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There were certainly a few surprises as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday named the country’s team for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, at a press conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston. Thirty females and 25 males will make the trip, but there were at least a couple names that peaked interest.

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The female team is headed by Olympic double sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, multiple world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 2015 world champion and Diamond League 100 metre hurdles winner, Danielle Williams.

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The female team is headed by Olympic double sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, multiple world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and 2015 world champion and Diamond League 100 metre hurdles winner, Danielle Williams.

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On the male side, defending 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod and Commonwealth Games discus champion Fedrick Dacres will carry the bulk of the heavy lifting where medal expectations are concerned.

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However, while those names were quite expected, the provisional selection of embattled double World Under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams and the addition of quarter-miler Nathon Allen came as a major surprise

Williams, who was third at the National Senior Championships in the women’s 100 metres in June, is set to face the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on September 23, 24, and 25, after an anti-doping violation at Trials

With the World Championships beginning on September 27, and competition in the women’s 100m scheduled to commence a day later, it would take an extraordinary turnaround for the 17-year-old to make it, this, of course, if she is cleared of any fault. Decisions are normally returned weeks after a hearing ends

In any event, JAAA boss Dr Warren Blake is leaving all cards on the table

“We took into consideration that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, and so we have decided to include her (Williams) provisionally in the team,” said Blake

Both Akeem Bloomfield and Allen were named in the team, with Bloomfield down to compete in the 400 metres and 4x400m and Allen listed as a reserve in the 400 metres and as a member of the 4x400m relay team

Bloomfield no surprise Despite only competing in the 200m at the Trials, Bloomfield, the number-one-ranked Jamaican quarter-miler, was selected for the 400 metres. While his inclusion was not a surprise having met the criterion of attending the National Senior Championships, Allen’s addition also raised a few eyebrows

Blake also had an answer for this

The persons who competed had no good time (qualifying time) and Allen is one of three Jamaicans to run sub-45 seconds this season and he was at the Championships and was ready to run, but withdrew at the last minute due to injury concerns, and, therefore, he got a medical exemption,” said Blake

Of note, the inclusion of sprint hurdler, Williams, who got a wild card from the IAAF after winning the Diamond League final, allowed the JAAA to name a fourth athlete for the event

Williams and the JAAA were embroiled in controversy after a false start fiasco at Trials

She was originally declared ineligible for selection but the matter was essentially settled when that position was softened by the JAAA. Williams, who lowered the national record to 12.32 seconds, has been the form sprint hurdler in the world and is now the clear favourite for the top podium spot in the event in Doha

Her coach, Lennox Graham, spoke to The Gleaner minutes after her selection was confirmed

The focus now is on three more races, nothing else,” said Graham.”The approach so far is we have taken each race on its merit as the focus is to get technically better, and we don’t try to get too far ahead of ourselves. She has broken the national record, and I am happy, but that doesn’t matter when you go to the World Championships, and that is where the focus is. We try to keep it very simple as she has been there before, and four years ago, she was the most unlikely winner, so it is just one day at a time,” Graham said

Meanwhile, Thompson along with Fraser-Pryce and Shanieka Ricketts, will also be expected to push for medals at the championships. Fraser-Pryce and Thompson, who will both double at the event, both share the 10.73 seconds world leading time in the 100m, while Thompson’s 22.00 seconds makes her the second fastest in the 200 metres, behind the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo 21.74 seconds, who will not contest the event in Doha

Ricketts’ personal best of 14.93 metres is at number two in the triple jump so far this year, behind leader, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela (15.41m). On the male side, Dacres’ personal best of 70.78 metres done at the Rabat Diamond League has him at number two in the discus event, just behind world leader Daniel Stahl (71.86m), while McLeod, who got a wild card entry after winning two years ago, stands at number four in the 110-metres hurdles with his 13.07 seconds. Also at yesterday’s press conference, the JAAA was presented with sponsorship of $21M , which include $8M from GraceKennedy, sponsors of the one week training camp and $13M from the Government, with Minister of Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange making the announcement

 

