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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.

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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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Photo: Getty Images

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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Photo – AMP – Daily Mail

*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!

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Today’s Races in London! Will there be more Upsets?

Today’s Schedule:

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Women’s 200m SemiFinal

We have 3 Jamaicans in the Semis but I believe only Simone Facey has a chance of advancing to the Final.

This is another very competitive event, even with Torie Bowie out of it. The ladies to look out for are Dafne Schippers and Marie Josee Ta Lou. If Shaunae Miller-Uibo didn’t injure herself in the 400m Final and her legs still have the energy, she is likely to come back with determination since she missed out on the podium for the 400m. She has the fastest time of the season (21.91) amongst who is left, since Bowie who had a SB of 21.77 is out.

I won’t even attempt to make any predictions as to the placement on the podium based on how things have been going in London. Note however, that even though Dafne Schippers has a SB of 22.10, she has a PB of 21.63 and does not like to lose. She is an extremely sore loser. I see her grasping at the opportunity for Gold with Bowie and her rival, Elaine out of the 200m.

On the other hand, Ta Lou is such a free spirit with nothing to lose and everything to gain. She reminds me of our Pocket Rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Who can spoil the party?

The American, Deajah Stevens.

Can’t wait for the Semis and the Final tomorrow at 3:50pm!

Women’s 400m Hurdles Final

This Final is another toss up as the Americans including the RIO Olympic champ, Dalilah Muhammad, may be out of shape. Defending World Champ, Zuzana Hejnová of Czech Republic has been looking good though.

Look out for our Ristananna Tracey. Can she get another Bronze for Jamaica? We need it.

Here is the line up!

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Men’s 200m Final

This race is stacked! It’s anybody’s game. Wayde Van Niekerk looked tired in the Semis, struggling to finish 3rd and qualified as a fastest loser, but he didn’t look impressive in the 400m Semis either. I won’t be counting him out. Hoping for good weather!

From what I know so far, Makwala will be running out of Lane 6 and Van Niekerk will be running out of Lane 3.

The Schedule for the rest of the Championships!

I’m not expecting any medals for Jamaica from the Women’s 100m Hurdles but I am hoping with the Relays we can come home with at least 5 medals.

The RELAYS

It is too early to tell but we all know with Relays anything can happen. Team USA and others are in better shape than Team Jamaica in terms of speed, but we are hoping that our athletes put out their best and also execute smooth baton exchanges! Expecting a good performance from our 4×400m Women!

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Good luck Jamaica! Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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What Happened to Team Jamaica at World Champs, London?!

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Men’s 100m FINAL

Usain Bolt was beaten in his last race! He got the Bronze.

Young Christian Coleman got Silver and fellow rival, Yohan Blake finished 4th. That leaves Justin Gatlin!

Gatlin who has been quiet all season with a point to prove, proved his point, quieting the boos from the crowd who haven’t forgiven him for his doping suspension even though he served his time.

Gatlin made it look deceiving in the Semis. He placed 2nd to Akani Simbine in the slowest SemiFinal, drawing Lane 8, possibly so he could be far from Bolt in the Final and see everyone who couldn’t see him.

What happened to Usain Bolt?!

Bolt’s preparation was probably the worst ever for this season with a loss of 3 weeks to his friend’s Germaine Mason’s death as well as more time due to injuries.

His body gave up on him too. With age and injuries on top of a bad start, he could no longer power himself past the 50 or 60m line to destroy his field of opponents. He did everything physically possible to reach the line with Coleman and Gatlin. But it still wasn’t good enough because he is not used to being so far behind coming up to the line with no power. He panicked and started to lean too early. With his foot across the line early and the 2nd slowest reaction time of 0.183 in the race to Coleman’s 0.123 and Gatlin’s 0.138, he ran the fastest race.

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If Usain took one more step as the taller man, just as Coleman did, I believe he would have edged out Gatlin for the win.

