in the Women’s Triple Jump at the Commonwealth Games!

Jamaica’s ever so determined Kimberly Williams won Gold in the Women’s Triple Jump! Congratulations to her as well as our Shanieka Ricketts, who took the Silver. Thea Lafond of Dominica got the Bronze.

MEN’S 110m HURDLES FINAL

Jamaica got the 1-2 in the Men’s 110m Hurdles too! Congratulations to Ronald Levy who won Gold and our Olympic medallist, Hansle Parchment who got Silver. Aussie, Nicholas Hough placed third.

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Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment celebrate after their 1-2 finish respectively in the Men’s 110m Hurdles at the Commonwealth Games today

MEN’S 400m FINAL

DONKEY MAN IS BACK!

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Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis before the start of the Men’s 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier today

…But so is MAKWALA!

At last, Isaac Makwala of Botswana wins Gold impressively in 44.35s! His compatriot, Baboloki Thebe got the Silver and Jamaica’s Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis got the Bronze!

If you missed it, watch the “Men’s 400m Final – Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018” on YouTube here:

Well done Team Jamaica!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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CONGRATS to Calabar & Edwin Allen, Winners of the Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships!

Another absolutely sensational Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships have come to an end. Calabar was expected to come out on top, ahead of KC, but not by so many points. Their dominance was exceptional for their 7th straight title.

Final Standings for the Boys:

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Edwin Allen executed their races well for the Girls to come away on top for the 6th straight time ahead of Holmwood Technical.

Final Standings for the Girls:

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There were so many great Champs Moments, but here are Suga’s Highlights:

Sportsmanship

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Great Sportsmanship was shown between Great rivals, Tyreke Wilson of Calabar and KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson as they crossed the line in the Class 1 Boys 100m Semi-Final. This is what Champs is all about!

● Class 3 Boys 100m Sweet 16 Victory by KC 

KC’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie (1st) and Adrian Kerr (2nd) both smashed the record of Jhevaughn Matherson in 10.79s and 10.81s respectively.

Everyone has been asking if Nkrumie is also an import, but word has it that he has been going to school in Jamaica since Prep School. He speaks like a Jamaican as well.

Class 2 Girls 100m and 200m shines spotlight on our future Star in the Sprints

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Suga’s Championship Girl, Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High

The young lady called the Princess of sprinting amongst High schoolers, Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen, broke her own record that was set in the semifinals in 11.16s! Last year she false started and she has certainly come back with a vengeance. She is only hundredths of a second off from VCB’s Junior record time of 11.12s. I observed that she comes out of her drive phase quite quickly, so can you imagine when her form is improved?!

Her compatriot, Kasheika Cameron clocked 11.29 to win the 100m for the Class 1 Girls. This was a clear indication of the powerhouse, Kevona is.

The following day, she broke her own 200m semifinal record as well, to win in 22.72s.

Class 2 Boys 100m

Sachin Dennis of STETHS had a magnificent run, breaking the record in 10.20s!

Drama for the Class 1 Boys 100m

Calabar’s Michael Stephens, Defending Champ of the event started to feel cramps before the start of the race. He received a bit of Physio treatment before the race and was even on the phone. He was seen crying with his teammate and one of the favourites to win, Tyreke Wilson, but surprisingly still headed to the start line for the race.

Everyone was at that point thinking that KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson, the other favourite would have been undisturbed by the drama and thus have the advantage. He would be seeking redemption after false starting last year, allegedly because he was injured. But not only did Michael Stephens run out fast and pull up mid-race, so did Matherson of KC! This left Calabar’s Tyreke Wilson with a clear victory and PB of 10.21s ahead of JC’s Ryiem Robertson who finished in 10.28s.

A post Champs interview with the Assistant Coach of Calabar confirmed that Stephens was told to jog the race, which he did not do in such a competitive atmosphere.

Upset in the Class 1 Boys 400m Hurdles!

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Petersfield comes out on top in the Class 2 Boys 400m and Boys 4×400m Open Relay!

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Petersfield’s Antonio Watson seized victory in the Boys Class 2 400m and lived up to his reputation of World Under-18 Champion. He then anchored his 4×400m Relay team to victory in the last race of Champs, since Calabar’s record win was later declared null and void due to disqualification. One of the athletes on Calabar’s 4×400m team was over his race limit according to the rules. It is sad that the fault in Calabar’s line-up was apparently not picked up by the organizers before the race, but after the fact by Petersfield, who launched the appeal. A bit of a sour taste in the mouth at the end of Champs.

KC beats Calabar in the 400m Class 1 Boys

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KC’s Captain, Dashawn Morris gave it his all and won the 400m Class 1 Boys in an impressive 45.09s, ahead of Calabar’s Anthony Carpenter, who registered a PB of 45.47.

STETHS’ Jauavney James showed great perseverance to win the Class 1 Boys 800m

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Jauavney James of STETHS got his redemption from losing the 1500m and 400m hurdles. He won from behind in the Class 1 Boys 800m. He got his strategy right to finish his last Champs race in fine style.

