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Written by BahamasAthletics    Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:54   

The Roadrunners Track and Field Club will be holding its 15th Annual Presentation and Awards Banquet on Saturday, 29th November at the Crown Ballroom, Beach Towers, Atlantis, Paradise Island. This exciting and most anticipated event will begin at 7 p.m. under the theme “Dominate the Impossible: Conquering the Unknown, Discovering Strength.”

This annual event highlights the athletic and academic accomplishments of the Roadrunners athletes during the past year. Special guests will include the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture, Honorable Dr Daniel Johnson; Director of Sports, Mr Timothy Munnings; former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture & former Minister of Education, Mr. Desmond Bannister; and President of the BAAAs, Mr. Mike Sands. Guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Paul Moss, President of Dominion Management Services Limited.

Some of the accomplishments this past season include Honor Roll students, BJC and BGCSE successes, Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year nominees, Most Outstanding Athletes at the Bahamas Primary School National Meet, gold medal performances at the Archdiocesan Schools Track meet and AAU Club Championships, in Orlando, Florida, outstanding performances at BAISS, GSSSA, and High School Nationals, and a Carifta team member.

Our Roadrunners athletes are encouraged to maintain productive and wholesome lifestyles through organized, structured, and disciplined participation in track and field. As such, the Executives look forward to ensuring a successful and rewarding event each year to celebrate their accomplishments.

For tickets and ​information, please contact Head Coach Dexter Bodie at 434-7706 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .​

Lavillenie and Adams are the 2014 World Athletes of the Year
Written by IAAF(Photo by Philippe Fitte)    Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:41   

Monaco - France's Renaud Lavillenie and New Zealand's Valerie Adams were named the male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2014.

The pair received their trophies at this evening’s IAAF World Athletics Gala held at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille.

The awards were hosted by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the male and female winners.

It was the first time in the history of the awards that field event athletes had won both accolades and was also the first time that a male pole vaulter or a female thrower had won the World Athlete of the Year award.

Lavillenie, 28, had an almost perfect season which included setting a pole vault world record of 6.16m in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

The Frenchman won 21 of his 22 competitions in 2014, a series which included victories in the Diamond Race as well as at the European Championships and IAAF Continental Cup.

"This season couldn’t have been better. This is really the dream season for me. I can only enjoy this and be very grateful to the whole athletics family," reflected Lavillenie.

"I think the world record contributed to the award, but I won other competitions too. I wasn’t as good as Valerie, I lost one competition, but 21 out of 22 is not too bad in an event which is quite unpredictable," he joked.

Adams, 30, may have thrown farther in previous seasons than she did in 2014, but the Olympic champion added a ninth senior global title to her collection when she successfully defended her world indoor crown in Sopot and triumphed at the Commonwealth Games.

She was the only athlete in the world to win at all seven IAAF Diamond League fixtures in any discipline and was a clear winner of the women’s shot put Diamond Race.

"This is the icing on the cake for 2014. It's been a year that's been physically challenging but I’m proud to be here for New Zealand and Oceania," commented Adams.

"There's been a lot of pain but I love what I do, I love competing. I'm mentally strong and I've a high pain threshold so that makes it easier," she added, with her delight evident for all to see.

Other awards


Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)

Alekna, now 42, has had a stellar career and his major achievements include gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, 2003 and 2005 IAAF World Championships.

He was also the 2006 European champion and has another five medals from major international championships. His international championship career stretched over 21 seasons, starting at the 1994 European Championships and, 20 years later, he competed in the 2014 European Championships this summer.

He threw a national record of 73.88m in 2000 and currently lies second on the world all-time list for his discipline.


Wilhem Belocian (FRA) & Morgan Lake (GBR)

Belocian, 19, won the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships this summer in a world junior record time of 12.99, making his own mark as the first junior to run under 13 seconds over the barriers. His global victory added to his win at the 2013 European Junior Championships.

Lake, 17, achieved a unique double at the IAAF World Junior Championships in the US city of Eugene, winning both the heptathlon and the high jump and while still a youth as well. Her winning heptathlon total of 6148 points was a world youth best.


Tom Tellez (USA)

Tellez is best known for guiding Carl Lewis to nine Olympic titles. Between 1984 and 1996, all but one of the US athletes who won gold medals in sprinting events at the Olympic Games were coached by Tellez.

