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Jamaica's women grab silver in 400m relay

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Jamaica claimed 10 medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the women's mile relay team won silver in the penultimate track and field event on Saturday.

The team of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby, Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills finished behind the United States in the 4x400m relay.

The United Kingdom took the bronze.

Jamaica's 11 medals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad comprise six gold, three silver and two bronze.





It's silver for Jamaica in men's mile relay

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Jamaica closed out its participation in the Games of the 31st Olympiad with another silver medal.

This after the mile relay team of Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Peter Matthews and Javon Francis, finished second in 2:58.16 in the final of the men's 4x400m relay, the final track and field event of the Games.

It is the fourth fastest time by a Jamaica quartet.

The team secured the medal thanks to a superb last leg by Francis, the former Calabar High School star who overtook the runners from The Bahamas and Botswana.

The United States won the gold while The Bahamas stayed on for the bronze.

Jamaica has finished the Games with a total of eleven medals: six gold, three silver and two bronze.





Jamaica ends Rio Olympics with 11 medals

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgUsain Bolt insisted it was "mission accomplished" after signing off with a 'treble-treble' in his final Olympic race, predicting that his achievements may never be broken.

The world's fastest man anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to gold on a balmy Rio night on Friday to capture the 100m, 200m and relay titles for a third-straight Games.

"I hope I've set the bar high enough that no one can do it again," said sprint king Bolt, a ninth Olympic gold medal safely in the bank.

"It's a great feeling - I've worked so hard every Olympics to win three gold medals and I'm just so happy I've accomplished so much," he added, admitting his Olympic farewell was tinged with a little sadness.





ryan-lochte-team-mates-rio.jpgryan-lochte.jpgThree US Olympic swimmers have been stopped from leaving Brazil on Wednesday night as Ryan Lochte again changed his story about the robbery he claims the four went through in Rio over the weekend during a night of celebration.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their return flight to the US and detained as the situation involving them and Lochte threatens to escalate into a full-blown international incident.

The USOC also confirmed that Jimmy Feigen - the fourth member of the ill-fated party last weekend - was also prevented from leaving Brazil and detained.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers - pitting the reputation of the Rio authorities and Olympics games against their story.

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japans-pole-vaulter-hiroki-ogita.jpgNumerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has hit back at claims his penis cost him his Olympic dream in Rio.

The 28-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions he failed to clear 5.3 metres in qualifying because his manhood knocked the bar as he went over.

Numerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well.

"I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this," he tweeted.

"It's one thing if it was true, but I have to say I'm pretty devastated that they'd go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much."

Ogita did eventually clear 5.45 metres on his final jump but it wasn't enough to send him through and his earlier foul cost him.





usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgBurn! Bolt couldn't help but have a dig at Gatlin

Usain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

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American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.





Usain Bolt takes swipe at Gatlin

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usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgUsain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.'





Gatlin crashes out of 200m metres at Rio Olympics

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gatlin-out-of-200.jpgControversial American Justin Gatlin has been eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 200m at the Rio Olympics.

Gatlin finished third in his semi in 20.13 seconds, leaving him ninth overall.

Jamaican Usain Bolt stayed on track for a historic sprint triple triple by clocking the fastest time of 19.78.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's sprint superstar Usain Bolt remains on course for an historic nine Olympic gold medals when he easily won his 200m semi-finals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bolt, who has already won the men's 100m, clocked a season's best 19.78 to advance to tomorrow's final.

After the race, the world record holder over the 100m and 200m sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I am going to try and go after the world record definitely. I don't know if I'm gonna get it, but it's on my mind. Hopefully I will get a good lane," he said.

Bolt will be the only Jamaican in the final as compatriots Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake failed to advance.

Surprisingly, the man expected to be Bolt's main rival in the final, American Justin Gatlin also failed to advance, tiring to third in the same race with Blake.





GOLD for Elaine Thompson in 200m at Rio Olympics!

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thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgJamaica's golden girl Elaine Thompson cannot be beaten. After winning the 100 meters, Thompson became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner to win the 100-200 double by running away with the 200 meters on Wednesday night with a time of 21.78.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, won world title in 2015, finished in the silver medal position, and Tori Bowie of the U.S., who won silver in the 100, came in third to win bronze.

Schippers, who is the third fastest 200 runner of all time, ran 21.88 to finish second. She nearly reeled in Thompson, but just didn't have enough in the race's final moments to overtake sprinting's newest star.

Thompson won the 100 meters in 10.71, and ran away with the title in Rio on Wednesday. She has established herself as the best sprinter in the world -- and she'll have another opportunity to add more hardware to her medal collection in the women's 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates on Friday.

It is the first Olympic Games for the 23-year-old University of Technology student.

PROFILES

Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgOlympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was fast as a bullet in congratulating the new 200 metres winner Elaine Thompson last night.

This is what she posted: "Mek den run dem heart out yes!!!! SFP yuh train wid!!!!! Season best and we still have gas left in the tank and still standing!!!! We win again!!!!!!! Podium again. Congrats Elaine Thompson #?Team876Representing #?PodiumAgain #?AnthemWillPlay #?PrideBuck #?Pryceless".





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpg"A yah suh nice! Me feel good! Me feel great? God know, me pray and ask Father God fi di gold medal, me speak it into being and see it here ... . Me know she did ago get it man, because once me pray, me know God ago deliver," a hoarse Keith Thompson said of his daughter Elaine Thompson who won her second Olympic Gold Medal after the Women's 200 metre final in Rio.

"Golddddddddd! Banana Ground nuh good again. A pure niceness. It's a joy, man. Two gold me daughter give Jamaica and its her second Olympic gold medal. When she come back, whole heap a things ago gwaan fi har. Wi cyan talk yet, but God is so good.

God know, my mother, Elaine's Grandma, oh gosh, I don't even know where fi find her now, she overjoyed. It's just pure excitement.





rio-win-usain.jpgShortly after his historic win in the 100m on Sunday, Olympian Usain Bolt celebrated to PopCaan's popular World Cup single in a series of SnapChat stories.

The triple world record holder entered the history books at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the Men's 100m.

Usain Bolt showed his excitement through SnapChat videos singing along and dancing to PopCaan's World Cup. Bolt belted out the lines "We Still A Win" before using Poppi's popular slangs "Wow oooiiieee", "Wicked, wicked" and "Whey dem ago do yah now".

PopCaan has since responded with a repost of Bolt's video with the caption "stay winning my brother; honestly, Usain is a national hero".

Usain Bolt is expected to run the 4×100 relay and 200m races at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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Jamaica's diver Yona through to semis in Rio

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yona-diver.jpgThe moment he touched the water in his final dive, Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom knew it was a special one. It was indeed special, as that dive propelled him to a historic qualification to the semi-finals of the three-metre springboard event yesterday at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"That dive is my favourite dive, my most comfortable dive.

"That is where I put it at the end," said an elated Knight-Wisdom.

That sixth and final dive was Knight-Wisdom's best as he scored 79.5 points, which allowed him to finish overall with 416.55 points and 11th spot out of 29.

Knight-Wisdom was only the second Jamaican diver to ever participate in the Olympics. The first diver to wear the national colours at the Olympics was Betsy Sullivan at the 1972 Munich Games. She placed 29th in the first round.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson in 400m

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shericka-winner-bronze-rio.jpgJamaica increased it medal count at the Games of the 31st Olympiad after Shericka Jackson won bronze in the finals of the women's 400m.

Jackson, who is competing in her first Olympics, finish third in a time of 49.85 seconds.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas took the gold medal in a time of 49.44 seconds defeating Allison Felix of the United States, who won the silver medal.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephanie Ann McPherson finished in sixth place in a time of 50.97 seconds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, who says he is competing at his final Olympics, ran 9.81 seconds to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91.

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Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.





bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.

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Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.





Jamaica's men's 4x400 team out of the finals

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mens-semi-final-rio-rusheen-mcdonald.jpgJamaica's quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second. Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for Sunday at 8 p.m.





shelly-ann.jpgJamaica's pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took home the bronze in Saturday night's final at the Olympics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season's best of 10.86.

Jamaica's newest Golden Girl, Elaine Thompson won the gold in a time 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica's other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.





elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgJamaica secured gold in the women's 100m as Elaine Thompson gave the island our third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Yardflex congratulates Elaine Thompson on an outstanding achievement

Who Is Elaine Thompson?
PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66

Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica's national record in the women's 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion.





rio-brazilian-wins-gold.jpgA female athlete from the favelas won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday as Michael Phelps stepped up his campaign for yet more Olympic honours.

Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans.

Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

"It's great for kids who are watching judo now. Seeing someone like me who left the City of God, who started judo at five years of age as a joke," said Silva.

To be world champion and Olympic champion is something inexplicable."





No Olympic medal, but well done Alia!

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, swimming out of Lane 7 in the 100m breaststroke finished last in a race won by American Lilly King. King won in an Olympic record 1:04.93.

Second was Russian Yuliya Efimova, and American Kate Meili finished third.

19-year-old Lithuanian world record holder in the event, Ruta Meilutyte who swam out of Lane 8, beside Atkinson, finished seventh just ahead of the Jamaican.





rio-bolt-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at a joint Jamaican Olympic Association and Puma press conference at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolt confirmed that this would indeed be his last Olympics, was rapped to by a Norwegian reporter and eventually danced the samba with Brazilian girls after the conference.

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(Photos: AFP)





sjostrom-sweden.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly on Sunday in a new world record of 55.48secs.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada took silver while Dana Vollmer of the United States took bronze.





Timothy Wynter, however, failed to book his spot despite placing second in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.20.

‎"I'm not really satisfied because I have been going faster but it's my first time at the Olympics so I'm happy anyway," Wynter said.

The heat was won by Merdan Atayev of Turkmeniston in 56.34.

France's Camille Lacourt, 52.96, leads all qualifiers into the semi-finals set for 9:12 p.m.





Alia swims into the semi-finals

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgAlia Atkinson finished second in Heat 5 of the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72 to progress with the seventh best time into tonight's semi-finals set for 8:29 p.m (Jamaica time).

"It was a pretty good swim, I just wanted to go out there to do a good swim to make it to the semis," Atkinson reportedly told The Gleaner.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't go out too fast, but I think tonight I will have more energy for the semi-final," she added.

The heat was won by Russia's Yulia Efimova in 1:05.79 to be the second fastest qualifier into the semis behind Lilly King (1:05.78) of the USA.





Rio Olympic village a mess!

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Jamaican athletes have arrived at the Rio Olympic Village in the Brazilian city to several unfinished living quarters with workmen still trying to make them livable.

Four athletes live in each block which comprises two rooms, two bathroom and a common area.

A video reportedly obtained by Jamaica's major daily newspaper, The Gleaner, shows that in one block occupied by veteran quarter miler Novlene Williams Mills and 1500 metre runner Aisha Praught nothing appeared complete.

At the entrance to the apartment, buckets of paint, grout and other material were laid out for workmen who were still busy inside the living quarters.

Inside, there was still plastic covering on the floor, certain furniture were not yet in place, workmen were constructing the shower area, tidying up electrical wiring and tiles were yet to be laid in one apartment.

"I'm telling you, stuff like this a gwaan - mess, it's just a mess!" said the athlete narrating the video.





Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team on Wednesday at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel some 33km to the North East at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village, in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had earlier advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to leave his training base in Florida shortly and head to Brazil to join up with the rest of the team.





usain-bolt-arrives-in-rio.jpg"Sometimes you make allowances for superstars but we don't have the luxury of many people (being) able to get single rooms," Jamaica's team manager, Ludlow Watts explained on Power 106 FM's sports programme, Power Play Wednesday evening.

The Jamaican Olympic delegation moved into the athletes' village today after participating in the mandatory training camp. Watts, who manages the 63-member Jamaican team added that the air-conditioned rooms are "not like what you see in a hotel".

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"(In) each little block you have four people. A living room, a common area and then two rooms on each side. So we have four beds in each little sector," he said.

Watts said his team will have to work to ensure a smooth period for the athletes because it's not a "perfect situation" in terms of the number of beds.

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Jamaica ends Rio Olympics with 11 medals

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgUsain Bolt insisted it was "mission accomplished" after signing off with a 'treble-treble' in his final Olympic race, predicting that his achievements may never be broken.

The world's fastest man anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to gold on a balmy Rio night on Friday to capture the 100m, 200m and relay titles for a third-straight Games.

"I hope I've set the bar high enough that no one can do it again," said sprint king Bolt, a ninth Olympic gold medal safely in the bank.