So it wasn’t a surprising result, but a disappointing result. It was a fairytale ending that wasn’t meant to be. It not only showed that Bolt is human, but it was a lesson taught and inspiration to many, that if you try hard enough, you can beat the best and be the best. After the best have won over and over again, a small part of the motivation to win is lost as well.

Gatlin could never beat Usain at his best or in good shape. However, Bolt still reigned as the fastest man in the world and we cannot discredit Gatlin’s determination after never being able to beat Bolt, to finally beat him and win the Gold at his age. Sadly it happened at a time when Bolt will not run another race to answer. Bolt was gracious in defeat and we should be too.

Bolt said to Jamaica – ‘Sorry about that’. He knows how we can be with just one disappointment on the big stage. He surely cannot please everyone. Let us remember that if it was entirely up to Bolt he would have retired at the RIO Olympics 2016, but under the encouragement and influence of PUMA and the IAAF, they wanted him to come back to Worlds for a filled stadium and for the fans. We saw how hard it was for Usain to get the Gold in the 100m at RIO, much less a year later. I would have preferred for him to finish winning as most of us would, but there are others who may not care about the results of his last race, whether it was a win, lose or draw. They just wanted to see him run one more time. Thankfully he was realistic with himself and left his winning streak in his preferred 200m event, safe.

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Thanks for everything you have done for Jamaica and Athletics Usain Bolt! We will miss you (Photo: AMP. Firstpost)

Bolt led a winning era for us from 2008 Beijing. That is almost a decade. We have a lot to be thankful for. So this brings me to Elaine Thompson losing in the Women’s 100m FINAL.

It was considered sure money for Elaine to win the Women’s 100m. She had the winning time, jogging in the Semis. So to place 5th, something must have gone wrong. None of us wanted that to happen at such a huge event, where we expected her to deliver Gold to lift Jamaica after Usain’s Bronze the day before. What made it worse?

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Tori Bowie (10.85) of the USA won Gold. She dipped at the line to edge out Ivory Coast’s Marie Josée Ta Lou (10.84) who got Silver and Dafne Schippers got the Bronze (10.96).

What went wrong for Elaine?!

Thankfully, she did not injure herself. She has been suffering with an achilles tendon injury, but this did not play a part in her loss.

She stated that she stumbled coming out of the drive phase, isn’t sure why and could not recover fast enough to pass the others who were already far ahead of her to the finish line.

Our local tv panel explained how this was possible. With her running at such a fast speed, to come out of a drive phase quickly would be like hitting a wall. We saw when she literally jerked back at about 50m. To lose focus or for something to go wrong for just a few thousandths of a second in an 11-second race, the field would already have left her behind. She still showed great effort to finish 5th. I have witnessed our Pcket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce come last in a 100m Diamond league race because she failed to recover from a bad start. People wondered what went wrong but she wasn’t crucified for it because it was not a big race.

These things can happen and she was in good spirits to continue with the 4×100m, refusing to blame the loss on anything else that was going on. As it later came out that she was seen vomiting in the warm up area after the Semis.

So yes this may have happened to Elaine but we didn’t even take the time to consider it and haven’t accepted it because we are looking at the bigger picture that it was another win for the USA in the sprint. Her coach, Stephen Francis also let her put all her eggs in one basket since she is not entered to run the 200m.

It is also a huge upset because USA has been our biggest rival for years. We have been on top for almost a decade and trust me, it took what seems like forever to get there. In a time where it was speculated more than half of the USA athletes were on drugs and doping regulations were not as strict, we painfully watched our hard working athletes such as Merlene Ottey, Juliet Cuthbert, Grace Jackson and more, get Silver and Bronze medals time and time again, always falling short of the Gold. We cried with them each time. We were also stuck watching the extremely biased USA feed to go along with it, rubbing salt into our wounds. We suffered. As a result, when Sprint athletes like Marion Jones and Justin Gatlin were given doping bans, it was like we were finally being freed from a great injustice. But so much damage had been done already, for instance with the Women’s 100m World record being totally unattainable, it left us being a bitter nation. So with the field leveled at a time when we had young and upcoming athletes like Usain bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with the veteran Veronica Campbell Brown and more, the timing was right for total redemption in Beijing 2008. Jamaica showed total dominance in the sprints with both the Men and the Women, shocking the Americans who thought it was a one-time fluke. But oh no, this continued to RIO 2016. We have not only been spoilt but developed an arrogance through bitterness.

