LATTER WIN This latter win came in spite of an unofficial 400-metre split time of 44.5 from Class One 400-metre champion, Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College. Taylor ran an unofficial split (hand-timed) of 45.3 seconds, as he bided his time for his devastating final kick in the last 100 metres. Taylor has run faster times than the world’s greatest sprinter, Usain Bolt, at a similar stage of his career. Let us handle him with care. Finally, congratulations to Asafa Powell on his silver medal in the World Indoor 60-metre final on Saturday. Unfortunately, once again, the rounds took their toll. So far, changing coaches has not made much of a difference. An Olympic gold medal would silence those who remember the words of the great Stephen Francis: “No athlete who leaves my camp improves his/her times.” We (Jamaicans) are blessed with athletic talent. Champs 2017 cannot come too soon. The greatest show on earth (for children) is over. The Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) lived up to its billing and pre-Championships hype. I estimate that more than the reported maximum capacity of 30,000 people were in the National Stadium for the final day on Saturday, April 19, 2016. The talent on show over the previous five days proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jamaica is indeed the ‘Sprint Capital of the World’. However, the female standout of the Championships, Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), cannot be described as a “sprinter”. The remarkable Jamaican child ran in the preliminaries and finals for the girls 400 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres, before anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay final on Saturday night. For those who came in late, Miss Bromfield ran (and won) the 1500-metre race on Friday, then the 400-metre final on Saturday afternoon, completing the distance in 51.74 seconds, the fastest time for a Junior in the world this year. She returned to the track two hours later to win the 800-metre finals, capping the day with anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay finals! This 18-year-old from STETHS is not only an athletic phenom, but impressively, she is also a medical marvel. Having exhausted the source of energy (carbohydrate stores) day after day, she obviously replenished those stores enough to complete the demolition of all her rivals in winning race after race and earning four gold medals. The only problem now is what next? What will happen to this young Jamaican star when she transitions to racing against adults? Unfortunately, previous middle-distance stars from Champs have not gone on to victory (and glory) at the world (adult) level. Burnout kills performance The reasons for this lack of success in the adult middle distance world varies from genetics to burnout. Genetics because of the preponderance of fast-twitch fibres in muscle biopsies of Jamaican athletes and burnout because of poor handling of these teenage stars on transition to adult competition. Maybe, just maybe, a ‘Junelle Bromfield National Project’ can correct this glaring anomaly. That project would entail the burying of egos as the nation unites spiritually and financially in managing and preparing this rare talent for world supremacy. I suggest that the start would be allowing her to concentrate on the 800 metres alone, as that is where her best chance for international glory lies. Then what about the Class Two phenom, Christopher Taylor? This remarkable young man ran a jaw dropping 20.8 seconds in the 200-metre preliminaries (a record), 46.33 seconds in the 400-metre preliminaries, another record, going on to win gold in both finals. He then ran a leg in Calabar High’s victorious Class Two 4×100-metre relay, before capping off the night with a relay leg for the ages, anchoring his team to victory in the Open 4×400-metre relay finals.
– mother says “somebody wanted him out”The most immense hurt any mother can experience is that of losing a child in the cruelest way possible.Dead: Seon Anthony BurrySuch are the emotions of Jennifer Benn, after learning that her son, 28-year-old Seon Anthony Burry, also called “Cenestro”, was found dead with multiple stab wounds to the neck and throat on Tuesday morning.Burry’s lifeless body was found at D’Urban Park, about 05:45h after he left his Lot 194 Section A, Field 7, South Sophia, Greater Georgetown home to train athletes at 03:30h.He was a Rural Constable (RC) attached to the Police Force Sports Club.His mother, who was able to view the injuries on her son’s body, told Guyana Times that it was her belief that someone may have wanted him dead, claiming that the young man was attacked and killed by more than one person.“That is murder; somebody wanted him out. All the injuries that he got, wah I see on his hand was he defending himself trying to block, and it had to be more than one person. No one person couldn’t take him down so,” Benn added.The grieving mother said it was somewhat normal for Burry not to return home after training sessions, but, according to her, he was no troublemaker.Mother of the deceased man: Jennifer Benn“According to them children, he didn’t come in last night, so I don’t know if that what happen to him happen late last night or early this morning, because some nights he wouldn’t come in … when he left, I wouldn’t have been at home, I would’ve been at work,” the distressed mother noted.Burry’s mother is pleading for justice as she called on the Police to act swiftly.The father of one was described as the kindest person one could know, “That’s one of the kindest persons you would’ve ever wanted to know; he don’t deh in story, all his interest was running … Yes! I want justice, everybody know that he doesn’t deh in story, he doesn’t trouble nobody. When he left this house here is because he going and train people children,” the mother added.Burry, who was enlisted as an RC in the Force on July 17, 2015 leaves to mourn his mother, a child, and siblings.His body was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary to await a post-mortem as Police investigations are ongoing. (Leah Hernandes)