Usain Bolt named finalist for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Usain Bolt has been named as a finalist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award..

Multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Usain Bolt has been named as a finalist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award..

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican sprinting legend, Usain Bolt has once again been nominated for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year award, set to be awarded on November 16 in Monaco.

On Monday, the world’s governing athletics bodyannounced the three male finalists for the award, which included Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as British long-distance runner, Mohamed Farahand Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko.

The men were selected after a month-long process involving the World Athletics Family. Female nominees for the same award will be announced on Tuesday.

Bolt, who completed the sprint double and helped retain Jamaica’s 4 by 100m relay title at this past summer’sIAAF World Championships in Moscow, has won theIAAF World Athlete of the Year the last two years and four of the last five, with 2010 being his only near miss, losing out to Kenyan 800m maestro, David Rudisha.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who also achieved the sprint double at the worlds, is on a shortlist for the femaleWorld Athlete of the Year. No Jamaican female athlete has won this honor since Merlene Ottey copped it in 1990.

Bob Marley statue vandalized following World cup qualifier in Jamaica

bob marley statueby Jodee Brown

The famous bronze statue dedicated to Reggae legend,Bob Marley, which was been defaced following a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kingston between Jamaica and Costa Rica has now been cleaned, according to reports Friday.

Red paint was discovered all over Marley’s statue by security personnel the morning following Tuesday night’s soccer match at the National Stadium following Jamaica’s 1-1 draw vs. ‘Los Ticos.’ The Alvin Marriott-created statue, which lies inside Celebrity Park at the stadium, had paint from hands to feet, as well as the trademark guitar Marley held during many of his live performances.

Stephanie Marley, the managing director of the Bob Marley Museum described the incident as sad upon hearing of the news and conceded that it could be hard to clean the paint off the statue.

However, on Thursday, Marley’s statue had been cleaned by members of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. No one has been arrested for the incident.

The statue is one of many landmarks in Jamaica dedicated to Marley for his worldly contributions to Reggae music, with the aforementioned museum, located in Liguanea, and the Bob Marley Beach in St. Thomas, showcasing memorabilia and other features remembering the iconic singer.

Despite a stoppage time equalizer by Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson Tuesday night’s result confirmed Costa Rica as a participant in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil while it left the Reggae Boyz with just 4 points from 8 qualifying matches. Jamaica’s qualifying hopes in tatters as they are five points out of an intercontinental spot with two matches to play in the final round.