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KC and Edwin Allen win Boys & Girls Champs

In a great performance, Kingston College has won the 2019 ISSA Boys Championships (Champs 2019) over second place Calabar by almost the same margin as they lost to Calabar last year while Edwin Allen won the Girls Champs 2019 by 7 points over Hydel.

Boys Champs 2019

Not quite the 32-year drought ended by winning the Manning Cup last year, KC was winning Champs for the 32nd time and first time since 2009.  KC also broke the Champs points record with 396.5 points in winning.

Girls Champs 2019

On the girls side, it was Edwin Allen Comprehensive High that continued their dominance, this time with a narrow 7 point win over the impressive Hydel school.  It was their 6th straight title. Hydel protested one of the Edwin Allen relay wins but it was called as an Edwin Allen win.

Congratulations to Edwin Allen and Kingston College and all the great performances by athletes of all the schools.Great champs or was it marred by too many false start controversies?

Talk to me nuh.
Five in a row for Edwin Allen, Seven for dominant Calabar

#Champs2018 is over with Edwin Allen Comprehensive and Calabar winning and retaining the Girls and Boys Champs respectively… Calabar winning early with relays In hand.

The meet saw many records tumble. Great meet though decided early.

 

Girls Champs

  1. Edwin Allen – 324 (last year 316.5)
  2. Hydel – 289 (last year 265)
  3. Holmwood – 285 (last year 243) – was 4th last year
  4. St. Jago – 178 (last year 246) – was third last year
  5. Vere – 105.5 (last year 125.5)

Boys Champs

  1. Calabar – 368.5 (last year 317)
  2. KC – 278 (last year 314)
  3. JC – 224.5 (last year 203)
  4. St. Jago – 146 (last year 157)
  5. STETHS – 95 (last year 114.5)
  6. Wolmers Boys – 94

Congratulations to the youngsters, some of whom may be representing Jamaica (and Uganda, Dominica and other countries?) in the near future..

Talk to me nuh.

USA dominates IAAF World Championships 2017 while Caribbean athletes stutter

The United States athletes soared as the USA dominated the IAAF World Athlethics Championships 2017 in Britain while the Caribbean athletes returned to earth after great past Championships and Olympics showings.

2017 Medal Tally

  • United States – 30 medals – 10 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze
  • Great Britain  & Northern Ireland(host) : 6 medals – 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
  • Caribbean: 9 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze

JAM –  4 medals – 1 gold, 0 silver, 3 bronze
TT  –  2 medals – 1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
BAH –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
CUB –  1 medal  – 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

In 2015, it went like this for the Caribbean:

  • Caribbean:20 medals – 9 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze

JAM – 12 medals – 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze
CUB –  3 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
BAH –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
TT  –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
GRN –  1 medals – 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

Usain Bolt

The track athlete of the past 10 years, Usain Bolt, announced he would retire, that this was his last World Championships and, last year, his last Olympics game.

He entered only the 100M and 4x100M events, finishing a close 3rd in the 100M and pulling up from injury in the 4x100m relay, a disappointing way for him to end a great career…  but we should be happy we had a Usain Bolt, regardless of this end to his career.

The Future

The future may seem grim to many but, having watched the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships the past few years, I expect to see some good talent come out of the Caribbean in the next 2 – 3 years.

Big ups to our athletes and congratulations to all who competed, whether they won medals or not.  And, by the way, Jamaicans and Caribbean people, stop making up stories about the athletes, some really bad stories.  Let’s just accept that they weren’t up to par this time around and hope the ones who remain and the ones who will step up to the table in the future will learn from these Championships.

Monday morning quarterback and soap-box, post-#Champs2017

A huge congratulations to Calabar High and Edwin Allen High for winning Boys and Girls Champs 6 and 4 consecutive times respectively. That’s indeed a great feat. The athletes were the best, they performed well, and their coaches were the best two coaches at the event.

The results on the Boys side was not expected by many, including me BUT I always knew it was a two-horse race between eventual winners Calabar and Kingston College (KC). On the Girls side, I always felt Edwin Allen had too much fire power to be caught but Hydel High, St Jago High, and Holmwood Technical made it quite interesting for most of the championships.

I congratulate ISSA, the TVJ staff, 1SpotMedia, the student athletes, coaches, the great fans, and others for a great championships. As analyst Bruce James said at the end, and I paraphrase,

“This is the best track meet in the world… notice I didn’t say high school?”

.On behalf of Yowlink, I beseech you to come together Jamaicans… Caribbean people, and see how we can impress the world with things like #Champs2017 and the brave kids 11-18 who performed well and hard. Those things build the great nation of Jamaica and their loving, God-fearing, law-biding, competitive citizens. It’s a good place. Let’s not continue to destroy our image with murders, rape, gangs, scams, fights, and nonsense. Lets stomp out the madness with great events and participation like this. Show the world, we can root for different teams and still be “one people”.

I must thank the Yowlink staff for their contribution during the entire #Champs2017.