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Betty Todd, 56
Betty Todd, 56

Funeral Service for Betty Todd, 56 of Sea Breeze Lane will be held on Saturday 5th February 2011 at 12:00pm at Angelic Baptist Church, Joe Farrington Road. Officiating will be Rev. Rolston Smith assisted by Rev. Huey Williams. Interment will follow in The Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Road.

Precious memories will linger in the hearts of her husband: Benatace Pierre Louis; 2 sons: Justin and Tyrone Todd; 3 grandsons: Demetrius, Rezus and Justin Todd Jr.; 1 granddaughter: Tyreka Betty Todd; 1 grand daughter-in-law: Louiseberne Todd; 4 step daughters: Bernid, Lisanette, Etud and Marting Pierre Louis; 1 step granddaughter: Egonar Pierre Louis; 2 sisters: Ena Cooper Dorima, Alberther, Russ ...

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Turmoil surfacing in track again

Under the current administration of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), the junior program is as vibrant as it has ever been, the seniors are continuing to be afforded with opportunities to compete against the world's best, and more and more student athletes are benefiting from scholarships to attend universities abroad. However, here at home, an ongoing problem continues to rear its ugly head.
During the recent election of officers, it was speculated that animosity between New Providence and Grand Bahamian officials led to the eventual defeat of presidential candidate Curt Hollingsworth. The apparent issue came to light again, with the suspension of a couple Grand Bahamian coaches and schools from BAAA activities following infractions at the 2010 Penn Relays. Now, with BAAA officials requesting verifiable data from a recent Grand Bahamian meet in order to honor results, certain track enthusiasts are crying foul play once again.
There were apparently four qualifiers for the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Youth Championships, from the Daisy McPhee Invitational in Freeport, Grand Bahama, at the end of last month, and an additional athlete who apparently set a new junior national record. However, BAAA officials are questioning the authenticity of the results based on a number of discrepancies. They are asking for photo finishes and full automated results with little or no discrepancies, which according to a few local coaches and parents, are more than what is normally required, especially from New Providence based meets.
"I just want my meet to be treated to the same standard of every other meet held in this country," said meet organizer Dwayne Jennings, coach of the Grand Bahamian based Golden Eagles Track Club which hosted the meet. "I don't know of any other of meet where this kind of data is asked for by the BAAA to the extent it was asked for from my meet. I don't believe that an opportunity should be taken away from any deserving Bahamian athlete that meets international standards. Here, we had some kids meeting the standards and their results are being questioned," he added.
In addition to the Grand Bahamian kids, about 100 youngsters from New Providence took part in the meet hoping to attain qualifying marks for the World Youth Championships. The final trials for that world level event and the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships, were held this past weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Lyndale Lewis, mother of young talented hurdler Kirk Lewis, said that her son has done everything that is required of him to qualify for the World Youth Championships, but to date, his performances are still being questioned by the BAAA. Kirk Lewis was one of those four apparent qualifiers for the World Youth Championships in Freeport, running 13.90 seconds in the 110-meter (m) hurdles.
"Here we have some of our athletes trying to get these last opportunities to attain the qualifying marks for the World Youth Championships and the BAAA is making it extremely difficult on them," said Kirk's mother Lyndale. "These kids are making the IAAF times but the BAAA times are much more difficult to make. For instance, the IAAF standard for the World Youth Championships in the hurdles is 14.45 seconds and the BAAA standard is 13.90 seconds. My son still achieved that in Freeport, but now they are being told that the results from the Freeport meet are not consistent. That is ridiculous! The IAAF standards are set to give fair competition to athletes all over the world, and here they are adjusting them. I don't think that's fair to our athletes. We feel that the BAAA is not supporting our kids," she added.
The BAAA has taken the liberty to adjust a number of standards for the World Youth Championships, but in their defense, those standards were set in place from the beginning of the track season, and their ability to adjust them for the betterment of Bahamian athletics is totally within the realm of the full scope of their authority. BAAA President Mike Sands reserved comment on the matter until hearing all the complaints, but he did mention that whatever is done by his organization in respect of adjusting standards is done in the best interest of Bahamian athletics.
"If you have an athlete that is finishing seventh or eighth in the region, even though that athlete is running the time that is set in place by the IAAF, you really have to ask yourself, do you really take that person just to give them a trip or do you go with a view that our athletes need to prove themselves against the world? If a situation is like that and we have the authority by the IAAF to adjust the standards to suit our environment, then we have to exercise that right," said Sands briefly.
However, Jennings and others feel differently.
"I believe that international standards set by the IAAF should not be tampered with by any federation," said Jennings. "These standards are adjusted by the BAAA for junior athletes so our athletes are at a disadvantage to other athletes from other countries, but there are no adjustments on the senior level for any international meet," he added.
It seems like a certain number of Grand Bahamian track enthusiasts, on the whole, feel that their programs and even some of their athletes are constantly being neglected and overlooked by the BAAA. New Providence based coach Shaun Miller of Bahamas Speed Dynamics, and father of World Junior Champion Shaunae Miller, has some concerns as well. Shaunae Miller was the athlete who reportedly set the new junior national record in Freeport, running 52.40 seconds at the Daisy McPhee Invitational.
"To me, it sounds like Nassau and Freeport still have something personal going on against each other but they need to communicate and sort it out quickly because it is hurting our athletes," said Shaun Miller, nephew of former Bahamian quarter-miler and politician Leslie Miller. "The thing is, if they don't have communication then how are we going to get to the bottom of it. At this point, I am trying to keep these kids' morale up. I'm just letting them know to continue training and let the parents and the coaches sort this out. I've heard about this type of thing happening in the past, but this is the first time that I am experiencing it. I feel that if a meet is sanctioned by the BAAA, the BAAA should ensure that everything is in place."
Miller took over the head coaching duties for the Bahamas Speed Dynamics this year, filling in for George Cleare who left to take up a coaching spot with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The four athletes who apparently ran World Youth Championships qualifying times in Freeport, were all from his club.
"We had inquired from the BAAA to make sure it was sanctioned and that BACO officials (Bahamas Association of Certified Officials) were there so that these kids' times and distances could be recognized," said Miller. "It was really our second to last chance of qualifying for the World Youth. We trained very hard, and at the end of the day, four kids qualified for the World Youth Championships.
"We were very excited but when we got back in, we heard that they are not honoring the times or that they are investigating this and that. Now, there was inclement weather that delayed the meet but all-in-all, it was a pretty good meet, so, to find out that these kids went out there and did what was required of them and to now have a lot of questions surrounding their performances... it's just heart-breaking."
Speaking from a parent's point of view, Lyndale Lewis said that she too and many other parents are also heart-broken, given the number of hours that their kids put in, in training for the Grand Bahamian meet.
"The track in Freeport is a Mondo track. It is IAAF certified so I don't understand why they would question the results," she said. "These kids weren't significantly better than what they have been in the past. They ran very good times but those times are not that far off from what they have done in the past. Freeport is always complaining that the BAAA is always questioning the results that are achieved there and here we have that same situation again," she added.
As far as the adjusted qualifying standards for the World Youth Championships are concerned, Miller said that he has always challenged the BAAA on the matter but is never given a satisfactory response.
"If the IAAF set times they know why they set them and we need to abide by those times," he said. "The IAAF is the world's governing body for track and field. If they set these standards, we need to leave them as is and see if we can get as much of our athletes to qualify as possible," he added.
The CAC Age Group Championships is set for July 1-3 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and the IAAF World Youth Championships are scheduled to be held July 6-10 in Lille, France.

