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  • RIO 2016: Elaine Thompson advances to 200m final to stay on course for sprint double

    Jamaica's Elaine Thompson stayed on course for the sprint double at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil by qualifying for the final of the women’s 200 metres on Tuesday night.

    The 24-year-old Thompson, won the 100m gold on Saturday, secured her spot in the 200m medal round with a second place finish in first semi-final.

    The first-time Olympian logged a season’s best 22.13 seconds to finish behind Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, who clocked 21.96 for the victory.

    Schippers blamed injury after she finished a disappointing fifth in the Olympic 100m final but refused to elaborate on her problems.

    Schippers told Dutch media she had been suffering from a “physical problem over the last days” but refused to provide any details after finishing out of the medals in a race in which she was expected to challenge for gold.

    The other Jamaican in the semifinal Simone Facey failed to qualify for the final despite clocking a season’s best 22.57 for third place in Semifinal 3.


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  • Coach Donovan Hayles diagnosed with cancer

    A GoFundMe page has been created to help former Harbour View Football Club coach Donovan ‘DV’ Hayles, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

    Hayles was diagnosed with the illness last week and within a matter of days the page was created with Michael ‘Fateye’ Thompson, from Florida, listed as the campaign organiser.

    The GoFundMe page entitled ‘Donovan (DV) Hayles Medical Fund’ is aiming to raise US$10,000.

    Of the targeted amount, the page has so far raised $560 from 13 persons in 23 hours.

    Thompson stated on the page that “our brother and friend has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and needs our prayers, love and support as his journey begins to beat this illness.

    “As many of you know firsthand, either personally or through family and friends, it is expensive to receive treatment and our friend needs financial support.

    “We are all family and many of us formed that bond during our formative years in our beloved community, Harbour View and Kingston College.

    “Let us rally around our brother and help him. Any donation, no matter how big or how small, will not go unnoticed and it is very much appreciated! The money raised will be used solely for medical expenses.”

    Hayles, who spoke with Loop News on Wednesday, confirmed his illness. However, Hayles said he is “doing well at the moment.”

    Hayles is well known for his coaching duties at Harbour View Football Club.

    He began his coaching career at Harbour View in 1976 with the Minor League team, and since then has led the club to success at all levels, including the National Premier League title.

    After leaving Harbour View, Hayles went on to coach at the school level.

    He took over the reins at his alma mater Kingston College (KC) in 2012, replacing Trevor 'Jumpy' Harris.

    After leaving KC, he did a short stint at Hydel High School before resigning in 2015.

    Hayles is a former Manning Cup goalkeeper and also represented Harbour View. He also played Sunlight Cup cricket for KC and was a member of the national football squad during the 1980s.


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  • Usain Bolt back in 10 days

    Jamaicans and global track and field fans can now rest assured that it is not a news of ‘nine days wonder’  but a solid fact …..that Track  and  field  superstar  Usain  Bolt  will  be  back  in  business  in  ten  days’ time.

    The  triple  world  record  holder  who hails from Trelawny,  pulled  out  after  his  semi-final  run  at  the  JAAA/National  Championships  last  Friday  because  of  injury . He went to Switzerland where medical examinations have  reportedly confirmed that he suffered a slight elongation.

    Elongation refers to the situation where a muscle is stretched beyond its limit, in Bolt’s case his hamstring.

    The examination was done  by Bolt’s physician,   Doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.

    following  his  withdrawal  from the  National  Championships the sprinter  tweeted  that  he  had  suffered  a  grade  two  tear  of  his  hamstring.

    The meeting took place in Switzerland, because the German practitioner is currently in Evian, near the Franco-Helvetian border with the  German  national  football  team  which  is  getting  ready  for  the  Euro 2016  semi-final.

    The  six  time  Olympic  gold  medallist  is  reportedly  now  heading  to  Munich   to undergo additional examinations and begin the   healing process.

    He is expected to remain in Munich until the end of the week.

    He  is  also  expected  to  be  back  on the  track  as  schedule  at  the  Diamond  League  meeting  in  London later  this  month.

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  • Bolt suffers Grade 1 tear, hopes to prove fitness for Olympic Games selection

    The world's fastest man Usain Bolt has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear.

    The six-time Olympic championt, after running 10.04 to book his place in the men’s 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials on Friday night, pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.

    “After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday night) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear,” explained Bolt in a Twitter post.

    “I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships,” added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

    According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.

    Bolt continued: “I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio.”

    Bolt is targeting a defence of his 100, 200 and 4x100-metre titles in Rio.

    In the absence of Bolt from the 100-metre final, his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake scored a hard-fought victory.

    Blake and Nickel Ashmeade were involved in a close battle, but Blake held on to win in 9.95 seconds.  Ashmeade clocked 9.96 seconds, while Jevaughn Minzie came with a brilliant run to secure third in a personal best 10.02.

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