Winner from Lane 8 in Class 3 200m Girls

Gabrielle Matthews of Hydel won the Girls Class 3 200m out of lane 8 in 23.60s to beat Edwin Allen’s Tina Clayton.

Sweet 16 KC rivalry continued in the Class 3 Boys 200m!

This time around KC’s Adrian Kerr beat his teammate, Bouwahjgie Nkrumie in record time. Nkrumie was still in good spirits, unlike Kerr who could not speak in his interview the night before after placing 2nd in the 100m. But with true determination, he ran from behind with lots of grit for the 200m win.

Calabar gets their Sweet 16 in the Class 1 Boys 200m

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Suga’s Championship Boy, Christopher Taylor, Team Captain of Calabar High

Calabar’s Christopher Taylor won the Class 1 Boys 200m impressively in 20.32s ahead of his compatriot, Anthony Carpenter. Carpenter had an obvious limp towards the end of the race, but still managed to finish 2nd.

So many spectacular #ChampsMoments. I hope you shared these as some of your faves too.

Kudos also to the After-Show! Although some spectators may have dislocated their shoulders, it was superb quality for Jamaica’s version of the greatest show on earth.

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See you next year!

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Tickets go on SALE for CHAMPS Tomorrow!

If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them tomorrow!

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Don’t miss your chance to watch one of the greatest shows on earth this weekend!

Which School are you rooting for?!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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17 Memorable Moments from World Champs London 2017!

The World Championships in London are now over but there are so many moments to reflect on. The meet was filled with surprises, disappointments, upsets, drama and triumphs.

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed tuning in to Suga Lifestyle’s updates on Facebook and the Website.

Here are Suga’s 17 Memorable Moments from World Champs London 2017:

1. USAIN BOLT loses his last 100m individual race, getting the Bronze but JUSTIN GATLIN WINS!

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2. MOHAMED FARAH aka Mobot of Great Britain wins Gold in the Men’s 10000m! He was going for his 5th double before retirement but fell short, getting the Silver in the 5000m. He will remain a Legend of the sport and a video tribute was played for him.

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3. USA’s TORIE BOWIE wins the Women’s 100m thriller with Elaine Thompson of Jamaica nowhere in sight and edged out Ivory Coast’s Marie Josée’s Ta Lou, who failed to dip at the line. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands got the Bronze.

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4. OMAR McLEOD wins Gold for Jamaica in the Men’s 110m Hurdles after a disappointing show for Jamaica in the Men’s and Women’s 100m.

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5. RIO Olympic Champ, Kenya’s FAITH KIPYEGON won the Women’s 1500m with Genzebe Dibaba nowhere in sight and another favourite, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands finished 5th.

Caster Simenya of South Africa, who entered the event for the first time, took the Bronze.

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6. YULIMAR ROJAS of Venezuela won the Women’s Triple Jump in an exciting jump off versus the RIO Olympic Champion and her rival, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia.

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7. PHYLLIS FRANCIS of the USA won the Women’s 400m in her PB, as Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas tightened, failing to medal and her compatriot and favourite to win, Allyson Felix faded on the stretch.

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8. Jamaica’s DANNIEL THOMAS-DODD was in the Bronze medal position of the Women’s Shot Put before the last throw, but ended up finishing 4th. Great achievement for Jamaica.

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9. Jamaica’s RISTANANNA TRACEY won the Bronze medal in the Women’s 4×400m Hurdles in her PB!

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10. The animated, KARSTEN WARHOLM of Norway won Gold in the Men’s 400m Hurdles upsetting USA’s Kerron Clement.

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11. DAFNE SCHIPPERS of the Netherlands defended her Title for the Women’s 200m passing Ivory Coast’s Marie Josée Ta Lou before the line. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas had a strong finish but could not recover from a bad start and curve and got the Bronze.

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12. RAMIL GULIYEV of Turkey who has been in the game for a while, not only finally got on the podium, but won Gold in the Men’s 200m. He prevented South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk from winning the 400m-200m double. Van Niekerk got the Silver. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards finished with the Bronze.

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13. SALLY PEARSON (past Olympic and World Champion) at 30 years old, had a fairytale ending, winning Gold in the Women’s 100m Hurdles after suffering from 2 years of injuries.

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14.  GREAT BRITAIN Men’s 4×100m team struck Gold as their anchor leg runner, Mitchell-Blake passed USA’s Christian Coleman before the line and Usain Bolt of Jamaica pulled up shortly after receiving the baton. They achieved the win in European record time.

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15. USAIN BOLT’s 4×100m teammates gathered around him after an agonizing fall to the ground from pulling up on the final leg. The race was run about 15 minutes after the scheduled time and the athletes were all ready waiting in the cold as IAAF did Mo Farah’s tribute and medal ceremonies. This could have been the reason for Bolt cramping or injuring himself.

It was hard for everyone to watch the Champ and Legend go out like that for his final race. He still wanted to finish the race and they all helped him hop to the finish line.

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16. TRINIDAD and TOBAGO’s (T&T’s) 4×400m Men’s team upset the USA and won Gold! Lalonde Gordon of T&T swept past Fred Kerley of the USA on the final stretch in the last lap of the relay. Brilliant run.

