THREE MEDALS FOR ATKINSON Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are expected to lead nominations for the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, with the selection committee set to make those announcements today. Bolt, who returned to the island with three gold medals from the Rio 2016 Games after his 100m, 200m and 4x100m success, is the favourite for what would be a record seventh National Sportsman of the Year award, a nod that would make him the joint most successful male recipient and second only to Merlene Ottey in the overall tally. Boxer Michael McCallum has also won seven Sportsman of the Year awards, while Ottey has won a remarkable 13 National Sportswoman of the Year awards. Fellow speedster Elaine Thompson ended the season as the most dominant female sprinter in the world, winning double gold in the 100m and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay. She also finished the season unbeaten in the 100m and duly won the Diamond Race title in the event. Underlining her class, Thompson registered the three fastest times in 2016 the 100m (10.70, 10.71 and 10.72) and the two fastest times in the 200m (21.78 and 21.85). Other Olympic standouts such as Omar McLeod, the first ever Jamaican gold medal winner in the 110m hurdles and Shericka Jackson, bronze medallist in the 400m, and 100m bronze medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are also expected to be named among the nominees for the highly coveted award. Fraser-Pryce was the female recipient of last year’s Sportswoman of the Year award. Swimmer Alia Atkinson, the 2014 female recipient, had a disappointing time in the pool in Rio but bounced back tremendously since leaving Brazil to break the record in the short course 50m breaststroke at the Swimming World Cup stop in Tokyo, Japan, touching the wall at 28.64 seconds, shaving 16th hundredth of a second off the old mark. Atkinson also recently claimed three medals at the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Windsor, Canada, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley. Track and field has been Jamaica’s most successful sport, and it certainly reflects in the winners of this award, with athletics dominating the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards over the years. In its previous 57 stagings, 27 track and field athletes have walked away with top honours among men, with 49 winners among the females. Before Atkinson’s nod in 2014, the last non-track and field connected woman to win the award was Vivalyn Latty-Scott in 1976. 2014 represented a departure of sorts as boxer Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters also claimed the male award, making it only the second time in 15 years that a track and field athlete had not won the award. The 2016 RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards will take place on January 13, 2017.
Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable. He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery.”Spence was treated in an intensive care unit after his white Ferrari rolled over multiple times just before 3 am local time (0800GMT), Dallas television station KTVT reported, citing police.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manPolice said Spence’s vehicle was traveling at high speed when it went across a center median and flipped over several times, throwing the driver, identified as Spence, out of the car.Errol Spence Jr., center, celebrates his victory over Shawn Porter during the WBC & IBF World Welterweight Championship boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)“He is currently resting with his family by his side,” the statement said. “They want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes and are extremely grateful to the Dallas first responders who rushed to the scene to attend to Errol after the accident and the doctors who are taking care of him at the hospital.” “Praying for @ErrolSpenceJr,” Pacquiao tweeted.Another possible future foe is World Boxing Organization champion Terrence Crawford, who tweeted: “Praying for you champ @ErrolSpenceJr get well we fighters I know you will.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Spence, a 29-year-old southpaw, unified the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles two weeks ago with a split-decision victory over fellow American Shawn Porter in Los Angeles, improving to 26-0 with 21 knockouts.“My dad always tells me ‘this boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever. U still have a lot of life to live after that,’” Porter tweeted. “With that, I’m praying for @ErrolSpenceJr & his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly & fully.”Spence, a welterweight quarter-finalist at the 2012 London Olympics, made his professional debut in 2012 and won his first world title, the IBF crown, by knocking out Britain’s Kell Brook in England in 2017.Spence defended the title four times, beating American Lamont Peterson and Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo last year and American Mikey Garcia last March before his unification showdown triumph over Porter.There had been early talk about a 2020 fight between Porter and reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, the 40-year-old Filipino icon who stands 62-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect This photo taken from video provided by KDFW Fox 4 shows the scene after welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence crashed a speeding Ferrari in Dallas early Thursday, Oct. 10, 1019. (KDFW FOX4 via AP)Undefeated welterweight boxing world champion Errol Spence is expected to make a full recovery after sustaining facial lacerations in a one-car crash in Dallas, his management team said in a statement on Thursday.“Errol Spence Jr., IBF/WBC unified welterweight world champion, was involved in a serious, single-car accident in Dallas early Thursday morning and is being treated at a Dallas-area hospital,” the statement said.ADVERTISEMENT Bringing it home: Delle Donne, Mystics earn first WNBA crown MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments