Football, Cricket and Athletics are the top 3 sports in Jamaica, but lately the Reggae Boys have been struggling, their most recent in a string of defeats coming by the hands (or should I say feet?) of the Asian nation Vietnam. Cricket isn’t in a much better state either, with a very low quality regional tournament and a regional West Indian team who can’t even beat a English club side in a 20/20 match. At least one of the top 3 sports keeps Jamaica’s head high, and continues to do so for decades on end athletics.
The next major athletics championship will be taking place in Osaka Japan from August 25, 2007 – September 2, 2007. I don’t think it is wrong to say that the main competition to Jamaica in athletics is none other than the US of A, it’s not that no other countries are competitive but I am sure that over the years it is obvious that Jamaica and USA are big rivals especially in the sprints. The Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships was held at the National Stadium in Kingston over the last weekend to choose the team for the upcoming games in Japan and what a entertaining meet it was.
Below are some of the athletes to look out for in the upcoming meet in Osaka ^_^
100m Male – Asafa Powell (World Record Holder)
100m Female – Veronica Campbell (Olympic gold Medalist)
200m Male – Usain Bolt (World Junior Record Holder, Jamaica National Record Owner)
200m Female – Veronica Campbell (Olympic gold Medalist)
800m Male – Aldwyn Sappleton
800m Female – Kenia Sinclair
100m hurdles Male – Maurice Wignall
100m hurdles female – Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster-Hylton
400m hurdles Male – Danny McFarlane (Olympic silver Medalist)
400m hurdles Female – Melaine Walker
Triple Jump Female – Trecia Smith
1500m female – Kenia Sinclair
I’ll end this post with the mascot of the 2007 world championships “Traffie”