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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Smith 2020 Olympics Still on the Cards

Tyrone Smith’s season maybe over, but no his career.

www.islandstats.com spoke to Smith about his immediate future, and some of you maybe surprised to hear that the Olympics in 2020 is not out of the picture just yet.

Smith said, “I am preparing for the Indoor Worlds which I qualified for, and then it is on to qualify for the Commonwealth games.”

I know I will not be able to jump 15 times a season, I need to take my time because I am a little older, and if the body stays strong then we will see as you can Qualify for the Olympics a year out so my coach and I will have a plan,” concluded Smith.

Sunday, August 06, 2017
Countdown to Perinchief's Arkansas Season

Jah-Nhai Perinchief’s Arkansas Men’s Track and Field team completed its stacked 2017 signing class recently with the addition of Kingston College Jump prodigy Carey McLeod of Kingston, Jamaica.

While at Kingston College, Carey McLeod broke former KC student-athlete, Clive Pullen’s triple jump program records. Carey McLeod has PR in the event of 15.86m/52-0 1/2. A strong competitor in both horizontal jumps, Carey McLeod earned a pair of gold medals as the 2017 CARIFTA Games U20 long and triple jump champion.

Perinchief, will also perform in the Jumps with a Personal Bests in High Jump of 2.26m, Triple Jump leaping 16.07m and Long Jump leaping 7.58m.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Bermuda Permit Athlete Cleared in Jamaica

Jamaican 400 metres sprinter Riker Hylton who competed in the Bermuda Area Permit meet 2016 has been cleared of any wrongdoing after being accused of deliberately missing a drugs test.

Hylton, winner of a 4x400 metres Relay Bronze Medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, claimed that he had been notified of his provisional suspension after allegedly declining to provide a sample during testing last April.

He was accused of violating Article 2.3 of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Anti-doping Rules 2015 relating to "evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection".

But the 28-year-old insisted that he had not been properly informed about the test and only discovered anything about it after leaving the stadium.

A JADCO Disciplinary Panel upheld the decision and ruled that he had not violated any rules.

Friday, August 04, 2017
Smith Misses Out on Final Spot
Bermuda’s Tyrone Smith missed out on advancing to the Men’s World Track and Field Long Jump Championships Final.

Smith recorded a top leap of 7.88m to miss out on a chance to compete tomorrow.

If there were any doubts over the fitness of Luvo Manyonga, they were quickly dispelled, as the South African qualified for Saturday’s long jump final at the first attempt.

The 26-year-old lightly strained his ankle in winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in June, meaning that, despite having exceeded 8.60m in four competitions in 2017, little was known about his current fitness.

Yet the Olympic silver medallist was the first athlete to jump beyond the 8.05m automatic qualification distance and appeared to show no ill-effects from his six-week absence from competition.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
IAAF Men's Long Jump Preview Featuring Tyrone Smith
Having taken the Silver Medal at last year’s Olympic Games, missing out on Gold by just one centimetre, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga should be heading to this year’s World Championships with high hopes of going one better.

However, thanks to an ankle injury sustained while winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm in June, the 26-year-old hasn’t been able to show any recent form. Securing the world title, which at one point looked like a formality, is therefore no longer quite so certain, despite an African record and world-leading leap of 8.65m to his name alongside three other jumps beyond 8.60m in 2017.

It says a lot for the current crop of jumpers from South Africa that two of Manyonga’s closest challengers hail from that same country.

Ruswahl Samaai leads the IAAF Diamond League standings after winning in Rabat in Manyonga’s absence in July. He also jumped 8.49m in finishing second at the South African Championships in April. Zarck Visser, the 2014 African champion, finished third that day and has since recorded an 8.22m leap.

Bermuda’s Tyrone Smith lies third on this year’s world list with an 8.34m jump, but that was back in May and the 32-year-old has been beyond eight metres on just one occasion since, meaning that it is likely to fall to the trio of jumpers from each of the USA and China to prevent a South African victory.

Jeff Henderson, the man who beat Manyonga to the Olympic title last year, has had a quiet season so far, but following an 8.28m jump at the US Championships in June, he took victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London to complete his preparations in satisfactory fashion.

Jarrion Lawson, who was fourth in Rio, is, perhaps, the best placed US jumper to challenge, winning the US title with a windy 8.49m and finishing second behind Samaai in Rabat with 8.33m, while world indoor champion Marquis Dendy has a successful championship experience on which to draw.

For China, Huang Changzhou, Wang Jianan and Shi Yuhao all have season’s bests within five centimetres of each other, the best of which is Shi’s 8.31m. Yet it is Huang, with a bronze medal from last year’s World Indoors, and Wang, who finished fifth in Rio and who secured bronze in Beijing two years ago, who have the championship pedigree.

The wildcard in London could, perhaps, be 18-year-old Maykel Masso, the Cuban world U20 champion, who has had an inconsistent season, but who has rounded into form at the right time, winning in Madrid with 8.33m only a few weeks ago. Likewise, Aleksandr Menkov, competing as a neutral athlete, took the title in 2013 and lies sixth in the current world list.

Eusebio Caceres, Miltiadis Tentoglou, Michel Torneus, Radek Juska and Damar Forbes have all jumped 8.29m or better this year and could also feature strongly.
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