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2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Final – Women’s 100m Final – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 13/08/2016. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) of Jamaica celebrates after winning the bronze medal after the 100m womens final.

              She is called the Pocket Rocket, the Jamaican athlete who hails from Wolmer’s Girls High school burst on the scene in 2008 when she won her 1st Olympic gold medal which would be the beginning of a career that included 4 World Championships and 2 Gold medals  (making her the undisputed 100m track queen of her generation). All of this success for a woman sprinter was already historic. Throughout this period her contagiously wonderful smile, humble spirit and constant positive Christian references made her a fan favourite.

            Coming into the Rio Olympics  there was a lot of hype to the fact that she could do what no woman in history has ever done and that is win the Olympic gold a 3rd time. Fraser-Pryce had made the Jamaica Olympic team, however she was injured, she had suffered a toe injury earlier in the year and many thought she would not have made it to Rio. She even won her heats and the semi-final, however when she completed the Semi-final she was clearly in pain, so much show she bent over crying. She had to be helped off the track. The pressure was on.

              Then came the final. Shelly burst out of the blocks, a bit slower than her norm, ten seconds later she crossed the line 3rd with her teammate Elaine Thompson from Jamaica coming in 1st. Fraser-Pryce ran through the pain to achieve the medal. Although clearly disappointing Fraser-Pryce showed amazing grace by immediately hugging the winner in what seemed an  extremely sincere embrace and celebrating with her. She even stated later that this was her favourite medal for all that she had to battle to achieve this.

               By coming 3rd Fraser-Pryce has exhibited the best of the human spirit in such a situation. She already was a legend for all she had done, now she has taken everything to another level. Thank you Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Here is more of what she said after the race.

“Jamaica is officially on the medal count! The ceremony for the 100m final will be at approximately 7:15pm……
When God remains faithful and gave you more than you could ask for. We don’t get To pick our battles and that’s ok. But you get to give it everything you have. My greatest accomplishment Is showing up at that line and feeling thankful for the opportunity. I witness Elaine taking her moment and I’m happy because she deserves it, A time and season for everyone so take your bow. It will be a pleasure to stand on the podium with you. To my family both in blood and in Christ, Your prayers were my strength and your belief carried me the extra mile. I could not quit because it’s not in me. In the good and the ugly, I will always show up. To my sponsors, thank you for standing with me. My friends and my fans, you never stopped believing so why should I. Sometimes when we believe we have something to lose we actually have everything to gain. It was a ‪#‎PrycelessJourney‬!”

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMAICA LAND OF MY BIRTH
 
BY Jason Walker
 
Today JAMAICA is 53. It is a moment of blessing and happiness for those of us born in, descendant of and love Jamaica. It is also a time to share that happiness with those who love Jamaica although not born in the land of wood and water. There are many reasons to be proud of our young small nation and the peoples who have been brought forth from this nation that have put a stamp on human history. All this has been done while facing seemingly insurmountable odds from the first moment Europeans destroyed the aboriginal people in Jamaica, to the Africans fighting against slavery and having limited success against the most far-reaching holocaust in human history, to the influencing of PAn African thought through Marcus Garvey & Rastafarians and the infectuous Reggae music and powerful contirbutions in the areas of human rights, progressive thought, academia, Christian service, athletics and so much more.
 
We have done all this while dealing with challenges from both outside and inside of our communities and creating a Diaspora that by all estimates doubles our population on the island. I would like to see as a present on this 53rd year, all Jamaicans really coming together with a mindset of always supporting people and things Jamaican in positive realms and to use all these areas of GODly anointing that we show so successfully to truly make us advance in every area so that we not only benefit ourselves, but the whole human race.
 
Happy Birthday Jamaica to all Jamaicans, those of Jamaican descent and those who love Jamaica
 
National Pledge
 
Before God and all mankind, 
I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, 
the wisdom and courage of my mind, 
the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; 
I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, 
to work diligently and creatively, 
to think generously and honestly, 
so that Jamaica may, under God, 
increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, 
and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

 

WYLCEF JEAN SITS WITH JASON SKYWALKER ON CROSSOVER MEDIA

Wyclef Jean and Jason Sky Walker

Wyclef Jean and Jason Sky Walker by Tiffanny Stennett

          Jason Sky Walker had a sit down with hip hop legend and superstar Wyclef Jean for Cross Over Media TV. On this archived podcast the producer, artist, politician, and author speaks on many topics including the Haiti earthquake, his career, the Fugees, his book, family and more.