FemalesElaine Thompson – 100m, 200m, 4x100mShelly-Ann Fraser Pryce – 100m, 200m, 4x100mBrianna Williams – 100m, 4x100mJonielle Smith – 100M (reserve), 4x100mNatalliah Whyte – 4x100mNatasha Morrison – 4x100mSchillone Calvert- Powell – 200m, 4x100mShashalee Forbes – 4×100, 200m (reserve)Shericka Jackson- 400m, 4x400mAnastasia Leroy – 400m, 4x400mRoneisha McGregor – 400m (reserve), 4x400mTiffany James – 4x400mShiann Salmon – 400m Hurdles, 4x400mJanieve Russell – 400m Hurdles (reserve), 4x400mNatoya Goule – 800m, 4x400mAshia Praught Leer – 1500mDanielle Williams– 100m HurdlesJaneek Brown – 100m HurdlesMegan Tapper – 100m HurdlesYanique Thompson – 100m HurdlesRushell Clayton – 400m HurdlesRhonda Whyte – 400m HurdlesTisanna Hickling – Long JumpChanice Porter – Long JumpShanieke Ricketts – Triple JumpShadae Lawrence – DiscusShanice Love – DiscusDanniel Thomas Dodd – Shot Put

 

MalesYohan Blake – 100m, 200m, 4x100mTyquendo Tracy – 100m, 4x100Rasheed Dwyer – 100m, 200m, 4x100mJulian Forte – 4x100mOshane Bailey – 4x100mAndre Ewars – 100m (reserve), 200m, 4x100mAkeem Bloomfield – 200m (reserve), 400m, 4x400mDemish Gaye – 400m, 4x400mTerry Thomas – 4x400mJavon Francis – 4x400mRusheen McDonald – 400m, 4x400mDevaughn Baker – 4x400mNathon Allen – 400m (reserve), 4x400mDemar Murray – 4x400mOmar McLeod – 110m HurdlesRonald Levy – 110m Hurdles

Orlando Bennett – 110m HurdlesAndrew Riley – 110m HurdlesKemar Mowatt – 400m HurdlesTajay Gayle – Long JumpJordon Scott – Triple JumpFredrick Dacres – DiscusTraves Smikle – Discus Chad Wright – DiscusO’Dayne Richards – Shot Put

Management TeamLincol Eatmon – Team managerDonald QuarrieTechnical leaderMaurice WilsonHead coachPaul Francis – CoachJulian Robinson – CoachDavid Riley – CoachJerry Holness – CoachBert Cameron – CoachPatrick Dawson – CoachGavin JamesMassage therapistCollin TurnerMassage therapistOkeile StewartMassage therapistRomario BarrettMassage therapistAlvin GreenMassage therapist

Marie Tavares – Assistant team managerDionne Hemmings McCatty – Assistant team

managerDr Paula Dawson – Team doctorDr Joann Brown – Physiotherapist

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There were certainly a few surprises as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday named the country’s team for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, at a press conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston. Thirty females and 25 males will make the trip, but there were at least a couple of names that piqued interest

The female team is headed by Olympic double sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, multiple world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and 2015 world champion and Diamond League 100 metre hurdles winner, Danielle Williams

On the male side, defending 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod and Commonwealth Games discus champion Fedrick Dacres will carry the bulk of the heavy lifting where medal expectations are concerned

However, while those names were quite expected, the provisional selection of embattled double World Under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams and the addition of quarter-miler Nathon Allen came as a major surprise

Williams, who was third at the National Senior Championships in the women’s 100 metres in June, is set to face the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on September 23, 24, and 25, after an anti-doping violation at Trials

With the World Championships beginning on September 27, and competition in the women’s 100m scheduled to commence a day later, it would take an extraordinary turnaround for the 17-year-old to make it, this, of course, if she is cleared of any fault. Decisions are normally returned weeks after a hearing ends

In any event, JAAA boss Dr Warren Blake is leaving all cards on the table

“We took into consideration that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, and so we have decided to include her (Williams) provisionally in the team,” said Blake

Both Akeem Bloomfield and Allen were named in the team, with Bloomfield down to compete in the 400 metres and 4x400m and Allen listed as a reserve in the 400 metres and as a member of the 4x400m relay team

Bloomfield no surprise Despite only competing in the 200m at the Trials, Bloomfield, the number-one-ranked Jamaican quarter-miler, was selected for the 400 metres. While his inclusion was not a surprise having met the criterion of attending the National Senior Championships, Allen’s addition also raised a few eyebrows

Blake also had an answer for this

The persons who competed had no good time (qualifying time) and Allen is one of three Jamaicans to run sub-45 seconds this season and he was at the Championships and was ready to run, but withdrew at the last minute due to injury concerns, and, therefore, he got a medical exemption,” said Blake

Of note, the inclusion of sprint hurdler, Williams, who got a wild card from the IAAF after winning the Diamond League final, allowed the JAAA to name a fourth athlete for the event

Williams and the JAAA were embroiled in controversy after a false start fiasco at Trials

