Bolt, other Puma athletes lauded as company doubles profit

German brandishing merchandise creator Puma said Thursday it practically multiplied net benefits in the second from last quarter on account of solid development in deals driven by sponsorships of top Olympic competitors in Rio.

The Bavaria-based firm made 39.5 million euros (US$43 million) in net benefit amongst July and September, 98 for every penny higher than a similar period a year ago.

Its announcement trumpeted the “colossal execution of Puma competitors at the Rio Olympics,” including sprint symbol Usain Bolt, who won three gold awards for the third time consecutively.

Deals at the gathering expanded in the greater part of its business areas, with a twofold digit increment in the Americas — albeit frail coinage in Latin America restricted its effect on all that really matters — and also in the Europe, Middle East and Africa locale.

Shoes were the best-performing product offering, albeit developing offers of garments and embellishments likewise encouraged into aggregate offers of 990 million euros.

Panther affirmed its figure of a “high single-digit increment of net deals” for the entire year 2016 and hopes to report working benefit somewhere around 120 and 125 million euros.

Source: The Jamaica Observer

Usain Bolt To Break 200m Record At Rio Olympics

Usain Bolt has his eyes set on breaking his own 200m record at the Rio Olympics.

The legend won his heat of the Men’s 200m easily in 20.28. Compatriots Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade have also advanced to the semi-finals set for Wednesday at 8pm Ja time/9pm ET. The starter’s gun in the FINAL fires at 8:30pm JA time/9:30pm ET on Wednesday, August 18.


Bolt, who won his third consecutive gold medal in the Men’s 100m on Sunday (14 August), vowed to defend his 200m and 4x100m relay titles he won at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, which will be an unprecedented ‘triple-triple’. He will be joined by 2011 world champion Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade in the 200m event.

“Somebody said I can become immortal,” he said after his 100m win. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal. It’s a good start. There will always be doubters, but I’m in better shape than last season.”


Source: iamajamaican



100m Bronze medallist has Barbadian and Trinidadian parents

Andre De Grasse who took the Bronze in the 100m at the Rio Olympics, has Barbadian and Trinidadian heritage.

Jamaican Usain Bolt made the Caribbean proud when he won the 100 metres final at the Rio Olympics, but the region had another reason to celebrate after that race. While Justin Gatlin from the USA placed second, third was Andre de Grasse of Canada.

Even though de Grasse represents Canada he could easily represent two Caribbean states.

His mother Beverley De Grasse was also an athlete for her country of birth Trinidad and Tobago, while his father Alex Waithe is from Barbados. They both migrated to Canada where their son was born.

And Andre de Grasse isn’t finished yet!

He is eying another medal in the 200 metres and wrote about it on Facebook yesterday:

“Can’t fully express what it means to have you guys behind me like this. The task isn’t over yet though. The 200m starts tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Yona Knight-Wisdom, the young diver making history for Jamaica, also has an interesting story.

Born and raised in Leeds, England, the 20-year-old’s father, Trevor, is Jamaican, while mom, Grace, is a Bajan.

In a 2012 interview with the Jamaica Observer, he said his decision to represent Jamaica was influenced by three main factors:

“First thing is that’s where Usain Bolt is from; two, I could get more funding than from Barbados; and three I figured I could get into international competitions this way instead of waiting to make the Great Britain team.”

Source: Loop Jamaica

Usain Bolt Wins Heat 9: Men’s 200m At Rio Olympics


Watch Usain Bolt post-200m-race interview

Source: iamajamaican

RIO 2016: Shericka Jackson mines bronze for Jamaica in 400m

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson on Monday night won the bronze medal in the women’s 400 metres behind Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas and American Allyson Felix at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The first time Olympian came off the bend in fourth and quickly worked her way into the bronze medal position before crossing the line in 49.85 seconds.

It took a dramatic dive by  Miller at the finish line to prevent Felix from capturing a record fifth Olympic gold medal.

Miller clocked 49.44 seconds, running in lane 7, to narrowly hold off Felix, who finished in 49.51.

Felix won the 400 at the world championships last year and was planning to run the 200- and 400-metre double in Rio, but was hampered by an ankle injury at the U.S. trials and didn’t make the team for the 200. She won the 200 in London four years ago.

Felix now has seven Olympic medals, including three silvers. She could still run both the 4×100 and the 4×400 relays in Rio.