          Play the video to watch this interview from one of the most talented and successful artists to come from the Caribbean. Please feel free to comment and give feedback.

SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE AND USAIN BOLT NAMED ATHLETES OF THE YEAR REPRESENTING JAMAICA

SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE AND USAIN BOLT NAMED ATHLETES OF THE YEAR REPRESENTING JAMAICA

USAIN BOLT AND SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE NAMED WORLD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

JAMAICA BECOMES THE 3RD COUNTRY IN HISTORY THAT THE HAS THE AWARD FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN (USA AND BRITAIN PRECEDED)

Usain Bolt (JAMAICA) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAMAICA) were today named the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year for 2013.

Bolt, who won the award for the fifth time, and Fraser-Pryce, a first-time winner, received their trophies at this evening’s IAAF World Athletics Gala held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté.

The awards were hosted by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the Male and Female winners.

Both athletes will also receive a prize of US$100,000.

Usain Bolt, 27, previously the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully defended both his 100m and 200m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, winning the latter final in a 2013 world-leading time of 19.66.

He concluded his World Championships by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to the gold medals in the 4x100m Relay. Bolt won 10 out of his 11 100m races (including heats), and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m.

“This season will be the one to go for the (200m) World record,” announced Bolt.

“I want to get ready to attack the World record,” he added, hinting that below 19 seconds was the target.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 26, regained her 100m title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, winning in 10.71 which remained the fastest time of the year. After having run the fastest time of the year in the 200m, 22.13 at the Jamaican championships in June, she went on to win the gold medal over the longer distance in Moscow.

Like her compatriot Bolt, she also anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to victory, a national record and the second fastest time in history.

“I’m shocked and excited. It’s something that has been a dream of mine,” said a delighted Fraser-Pryce. The graduate of Wolmer’s Girls High School becomes the second Jamaican woman to win, after Merlene Ottey in 1990.

“Not all the time do things happen that we want to happen, but this did,” she added.

Other awards

IAAF RISING STAR AWARD
Mary Cain (USA)

Cain, 17, has set numerous US junior and high school middle-distance records and age-bests since the start of the year and became the youngest athlete ever to represent the USA at the IAAF World Championships after qualifying for the 1500m, making the final in Moscow.

She ran 800m in 1:59.51 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene to become the first US youth, junior or high school female runner to go under two minutes and improved the US junior 1500m record by almost five seconds when she ran 4:04.62 this summer.

IAAF COACHING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alberto Salazar (USA)

Salazar was an outstanding distance runner in the 1980s, winning the New York City Marathon on three consecutive occasions from 1980-1982. He also won the 1982 Boston Marathon and finished second at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

As a coach based in Oregon, Salazar has guided the career of Great Britain’s double Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships gold medallist Mo Farah as well as a host of top US international runners including Galen Rupp and IAAF Rising Star of the Year Mary Cain.

IAAF WORLD JOURNALIST AWARD
Gianni Merlo (ITA)

Merlo is a journalist with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport and has also been the President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the global body representing sports journalists, since 2005.

MALE MASTERS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Charles Allie (USA)

Competing in the M65 division, Allie broke outdoor World records in the 200m and 400m this year, running 24.65 and 56.09 respectively and set an indoor world best of 25.41 in the 200m.

FEMALE MASTERS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Christa Bortignon (CAN)

Bortignon, competing in the W75 category, won eight gold medals at the 2013 World Masters Athletics Championships. She holds six W75 World records.

IAAF HALL OF FAME – 2013 INDUCTEES

Harrison Dillard
Marjorie Jackson
Hannes Kolehmainen
Natalya Lisovskaya
Svetlana Masterkova
Noureddine Morceli
Parry O’Brien
Marie-José Pérec
Viktor Saneyev
Yuriy Sedykh
Daley Thompson
Grete Waitz

Courtesy of IAAF

VOTE FOR USAIN BOLT  IN THE ESPY AWARDS

VOTE FOR USAIN BOLT IN THE ESPY AWARDS

VOTE NOW FOR IN THE BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE CATEGORY OF TH# ‘S 2013 ESPY AWARDS. CLICK HERE ————> https://www.facebook.com/United.For.Jamiaca

The Espy Awards are giving a rare nod to a Non-US athlete and they have chosen the most popular athlete in the world and the most accomplished 100 metre and 200 metre sprinter in history, Usain St. Leo Bolt. The way it works though, is  the winner is chosen by how many votes he or she gets. So I am encouraging you to click on the link to get to a link to vote for Usain Bolt. ———-> https://www.facebook.com/United.For.Jamiaca