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Roberts teams with Van Leijsen to win doubles

Young tennis star Justin Roberts improved his international rankings on Friday with a championship title win at the PSS International Tennis Federation (ITF) Juniors Tournament, held in the United Arab Emirates.
This is the first international title, on the year, for Roberts who teamed up with Bart Van Leijsen from the Netherlands, at the tournament. The duo defeated Turkish team of Gokberk Ergeneman and Arda Uzumcu 6-3 and 6-4. Roberts is one of the top junior male players in the country. His bid for the singles crown was dashed in the first round. He fell to Roman Nashatyrkin 6-4 and 6-1.
The loss in the singles division didn't phase Roberts. He and his partner Van Leijsen were on a roll, from the start of the tournament. Their opening match in the tournament was against Kareem Allaf and Aayush Mintri. Roberts and Van Leijsen moved on after winning to the tune of 5-7, 6-2 (10-5). Up next were Oscar Janglin and Sam Rice. In that second round match, the Bahamian and Netherlands native won 6-7 (4) 6-3 (11-9). In the semifinal, they played Arturs Lazdins and Shota Meparidze and won 6-1 and 6-0.
The executives in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) congratulated Roberts on his win and wished him well in this long tennis season.
"He is representing himself, his family and his country very well," said Derron Donaldson, president of the BLTA. "The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association salutes him. This is a great start to the year for him and we know that he will continue to rise and perform well. He is fresh off an injury; [I'm] not too sure if he had surgery last year, but it is good for him to win the tournament. This is a great launch to a tennis career. I am looking to see and hear more of him in the year.
"We are looking for persons like Justin, Kevin Jr., Simone and Christian Cargill to dominate the junior tennis scene. They are just a few of the top junior players in the country. The junior program is really soaring. We have at least 10-15 junior players who are excelling. They have all played really well last year and it is continuing this year."
Donaldson is looking forward to seeing the top junior players enter their names into the draws for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup tournaments. The trials for these tournaments will be held in the upcoming months. The Davis Cup is set to take place at the Tennis Club, La Paz, Bolivia. The Bahamas will have the opportunity to play Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, U.S. Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. The Bahamas is in the Americas Group III.
The Fed Cup Tie will take place in Santa Tecia, El Salvador in July. The Bahamas, Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago will play for a spot in the Americas Group I.
Donaldson said: "We always welcome our players and applauded them when they do their best. Winning tournaments is an added plus, not only for the association but the players. We are looking forward to having more players travel and compete in high grade tournaments. Our November tournament is a Grade Five tournament. Last year, we had two Bahamians in the finals, this year we expect to have the same results. When we have those lower grade tournaments it makes it much easier for them to collect these points, so when they go away they don't have to be on the waiting list. We try to provide the best opportunities for our players. We want them to move at least into the qualifiers or straight into the main draws, when they go play in these international tournaments.
"Our job here is to try and give them the best head start that we can possible provide. Tennis is a funny sport. It is all about what you do outside of the country and not so much about what you do at home. Getting recognition outside of the country is an added plus to play in these high grade tournaments. When you get these points and recognition you can possibly move straight into the CAC Games, Pan Am Games, the Olympic Games or the Commonwealth Games. You need rankings and points to play in these tournaments."
The BLTA, through its Play and Stay program, is hoping to create a better feeder system that will trickle into their junior development division.