All is not lost though. It is a change of the guard and we may have to wait again until others rise, but Elaine is still young and as she said, she has many more races to come.

There is a good outlook for us in Field events too. Fedrick Dacres finished 4th in the Discus throw. It was not his personal best, but that will come at the right time once he keeps working at it. We had Traves Smikle, who also made it to the Final round.

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Photo: The Jamaica Gleaner

We also have …

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Omar McLeod

Young Omar McLeod won Gold in the Men’s 110m, lifting Jamaica’s spirits and dedicated the Gold to Usain Bolt.

So keep the faith and be patient Jamaica. Stand by our Athletes win or lose because we are a talented nation and again we will RISE.

Continue to enjoy the sport, stay tuned for today’s Schedule that starts later this afternoon with hot races to look out for!

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The World Championships in London Start TODAY!

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Usain Bolt’s final Training session before London

It’s finally here! The World Championships in London, where Usain Bolt says he is ready to run his final 100m race and win!

Will Gatlin stand in his way? He has been unusually quiet this season but he is in good shape for the win and says he feels like the last time he won Worlds. But will he be a ‘bus conducta’ to collect silver just one more time?

Andre DeGrasse of Canada certainly won’t be standing in Bolt’s way. He didn’t even make it on the bus. He pulled out of the Championships officially yesterday with a hamstring strain.

Anyone else on the London bus? Ivory Coast’s Simbine always runs his best and a good race. But Suga doesn’t think he has what it takes for the win.

Young Coleman of the USA faded at US trials, tiring at the line to finish 2nd to Gatlin. So that is an indication that he needs to eat more cassava and is not ready for Jamaica’s Usain Bolt either.

Last but not least, let’s not forget Yohan Blake, formerly known as The Beast, now The Blessed. When he decides to just be himself he may have a good chance at Gold if it’s not too late.

Women’s 100m

Looking forward to see our Sprint Queen, Elaine Thompson light up the track in the Women’s 100m. She is currently in a class by herself.

Men’s 400m

Wayde Van Niekerk is also in a class by himself for the Men’s 400m. He’s entered to run the Men’s 200m too, which should be am easier task with DeGrasse out of the way.

Women’s 400m

Suga doesn’t think Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller is going to get past USA’s Allyson Felix this time, dive or no dive. Felix is in great shape for the win and will have fresh legs since the 400m is her only individual race.

Jamaica’s veteran, Novelene Williams-Mills may be competing for the last time but has been running well on the circuit. Suga hopes she can come away with the Bronze.

However her own compatriots, Shericka Jackson, Ristananna Tracey and Ronda Whyte may stand in her way. Ronda Whyte created quite an upset at the Jamaica trials, passing Ristananna Tracey and Shericka at the finish.

Women’s 200m

The Women’s 200m should be a showdown with USA’s Tori Bowie, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou and the ‘Dutchie’, Daphne Schippers.

Men’s 5000m and 10000m

Mohammed Farah aka Mobot of Great Britain should shine in his long distance races. He, like Usain Bolt is looking to cement his legacy on the track before hanging up his spikes and moving on to racing gear. He is going for the big Five, as he has already doubled twice at the Olympics and Worlds in the 5000m and 10000m.

Thanks for making Long Distance races entertaining Mo!

Women’s 800m

Caster Semenya, another long distance fave, is in position to win the Women’s 800m. Suga sees noone challenging her.