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17. USAIN BOLT was given a send off at the end of the Championships, where a packed stadium stayed to give thanks to him for doing so much for the sport.

He was given a gift from IAAF, a part of the track from which he created history in Olympics London 2012.

Usain bolt did not want to end his career on a bad note, but remember Muhammad Ali lost his last fight. He was not all smiles, but you could see the different emotions he felt as he held back tears at one point while walking his last lap around the track. He took a bow at his last competitive Track & Field event.

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Usain Bolt strikes his famous, To Di worl’ pose (Photo: stuff.co.nz)

THANKS USAIN! You will remain a Legend forever in not only Athletics but Sports in general.

WE WILL MISS YOU!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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No Jamaicans in the 100m Final. What happened in the Semis?!

WOMEN’S 100M HURDLES SEMIS

Sorry Jamaica but we don’t have a chance of a medal in this event. No Jamaicans have made the Final.

Defending Champ, Danielle Williams, our biggest chance, just hit almost every hurdle and finished 5th, pressured by Christina Manning of the USA beside her. She apparently lost focus.

Other qualifiers are no surprises as predicted by Suga. Talay has not done well this season but always seems to sneak her way into the Final. She flipped the script and is a dark horse.

Is Kendra Harrison officially a choker? It seems so. She hit the first hurdle and it was downhill from there, fighting to finish 3rd in her Semi. She qualified as a fastest loser, knocking out our Yanique Thompson who finished 3rd in Danielle’s Semi.

Little Megan Simmonds did her best, finishing 4th but was in a heated Semi led by Sally Pearson.

The SUMMARY

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Sally Pearson may be able to create the upset for GOLD if Kendra doesn’t get her head right Suga Bears! Sally is looking really good and solid.

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Sally Pearson (Photo – IAAF)

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF! What happened in London while you were sleeping?!

What else does Jamaica have to look forward to so we can come home with 6 or 7 medals, 8 max? – The Women’s 100m hurdles with one eye open and the Relays.

Women’s 100m Hurdles HEATS

While you were sleeping,
Danielle Williams won her Heat comfortably in 12.66. She finished ahead of the German, Pamela Dutkiewicz who ran 12.74. All 4 Qualifiers in that Heat dipped under 13s!

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Megan Simmonds got off to a great start and also won her Heat comfortably in 12.78s. Not sure if she will make the Final but if all goes well, she looks like the only Jamaican that could join Danielle Williams to represent Jamaica in the Final. She beat American, Nia Ali who finished 2nd in 12.93. Tiffany Porter of Great Britain surprisingly finished 6th in 13.18 and will not advance to the Semis.

Yanique Thompson finished a close 3rd in her Heat in 12.88 (.877) to Alina Talay of Belarus who ran 12.88 (.876) to finish 2nd and the World Record Holder from the USA, Kendra Harrison finished 1st in 12.60.

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*N.B. Kendra choked in the US Trials coming 6th and failed to make the RIO Olympic team but came back earlier this year showing a lot of character to break the World Record of 12.21 that has been there since 1988! Her PB and the new World Record is currently 12.20.

Rushelle Burton ran well to finish 3rd in her Heat with 12.94 to 2 Olympic Champs, Sally Pearson back from injuries (London) who was 1st in 12.72 and USA’s Dawn Harper-Nelson (Beijing) who was 2nd in 12.88.

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*NB. Sally Pearson had a nasty fall in 2015 breaking both wrists, dislocating one of them. She then was trying to return to RIO but tore her hamstring. After a rough 2 years, the Aussie is back in good form.

USA’s Christina Manning won the last Heat comfortably in 12.86. Nadine Visser of the Netherlands finished 2nd in 12.96, just ahead of Amisan of Nigeria who ran 12.97.

So for this one it’s USA VS. THE REST OF THE WORLD. Since Kendra qualified as a wild card, there are 4 Americans. Our Defending World Champ, Danielle Williams also qualified as a Wild Card so we have 4 Jamaicans entered in the event as well.

It’s hurdles so who can break up the USA party? I think a lot of people can do so. Nia Ali who is the 2nd best American threat looke vulnerable in her Heat. According to paper, Sally Pearson of Australia can put herself in between USA’s Kendra Harrison and Nia Ali for Silver. If our Danielle Williams runs outside of her PB of 12.56, it is possible for her to get the Bronze. I won’t be surprised or disappointed if she doesn’t medal. For her to become World Champ in 2015, a lot of the big names either fell or false started. We cannot count out Past Olympic Champ, Dawn Harper-Nelson of the USA, Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan, USA’s Christina Manning, Nadine Visser of the anyone and the German, Pamela Dutkiewicz, who can all contest that 3rd place finish on the podium. This 100m Women’s Hurdles field is extremely competitive this year!

Let’s see how the Semis go later and see if anyone flips the script because at least 1 of the names previously mentioned as a contender for a medal cannot make the Final. If our Megan Simmonds improves a little more, she can be in the mix as well!

The Semis are TODAY at 1:05pm. Finals tomorrow!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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