His group included the likes of 1988 Olympic 200m champion Joe DeLoach, former 100m world record-holder Leroy Burrell, 1992 Olympic 200m champion Mike Marsh, 1984 Olympic 200m silver medallist Kirk Baptiste and 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Frank Rutherford.


Evie Garrett Dennis (USA)

Dennis was instrumental in convening the first ever convention of The Athletics Congress (now USA Track & Field). Eight years later, in 1988, she became the first woman to act as the chef de mission for the US Olympic team.

She went on to serve as the vice president of the US Olympic Committee, again becoming the first woman to do so, and chaired the USOC’s women’s committee and diversity committee. She has been a staunch advocate and spokesperson for Title IX, which ensures equal access to sports for young women.


Marc Ventouillac (FRA)

Ventouillac is head of athletics at renowned French sports newspaper l’Equipe and since 2003 he has been a member of the IAAF Press Commission. He is a recipient of the Prix Robert-Parenté, awarded by a group of international French athletics journalists, and in 2014 he became a distinguished member of the AIPS Executive Committee, Europe and president of the AIPS Athletics Commission.


Guido Muller (GER)

Having started out in athletics at the age of 11, Muller is still going strong 64 years later. Since turning 45 in 1983, Muller has gained 126 national masters titles, 82 at the European level and 36 at the World Masters Championships. He also holds 17 world masters records across various age groups from M45 to M75, four of which were set this year.


Lavinia Petrie (AUS)

Since turning 70, Petrie has been on a record-breaking run, setting multiple world records in her age group across middle and long distances. At the start of 2014, Petrie set world W70 records over 3000m and 10,000m in the same day. During the same competition, she broke the W70 world best in the half marathon. Two months later, she took a 46-second chunk off her own W70 10,000m world best.


A dozen athletics legends, the 'class of 2014', were inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame.

Valeriy Brumel

Glenn Davis

Heike Drechsler

Hicham El Guerrouj

Marita Koch

Robert Korzeniowski

Janis Lusis

Bob Mathias

Wilma Rudolph

Shirley Strickland de la Hunty

Lasse Viren

Cornelius Warmerdam

IAAF Council Meeting, Monaco Day 2 – NOTES
Written by IAAF(Photo by Philippe Fitte)    Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:31   

Monaco - The IAAF Council, chaired by President Lamine Diack, met in the Fairmont Hotel, Monaco, for the second of three days of its autumn session on Wednesday.

The principal decisions are listed below.

The Council approved the Entry Standards for the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015.

The key element of the new system is that the IAAF shall establish the ideal number of athletes (and relay teams) to start in each event of the championships and shall ensure that such ideal numbers are met through a qualification system which, essentially, combines entry standards (only one standard) and invitations based on rankings.

As in the past, there are still some special qualification opportunities and it will still be possible for member federations without any qualified athletes to be represented with one unqualified athlete (subject to certain conditions).

Full details of the Entry Standards can be seen here.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

For the first time at an Olympic Games since 1988, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature finals during the morning sessions of the athletics programme.

The full detailed competition programme will be released shortly but the IAAF Council approved the decision to have finals in the morning.

There will be 13 finals in the mornings: the five road events (three race walks and two marathons) and also eight events in the stadium. Out of those eight in-stadia events, there will be an even split between genders as well as between track and field events.

The Council approved the Distance Medley Relay replacing the 4x1500m relay at the 2015 IAAF World Relays.

The following Entry Standards were also approved for the 2015 IAAF World Relays.

- Women: 4 x 100m: 44.00

4 x 400m: 3:33.50

- Men: 4 x 100m: 39.00

4 x 400m: 3:04.10

Application for Membership - South Sudan

The IAAF has received and reviewed an application for IAAF Membership from the South Sudan Athletics Federation.

The application was judged to meet the requirements, as set out in Article 4.3 of the Constitution, and provisional IAAF Membership was granted to the South Sudan Athletics Federation, with full rights and obligations.

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships - new name

Based on the Council’s approval during the July 2014 meeting, the Council confirmed that the new name of the competition formerly known as the IAAF World Race Walking Cup will now be the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships.