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Carly Rae Jepsen takes to the stage at Atlantis this weekend

While Carly Rae Jepsen did not pick up a Grammy at the recent 55th annual awards, people are still looking forward to seeing the 27-year-old Canadian pop star perform her irresistible earworm "Call Me Maybe" this weekend at Atlantis.
It was a song that was inescapable over the summer, becoming a five-time platinum smash single -- and now Carly Rae will be singing the song that's become a cultural phenomenon, along with other sensational hits from her breakout album "Kiss" live on Bahamian shores.
Carly Rae is next up on the Atlantis Live lineup on Saturday, February 16, in the Grand Ballroom, just days after the Grammys where she lost out on awards in the Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for the earworm song. Despite losing out on the Grammy, she's still got the Billboards Rising Star of 2012 and American Music Awards Best New Artist titles to her credit.
Carly Rae's performance in The Bahamas takes place just as she is fresh from her worldwide tour during which she opened for Justin Bieber and is reportedly heading to Europe for the next leg of his "Believe Tour" starting on February 17.
Michele Wiltshire, senior vice president of special events and entertainment at Atlantis said this weekend's concert is going to be a lot of fun and that people will be impressed by how much of an artist Carly Rae is.
"Everyone knows her for her hit 'Call Me Maybe', a massive global phenomenon [and] the beauty of her as an artist is that she has a terrific breakout album, the music is great," said Wiltshire.
Other highlights on her "Kiss" CD include "Good Time" -- a duet with Owl City that hit number three on the Billboard Pop chart and has sold over a million copies since its release.
With ticket prices pegged at $75 general and $95 premium, Wiltshire said Atlantis is ensuring that as many people as possible can experience the phenomenon that is Carly Rae, for her show that will be a little over an hour. And that people will feel good knowing that they've gotten a good price for a value experience.
In the last few years, Atlantis Live has hosted Jimmy Fallon, Bruno Mars, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum, Josh Groban, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Lily Allen, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Fergie.
With Alicia Keys next on the line up, scheduled for Saturday, April 20 in the 3,000-seat Imperial Ballroom (tickets are $150 and $175 and are already 30 percent sold out), Wiltshire said Atlantis Live has been terrific for the resort.
"Atlantis Live has really become a strategy for us that helps us on weekends where we could use a good bump in occupancy and where we need to be strategic from a casino standpoint. And it's filling a need that's very relative to our business needs," said Wiltshire.
"The strategy is really to put heads in beds and to entice people to buy an airline ticket, book a hotel room and come to a great experience with their favorite artist."
On top of the touristic influx into the country, Wiltshire said they've found that Atlantis Live has also developed a local following who won't miss a concert because they know they're going to have a terrific concert experience and are able to get up close and personal with fabulous artists.
"We're seeing bigger and bigger crowds from the local community as they realize they're going to get a whole cross section of artists coming through the year," she said.
With Carly Rae up next and Alicia following, Wiltshire said people should keep their eyes open and ears to the ground, because Atlantis Live has got its eyes on booking the very best, and that there could possibly be a surprise performer to split Carly Rae and Alicia Keys.

Who: Carly Rae Jepsen
When: Saturday, February 16
Where: Grand Ballroom, Atlantis
Time: Doors open 7:30 p.m., showtime 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $75 reserved seating, $95 premium
Box office: Atlantis box office, Convention Center, Coral Towers or telephone 363-6601 for more information.

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Daegu World Championships re-visited

Men's Track Events


This was probably one of the most anticipated events in the championships. World record holder and defending champion Usain Bolt was seventh in the season's best list at 9.88 seconds with countryman Asafa Powell in the lead at 9.78 seconds. Tyson Gay, who had beaten Bolt last year, had the season's second best time at 9.79 seconds. Gay got injured at the U.S. Championships and days prior to the opening, Powell pulled out.

The 100m then should have been a cakewalk for Bolt. He was on the front of the daily program. In the first round heats, Bahamian Adrian Griffith was the first to suffer from the new false start rule which had been in effect from January of 2010. He was out after one false start. In the semi-final, it was Dwain Chambers of Great Britain who had served a four years ban from competition due to a doping offense. He had run second to Bolt in the first round.

Justin Gatlin, the Athens Olympic Champion and Helsinki Champion was back after serving a four-year suspension for doping. He ran 10.31 seconds for second in the first round and 10.23 seconds for fourth in the second, not advancing to the final. Jamaican Yohan Blake won the first semi-final in a season's best of 9.95 seconds, Usain Bolt the second in 10.05 seconds, and Kim Collins, the 2003 Champion the third in 10.08 seconds.

The unimaginable happened in the final. Usain Bolt, who everybody said did not have to worry about his start, false started. It was clear and Bolt took off his jersey as he ran down the straight away. This caused numerous people to question the existence of the no fault start rule. The question now was who will win?Was it going to be Jamaica's Nesta Carter, France's Christophe Lemaitre or Jamaica's Blake?

Blake was the clear winner at 9.92 seconds, a season's best with the USA's Walter Dix in second in 10.08 seconds. The old reliable Kim Collins, the 2003 Champion and 2007 bronze medalist, at 35 years of age, finished with the bronze medal, in 10.09 seconds.

At 21, Frenchman Lemaitre finished in fourth place with a 10.19 seconds clocking, Daniel Bailey from Antigua and Barbuda finished fifth in 10.26 seconds, France's Jimmy Vicaut at age 19 finished in fifth place in 10.26 seconds, and Jamaica's Nesta Carter a surprising seventh in 10.95 seconds. Blake became the second Jamaican to win the 100m at the World Championships.


After the false start by Bolt in the 100 meters(m)everybody was waiting to see how he would do in the 200m, his favorite event. The first round and semi-final were held on Thursday, September 2.

Bolt lead the first round qualifiers in 20.30 seconds. The USA's Walter Dix had the second best first round time at 20.42 seconds with Bahamian Michael Mathieu running the third best first round time, running in Bolt's heat, in 20.46 seconds. France's Christopher Lemaitre had the best time in the semi-finals, running 20.17 seconds, a season's best. Bolt ran 20.31 seconds and Dix ran 20.37 seconds.

In the final, Panamanian Alonso Edward, the silver medalist from Berlin, did not finish. Bolt won with an impressive clocking of 19.40 seconds, the best time in the world this season, and the fourth best time ever, behind only Bolt's world record of 19.19 seconds, Bolt's 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics, and Michael Johnson's former world record of 19.32 seconds.

There was no slowing down or clowning at the tape. Dix finished in second place with a 19.70 seconds season's best and France's Lemaitre finished with the bronze medal in a French National record of 19.80 seconds.


There was no clear favorite in this event. Grenadian Kirani James, 19 at the time, ran 44.61 seconds in London in August to set the world's leading time. In that race the defending champion LaShawn Merritt finished second after not running for nearly two years. His time then was 44.74 seconds.

There were five first round heats and Merritt ran 44.35 seconds in his first round heat, the fastest time ran in history for a first round in either the Olympics or World Championships. Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada ran 44.82 seconds in his first round heat. Trinidad and Tobago's Reny Quow, the Berlin bronze medalist, ran 44.84 seconds in that heat.

Jamaica's Jermaine Gonzales won the second heat in 45.12 seconds. Demetrius Pinder from The Bahamas finished fourth in 45.53 seconds, advancing to the semi-final. James won the fourth heat in 45.12 seconds. In that heat, The Bahamas'Ramon Miller ran a season's best of 45.31 seconds to advance to the semi-final.

The Bahamas'Chris Brown won the fifth heat in 45.29 seconds. In that heat was South African,'The Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius, who ran 45.39 seconds. Pistorius had won a decision by the IAAF to allow him to participate as a double prosthetic.

In the semi-final, Merritt continued his speedy running, running 44.76 seconds for the win in the first semi-final heat. James ran 45.20 seconds to win the second heat and Jamaica's Gonzales ran 44.99 seconds to win the third heat of the semi-finals.

In the final were Merritt from the USA, James and Bartholomew from Grenada, Gonzales from Jamaica, the Borlee twins, Kevin and Jonathan, from Belgium, Tabarie Henry from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Femi Ogunode from Qatar.

This was a race to watch as the teenager from Grenada, who had won the IAAF World Youth, and Junior Championships, ran down the defending champion Merritt to win in 44.60 seconds, an improvement of one, one hundredth of a second of his personal best. After running the fast time in the preliminary rounds, it seemed that Merritt was unable to respond to the finishing surge of James. Merritt was three one hundredths of a second behind in 44.63 seconds and Belgium's Kevin Borlee finished in third in 44.90 seconds.

Gonzales was fourth in 44.99 seconds, the identical time he ran in the semi-final. Jonathan Borlee placed fifth in 45.07 seconds with Grenada's Bartholomew sixth in 45.45 seconds, U.S. Virgin Island's Henry seventh in 45.55 seconds and Ogunode of Qatar eighth, also in 45.55 seconds.

Henry had placed fourth in Berlin in 45.42 seconds. Bahamian Chris Brown just missed the final with a 45.54 seconds clocking, just behind Henry who ran 45.53 seconds to make the final. This was the first time since Paris in 2003 that Brown failed to make the final. Demetrius Pinder finished seventh in his semi-final heat in 45.87 seconds and Ramon Miller fifth in his semi-final heat in 45.88 seconds.

Also from the region, William Collazo from Cuba and Erison Hurtault from Dominica finished seventh and eighth in the first semi-final heat in times of 46.13 seconds and 46.41 seconds respectively. In the second semi-final heat, Costa Rica's Nery Brenes finished fifth in 45.93 seconds and Jamaica's Riker Hylton finished eighth in 46.99 seconds.


At the age of 22, Kenya's David Rudisha set a new world record of 1:41.01 nearly a year prior on August 29, in Rieti, Italy. This season he had the best time of 1:42.61. He also had the best semi-final time of 1:44.20, in winning the third semi-final heat.

Ethiopian Mohammed Aman had the second fastest semi-final time of 1:44.57, a national record. Marcin Lewandowski from Poland ran 1:44.60, a season's best. Sudan's Abubaker Kaki, one of Rudisha's main rivals, ran 1:44.62 for third place in the first semi-final. In the final, Rudisha captured the gold medal in 1:43.91 over Kaki's 1:44.41. The usual fast finishing Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Athens Olympic Champion, was able to secure third place in 1:44.49.

Poland's Marcin Lewandowskiy finished in fourth place in 1:44.80. The USA's Nick Symmonds finished in fifth place in 1:45.12. Poland's Adam Kszczot finished in sixth place in 1:45.25. Kenya's Alfred Kirwa Yego, the Berlin silver medalist, finished in seventh place in 1:45.83 and Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman placed eighth in 1:45.93.


The action heated up in the semi-final where Kenyan Abel Kiprop won the second heat in 3:36.75 with Algerian Tarek Boukensa following him in 3:36.84, Morocco's Mohamed Moustaoui in 3:36.87, Spain's Manuel Olmedo fourth in 3:36.91 and Venezuela's Eduar Villanueva fifth in 3:36.96, a national record.

The first semi-final was won by Matthew Centrowitz of the USA, 10 seconds slower than the second heat in 3:46.66. Centrowitz is the son of former distance star Matt Centrowitz of the USA. In that heat was Kenya's Silas Kiplagat, the world leader at 3:30.47, who finished third in 3:46.75, France's Mehdi Bala, the silver medalist from 2003, who finished fourth in 3:46.87, and the Berlin Champion Yusef Saad Kamel of Bahrain, who failed to reach the final with a 3:47.18 clocking.

The final saw the Beijing Olympic Champion, Kenya's Kiprop, win in 3:35.69 to Kiplagat's 3:35.92. The USA's Matt Centrowitz won the bronze medal in a time of 3:36.08. Centrowitz is the only American athlete to win a medal in the 1,500m in the championships other than the former Kenyan Bernard Lagat in Osaka and Berlin. Matt's father Matthew was a two-time Olympian. Eduar Villaneuva of Venezuela, the only athlete from the Central American and Caribbean region in the competition to compete in the 1,500m, finished eighth in the final in 3:37.31.


Britain's Mohammed Farah had the world's leading time this season at 12:53.11, less than a half second under Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya's championship record set in Paris in 2003. Farah had been anticipated to win the 10,000m but lost to Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jelan.

Also in the race were Bernard Lagat, who had won the event in Osaka and finished second in Berlin, and the championships record holder Kipchoge. Farah was a little bit more experienced in the 5,000m as he was able to defeat Lagat by 28 seconds to win. Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel finished in third, another 28 seconds behind Lagat in 13:23.92. No other athletes from the Americas made the final.


Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, world and championships record holder, and four-time winner of the 10,000m at the age of 29 was not at the top of his game in Daegu.

Mohamed Farah, born in Mogadishu and representing Great Britain had the world's leading time of 26:46.57, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in June. He had won this event in last year's European Championships in Barcelona and seemed to be the person who would become World Champion. On the second day of the competition, little known Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan defeated Farah with a run of 27:13.81. Bekele dropped out of the race. Ethiopian Imane Merga had the second best time in the world at 26:48.35. He finished in third place in 27.19.14. Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese, the silver medalist from Berlin, finished in fourth place in 27:22.57.


Kenya's Abel Kirui set a new championships record of 2:06.54 in Berlin two years prior. Kirui was able to win the Daegu event in 2:07.38, a season's best. Kenya's Vincent Kipruto finished in second place in a time of 2:10.06. Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa won the bronze medal in a season's best of 2:10.32.

3,000m Steeplechase

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya was the defending champion who set a new championship record of 8:00.43 in Berlin. His teammate Brimin Kiprop Kipruto had the world's leading time at 7:56.34, done in Monaco in July. Kemboi won the event in 8:14.85 with Kipruto second in 8:16.05. France's M. Mekhissi-Bernard ran 8:16.09 for the bronze medal. Ion Luchianov from Moldova finished in eighth place in 8:19.69, a season's best.

110m Hurdles

The USA's David Oliver had the world leading time of 12.94 seconds, which he did in June at the Prefontaine Classic. In the first round, Jason Richardson, the 110m and 400m Hurdles Champion in the 2003 World Youth Championships had the best time of 13.19 seconds.

Former world record holder Xiang Liu ran 13.20 seconds to win his heat. David Oliver ran 13.27 seconds to capture his heat and Aries Merritt from the USA won his heat in 13.36 seconds. World record holder Dayron Robles settled for second in 13.42 seconds in that race. The semi-final saw Xiang Liu capture the first heat in 13.31 seconds. Richardson was far ahead in his semi-final heat in 13.11 seconds. David Oliver ran 13.40 seconds for second in that heat.

In the final, Robles seemed to win but a protest was made by the Chinese federation which accused Robles of interfering with Xiang Liu with his right arm. China won the protest and Robles was disqualified giving Richardson the gold medal and Liu the silver medal. Richardson clocked 13.16 seconds and Liu clocked 13.27 seconds.

Great Britain's Andrew Turner won the bronze medal with a 13.44 seconds performance. Oliver finished in fourth place, also in 13.44 seconds with Aries Merritt in fifth in 13.67 seconds. Jamaica's Dwight Thomas did not finish the event.

400m Hurdles

South Africa's L.J. Van Zyl had been on a tear this season clocking the world leading time of 47.66 seconds on February 25 in Pretoria, and May 31, in Ostrava. Three former champions, Felix Sanchez, Bershawn Jackson, Kerron Clement, and double Olympic Champion Angelo Taylor were in the competition. Great Britain's David Green had the best time of 48.52 seconds in the first round.

In the semi-final round, Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, the silver medalist from Berlin had the best time, winning the first heat in 48.52 seconds. Great Britain's David Greene won the second heat in 48.62 seconds and Bershawn Jackson won the third heat in 48.80 seconds.

The 2007 and 2009 champion Kerron Clement finished eighth in Greene's heat in 52.11 seconds and did not advance to the final. Also not advancing to the final from the Central American and Caribbean region were Jehu Gordon from Trinidad&Tobago who will turn 20 in December and finished fourth in Berlin, Joseph Robertson, Leford Green and Isa Phillips from Jamaica, and Omar Cesneros from Cuba.

In the final on September 1, David Greene won in 48.26 seconds, Javier Culson finished second as he did in Berlin, this time in 48.44

seconds, and L.J. Van Zyl won the bronze medal in 48.80 seconds. Two-time champion Felix Sanchez finished in fourth place in 48.87 seconds.


The USA finished one and two in this event. The defending champion Trey Hardee captured the event with 8,607 points, down from 8,790 in Berlin. Ashton Eaton was second with 8,505 points just four points ahead of Cuba's Leonel Suarez, who finished second in Berlin. Jamaica's Maurice Smith, the 2007 Osaka silver medalist, was unable to continue after seven events. Cuba's Yordani Garcia stopped after six events.

20k Race Walk

Russia won both gold and silver medals in this event with Valeriy Borchin winning in 1:19.56 and Vladimir Kanaykin winning the silver medal in 1:20.27. Kanaykin holds the world record at 1:17.16 and Ecuador's Jefferson Perez holds the Championship record at 1:17.21. Colombia won the bronze medal with Luis Fernando Lopez finishing in 1:20.38, a season's best. Other athletes from the Central American and Caribbean region finishing in the top 20 were Guatemela's Erick Barrando in 1:22.08, Mexico's Eder Sanchez 15th in 1:23.05, Colombia's James Rendon, 19th in a season's best of 1:24.08, and Mexico's Moracio Nava, 20th in 1:24.15.

50k Race Walk

Just like the 20k, Russia won the gold and silver medals, with Sergey Bakulin winning the gold medal in 3:41.24, and Denis Nizhegorodov winning the silver medal in 3:42.45, a season's best. Australia won the bronze medal with Jared Talent, who also clocked a season's best of 3:43.36. Ecuador's Andre's Chocho finished in 11th place in a season's best of 3:49.32. In the top 20 were these athletes from the Central American and Caribbean region-Edgar Hernandez of Mexico in 18th in a season's best of 3:54.46 and Jose Leyver of Mexico, 19th in 3:55.37.

4x100m Relay

This event was moved to the end of the competition.

There was a question as to whether Jamaica would have run former world record holder Asafa Powell who had pulled out of the men's 100m due to injury. Jamaica decided against that and with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, World Champion Yohan Blake and Dexter Lee running the semi-final heats, they finished second to Trinidad&Tobago in 38.07 seconds. The team of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson, won the second semi-final heat in 37.91 seconds. St. Kitts&Nevis with bronze medalist Kim Collins on the second leg finished in third with a national record of 38.47 seconds.

The USA with Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Maurice Mitchell, and Travis Padgett, won the first semi-final heat in 37.79 seconds. France finished second to them in 38.38 seconds. Great Britain and Northern Ireland won the third heat in 38.29 seconds, with Poland in second in 38.37 seconds and Italy in 38.41 seconds.

Everybody was anticipating that Jamaica would win with Bolt in the line-up. After all, they had the world record of 37.10 seconds set in Beijing in 2008 and the championships record of 37.31 seconds established in Berlin two years ago. In the final, Darvis Patton of the United States, running on the third leg, hit Brit runner Marlon Devonish, who rolled over into the lane of Trinidad&Tobago.

The United States and Great Britain and Northern Ireland were unable to finish. It was now left to Jamaica and France. Replacing young Dexter Lee with Bolt, Jamaica did what some may call the impossible. They set a new world record of 37.04 seconds to win, more than a second ahead of France's 38.20 seconds.

Trinidad&Tobago were affected by Patton's actions and finished in sixth place in 39.01 seconds. This was a fitting end to and only world record in the Daegu World Championships. For this record the Jamaican team received$100,000.

The question now is:"Will Jamaica break 37 seconds at the London Olympics?"

4x400m Relay

There were two rounds of the Men's 4x400m Relay. Two heats were run on September 1. The first three finishers in each heat and the other two fastest times would qualify for the final.

The United States won the first of the two heats with Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, and LaShawn Merritt in 2:58.02. Jamaica finished in second place in 2:59.13. South Africa finished third in 2:59.21. Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished in fourth in 3:00.38 and Germany in fifth in 3:00.48.

The Bahamas competed in the second heat with Ramon Miller on starting leg, former World Champion Avard Moncur on the second leg, Andrae Williams on the third leg, and LaToy Williams on the anchor leg. They either had to finish in the top three or run better than Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Germany. If they did not make the top three they had to run better than 3:00.48, the time that Germany did.

That was not to be as Belgium won the heat in 3:00.78, Russia finished in second in 3:00.81, Kenya finished in third in 3:00.97 and The Bahamas finished in fourth in 3:01.54 below their season's best of 3:01.33 and their national record of 2:57.32. The Bahamas was out of the final, having not run national record holder Chris Brown nor National Champion Demetrius Pinder in the first round.

In the final, the USA team of Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, and LaShawn Merritt won in 2:59.31. South Africa without Oscar Pistorius finished in second place in 2:59.87, and Jamaica with Allodin Fothergill, Jermaine Gonzales, Ryker Hylton, and Leford Green, won the bronze medal with a 3:00.10 clocking.

We hope you enjoyed this and the previous issues of Daegu World Championships re-visited. We all look forward to the next edition, Moscow 2013.

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Breaking through in a tough industry

It's no easy feat to break through in the world of modeling especially going up against the thousands of beautiful young women who also believe they have the "it factor". Having someone with the experience guide you through the twists and turns that come with that world can make the journey a tad less difficult. With this in mind, Bahamian model Kamela Forbes returned home to share her knowledge, experience and adventures she's had over the years with young Bahamians with aspirations of breaking into the professional world of modeling.
"I know the errors I made in getting myself out there and what I went through personally to get to the level I am at now in my career," said Forbes. "And I want to help other young people get off to a smoother start because what I went through was great as a learning experience but a lot of it I could have avoided had I just known certain things. So, now that I am at a place where I have experienced a lot and I'm comfortable where I am I wanted to share what I know with up and coming models. There is so much potential here in The Bahamas and many of the young ladies just need little advice to get them on the right track."
The five-foot, 10-inch stunner told the 40-plus young models that showed up at the workshop held at the Yodephy Dance and Modeling Studio of the importance of finding the right agent and getting settled before making the leap to move to fashion capitals like New York.
She said she jumped headfirst into her career which has taken her all over the world, from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, and it was an exhilarating experience, but she said it was one that came with many pitfalls.
"When I got started I wasted a lot of time making wrong turns not knowing what to do and not to do. I spent a lot of time trying to find an agent and made decisions that were not always in my favor at the end of the day."

Do not waste time
She staged the workshop to speak with the young ladies so that they could get on the ball faster than she did and not waste time. She spoke to the participants about how to go about finding an agent, and going to open calls at agencies or submitting pictures online. And she told them it's a myth that money needs to be spent to get into the industry.
Forbes told the young women that it's as easy as going to agencies and showcasing themselves.
But she said they have to prepare themselves for a long period of rejections. She said many agencies will turn them down and maybe not even bother to see what they're about. She told them to be prepared for agency representatives who won't even take the time to explain to them why they rejected them, unless they are one of the lucky few who get snatched up right away.
She also warned the young women to always do their research of agencies, policies and to carefully review any contracts, even if they find an agent.
And she warned them that although it will be exciting when a door opened, she told them it was important not to say yes without knowing what they are getting themselves into.
Forbes, who has done print work for Tiffany & Co., Target, Macy's, Motorola, and donned the high fashions of designers like J. Mendel and Marc Jacobs, told the young women that no matter what happens, whether things are going well or not so good, that it is necessary to have high self-esteem, thick skin and the ability to move on to another option or keep on improving their portfolio and retrying.
"The modeling game is one that depends on persistence and consistency. And breaking down or giving up after the first few slammed doors is not going to make the journey any easier," she said.

The portfolio and composite card
Putting together a good portfolio and making appropriate composite (comp) photo cards she told them are essential for aspiring models. And she said despite popular belief, a good beginner's portfolio does not need to have lots of photos nor is it required that a lot of money be put into developing one. She said since a model never knows what an agency is looking for, a few simple shots are usually good enough. The portfolio should include a headshot, a full body picture, a bathing suit shot and casual wear at least. And if they have an editorial shot, or pictures from a show or modeling experience, she said it would be a good addition as well.
"You don't want to be spending a lot of money on photos that agencies may not even like. You don't want to bottle yourself or turn their mind to viewing you in only one specific way. Let them imagine you as more and just show that you are fresh and young in the shots you do include in your portfolio. Comp cards are also important to have with you and to give out. These cards are a collage of a few of your photos from your portfolio. They will be what the agents or clients may have as a first and last impression of you. You want to be memorable so you should put a little effort into this," she said.
According to Forbes a good signature walk is another high point young models need to focus on. She said it is essential for models with runway potential and even those who aren't going in that direction. She said a good walk may catch the eye of a client or agent and get them in the door. Forbes demonstrated walking to the girls, and evaluated their walks.
She also spoke to the girls about being open-mined to the different kinds of modeling. She said that too many models only think runway, when they should be open to try their hand at editorial, showroom, informal, parts modeling, full-figured modeling, commercial and commercial print. As long as a job does not go against their belief system she encouraged them to try things.
Forbes also told the young women that maintaining their standards was also just as important. She told them that they do not have to lower their standards just for a job, because they will have to live with their decisions.
"If exposing your body is not something your religious or personal beliefs condone then of course nude modeling or certain runway jobs are not for you. In fact there is a recent story about a [lingerie model] turning down her contract because of her beliefs. So, I would say not to just say yes for the money and then feel bad about what you did."

Maintain your standards
The young ladies were told that even though the field is about going beyond their comfort zone, they should still have standards.
Forbes encouraged them to take care of themselves to remain as youthful and healthy for as long as possible. And that they should eat well, get into a good exercise regimen and make good choices about their social life. Forbes said she does not advocate starving oneself or adjusting one's life so dramatically that it becomes unhealthy, but rather living the life of a model in a healthy way.
"Although it is hard to get into the industry and be successful internationally, the benefits are endless. No two days are the same for me. There is traveling, meeting people and experiencing new cultures everywhere. Once you are in the field and have an agent who will work to get you jobs consistently, after a while you build up clout and a good portfolio so you can say which jobs you would prefer over others."
She reminisced about her early days in the business doing small runway jobs that did not actually pay financially. She said she got clothes instead, which was nice, but did not pay the bills. As an established model, she said she was able to demand jobs that paid -- whether it was a magazine spread, cover or billboard.
"When you get to that level, that's when this field gets even more rewarding," she said.
Forbes told the aspiring models to begin their research in the field, and get themselves prepared to take off as soon as possible. Preparation she said was better than moving to the United States and just hoping for luck without a real plan like she did. She said sometimes it does work out with persistence and hard work but other times it can feel like a wasted effort.
To keep up with Kamela Forbes, follow her on or visit her online at

