JAMAICA ENDS CARIFTA COMPETITION WITH SWEEP IN 4X400 METER RELAY—04/07/15
Jamaica’s athletes ended their stint at the 44th Carifta Games by winning gold medals in all of the 4×400-meter relays in the Basseterre, St. Kitts, Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium. Jamaica ended the competition with 85 medals in total, including 41 gold, 25 silver, and 19 bronze.
BOLT’S COACH CONFIDENT ABOUT WORLD RELAYS—04/08/15
According to Glen Mills, Usain Bolt’s coach, the sprint champion does not have much to worry about when competing at his best, as he plans to do in the World Relays. Mills was referring to Justin Gatlin, a Bolt rival from the United States. Bolt has had several years of below-par performances, however, clocking 10.06 seconds in the 100-meters in Brazil in 2014. He holds the world record for that distance with 9.59 seconds. Gatlin held six of the seven fastest 100-meter times in the world in 2014.
GYMNAST WILLIAMS TO PARTICIPATE IN WOMEN”S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS—04/09/15
Toni-Ann Williams of Jamaica, 19, plans to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic association (NCAA) Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Texas. Williams was born in the United States; her parents are Jamaicans. She has won more than 30 titles in her freshman year at the University of California Berkeley and has broken five records.
PIONEERING TV COMMENTATOR DIES—04/10/15
Richie Benaud, a former Australian cricket captain and a pioneer in the television commentator field, was called a national treasure by his peers and by the Australian Prime Minister. Bernaud was 84 years of age and had been battling cancer since 2014. Benaud played in 63 Test matches and went on to have a part in the forming of World Series Cricket during the 1970s.