Change of IAAF Office

vThe Council approved the new location in Monaco of the IAAF Office. From early next year the IAAF will be based at: 6 & 8 quai Antoine Ier.

Doping Control Programme in 2014 (at the end of October 2014)

In-Competition testing: total urine tests: 1597, including 668 EPO analyses

Out-of-Competition testing: total urine tests: 1721, including 634 EPO analyses

Pre-Competition testing: total 612 blood tests for ABP purposes

Track Facilities

29 tracks that have been certified since 4 July 2014, bringing the current total to 117 tracks holding a Class 1 Certificate and 547 a Class 2 Certificate.

Chris “The Fireman” Brown – on his way to the IAAF ​2014 Gala in Monaco
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:21   

On November 21st, 2014, all roads would lead to Monaco, Monte Carlo to attend the IAAF ​2014 ​Athle​tics Gala. Those who attended last year’s Gala would have been privileged to witness 12 world class athletes inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame. Attendees were also fortunate to witness two of the world’s great athletes - Usain Bolt and Shelly–Ann Fraser-Pryce awarded the 2013 IAAF World Athletes of the Year.

This year attendees would also be honored to witness the 2014 Hall of Fame honorees inducted and also the presentation of the Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Of course, what world class sports event would occur without some Bahamian representation; who else to receive a personal invitation to attend the Gala than The Bahamas’ very own, Chris “the Fireman” Brown! Chris who received the award due to his exceptional performance says he was very thankful and surprised when he got the invitation. “I owe it all to the Lord,” he says.

Chris indeed, has had a very successful year. When asked what grade he would give himself for his 2014 performance; without hesitation said, “An A+! My performance speaks loud and clear.” Chris who has had an injury free season, has many accomplishments under his belt. “I medaled at the World Indoor Championships with a silver medal, a personal and season best and was ranked high in the world as a quarter-miler this whole season,” boasts the proud athlete. “I was obedient and I waited my turn for what God had for me. It was a great feeling and I had a great season,” he added.

Many Bahamians were fortunate enough to witness one of Chris’s great performance live and in person right here in the Bahamas at the IAAF World Relays 2014. Chris and his team mates gave an exceptional performance in the 4 x 400m relay giving the “Power House”

America​ a “run for their money.” When it was all over, The Bahamas won the Silver medal with ​America​ winning the Gold. Chris was not only impressed with their performance but also very impressed with how well The Bahamas did in hosting the Relays. “Persons haven’t stopped talking about it (the Relays) yet; the crowd was amazing, stadium amazing and it was well organized and everyone’s looking forward to next year.”

As reported earlier, members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) are also expected to be in Monaco to report on their plans for the 2015 World Relays. Chris is off the opinion that The Bahamas did well in pulling off a major world event and that next year, The Bahamas must give the same or better level of service as in the 2014 Relays. “The world would be back to our house and it is good for the country and it is good for the Bahamian people so let’s continue do well.”

For now, this very prestigious and elite athlete has put away his cleats and is on his way to Monaco; luckily for Brown, this trip is not about competing but to enjoy the festivities. “I usually travel for work but this time I get a chance to relax, see the city, take some photographs and “throw my legs up” before the season begins, Brown says jovially.

Bahamas Athletics wishes Chris Brown a safe and enjoyable journey!

Kirani James, Kaliese Spencer claim CASJA Awards
Written by CASJA    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:35   

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 16, 2014 - Kirani James of Grenada and Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica have been voted the top sportsman and sportswoman in the Caribbean across sporting disciplines by the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association (CASJA).

James, who won the Commonwealth Games 400 metres gold in Glasgow, Scotland this summer received three of six final votes from the six- member selection panel consisting of Olympians Tonique Williams (BAH) and Ato Boldon (TTO), Former World Cup footballer Shaka Hislop (TTO) and Journalists Terry Finisterre (SLU), Vernon Springer (SKN) and Kayon Raynor (JAM).

The man, who ended the year with the fastest time of 43.74 seconds edged out Jamaican World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World featherweight boxer champion Nicholas “the Axeman” Walters (2 votes) and six time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt of Jamaica for the top award.

The winners were selected from a shortlist of nominees submitted via responses from members of CASJA.

