janieve russell Jamaica National trials

photomark 1 1024x531 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1Janieve Russell will run the women’s 400m hurdles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, according to officials from the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

Russell, the third fastest one-lap obstacle runner in the world this year, missed the Jamaica Trials, but was given until Monday, August 8th to prove her fitness.

The Gleaner quoted Jamaica’s track and field team manager Ludlow Watts as saying. “She is certified fit. She will compete.”

On Monday, Russell name was missing from the IAAF entry list with the world’s governing body’s communication director, Anna Legnani, confirming to the Gleaner that she was not entered for the event.

However, Vishu Tolan, chef de mission of Jamaica’s contingent at the Olympic Games, explained the situation.

Tolan said the entry system for the 400m hurdles asked for only three names, unlike the sprints where four people were entered.
The three names entered were Ristananna Tracey, Leah Nugent and Kaliese Spencer.

Despite that, however, he said: “We were also able to submit an alternate athlete, which would have been Janieve Russell, based in the JAAA submission to us that she had received a medical exemption.”

Teams have up to 24 hours before an event to make their final submission.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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