She was originally declared ineligible for selection but the matter was essentially settled when that position was softened by the JAAA. Williams, who lowered the national record to 12.32 seconds, has been the form sprint hurdler in the world and is now the clear favourite for the top podium spot in the event in Doha

Her coach, Lennox Graham, spoke to The Gleaner minutes after her selection was confirmed

The focus now is on three more races, nothing else,” said Graham.”The approach so far is we have taken each race on its merit as the focus is to get technically better, and we don’t try to get too far ahead of ourselves. She has broken the national record, and I am happy, but that doesn’t matter when you go to the World Championships, and that is where the focus is. We try to keep it very simple as she has been there before, and four years ago, she was the most unlikely winner, so it is just one day at a time,” Graham said

Meanwhile, Thompson along with Fraser-Pryce and Shanieka Ricketts, will also be expected to push for medals at the championships. Fraser-Pryce and Thompson, who will both double at the event, both share the 10.73 seconds world leading time in the 100m, while Thompson’s 22.00 seconds makes her the second fastest in the 200 metres, behind the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo 21.74 seconds, who will not contest the event in Doha

Ricketts’ personal best of 14.93 metres is at number two in the triple jump so far this year, behind leader, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela (15.41m). On the male side, Dacres’ personal best of 70.78 metres done at the Rabat Diamond League has him at number two in the discus event, just behind world leader Daniel Stahl (71.86m), while McLeod, who got a wild card entry after winning two years ago, stands at number four in the 110-metres hurdles with his 13.07 seconds. Also at yesterday’s press conference, the JAAA was presented with sponsorship of $21M , which include $8M from GraceKennedy, sponsors of the one week training camp and $13M from the Government, with Minister of Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange making the announcement

 

FemalesElaine Thompson – 100m, 200m, 4x100mShelly-Ann Fraser Pryce – 100m, 200m, 4x100mBrianna Williams – 100m, 4x100mJonielle Smith – 100M (reserve), 4x100mNatalliah Whyte – 4x100mNatasha Morrison – 4x100mSchillone Calvert- Powell – 200m, 4x100mShashalee Forbes – 4×100, 200m (reserve)Shericka Jackson- 400m, 4x400mAnastasia Leroy – 400m, 4x400mRoneisha McGregor – 400m (reserve), 4x400mTiffany James – 4x400mShiann Salmon – 400m Hurdles, 4x400mJanieve Russell – 400m Hurdles (reserve), 4x400mNatoya Goule – 800m, 4x400mAshia Praught Leer – 1500mDanielle Williams– 100m HurdlesJaneek Brown – 100m HurdlesMegan Tapper – 100m HurdlesYanique Thompson – 100m HurdlesRushell Clayton – 400m HurdlesRhonda Whyte – 400m HurdlesTisanna Hickling – Long JumpChanice Porter – Long JumpShanieke Ricketts – Triple JumpShadae Lawrence – DiscusShanice Love – DiscusDanniel Thomas Dodd – Shot Put

 

MalesYohan Blake – 100m, 200m, 4x100mTyquendo Tracy – 100m, 4x100Rasheed Dwyer – 100m, 200m, 4x100mJulian Forte – 4x100mOshane Bailey – 4x100mAndre Ewars – 100m (reserve), 200m, 4x100mAkeem Bloomfield – 200m (reserve), 400m, 4x400mDemish Gaye – 400m, 4x400mTerry Thomas – 4x400mJavon Francis – 4x400mRusheen McDonald – 400m, 4x400mDevaughn Baker – 4x400mNathon Allen – 400m (reserve), 4x400mDemar Murray – 4x400mOmar McLeod – 110m HurdlesRonald Levy – 110m Hurdles

Orlando Bennett – 110m HurdlesAndrew Riley – 110m HurdlesKemar Mowatt – 400m HurdlesTajay Gayle – Long JumpJordon Scott – Triple JumpFredrick Dacres – DiscusTraves Smikle – Discus Chad Wright – DiscusO’Dayne Richards – Shot Put

Management TeamLincol Eatmon – Team managerDonald QuarrieTechnical leaderMaurice WilsonHead coachPaul Francis – CoachJulian Robinson – CoachDavid Riley – CoachJerry Holness – CoachBert Cameron – CoachPatrick Dawson – CoachGavin JamesMassage therapistCollin TurnerMassage therapistOkeile StewartMassage therapistRomario BarrettMassage therapistAlvin GreenMassage therapist

Marie Tavares – Assistant team managerDionne Hemmings McCatty – Assistant team

managerDr Paula Dawson – Team doctorDr Joann Brown – Physiotherapist

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