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Jamaica vs USA in the Gold Cup Final 2017

 

United States vs. Jamaica
2017 Gold Cup Final
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
Wednesday, July 26 – 9:30 p.m. ET
WATCH: FS1, Univision, UDN (USA) | TSN 1/3/4/5 (CAN)

 

This was the final that was not expected by any of the media pundits. They did not expect Jamaica to be in the final. That is understandable though, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz came into the final with none of their established leaders or stars and had a starting team that mainly had either been on the bench that last Gold Cup run or had not even been on the team. Whereas Mexico and USA who have been the longstanding giants of Concacaf were expected to be the finalist. The two giant countries; more resourced, experienced and with decorated players had been the script and narrative to be the finalists.

Jamaica has shocked the football world by making it to the finals, again. We will see who comes out as the victor tonight!

 

 

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JAMAICA DEFEATS MEXICO IN SHOCKER

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz celebrate by praying after Lawrence scored

There was no expectation for Jamaican to beat Mexico, Gold Cup’s top team coming into the semi-finals. Both teams were playing with a lot of players who normally would be on the bench, while stars were playing in other competitions. The commentators were not even mentioning Jamaica in the lead up to the games that they were competing in.

Well as Jamaica coach Theodore Tappa Whitmore stated this match was a “David and Goliath” battle, with Jamaica representing the historic Israelite and biblical youth hero.

The game was hard fought from beginning to end. Both countries took amazing opportunities at goal, with Jamaica’s Andre Blake making some spectacular saves that made him man of the match.
The accuracy of shots on goal was also unexpected, Jamaica achieved a whopping 89% accuracy rate over Mexico’s 79%. Then there was Kemar Lawrence. Lawrence converted a free kick into a curling and dipping ball to go around and over the Mexican wall and score.
This goal propelled Jamaica into the Gold cup final to now face USA on Wednesday.

JA vCAN

Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1  to advance to the semi-finals of the 2017 Gold Cup Football competition. In a game that was filled with energy and Jamaicans bringing a fast pace streaking to Balls at any opportunity, Jamaica won the entertaining match to advance.

Jamaica goalie Andre Blake did a magnificent job of keeping the northern rivals at bay. The Reggae Boyz got a great start when Shaun Francis (pictured above) received a perfect pass from Darren Mattocks to convert for the 1st goal. At the beginning of the 2nd half prolific scorer Romario Williams put Jamaica in a comfortable lead after Mattocks sent him a pass that he capitalized on and put Jamaica up by 2 goals.

Jamaican-Canadian Junior Hoilett scored a goal for Canada with 30 minutes remaining in the game. That gave Canada new energy as they stepped up the attacks. The Jamaican defense anchored by goalie Andre Blake would not allow any more goals.

Jamaica will face regional giant Mexico in the semifinal of the Football Gold Cup 2017 competition. Canada has been eliminated.

photo courtesy of ESPN FC

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. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

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

 

JAMAICA FLAG

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