The 30-year-old American entered the games as one of six women with four Olympic gold medals in track and field.

The second Jamaican in the finals, Stephenie Ann McPherson, finsihed sixth in a time of 50.97.

Jamaica has now won four medals (two gold and two bronze) in Rio.

Global sprint king Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson accounted for the gold medals, while the other bronze came from two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

See the results of the finals below:

Gold: Shaunae Miller (Bahamas), 49.44s
Silver: Allyson Felix (United States), 49.51s
Bronze: Shericka Jackson (Jamaica), 49.85s
4: Natasha Hastings (United States), 50.34s
5: Phyllis Francis (United States), 50.41s
6: Stephenie Ann McPherson (Jamaica), 50.97s
7: Olha Zemlyak (Ukraine), 51.24s
8: Libania Grenot (Italy), 51.25s

Source: Loop Jamaica

Kierre Beckles to sprint in 100m hurdles qualifiers

Barbados sprint hurdler Kierre Beckles will begin her bid to make the final of the women’s 100m hurdles at the Olympic in Rio Brazil.

Beckles will take to the track in Heat 4 of Round 1, which is slated to begin at 10:05 a.m.

Beckles had a personal best time of 12.88 seconds which is the current Barbados record and has been to the final in the Commonwealth Games and a North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Championships bronze medalist.

Source: Loop Jamaica

Shaunae Miller’s dive across the 400m finish line legal

Bahamas Shaunae Miller did nothing wrong.

Whether you argue that Miller dived or fell across the finish line to take the gold medal in the 400m last night at the Olympic Stadium in Rio, the truth is her move was legal.

According to the International Association of Athletic Federations rulebook,

“The athletes shall be placed in the order in which any part of their bodies (i.e. torso, as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, legs, hands or feet) reached the vertical plane of the nearer edge of the finish line” (Rule 164, IAAF Rules 2006-2007).

And Miller’s torso crossed the line first to see her sweep the gold from just under USA’s Allyson Felix’s nose.

Miller beat Felix by 0.07 seconds with her perfectly legal dive.

Source: Loop Jamaica

Van Niekerk shatters world record in 400 to win Olympic gold

Bursting out of the blocks in lane eight, Wayde van Niekerk didn’t see another runner during the entire Olympic 400-metre final.

He didn’t need to. It was just him against the clock.

The South African sprinter broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record on Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, leaving two of the greatest one-lap runners of this era in his dust.

Van Niekerk finished in 43.03 seconds — 0.15 seconds faster than Johnson ran in 1999. To think, Johnson’s mark was considered one of the almost untouchable records in track.

The 24-year-old Van Niekerk leaned at the finish line, which he really didn’t need to do as Kirani James of Grenada and LaShawn Merritt of the Unites States weren’t even in the picture.

James, the defending Olympic champion, finished with the silver and Merritt, who won gold eight years ago in Beijing, hung on for bronze as he staggered across the line.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio finished 4th in 44.01, while Grenada’s Branlon Taplin finished 7th in 44.45.

Van Niekerk drove a wedge in rivalry between James and Merritt at the world championships last August, when he beat them both with such a lung-searing performance that he left the track on a stretcher.

Now, he’s the fastest ever.

This time at the finish, instead of collapsing Van Niekerk dropped to one knee and put his head in his hands. Moments later, he put the multi-colored South African flag around his shoulders and took off his spikes. As he did so, Van Niekerk pointed at the clock to make sure everyone saw his time.

Hard to miss. It was that impressive.

Even Johnson thought so. In comments for the BBC — he’s a track and field TV analyst for them — Johnson said: “Oh my God! From lane eight, a world record. He took it out so quick. I have never seen anything from 200 to 400 like that.

“That was a massacre from Wayde van Niekerk. He just put those guys away.”

Source:  Loop Jamaica

Jamaican diver qualifies for 3-metre springboard semi-finals in Rio

Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom has advanced to Tuesday’s semi-final of the men’s 3-metre springboard event at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Knight-Wisdom, the first Jamaican diver ever to qualify for the Olympics, accomplished the feat after finishing 11th in the preliminary round on Monday.

After six dives, his final point standing was 416.55. He earned his highest score of 79.05 in the final round.

Yuan Cao of China had the highest score after the preliminary round with 498.70 points, followed by Rommel Pacheco of Mexico with 488.25 points and America’s Kristian Ipsen with 461.35 points.

Source: Loop Jamaica