"It's a great feeling - I've worked so hard every Olympics to win three gold medals and I'm just so happy I've accomplished so much," he added, admitting his Olympic farewell was tinged with a little sadness.





ryan-lochte-team-mates-rio.jpgryan-lochte.jpgThree US Olympic swimmers have been stopped from leaving Brazil on Wednesday night as Ryan Lochte again changed his story about the robbery he claims the four went through in Rio over the weekend during a night of celebration.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their return flight to the US and detained as the situation involving them and Lochte threatens to escalate into a full-blown international incident.

The USOC also confirmed that Jimmy Feigen - the fourth member of the ill-fated party last weekend - was also prevented from leaving Brazil and detained.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers - pitting the reputation of the Rio authorities and Olympics games against their story.

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japans-pole-vaulter-hiroki-ogita.jpgNumerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has hit back at claims his penis cost him his Olympic dream in Rio.

The 28-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions he failed to clear 5.3 metres in qualifying because his manhood knocked the bar as he went over.

Numerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well.

"I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this," he tweeted.

"It's one thing if it was true, but I have to say I'm pretty devastated that they'd go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much."

Ogita did eventually clear 5.45 metres on his final jump but it wasn't enough to send him through and his earlier foul cost him.





usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgBurn! Bolt couldn't help but have a dig at Gatlin

Usain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

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American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.





Usain Bolt takes swipe at Gatlin

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usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgUsain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.'





Gatlin crashes out of 200m metres at Rio Olympics

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gatlin-out-of-200.jpgControversial American Justin Gatlin has been eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 200m at the Rio Olympics.

Gatlin finished third in his semi in 20.13 seconds, leaving him ninth overall.

Jamaican Usain Bolt stayed on track for a historic sprint triple triple by clocking the fastest time of 19.78.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's sprint superstar Usain Bolt remains on course for an historic nine Olympic gold medals when he easily won his 200m semi-finals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bolt, who has already won the men's 100m, clocked a season's best 19.78 to advance to tomorrow's final.

After the race, the world record holder over the 100m and 200m sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I am going to try and go after the world record definitely. I don't know if I'm gonna get it, but it's on my mind. Hopefully I will get a good lane," he said.

Bolt will be the only Jamaican in the final as compatriots Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake failed to advance.

Surprisingly, the man expected to be Bolt's main rival in the final, American Justin Gatlin also failed to advance, tiring to third in the same race with Blake.





GOLD for Elaine Thompson in 200m at Rio Olympics!

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thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgJamaica's golden girl Elaine Thompson cannot be beaten. After winning the 100 meters, Thompson became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner to win the 100-200 double by running away with the 200 meters on Wednesday night with a time of 21.78.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, won world title in 2015, finished in the silver medal position, and Tori Bowie of the U.S., who won silver in the 100, came in third to win bronze.

Schippers, who is the third fastest 200 runner of all time, ran 21.88 to finish second. She nearly reeled in Thompson, but just didn't have enough in the race's final moments to overtake sprinting's newest star.

Thompson won the 100 meters in 10.71, and ran away with the title in Rio on Wednesday. She has established herself as the best sprinter in the world -- and she'll have another opportunity to add more hardware to her medal collection in the women's 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates on Friday.

It is the first Olympic Games for the 23-year-old University of Technology student.

PROFILES

Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgOlympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was fast as a bullet in congratulating the new 200 metres winner Elaine Thompson last night.

This is what she posted: "Mek den run dem heart out yes!!!! SFP yuh train wid!!!!! Season best and we still have gas left in the tank and still standing!!!! We win again!!!!!!! Podium again. Congrats Elaine Thompson #?Team876Representing #?PodiumAgain #?AnthemWillPlay #?PrideBuck #?Pryceless".





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpg"A yah suh nice! Me feel good! Me feel great? God know, me pray and ask Father God fi di gold medal, me speak it into being and see it here ... . Me know she did ago get it man, because once me pray, me know God ago deliver," a hoarse Keith Thompson said of his daughter Elaine Thompson who won her second Olympic Gold Medal after the Women's 200 metre final in Rio.

"Golddddddddd! Banana Ground nuh good again. A pure niceness. It's a joy, man. Two gold me daughter give Jamaica and its her second Olympic gold medal. When she come back, whole heap a things ago gwaan fi har. Wi cyan talk yet, but God is so good.