Men’s 400m Hurdles

If age doesn’t play a number, the race for Gold should be between Olympic Champ, USA’s Kerron Clement (31 years) and young BVI’s Kyron McMaster (20yrs).

Jamaica’s National Champ, Jaheel Hyde and Kemar Mowatt also have a chance to medal.

Women’s 400m Hurdles

Olympic Champ, Dalilah Mohammad of the USA looked unbeatable at the US trials, clocking 52.64. However in recent performances she has failed to run below 54s.

Of the two other US athletes who looked strong at trials, both under 53s, only Kori Carter has been running at a high standard.

So Suga thinks, if the others peaked too early and fail to get back into form, Jamaica’s Janieve Russell has a good chance to get the Silver.

Men’s 110m Hurdles

Reigning Olympic Champ, Omar McLeod of Jamaica is the favourite for the Men’s 110m Hurdles but others are in good shape including former Olympic Champ, Aries Merritt. With Hurdles, anything can happen.

Women’s 100m Hurdles

It’s the same with the Women’s 100m hurdles. World record holder, USA’s Kendra Harrison should win on paper, but she choked at the US Olympic trials failing to even make the team to the Olympics. Does she have it in her to finally win gold?

Defending World Champ, Danielle Williams is in good shape but we all know she got that title by ‘buck ups’ due to a string of false starts, falls and injuries. Her competitors are in another league. However, if she keeps full focus and runs her race, she has the potential to go for at least the bronze medal. Don’t get your hopes up for her though.

Former Olympic Champ, Sally Pearson from Australia is back after a nasty fall that injured her arm severely. She is back but not fully back. She is definitely a contender for the podium though. So is, USA’s Sharika Nelvis.

Men’s Discus Throw

Will Jamaica’s Fredrick Dacres throw to his full potential this time around? If so, he has a good chance of getting the Silver with a SB of 68.88. Sweden’s Daniel Stâhl has thrown over 71 this season!

Our other Jamaican Competitor, Traves Smikle has been doing well and so have the Polish duo of Robert Urbanek and Piotr Malachowski.

Lithuania’s Andrius Gudžius and Belgium’s Philip Milanov also have a chance to medal.

What times are the big races? Here is your Schedule up to Tuesday, showing the races you should not miss!

***Usain Bolt will be running the 100m today and God’s willing tomorrow, as well as the 4×100m relay.

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Well that’s your Pre-Champs low down folks. Stay tuned to Suga for more and enjoy the long weekend!

Drink responsibly.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congratulations to the Wimbledon Champs!

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Congratulations to the Wimbledon Champs, Garbiñe Muguruza and Roger Federer!

Muguruza won her 2nd Grand Slam title and 1st Wimbledon Title. After Venus Williams missed a few set point opportunities in the 1st set, she took full advantage of hers, then took full charge in the 2nd set to win 7-5, 6-0.

For the Gentlemen, Marin Cilic, who already has a US Open title, had a good run but didn’t meet any of the big four until the Final with Roger Federer. He called for the trainers when down a set and down 3-0 in the second, visually breaking down in tears. But the trainers didn’t do anything for him until they were called after the second set. They unwrapped his foot and gave him some pills before the 3rd set. He still wasn’t moving as well but didn’t make the Final a complete blowout, as he was able to hold serve towards the end of the set before being broken. He was beaten by Federer, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. In an interview with the Press, he stated that he developed a blister under his foot during the Semi Final that got worse. Regardless of the blister, I think Federer would have still won. It would have probably at least gone to 4 sets but Federer is at the top of his game and I think only Nadal can challenge him at this time.

Roger Federer’s win cemented his name into history as the greatest of all time yesterday by being the Gentleman to win the most Wimbledon titles ever, finally passing the great, Pete Sampras who had 7. He has also stretched his lead for the most Grand Slam titles to 19 over Rafael Nadal’s 15 titles.

Federer also has the chance to end the year as World #1 but is happy with enjoying his victory at Wimbledon at the moment.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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