August 20, 2008 |
When Jamaica's Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley finished one-two in the 400 meters at London's 1948 Olympics, some of their stunned competitors wondered where in the world the island was. Sixty years later, no one is asking that question. Jamaica, especially after Shelly-Ann Fraser led a 1-2-3 women's sweep and Usain Bolt peacock-strutted to men's gold at these 2008 Summer Games, has become track's high-speed connection, the Caribbean nation wired for sprinting dominance. "Reggae power," Fraser said, when asked to explain Jamaica's speedy success.
August 18, 2008 |
As Penn Relays fans already knew, when it comes to sprints, nobody does it better than the Jamaicans. The Caribbean island of 2.8 million capped the first gold-medal sweep of men's and women's 100-meter dashes by one nation since 1912 with a rare 1-2-3 sweep of the women's race. After never winning Olympic gold in the 100, Jamaica got two in as many days. Shelly-Ann Fraser won the women's dash yesterday, pumping a fist as she was clocked in 10.78 seconds. Teammates Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart finished in a dead heat for the silver, 0.20 seconds back - the same margin Usain Bolt won by Saturday when he hot-dogged to the finish in 9.69 seconds.
July 30, 2008 |
Jamaica's Asafa Powell ran his fastest 100 meters of the season and Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record in the women's pole vault yesterday at the Herculis Super Grand Prix meet in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Powell had no help from the wind on a humid night, winning his event in 9.82 seconds - six-hundredths of a second faster than he ran in Stockholm, Sweden, a week ago. The time was eight-hundredths of a second slower than his previous best of 9.74, which set a world record in Reiti, Italy, in September.
June 10, 2008 |
How could it be that a musical by Yip Harburg - who gave us the wonders of The Wizard of Oz and Finian's Rainbow - went unheard for half a century? The calypso show Jamaica, resurrected and adapted by the Prince Music Theater, originally was written by Harburg and Harold Arlen for Harry Belafonte. When illness forced Belafonte to drop out, Lena Horne replaced him, and the show was rewritten as a star vehicle for her in 1957. It was a dazzling cast, if not a dazzling vehicle: Ricardo Montalban, Ossie Davis and Alvin Ailey, all at the start of their fame, joined Horne, making her Broadway debut.
May 25, 2008 |
The streets of the city are scented in various precincts - near 30th Street Station, for instance, or stretches of Woodland Avenue - with the smoky spice of jerk chicken, oxtail and curried goat of Jamaica, much of it dispensed from trucks, some of them manned, to the disappointment of native Jamaicans, by Haitians or Africans whom they say don't always get the taste of things quite exactly right. So at the window of Jamaican D's, the Caribbean-American lunch truck parked on 17th Street alongside Philadelphia Community College, hesitant first-timers will sometimes quiz the servers about the bona fides of the cooks.
February 26, 2008 |
Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress said he hasn't determined yet whether he will punish left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who was charged with a felony following a confrontation at a Miami night club over the weekend. Speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Childress said he still was trying to gather all the information from Miami police about the incident. "I don't have all the information because I've been in meetings and workouts all weekend, but I have gotten a chance to speak with his family," Childress said.
February 26, 2008 |
Zab Judah was cleared in Las Vegas yesterday to reapply for a license to fight in Nevada, a move that paves the way for a bout against Shane Mosley in Las Vegas in the next few months. The Nevada Athletic Commission reinstated Judah nearly two years after a melee during a title fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The panel said it was satisfied that the 30-year-old Judah (36-5) had behaved well in four recent fights in other states. The commission also issued a 2008 license for Mosley (44-5)
August 28, 2007 |
For at least 5 agonizing minutes after their race, Veronica Campbell and Lauryn Williams waited and wondered which of them was the world 100-meter champion. Finally, after a study of the photo finish, the decision went to the Jamaican Campbell by a hair over the defending champion from America. "It was a very close race, a very good race," Campbell said. "I know I had a really good finish. It was so close that I wasn't really sure. " Both were clocked in 11.01 seconds yesterday in the final event of Day 3 of the world track and field championships in Osaka, Japan.
April 23, 2007
Here are the winners of the Penn Relays high school boys' and girls' most outstanding individual awards in the last five years. Local athletes have won three of the 10 awards: Girls 2006: Sherene Pinnock, Edwin Allen (Jamaica) 2005: Nicole Leach, West Catholic 2004: Nicole Leach, West Catholic 2003: Ari Lambie, Bromfield (Mass.) 2002: Lindsay Grigoriev, Atholton (Md.) Boys Matt Centrowitz, Broadneck (Md.) Carlos Mattos, Kingston College (Jamaica)
April 8, 2007 |
I wanted the impossible vacation: a tropical paradise but not a resort, where the beaches were beautiful but not full of bronzed bodies, and the location was authentic, not gussied up like some Caribbean Disneyland. Of course, I didn't want a country in the midst of upheaval. (I spend too much time in the Middle East.) The spot had to be affordable and easy to reach from Philadelphia - I didn't have the energy for multiple plane connections. I had just about given up looking for my impossible dream when I remembered a place I visited 20 years ago - an undeveloped part of Jamaica's beautiful northeastern coast, east of the town of Port Antonio.