Spencer, who captured gold in the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games, in addition to winning a fifth IAAF 400m Hurdles Diamond League Trophy polled five of the six votes by the panel. Yarisley Silva of Cuba, the Pole Vault gold medallist from the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland ended second in the female vote (1). Sprint hurdler Wilhem Belocian of Guadeloupe and Barbadian Akela Jones were named the two Rising Stars.

Belocian, who captured the 2014 World Junior Championships gold in a world junior record of 12.99 seconds, beat Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde to the accolade. Hyde had won the world junior 400m hurdle gold and the Youth Olympic Games 110m title. Jones, who secured gold in the Long Jump at the World Junior champions in addition to receiving the Austin Sealy Award after copping three individual gold medals at the CARIFTA Championships, beat Jamaican Commonwealth Games 400m champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson to the female Rising Star award.

Jamaica’s team of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, Yohan Blake, which set a new world record of 1 minute 18.63 seconds in the 4x200m relay in Nassau, Bahamas was voted the top male Team of the Year. Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Princesses, who are one win away from qualifying for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada was named the female Team of the Year. The Soca Princesses will meet Ecuador in the return leg of their playoff on December 2 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.



3 of 6 winning votes: Kirani James, Grenada – Athletics. 2 of 6 winning votes: Nicholas Walters, Jamaica - Boxing 1 of 6 winning votes: Usain Bolt, Jamaica - Athletics


5 of 6 Winning votes: Kaliese Spencer, Jamaica - Athletics 1 of 6 Winning vote: Yarisley Silva, Cuba - Athletics


3 of 6 Winning votes: Wilhem Belocian, Guadeloupe - Athletics 2 of 6 Winning votes: Jaheel Hyde, Jamaica - Athletics

1 of 6 Winning vote: Deon Lendore, Trinidad & Tobago - Athletics


3 of 6 winning votes: Akela Jones, Barbados – Athletics

2 of 6 winning votes: Stephanie McPherson, Jamaica – Athletics

1 of 6 winning votes: Michelle Lee Ahye, Trinida & Tobago - Athletic



5 Winning votes: Jamaica 4x200m Relay WR Team

1 Winning vote: Jamaica 4x100m Relay Team


2 Winning votes: Trinidad & Tobago Football Team

1 Winning vote each: Jamaica Netball Team

1 Winning vote: Jamaica 4x400 Relay Team

1 Winning vote: West Indies Women Team

1 Winning vote: Jamaica 4x100m Relay Team


The nominees were tabulated based on responses received from members of CASJA.

The six member panel of judges which consisted of Olympians Tonique Williams (BAH) & Ato Boldon (TTO), Former World Cup/English Premier League footballer Shaka Hislop (TTO) and Journalists Terry Finisterre (SLU), Vernon Springer (SKN) and Kayon Raynor (JAM) then deliberated on the winners.

With the absence of the Olympic Games in 2014, the judges focused on distinguished achievement, honour or world record achieved at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games or similar high level of competition in their respective sport to arrive at the winners.

Sportsman of the Year Nominees:

Kirani James, GRN – Athletics

Jaheel Hyde, JAM – Athletics

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, GUY – Cricket

Nicholas Walters, JAM – Boxing

Keshorn Walcott, TTO – Athletics

Sunil Narine, TTO – Cricket

Denesh Ramdin, TTO – Cricket

Usain Bolt, JAM – Athletics

Sportswoman of the Year Nominees:

Kaliese Spencer, JAM – Athletics

Romelda Aiken, JAM – Netball

Sahily Diago, CUB – Athletics

Stafanie Taylor, JAM – Cricket

Yarisley Silva, CUB – Athletics

Alia Atkinson, JAM – Swimming

Stephenie-Ann McPherson, JAM – Athletics

Deandra Dottin, BAR – Cricket

Karen Meakins, BAR – Squash

Team of the Year Male Nominees:

Jamaica 4x200m Relay Team – Athletics Antigua & Barbuda Senior – Football Puerto Rico Senior – Basketball Barbados Tridents – Cricket

Jamaica 4x100m Relay Team – Athletics Trinidad W Connection FC – Football Barbados Davis Cup Team – Tennis Barbados Team – Bodybuilding