Thank you

JASON WALKER

Jamaica beats USA in Football World Cup Qualifier
David topples Goliath
Friday the 7th of September 2012 will go down in Caribbean sports history in infamy. On a lukewarm evening in Jamaica at Independence Park, also known as the National Stadium and popularly known as the “Office”, The US national football team lost for the first time in 43 years to a Caribbean team in a game that mattered. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz had defeated the regional super power after 90 minutes of solid play, scoring 2 goals to 1.
There were immediate celebrations at the stadium, throughout the city of Kingston, throughout Jamaica and several places in the Diaspora wherever Jamaicans were. The Euphoria extended far and wide as social media and other internet manifestations were ablaze with celebratory posts about the game.
You ask yourself why this was so important and we are not even in the final stage of the World Cup in 2014, much less in the finals? Well to answer that question one has to look at various factors.
• One factor is history. AS mentioned before The United States has not lost a game that mattered to Caribbean nation in 43 years. That was a 1-0 s loss to Haiti on May 11 back in 1969. The United States lost to Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 in 2008 however the US had already advanced to the next round. The United States stepped into the game having only 4 points in the round and as such needing to add to their point total since this was the half way point of this round
• In 18 tries Jamaica had never won over the US. There were several draws through these periods.
• Of the roughly 40 countries in the region, the United States has perennially been the number 2 team behind Mexico (One of the World’s best teams).
• The US put and has considerable resources to put towards their football program which creates platforms for raising the quality of the team. There is no other country in the region that has the ability to throw such resources to their football programs. The US being an economic powerhouse gives the country an extreme advantage to draw and naturalize some of the best players in the world, pay some of the best teams to play against their team to elevate the quality of the National side, and to build a powerful football program from the ground (children) up.
• Also on the Jamaican side the coach Theodore Whitmore and most of the players come from very humble beginnings and became stars in Jamaica and not outside Jamaica, showing that the little island is able to produce international level competitors and does not need to depend on the outside.
• The US has qualified several times for the final stage of the World Cup. Jamaica has only done so once
• And yes 2012 marks Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence. Also the game follows a historic performance by the Jamaica Olympics team in the London Olympics of 2012.
As such we are going to hear the saying “David slays Goliath”, “Small Axe Falls Big Tree” and of course “we might be small but we Tallawah”! The US was without a couple of their stars, but so was Jamaica. The US still had Tim Howard, one of the best goalies in the world and Clinton Dempsey who turned out to be one of the best scorers in the world. As for Jamaica, Luton Shelton is a home grown scoring machine who scored the winning goal with Rudolph Austin who scored and destroyed the mid field. Goalie Dwayne Miller needs special mention for great play.
In terms of the rest of the round Jamaica plays the United States on Tuesday September 11, followed by Antigua & Barbuda and then Guatemala. We should survive and advance. However whether we win or lose the next US game we must never forget how special and beautiful this victory at home over the US was.
Congrats Reggae Boyz!
Jason Walker

Jamaica VS USA World Cup Qualifier in Kingston

In a David vs Goliath clash Jamaica is taking on the one of the region;s powerhouses in Football in the US. The game will be played at home in the “Office” AKA the National Stadium Today Friday September 7. This is a World Cup Qualifier where Jamaica is tied atop their group with the USA.

Jamaica VS USA Courtesy of Cocacaf


Below are reports from Jamaica Football Federation and Concacaf

Darren Mattocks, the most exciting first year player in the MLS and the man considered the leading candidate for rookie of the year award in the league, was yesterday named to a Reggae Boyz squad of 24 for an encounter with the United States in group World Cup qualifier at ‘the Office on Friday September 7.

The soon to be 22-year-old made his national team debut on August 15 in a friendly international against El Salvador coming on as second half substitute in Jamaica’s 2-0 win. While he did not find the back of the net Mattocks, has an excellent record as a goal scorer, finding the target 39 times from 47 appearances for Akron University over a two-year period.
His outstanding performances saw him being drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps in January with the second overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The skillful and speedy six-footer has not disappointed scoring seven goals in 13 games, the most for his team and the most as a rookie. He has taken the second most shots for his team and has 14 shots in all on goal for a conversion rate of 50 per cent of shots on goal.

Also included in the squad is the country’s new central defensive pair of Reading’s Adrian Mariappa and Watford’s Nyron Nosworthy. Both played together at Watford before Mariappa’s off-season move to the Premier League club. Both made their national debut together in a 1-0 win over Guyana at the Catherine Hall Stadium. This encounter will mark their fifth game together for the country.