God know, my mother, Elaine's Grandma, oh gosh, I don't even know where fi find her now, she overjoyed. It's just pure excitement.





rio-win-usain.jpgShortly after his historic win in the 100m on Sunday, Olympian Usain Bolt celebrated to PopCaan's popular World Cup single in a series of SnapChat stories.

The triple world record holder entered the history books at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the Men's 100m.

Usain Bolt showed his excitement through SnapChat videos singing along and dancing to PopCaan's World Cup. Bolt belted out the lines "We Still A Win" before using Poppi's popular slangs "Wow oooiiieee", "Wicked, wicked" and "Whey dem ago do yah now".

PopCaan has since responded with a repost of Bolt's video with the caption "stay winning my brother; honestly, Usain is a national hero".

Usain Bolt is expected to run the 4×100 relay and 200m races at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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Jamaica's diver Yona through to semis in Rio

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yona-diver.jpgThe moment he touched the water in his final dive, Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom knew it was a special one. It was indeed special, as that dive propelled him to a historic qualification to the semi-finals of the three-metre springboard event yesterday at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"That dive is my favourite dive, my most comfortable dive.

"That is where I put it at the end," said an elated Knight-Wisdom.

That sixth and final dive was Knight-Wisdom's best as he scored 79.5 points, which allowed him to finish overall with 416.55 points and 11th spot out of 29.

Knight-Wisdom was only the second Jamaican diver to ever participate in the Olympics. The first diver to wear the national colours at the Olympics was Betsy Sullivan at the 1972 Munich Games. She placed 29th in the first round.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson in 400m

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shericka-winner-bronze-rio.jpgJamaica increased it medal count at the Games of the 31st Olympiad after Shericka Jackson won bronze in the finals of the women's 400m.

Jackson, who is competing in her first Olympics, finish third in a time of 49.85 seconds.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas took the gold medal in a time of 49.44 seconds defeating Allison Felix of the United States, who won the silver medal.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephanie Ann McPherson finished in sixth place in a time of 50.97 seconds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, who says he is competing at his final Olympics, ran 9.81 seconds to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91.

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Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.





bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.

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Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.





Jamaica's men's 4x400 team out of the finals

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mens-semi-final-rio-rusheen-mcdonald.jpgJamaica's quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second. Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for Sunday at 8 p.m.





shelly-ann.jpgJamaica's pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took home the bronze in Saturday night's final at the Olympics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season's best of 10.86.

Jamaica's newest Golden Girl, Elaine Thompson won the gold in a time 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica's other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.





elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgJamaica secured gold in the women's 100m as Elaine Thompson gave the island our third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Yardflex congratulates Elaine Thompson on an outstanding achievement

Who Is Elaine Thompson?
PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66

Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica's national record in the women's 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion.





rio-brazilian-wins-gold.jpgA female athlete from the favelas won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday as Michael Phelps stepped up his campaign for yet more Olympic honours.

Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans.

Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

"It's great for kids who are watching judo now. Seeing someone like me who left the City of God, who started judo at five years of age as a joke," said Silva.

To be world champion and Olympic champion is something inexplicable."





No Olympic medal, but well done Alia!

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, swimming out of Lane 7 in the 100m breaststroke finished last in a race won by American Lilly King. King won in an Olympic record 1:04.93.

Second was Russian Yuliya Efimova, and American Kate Meili finished third.

19-year-old Lithuanian world record holder in the event, Ruta Meilutyte who swam out of Lane 8, beside Atkinson, finished seventh just ahead of the Jamaican.





rio-bolt-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at a joint Jamaican Olympic Association and Puma press conference at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolt confirmed that this would indeed be his last Olympics, was rapped to by a Norwegian reporter and eventually danced the samba with Brazilian girls after the conference.

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sjostrom-sweden.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly on Sunday in a new world record of 55.48secs.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada took silver while Dana Vollmer of the United States took bronze.





Timothy Wynter, however, failed to book his spot despite placing second in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.20.

‎"I'm not really satisfied because I have been going faster but it's my first time at the Olympics so I'm happy anyway," Wynter said.

The heat was won by Merdan Atayev of Turkmeniston in 56.34.

France's Camille Lacourt, 52.96, leads all qualifiers into the semi-finals set for 9:12 p.m.





