Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Recently promoted Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division team, Malick Secondary started very brightly but have fallen on hard times, going from challenging for a top spot to trying to see how best to stave off relegation.

On Saturday, Malick’s freefall continued after a 4-1 loss to Pleasantville Secondary dropped them from 11th to 12th in the tables. That 11th-place stop was following Wednesday’s 5-1 schellacking from St Augustine.

At the other end of the table, Naparima College kept winning as they have to, beating Trinity College East 3-0. Naparima College have to keep winning because after eight games they have 20 points while St Anthony’s College, in second, have 17 points from just seven games.

St Anthony’s maintained the pressure despite a 2-2 draw

Naparima do have some more breathing room though, as St Anthony’s were closer in the last round where they beat St Benedict’s 2-1. On Saturday though, a 2-2 draw against East Mucurapo Secondary puts them three points adrift of Naparima.

Presentation College also showed they weren’t going anywhere this season and could be in the title race come season’s end by pulling off a 2-1 win over San Juan North Secondary. That win puts them on 16 points from seven games, four points off the top spot.

Carapichaima East Secondary have settled into the middle of the table their fifth place spot courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Queen’s Royal College (QRC).

QRC are in seventh place on 10 points from seven games, just behind Pleasantville on the same number.

San Juan North are on seven points and in 10th position.

In other games on Saturday, St Benedict’s College earned just their second win of the competition after seven games, handing Speyside Secondary a 1-0 defeat, while the topsy turvy season of a certain St Mary’s College continued to have more downs than ups after a 5-0 hammering from Trinity College East.Trinity College East find themselves eighth in the table while their namesakes, Trinity College East are struggling even more and find themselves struggling at the foot of the table on four points.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts, who fulfilled the promise of an excellent season by mining silver at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics points out that her rise to the podium was a long time in coming and therefore satisfying.

“I am very pleased, this is my third World Championships and the first time I am standing on a podium so I am pleased,” she told Trackalerts TV in an interview after her historic feat.

Ricketts became the first Jamaican woman to mine a silver medal at in the triple jump at the World Championships after a leap of 14.92 metres put her second to Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, whose 15.37 could not be challenged.

The Jamaican also finished ahead of a legend of the triple jump in Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen, 14.73, and the personal best of her fourth-placed teammate, the veteran Kimberly Williams, 14.64.

“There’ve been so many disappointments in years gone by and to finally deliver on the world stage makes me very happy,” said Ricketts.

Despite the long time in coming, Ricketts is not resting on her laurels and believes there is more she can do still.

“In some of the jumps I was having a little trouble with my third phase,” she said, thinking back to what she could have done better and what she needs to improve going forward.

“Despite that, there is not much really to complain about tonight,” she said.

Ricketts is also very aware that she has not achieved her lofty heights alone and that her successes have everything to do with those who have supported her.

“I have an amazing team. It’s been my husband [Kerry Lee Ricketts], Mr Peart, Brad yap, My chiropractor, they’ve all done a fantastic job of making sure I peak at the right times and that showed in my performances this year,” she said.

Ricketts produced a high-level series during her silver-medal run.

She had distances of 14.81, 14.76, 14.92, 14.72, 14.82, and a no jump and explained what led to the consistency in the distances and even the no jump after sher silver medal had already been sewn up.

“I wanted to give it my all. I was still trying to jump 15 metres,” she said.

Jamaica’s men, like their women in the 4x400-metre final in Doha, Qatar on Sunday look for all intents set to come off second best after heats on Saturday, the penultimate day of the IAAF World Championships of Athletics painted a very clear picture.

Running in heat two of the event, the Jamaican team of Akeem Bloomfield, Nathon Allen, Terry Ricardo Thomas, and Javon Francis, clocked 3:00.76 seconds to win ahead of Belgium, 3:00.87, and Trinidad and Tobago, 3:01.35.

The makeup of the Jamaican team may improve that time with 400-metre fourth-place finisher Demish Gaye still to come in, however, heat one with a United States team, including Tyrell Richard, Vernon Norwood, Wilbert London, and Nathan Strother, was much faster, clocking 2:59.89 seconds to win by a city block.

The next team, Colombia, finished in 3:01.06 a new national record, while Italy’s 3:01.60 was good enough for third and a spot in the final.

There was one non-automatic qualifier in each of the heats, with Great Britain and Northern Ireland holding onto one with a time of 3:01.96 seconds and France, 3:01.40, the other.

The US team still has the luxury of using Fred Kerley and Michael Norman, two of the fastest men over 400 metres in the world.

The other Caribbean interest is the T&T team of Asa Guevera, Jereem Richards, Darren Alfred,  and Deon Lendore. While the time of 3:01.35 was not impressive, the addition of Machel Cedenio in the final may mean that team gets in the mix for a medal. Cedenio looked impressive in qualifying for the final of the individual 400, but faded badly under a blistering pace set by the Bahamas Steven Gardiner, but his quality in a relay is notorious.

