Decathlon champ Smith heads Jamaica's team for Pan Am Games
Elton Tucker, Assistant Editor - Sport
Maurice Smith, a gold medalist in the decathlon at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lerone Clarke the 100 metres gold medallist at last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, head Jamaica's track and field team which will compete at the October 14-30 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Smith, the national record holder at 8,644 points, placed first in Rio de Janeiro before landing the silver medal at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan. The Calabar old boy dropped out of the decathlon after seven events at the recent IAAF World Championships in Daegu.
As it was at the Commonwealth Games, the absence of some of Jamaica's big guns such as World 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt, current World 100 metres champion Yohan Blake and former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell gives sprinters such as Clarke a chance to shine and to stake an early claim for a place at the London Olympics next year. The track and field competition at the Games begins on October 23.
Overall, Jamaica will be represented in 11 events at the 17-day Games. In addition to athletics, the island will field competitors in badminton, women's basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling, equestrian, shooting, squash, swimming and taekwondo.
Athletics will, as usual, be expected to garner most medals for Jamaica at the Games. In Rio de Janeiro, four years ago, Jamaica earned nine medals, three gold, five silver and a bronze. Seven came in track and field. Among the silver medals was a historic silver in men's football, Jamaica's first at this level. Ricardo Smith, the current national middleweight boxing champion, won the lone bronze.
The nine medals put Jamaica 13th on the overall table. United States topped the standings with 97 gold, 88 silver and 52 bronze. They were followed by Cuba with 59-35-41 and hosts Brazil with 52-40-65.
Members of Jamaica's contingent will start leaving the island today. Those expected to fly out to Guadalajara today are Chef de Mission Compton Rodney and team official Grace Marie Collymore.
The medical, taekwondo, badminton, beach volleyball, cycling, shooting are due to leave on Tuesday, while the track and field contingent will leave the island on October 20.
Compton Rodney - Chef de Mission; Yvonne Kong - official; Grace Marie Collymore - official.
Simone Facey (100m; 200m; 4x100m), Anastasia Le Roy (200m; 4x100m Relay; 4x400m); Patricia Hall (400m; 4x400m); Sheryl Morgan (400m Hurdles; 4x400m);
Rushell Clayton (400m hurdles; 4x400m); Ornella Livingston (4x100m);
Yanique Ellington (4x100m; 4x400m); Allison Randell (discus); Natalie Grant (hammer); Kimberley Williamson (high jump); Yanique Levy (long jump);
Nickevea Wilson (long jump); Olivia McKoy (javelin); Kateema Riettie (javelin); Zara Northover (shot put).
Eric Keddo (110m hurdles); Oshane Bailey (100m; 4x100m); Lerone Clarke (100m; 4x100m); Lansford Spence (200m; 4x100m; 4x400m); Hannukkah Wallace (200m; 4x100m); Isa Phillips (400m Hurdles); Michael Mason 400M; 4x400m); Jermaine Hamilton (4x100m); Jason Livermore (4x100m); Omar Johnson (4x400m); Annsert Whyte (4x400m); Claston Bernard (Decathlon); Maurice Smith (Decathlon); Jason Morgan (Discus); Herbert McGregor (long jump); Jabari Ennis (pole vault); Odayne Richards (shot put).
Officials: George Peryer - team manager; Heleen South - asst manager
Dave Clarke - asst manager; Raymond Graham - head coach;
Eldemire Smith - coach; Milton Brown - coach; Michael Russell - coach
Gareth Henry (singles, doubles, mixed); Charles Pyne (singles, doubles, mixed);
Mikaylia Haldane (singles, doubles, mixed); Katherine Wynter (singles, doubles, mixed).Official: Kingsley Ford - coach
Shereel Brown, Zandria Dell, Nicole Dias, Sasha Dixon, Stacian Facey, Melissa Farquharson, Loretta Gordon, Simone Jackson, Tracey-Ann Kelly, Shanell Moodie, Oberon Pitterson.Officials: Oneica Smellie - team manager; Richard Polack - coach, Michael Stephenson - asst coach.
Reece Shagourie (middleweight)
Officials: Barrington Graham - coach
Dellan Brown, Namarie Gordon.Official: O'Neil Ebanks - team manager/coach
Official: Arthur Tenn - team manager
Officials: Antoinette McKeown chef d'Equipe/trainer; Elizabeth Harris - groom
and Andrew McGonnell - veterinarian.
Ronald Brown (air pistol); Shaun Barnes (trap)
Officials: Khaleel Azan - team manager; Hong Fong Winston - coach
Official: René Denis - team manager/coach
Alia Atkinson (100m Breaststroke; 200m breaststroke; 100m butterfly; 200m individual medley); Kenese Nangle (100m Freestyle, 100m backstroke; 200m backstroke); Zara Bailey - 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley)
Officials: Allen Marsh - team manager; Christoper Anderson - coach
Nicholas Dussard, Kenneth Edwards
Officials: Gladstone Bernard - team manager/coach
Praimanand Singh - head doctor, Rhonda Hutson - doctor, Tahira Redwood - doctor
Audrey Brown, Nathaniel Davis, Karen Julius, Sebrina Hoilett.