Trinidad & Tobago 4x100m Relay Team – Athletics

Team of the Year Female Nominees:

Trinidad & Tobago Senior – Football Jamaica National Team – Netball West Indies Team – Cricket

Jamaica 4x400m Relay Team – Athletics Barbados Team - Body Fitness

Jamaica 4x100m Relay Team – Athletics

Rising Star of the Year Male Nominees:

O’Dayne Richards, JAM – Athletics Deon Lendore, TTO – Athletics Kraigg Brathwaite, BAR – Cricket Lazaro Martinez, CUB – Athletics

Wilhem Belocian, GLP/FRA – Athletics Jaheel Hyde, JAM – Athletics

Cavahn McKenzie, JAM – Athletics

Rising Star of the Year Female Nominees:

Michelle-Lee Ahye, TTO – Athletics Akela Jones, BAR – Athletics Shanel Daley, JAM – Cricket Natalya White, JAM – Athletics Yorgelis Rodriguez, CUB – Athletics Janeive Russell, JAM – Athletics Chelsea Tuach, BAR – Surfing

Stephenie-Ann McPherson, JAM – Athletics Sahily Diago, CUB – Athletics

IAAF Council Meeting, Monaco Day 1 – NOTES
Written by IAAF    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:08   

The IAAF Council, chaired by President Lamine Diack, met in the Fairmont Hotel, Monaco, for the first of three days of its traditional autumn session on Tuesday (18).

Dominating today’s meeting were the bid presentations by the potential hosts for four IAAF World Athletics Series (WAS) events: the 2019 IAAF World Championships, 2018 IAAF Continental Cup, 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships (events given in voting order).

Doha to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships

Doha (QAT) was selected by a vote of Council over Barcelona (ESP) and Eugene (USA) for the right to host the 17th edition of the IAAF World Championships, the premier competition in the IAAF World Athletics Series portfolio.

The voting was as follows:

First round: Doha - 12, Eugene - 9, Barcelona - 6 (Barcelona was eliminated).

Second round: Doha - 15, Eugene - 12.

"I am sure that in Doha we will have a wonderful edition of the World Championships. I am convinced they are committed through sport to developing their country and their community, and they are doing the right things," commented IAAF President Lamine Diack.

President Diack also offered his thanks to all three candidates: "They were the best presentations we have ever had."

The 2015 edition of the IAAF World Championships will be hosted by Beijing (CHN) from 22-30 August; followed in 2017 by London (GBR) from 5-13 August that year.

Ostrava to host the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup

Ostrava (CZE) was chosen to host the next edition of the IAAF Continental Cup after winning a vote against Bydgoszcz (POL).

The Czech city, which has got a long pedigree in staging top quality athletics events, including IAAF World Athletics Series competitions, showed an impressive commitment to staging the Cup, an impression which was reinforced with an outstanding presentation.

It had a high powered team in Monaco, with the bid led by the country’s Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Marcel Chladek and the Czech Athletics Federation President Libor Varhanik.

The last edition of the IAAF Continental Cup took place in Marrakech (MAR) on 13-14 March 2014.

Kampala to host the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

This IAAF World Athletics Series competition will go back to Africa a decade after the IAAF World Cross Country Championships was last held on the continent, in neighbouring Kenya.

The Ugandan capital won the right to stage the competition after winning a vote against Manama (BRN).

The Hon. Charles Bakabulindi, Honorary State Minister of Education and Sport, and Ugandan Athletics Federation Domenic Otucet led the successful bid for Uganda’s first ever IAAF World Athletics Series competition.

The next edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships takes place in Guiyang (CHN), 28 March 2015.

Nairobi to host the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships

The Kenyan capital was the only candidate for this IAAF competition but the Nairobi delegation convincingly persuaded the IAAF Council to endorse its right to host this event, the second IAAF World Athletics Series competition to be held in the country after the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

The Nairobi bid team included Dr Hassan Wario Arero, the Cabinet Principal Secretary at the Ministry for Sports Culture and the Arts as well as local government and Athletics Kenya officials.

Also included in the delegation were the well-known athletes Mercy Cherono and Jairus Birech, the latter the 2014 Diamond Race winner in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

The next edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships will take place in Cali (COL), 15-19 July 2015

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