The final of the men’s 4x400 takes place on Sunday at 1:30pm.

The United States will go into tomorrow’s IAAF World Championships of Athletics Women’s 4x400-metre finals as understandable favourites after bettering the qualification of Jamaica’s team by more than half a second.

During Saturday’s penultimate day, the Jamaican team of Roneisha McGregor, Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson clocked a world lead, 3:23.67 seconds to win heat one of the 4x400s.

The Jamaicans beat back the challenge of Poland, 3:25.78, and Canada, 3:25.86. Fourth in the heat were the Netherlands, who qualified in a non-automatic spot with a time of 3:27.48 seconds.

While that team may strengthen for Sunday’s final, the race was tight until the final leg where McPherson showed her class in pulling away from her rivals and the second heat put things in perspective.

Jamaica’s World Lead would only last five minutes, as the United States won the second in 3:22.96, the team of Jessica Beard, Allyson Felix, Kendal Ellis, and Courtney Okolo stamping their authority on an event they have rarely lost.

That team, which will also strengthen, was far better than a chasing pack with no close encounters anywhere. Great Britain and Northern Ireland led that chasing pack to clock 3:24.99 seconds, while the Ukraine were third in 3:26.57 seconds. There was one non-automatic qualifier in the heat, as Belgium ran 3:26.58 seconds for fourth.

The finals take place on Sunday at 1:15 pm Jamaica time.

Former Olympic Champion Trinidad & Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott and Grenada’s Anderson Peters are set for a showdown for medal placings after the heats of the Javelin at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

Peters, solidly on the rise in the javelin, took two attempts to get past the automatic qualification mark throwing the javelin out to 85.34 metres after an 82.06 loosener.

Walcott threw less, his automatic qualification throw reaching out to 84.44 metres, but he never bothered with a loosener, taking one effort before heading back for an early shower.

Seven men threw the automatic qualification mark of 84 metres with only Germany’s Johannes Vetter with 89.35 and Estonia’s Magnus Kirt, 88.36, doing any better than Peters.

Walcott is fifth on the list of automatic qualifiers with Sweden’s Im Amb, 84.85, splitting the Caribbean men.

There was also quite a bit of drama after Walcott and Peters had made their exits with a number of would-be medal contenders failing to get through qualifying.

Among the carnage were the German pair of Andreas Hofmann, 80.06, and Olympic champion, Thomas Röhler, 79.23.

The rivalry between Walcott and Peters began in August when the former, now a permanent name among the best throwers in the world, was surprised at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru where he earned a silver after throwing 83.55 metres to the latter’s 87.31.

The throw put Peters among the medal hopefuls for the World Championships and his performance in the heats suggests he is in good shap, despite never throwing over 90 metres like his more seasoned opponents.

The javelin final takes place on tomorrow morning's final day.

Jamaica’s female sprinters lived up to the billing of favourites in the 4x100 relay at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Saturday despite missing double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson among their ranks.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts earned a silver medal in the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

Ricketts put together, probably the best series of her career, with the 14.92 she would end with marking just one of five jumps that would have brought her silver.

She would lose to the brilliant Venezuelan, Yulimar Rojas, whose 15.37 was one of two marks over 15 metres, while veteran and serial World Champion, Colmbia’s Caterine Ibarguen, finished with a bronze medal even after a sub-par season, reaching out to 14.73 with her fifth attempt to get the better of another Jamaica, longtime competitor Kimberly Williams, whose personal best 14.64 saw her end fourth.

Ricketts started with 14.81 metres, which without another attempt would have given her a silver medal but proved she belonged in the rarified air by returning to jump 14.76 before her big 14.92 effort. Even after getting near the 15-metre mark, Ricketts did not rest on her laurels and kept the pressure high by jumping out to 14.72 and 14.85 before she could relax, with Ibarguen having completed her jumps to assure herself of a bronze medal.

Williams 14.64 came in her first attempt and for most of the final, looked good enough to secure an unprecedented silver-bronze combo for Jamaica.

Ibarguen’s best until her penultimate jump had been 14.46 metres and Williams, who has now been fourth at World Championships on four occasions, looked set to break the jinx.

It was not to be.

Ricketts silver medal brings to nine the number of total medals Jamaica has won at the end of the penultimate day of the Championships. The country now has three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.

Veteran long jumper and defending World Champion, the United States’ Brittney Reese was eased out of the long jump final at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Saturday’s qualification round with the third-round jump of Jamaica’s Chanice Porter.