Alia swims into the semi-finals

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgAlia Atkinson finished second in Heat 5 of the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72 to progress with the seventh best time into tonight's semi-finals set for 8:29 p.m (Jamaica time).

"It was a pretty good swim, I just wanted to go out there to do a good swim to make it to the semis," Atkinson reportedly told The Gleaner.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't go out too fast, but I think tonight I will have more energy for the semi-final," she added.

The heat was won by Russia's Yulia Efimova in 1:05.79 to be the second fastest qualifier into the semis behind Lilly King (1:05.78) of the USA.





Rio Olympic village a mess!

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Jamaican athletes have arrived at the Rio Olympic Village in the Brazilian city to several unfinished living quarters with workmen still trying to make them livable.

Four athletes live in each block which comprises two rooms, two bathroom and a common area.

A video reportedly obtained by Jamaica's major daily newspaper, The Gleaner, shows that in one block occupied by veteran quarter miler Novlene Williams Mills and 1500 metre runner Aisha Praught nothing appeared complete.

At the entrance to the apartment, buckets of paint, grout and other material were laid out for workmen who were still busy inside the living quarters.

Inside, there was still plastic covering on the floor, certain furniture were not yet in place, workmen were constructing the shower area, tidying up electrical wiring and tiles were yet to be laid in one apartment.

"I'm telling you, stuff like this a gwaan - mess, it's just a mess!" said the athlete narrating the video.





Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team on Wednesday at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel some 33km to the North East at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village, in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had earlier advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to leave his training base in Florida shortly and head to Brazil to join up with the rest of the team.





usain-bolt-arrives-in-rio.jpg"Sometimes you make allowances for superstars but we don't have the luxury of many people (being) able to get single rooms," Jamaica's team manager, Ludlow Watts explained on Power 106 FM's sports programme, Power Play Wednesday evening.

The Jamaican Olympic delegation moved into the athletes' village today after participating in the mandatory training camp. Watts, who manages the 63-member Jamaican team added that the air-conditioned rooms are "not like what you see in a hotel".

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"(In) each little block you have four people. A living room, a common area and then two rooms on each side. So we have four beds in each little sector," he said.

Watts said his team will have to work to ensure a smooth period for the athletes because it's not a "perfect situation" in terms of the number of beds.

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ryan-lochte-team-mates-rio.jpgryan-lochte.jpgThree US Olympic swimmers have been stopped from leaving Brazil on Wednesday night as Ryan Lochte again changed his story about the robbery he claims the four went through in Rio over the weekend during a night of celebration.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their return flight to the US and detained as the situation involving them and Lochte threatens to escalate into a full-blown international incident.

The USOC also confirmed that Jimmy Feigen - the fourth member of the ill-fated party last weekend - was also prevented from leaving Brazil and detained.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers - pitting the reputation of the Rio authorities and Olympics games against their story.

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japans-pole-vaulter-hiroki-ogita.jpgNumerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has hit back at claims his penis cost him his Olympic dream in Rio.

The 28-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions he failed to clear 5.3 metres in qualifying because his manhood knocked the bar as he went over.

Numerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well.

"I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this," he tweeted.

"It's one thing if it was true, but I have to say I'm pretty devastated that they'd go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much."

Ogita did eventually clear 5.45 metres on his final jump but it wasn't enough to send him through and his earlier foul cost him.





usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgBurn! Bolt couldn't help but have a dig at Gatlin

Usain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

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American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.





Usain Bolt takes swipe at Gatlin

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usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgUsain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.'





Gatlin crashes out of 200m metres at Rio Olympics

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gatlin-out-of-200.jpgControversial American Justin Gatlin has been eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 200m at the Rio Olympics.

Gatlin finished third in his semi in 20.13 seconds, leaving him ninth overall.

Jamaican Usain Bolt stayed on track for a historic sprint triple triple by clocking the fastest time of 19.78.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's sprint superstar Usain Bolt remains on course for an historic nine Olympic gold medals when he easily won his 200m semi-finals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bolt, who has already won the men's 100m, clocked a season's best 19.78 to advance to tomorrow's final.

After the race, the world record holder over the 100m and 200m sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I am going to try and go after the world record definitely. I don't know if I'm gonna get it, but it's on my mind. Hopefully I will get a good lane," he said.

Bolt will be the only Jamaican in the final as compatriots Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake failed to advance.