Rodolph Austin, who earned the status of cult hero after just one game for Leeds United with a performance which saw him bossing the midfield breaking up tackles, spraying passes forward and testing the opposing goalkeeper with a few long-ranged shots, is also included and is expected to be the engine of the team’s midfield.

The Turkey-based Luton Shelton after his double strike against El Salvador, his first goals since the Gold Cup last June, should be full of confidence and eager to extend his record as the country’s leading scorer. His partnership with Ryan Johnson, the man who assisted on both of his strikes against El Salvador should also serve the team well.

Jamaica are seeking to take over the leadership of group A as despite the fact that both teams are on four points after two games in the four-team group, they are being edged out of first place by the United States which have a superior goal difference.

The full squad: Goalkeepers – Dwayne Miller (Syrianska, Sweden), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen, Norway), Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United, Jamaica); Defenders – Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo USA), Adrian Mariappa (Reading FC England), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC, Canada), Andrae Campbell (Nottodden SK, Norway), Nyron Nosworthy (Watford FC England), Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact Canada), Lovel Palmer (Portland Timbers USA), O’Brian Woodbine (VPS Vaasa Finland); Midfielders – Rodolph Austin (Leeds, England), Je-Vaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo, USA), Errol Stevens (Arnett Gardens FC, Jamaica), Jason Morrison (Aalesund, Norway), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United Jamaica), Joel Senior (Harbour View Jamaica); Forwards – Luton Shelton (Karabukspor), Turkey, Ryan Johnson (Toronto FC, Canada), Kavin Bryan (Vicem Hai Phong, Vietnam), Dane Richards (Vancouver Whitecaps Canada), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids UA), Tramaine Stewart (Aalesund Norway), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps Canada)

By Michael Lewis
CONCACAF.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Winless in 18 tries against the United States, Jamaica is determined to see that streak end – and do it in World Cup qualifying.

Tied with the Americans atop Group A in the CONCACAF semifinal round of qualifying with four points apiece, Jamaica can also boost its chances of reaching the final round of qualifying with a win Friday night.

The U.S. limps in without two key players, midfielders Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, and their most dangerous attacker, Clint Dempsey not match fit. It only adds to the Jamaicans’ confidence.

“Even if those guys were in the lineup, I still think we can beat them,” Jamaica striker Ryan Johnson said. “They’re human, just like the rest of us. It’s all about the team that comes out to play on that day because anything can happen.

“I am very confident in the players that we have here. A lot of people know us. A lot of people still don’t know about a lot of players on our team and how really good they are. It’s on us to show it on that day. There’s been a lot of talk leading up to this game. But now is the time for us to show. ”

In fact, the Jamaica feels this is its time to qualify for their second World Cup, joining the group that went to France in 1998.

“A lot of players are in their prime,” Johnson said. “We just have a good team. We have everything that we need. We have speed, we have technical ability, experience. Those are the main things you need to be a good football team. We have everything. It’s all about of us executing on that day. . . .. I don’t think they’re a better team than us on paper.”

Forward Omar Cummings said coach Theodore Whitmore has prepared the team for this moment.

“A lot of people don’t recognize with what we’ve done or the accomplishments that we’ve made over the last couple of years,” he said.

For the Americans, they have never won a qualifier in Jamaica, trying all four matches – including three goalless draws.

“We are prepared. We are ready to do the job on Friday,” Whitmore said. “We can expect a tough game from the U.S. team on Friday night. We have to be organized and keep the ball and take our chances.”

The last time these two teams met, the United States won 2-0 in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.

“It was a lot of lessons,” Whitmore said. “We know what cost us the game against this U.S. team in the Gold Cup. Bradley was the one who dominated the game against us in the Gold Cup. Unfortunately, he’s out.”

A win would help the Caribbean side in many ways, from confidence to being more settled for Tuesday’s rematch in Columbus, Ohio.

“If we can take care of business here, the game coming up it could take the pressure off us a little bit,” Johnson said. “If we win this game, maybe we can go into the U.S. and get a point. If we win again, that would be huge.”

It also would have some ancillary benefits.

“It would be a gift for us to celebrate our 50th year,” Whitmore said, referring to the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Britain this year.

Anniversary celebrations were held at National Stadium, the Reggae Boyz’ home field, which is better known to fans as The Office. The Jamaicans held a 50-game unbeaten streak at the stadium from 1995-2001 and opponents still find it a difficult place to play.

“In any office, the boss is in charge,” Whitmore said. “That’s how we get the name The Office because we are hard to beat here, especially in my time. We want to maintain that.”