Porter’s final jump of 6.57 metres put her 10th, up from the 14th spot she occupied while Reese, who was sitting on the bubble in 12th position with 6.52, shook her head and walked out of the stadium along with compatriot, Jasmine Todd, (6.51) who she had replaced on the bubble with her final jump.

The Jamaican is the only Caribbean athlete left in the long jump after her teammate Tissanna Hickling found herself 16th with her jump of 6.49. Pan American Champion, the British Virgin Island’s Chantel Malone, was also out, failing to rescuscitate the form from a good season, to end with 6.45 metres.

Cuba’s Adriana Rodríguez, the only other Caribbean athlete in the start list was ended 25th with a leap of 6.39 metres.

At the other end of the start list, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo finished with a massive 6.89, her only jump of the round getting her past the 6.75 automatic qualification mark.

In fact, there were only three athletes past that automatic qualification mark with Nigeria’s Ese Brume, landing a 6.89 jump and the United States’ Torie Bowie, dethroned 100-metre world champion, also over the mark with 6.77.

Jamaica’s intentions to improve their medal haul in individual events at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics continued on Saturday with four women through to the semi-finals of the 100-metre hurdles.

The fastest hurdler in the world this year, Danielle Williams looked smooth in winning her heat, strutting to 12.51  and pulling second-placed Costa Rica’s Carolina Vargas to a national record 12.68 seconds.

But Williams was still not the quickest of the heats, but neither were the athletes expected to challenge for a gold medal, as Nigeria’s Tobi Amisan won the final heat in a personal best 12.48 seconds to get the better of Jamaica’s Janeek Brown, 12.61.

Brown got out first and looked to have the field covered, but Amisan, running in lane nine, worked hard through to the line.

Williams’ main challenger, Kendra Harrison, the world record holder in the event, also won her heat, running 12.55 on the way to the semi-final.

The United States’ Briana McNeal, a challenger for a medal, is out of the event, after a false start left her disqualified, giving an opportunity to Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson to finish second in 12.85 seconds and an automatic qualification. Finishing ahead of Thompson was Italy’s Luminosa Bogliolo, who stopped the clock in 12.80 seconds.

Jamaica’s Megan Tapper was also second in her heat, clocking 12.78 seconds to finish behind the United States’ Nia Ali, who crossed the tape in 12.59.

Jamaica’s 4x100-metre relay team at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar, are the quickest through to the final of the event after Friday’s heats.

His heat and semi-final had suggested something special was in the making, a medal was likely, but the only one Steven Gardiner would be concerned about in the 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar was gold.

In a race where the winner broke her own world record, Jamaica’s Rushell Clayton ran faster than she ever has before to continue her country’s rich history in the 400-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

A silver-medal winning throw already in the bag, Danniel Thomas-Dodd hit close to 20 metres with her penultimate throw in the shot put final at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, but the dreaded red flag meant she would remain as she stood.

There was another close call on her final throw but that too was not good enough. That may have been enough to disappoint Thomas-Dodd who has big ambitions for her chosen field of endeavour, but in retrospect, she is rather, thankful.  

“This has been the longest season yet, so many ups and downs But there was a lot of success. I have to give thanks for all that I was able to accomplish this season. I am so proud of myself and how far I've come in this sports. Little country girl making her mark on the world,” Thomas-Dodd wrote on Instagram.

Thomas-Dodd, apart from being thankful for her achievements, is also grateful to those who fueled those achievements.

“I am so grateful for all the people who believe in me and my talent and those who doubt/doubted me, thank you as well for being the fuel to the fire in me that burns hungrily. THANK YOU everyone for the kind words and congratulations,” she wrote.

The thanks would continue, no sign of disappointment in sight for the dimunitive shot putter.

“Thanks to my mom Tracey Bendeson, she remains supportive, thanks to my Auntie Natasha Bendeson for the support as well. Thanks to Marlon Gayle for always being there for me when I am at my lowest points. Last but not least I want to thank my Husband Shane Dodd for being the support I NEED. Even when you aren't 100% you make sure I come first so I can stay on track to achieve my goals. Thank you.❤ #adidas #adidasthrowing #adidaswomen #timingiseverything #2020olympics #japanolympics #teamjamaica,” she wrote.

Thomas-Dodd adds the silver medal she earned from a throw of 19.47 metres behind the 19.55 of China’s Lijiao Gong, to a silver at the World Indoor Championships last year where she threw 19.22, the Pan-American Games gold she won in August with a throw of 19.55, and the Commonwealth Games gold she mined in 2018 with a throw of 19.36 metres.

There will be no Caribbean man throwing the shot put in the final of the event at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar after the region’s only hope in O’Dayne Richards had an underwhelming performance on Thursday.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts continued to show herself to be consistently at the top of her game after she took just one jump to leap well past automatic qualification in the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics on Thursday.

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