Surprisingly, the man expected to be Bolt's main rival in the final, American Justin Gatlin also failed to advance, tiring to third in the same race with Blake.





GOLD for Elaine Thompson in 200m at Rio Olympics!

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thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgJamaica's golden girl Elaine Thompson cannot be beaten. After winning the 100 meters, Thompson became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner to win the 100-200 double by running away with the 200 meters on Wednesday night with a time of 21.78.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, won world title in 2015, finished in the silver medal position, and Tori Bowie of the U.S., who won silver in the 100, came in third to win bronze.

Schippers, who is the third fastest 200 runner of all time, ran 21.88 to finish second. She nearly reeled in Thompson, but just didn't have enough in the race's final moments to overtake sprinting's newest star.

Thompson won the 100 meters in 10.71, and ran away with the title in Rio on Wednesday. She has established herself as the best sprinter in the world -- and she'll have another opportunity to add more hardware to her medal collection in the women's 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates on Friday.

It is the first Olympic Games for the 23-year-old University of Technology student.

PROFILES

Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgOlympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was fast as a bullet in congratulating the new 200 metres winner Elaine Thompson last night.

This is what she posted: "Mek den run dem heart out yes!!!! SFP yuh train wid!!!!! Season best and we still have gas left in the tank and still standing!!!! We win again!!!!!!! Podium again. Congrats Elaine Thompson #?Team876Representing #?PodiumAgain #?AnthemWillPlay #?PrideBuck #?Pryceless".





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpg"A yah suh nice! Me feel good! Me feel great? God know, me pray and ask Father God fi di gold medal, me speak it into being and see it here ... . Me know she did ago get it man, because once me pray, me know God ago deliver," a hoarse Keith Thompson said of his daughter Elaine Thompson who won her second Olympic Gold Medal after the Women's 200 metre final in Rio.

"Golddddddddd! Banana Ground nuh good again. A pure niceness. It's a joy, man. Two gold me daughter give Jamaica and its her second Olympic gold medal. When she come back, whole heap a things ago gwaan fi har. Wi cyan talk yet, but God is so good.

God know, my mother, Elaine's Grandma, oh gosh, I don't even know where fi find her now, she overjoyed. It's just pure excitement.





rio-win-usain.jpgShortly after his historic win in the 100m on Sunday, Olympian Usain Bolt celebrated to PopCaan's popular World Cup single in a series of SnapChat stories.

The triple world record holder entered the history books at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the Men's 100m.

Usain Bolt showed his excitement through SnapChat videos singing along and dancing to PopCaan's World Cup. Bolt belted out the lines "We Still A Win" before using Poppi's popular slangs "Wow oooiiieee", "Wicked, wicked" and "Whey dem ago do yah now".

PopCaan has since responded with a repost of Bolt's video with the caption "stay winning my brother; honestly, Usain is a national hero".

Usain Bolt is expected to run the 4×100 relay and 200m races at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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Jamaica's diver Yona through to semis in Rio

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yona-diver.jpgThe moment he touched the water in his final dive, Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom knew it was a special one. It was indeed special, as that dive propelled him to a historic qualification to the semi-finals of the three-metre springboard event yesterday at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"That dive is my favourite dive, my most comfortable dive.

"That is where I put it at the end," said an elated Knight-Wisdom.

That sixth and final dive was Knight-Wisdom's best as he scored 79.5 points, which allowed him to finish overall with 416.55 points and 11th spot out of 29.

Knight-Wisdom was only the second Jamaican diver to ever participate in the Olympics. The first diver to wear the national colours at the Olympics was Betsy Sullivan at the 1972 Munich Games. She placed 29th in the first round.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson in 400m

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shericka-winner-bronze-rio.jpgJamaica increased it medal count at the Games of the 31st Olympiad after Shericka Jackson won bronze in the finals of the women's 400m.

Jackson, who is competing in her first Olympics, finish third in a time of 49.85 seconds.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas took the gold medal in a time of 49.44 seconds defeating Allison Felix of the United States, who won the silver medal.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephanie Ann McPherson finished in sixth place in a time of 50.97 seconds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, who says he is competing at his final Olympics, ran 9.81 seconds to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91.

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Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.





bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.

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Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.