About Kamela
Born and raised on New Providence, Kamela Forbes attended Yodephy Modeling and Dance Academy at a young age, where she received her basic training in runway, poise and etiquette. She attended St. Anne's High School. Upon completion of high school, Kamela went on to attend The College of The Bahamas on a full scholarship, where she received her associates degree in accounting, and then continued her studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in business administration.
Upon graduation, she was courted by the Ebony Fashion Fair travelling runway show. With her degree under her belt, Kamela headed to Chicago and in 2001 accepted a job to tour with the company. For the next nine months, Kamela participated in 189 runway shows across America, Canada, and The Bahamas. After the tour, Kamela moved to Los Angeles to further her career in modeling. She landed numerous coveted nationwide campaigns and her image has appeared in ads for Motorola, Mitsubishi, Sirius Radio Network, NYX Cosmetics and Wella Hair Care Products. She has also been featured in music videos alongside Grammy-winning recording artists Babyface, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, and has made television appearances on the hit show "Entourage", "8 Simple Rules" and in the movie "Maid in Manhattan" starring Jennifer Lopez.
Kamela signed contracts with famed designers such as Marc Jacobs, Kaufman Franco, Sue Wong, J. Mendel and Chado Ralph Rucci. She has also been featured in ads for fashion house Lafayette 148 and Wamsutta linens as well as magazines such as Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and Vanity Fair. She has shot numerous editorial spreads for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, O (Oprah), and Real Simple. She has graced the cover of Africa's Fashion Week magazine and walked the runway for many of South Africa's top designers.
In 2012, Kamela landed the coveted contract as the face of Tiffany & Co., Rubedo Collection and Target.

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sports in brief



BAHAMAS chiropractor Dr Jennifer Davis has completed a certification programme offered by the Council on Extremity Adjusting and has become a Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner (CCEP).

Dr Davis is one of 900 extremity specialists worldwide. The course of certification he/she has completed required 105 hours of study and the passing of a final exam on the following subjects: Upper and Lower Extremity Adjusting, TMJ, Ribs and Shoulder Girdle, Foot, Gait and Orthotics, Extremity Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Methods for the Extremities, and Global Assessment of the Extremities.

As a CCEP, Dr Davis is trained to pinpoint and trea ...

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Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas meets expectations and more

I saw a pregnant lady running on Sunday. There she was, on a relaxed pace, seemingly with little stress as she passed the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas Headquarters on East Shirley Street.
There also, were the patriarch and matriarch of Marathon Bahamas, Franklyn and Sharon (Madam President) Wilson shouting out encouraging words, totally delighted with an excellent event. Ultimately, Justin Gillette won the marathon in a time of 2:36:57 and his wife Melissa, became the female winner in 3:04:01.
The winning time of Justin marked the fourth sub-three hour achievement. Bahamian Delroy Boothe will forever be in the books at the first winner of Marathon Bahamas. He clocked 2:59:31 in the inaugural event in 2010. Bryan Huberty won the 2012 race in 2:42:53, and Clint Wells owns the record for his 2:33:09 finish in 2013. Simone Maissenbacher finished as the winner of the 2011 event in 3:02:39.
Without a doubt, Marathon Bahamas is the authentic package. The pregnant lady typified a special dimension of the event. The wonderful sea view scenario; Kids of Courage participants; and the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure are other elements of diversity that make the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend a very special international event.
A challenge now goes out to the Government of The Bahamas and all subsequent central administrations, to come to grips with the significance of this event for the country. Marathon Bahamas is actually a happening that has evolved into a sports tourism bonanza. The powers that be must now acknowledge the value of Marathon Bahamas and position it rightfully as a high priority item.
Most importantly is the fact that Marathon Bahamas is a local product. I will continue to point out the precedent set by the government regarding the International Associations of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships. The millions of dollars in the double figures earmarked for the IAAF-endorsed world relays amount to the guide this government has put in place to be adhered to for other such future events of sports tourism magnitude.
With Marathon Bahamas, just one aspect is missing. Marathon Bahamas becomes the total package when it enrolls at least one of the best competitors in the world. I don't expect for Marathon Bahamas in the immediate future to rival, for instance, the Berlin Marathon. That event annually has participating, upwards of 40,000 runners. The five best times in history have been accomplished at the Berlin Marathon. In 2003, Kenya's Paul Tergat set the new world record of 2:04:55; the magnificent Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie lowered the record to 2:04:26 in 2007 and 2:03:59 in 2008 respectively; Kenya's Patrick Makau ran 2:03:38 in 2011 and the current record is held by another of Kenya's terrific long-distance runners, Wilson Kipsang. The mark is 2:03:23.
That's the high standard that the Berlin Marathon represents. No doubt, the German Government appreciates what the Berlin Marathon does for the country.
In our case, I submit that a government that provides upwards of $12 million for the IAAF World Relays certainly can make available about $3 million from the Treasury to enable Marathon Bahamas to be graced by a top Kenyan and an Ethiopian rival. One can only imagine the interest and the excitement such a match-up would create.
There is no suggestion here to go for Kipsang or Makau. Understandably, the market value for those two marathon giants is incredibly high, and yes a bit outside a budget the government could come up with, given the state of the economy. Nevertheless, a few million dollars afforded Marathon Bahamas for appearance fees could certainly ensure that Kenyan and Ethiopian participants are enrolled for the next version of Marathon Bahamas.
Such an added touch would transform an already strong international event into something truly fantastic. Let's just be fair and recognize Marathon Bahamas for what it is, an event just as worthy as the IAAF World Relays to receive major funding.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at

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