Jamaica's men's 4x400 team out of the finals

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mens-semi-final-rio-rusheen-mcdonald.jpgJamaica's quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second. Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for Sunday at 8 p.m.





shelly-ann.jpgJamaica's pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took home the bronze in Saturday night's final at the Olympics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season's best of 10.86.

Jamaica's newest Golden Girl, Elaine Thompson won the gold in a time 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica's other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.





elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgJamaica secured gold in the women's 100m as Elaine Thompson gave the island our third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Yardflex congratulates Elaine Thompson on an outstanding achievement

Who Is Elaine Thompson?
PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66

Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica's national record in the women's 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion.





rio-brazilian-wins-gold.jpgA female athlete from the favelas won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday as Michael Phelps stepped up his campaign for yet more Olympic honours.

Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans.

Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

"It's great for kids who are watching judo now. Seeing someone like me who left the City of God, who started judo at five years of age as a joke," said Silva.

To be world champion and Olympic champion is something inexplicable."





No Olympic medal, but well done Alia!

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, swimming out of Lane 7 in the 100m breaststroke finished last in a race won by American Lilly King. King won in an Olympic record 1:04.93.

Second was Russian Yuliya Efimova, and American Kate Meili finished third.

19-year-old Lithuanian world record holder in the event, Ruta Meilutyte who swam out of Lane 8, beside Atkinson, finished seventh just ahead of the Jamaican.





rio-bolt-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at a joint Jamaican Olympic Association and Puma press conference at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolt confirmed that this would indeed be his last Olympics, was rapped to by a Norwegian reporter and eventually danced the samba with Brazilian girls after the conference.

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(Photos: AFP)





sjostrom-sweden.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly on Sunday in a new world record of 55.48secs.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada took silver while Dana Vollmer of the United States took bronze.





Timothy Wynter, however, failed to book his spot despite placing second in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.20.

‎"I'm not really satisfied because I have been going faster but it's my first time at the Olympics so I'm happy anyway," Wynter said.

The heat was won by Merdan Atayev of Turkmeniston in 56.34.

France's Camille Lacourt, 52.96, leads all qualifiers into the semi-finals set for 9:12 p.m.





Alia swims into the semi-finals

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgAlia Atkinson finished second in Heat 5 of the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72 to progress with the seventh best time into tonight's semi-finals set for 8:29 p.m (Jamaica time).

"It was a pretty good swim, I just wanted to go out there to do a good swim to make it to the semis," Atkinson reportedly told The Gleaner.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't go out too fast, but I think tonight I will have more energy for the semi-final," she added.

The heat was won by Russia's Yulia Efimova in 1:05.79 to be the second fastest qualifier into the semis behind Lilly King (1:05.78) of the USA.





Rio Olympic village a mess!

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Jamaican athletes have arrived at the Rio Olympic Village in the Brazilian city to several unfinished living quarters with workmen still trying to make them livable.

Four athletes live in each block which comprises two rooms, two bathroom and a common area.

A video reportedly obtained by Jamaica's major daily newspaper, The Gleaner, shows that in one block occupied by veteran quarter miler Novlene Williams Mills and 1500 metre runner Aisha Praught nothing appeared complete.

At the entrance to the apartment, buckets of paint, grout and other material were laid out for workmen who were still busy inside the living quarters.

Inside, there was still plastic covering on the floor, certain furniture were not yet in place, workmen were constructing the shower area, tidying up electrical wiring and tiles were yet to be laid in one apartment.

"I'm telling you, stuff like this a gwaan - mess, it's just a mess!" said the athlete narrating the video.





Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team on Wednesday at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel some 33km to the North East at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village, in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had earlier advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to leave his training base in Florida shortly and head to Brazil to join up with the rest of the team.





usain-bolt-arrives-in-rio.jpg"Sometimes you make allowances for superstars but we don't have the luxury of many people (being) able to get single rooms," Jamaica's team manager, Ludlow Watts explained on Power 106 FM's sports programme, Power Play Wednesday evening.

The Jamaican Olympic delegation moved into the athletes' village today after participating in the mandatory training camp. Watts, who manages the 63-member Jamaican team added that the air-conditioned rooms are "not like what you see in a hotel".

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"(In) each little block you have four people. A living room, a common area and then two rooms on each side. So we have four beds in each little sector," he said.

Watts said his team will have to work to ensure a smooth period for the athletes because it's not a "perfect situation" in terms of the number of beds.

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