Usain Bolt Dominates His First 100M of the Season


Olympic gold

medallist Usain Bolt

ONTARIO, Canada (CMC):

Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt easily won the men’s 100 metres at the Festival of Excellence track and field meeting last night.

The 22-year-old Bolt accelerated away from his rivals over the second half of the race and won in 10.00 seconds, chased by the Americans Shawn Crawford (10.26) and Ivory Williams (10.28) at the University of Toronto, Varsity Centre.

It was the first international 100-metre run this season for Bolt, a triple Olympic gold medallist last year, who is targeting the sprint double at the IAAF World Championship in Berlin in August.

On a rainy evening at the 7,000-seater Varsity Stadium, the race was delayed by two false starts, the second resulting in the disqualification of the Jamaican Marvin Anderson.

Run against a minus 0-9 metres per second wind, the event was competitive until the 6-foot-5-inch Bolt got into full stride and pulled clear of Crawford and Williams for an easy win a day after he was named 2008 Laureus Sportsman of the Year.

American Bernard Williams was fourth in 10.47 seconds and Jamaican Mario Forsythe fifth in 10.48.

One-two finish

In the co-main event on the programme, Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep edged 2003 World Champion Perdita Felicien in a Canadian one-two finish in the 100-metre hurdles which was contested in a minus 1.8 mps head-wind.

Lopes-Schliep won in 12.86 seconds ahead of Felicien (12.88) with American Damu Cherry third in 13.01.

Jamaicans Nickeisha Wilson (13.14) and Andrea Bliss (13.45) were fourth and seventh, respectively

American Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt won the men’s 400 metres in 44.83 seconds.

Seventh and eighth

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Stephens was second in 45.34 seconds, followed by Bahamian Andrae Williams (45.72) and Jamaican Sanjay Ayre (45.81).

Other Jamaicans in the race, Jermaine Gonzalez (46.41) and Ricardo Chambers (46.59), were seventh and eighth, respectively.

Jamaican Sonita Sutherland (54.35) was seventh in the women’s 400 won by American Shana Cox (51.44), and T&T’s Sherridan Kirk (1:49.07) was seventh in the men’s 800, won by American Khadevis Robinson (1:45.73).

Courtesy Jamaica Gleaner

Rock Jamaica Celebrates Director David F. Mewa’s MMVA Nomination This Tuesday @ Kress

This Tuesday @ Kress LA’s Premier Reggae party, Rock Jamaica, will be celebrating with Director David F. Mewa. David accepted the nomination for his first Much Music Video Award (MMVA) for the breakout music video FAMOUS – AIN’T NO USE. Join us to meet & learn about Davids upcoming film projects.

David is currently based in Los Angeles, but he grew up in Toronto and has is roots in Jamaica. Rock Jamaica is all about promoting upcoming artists especially when they have Caribbean ties like we do. This industry is filled with very talented artists from all over the Caribbean and we look forward to putting them in front of our fan base on a consistent basis. Check out below the nominated video and a very cool wedding proposal video that made it onto Entertainment Tonight. See you guys on Tuesday.

David F. Mewa

Canada’s television and music industry recognizes this burgeoning director in it’s BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO category. “It is an honor to recieve my first ever nod in this category, Hip-Hop is an important part of my life.” says Mewa. MUCH MUSIC honors the best in Canadian and international music videos annually in a nationally televised award show that draws thousands to its outdoor celebration. The 2009 MMVA’s will be televised on Sun June 21/2009 at 9pm EST. Mewa will travel to his hometown Toronto to be in attendance.

FAMOUS – AIN’T NO USE (nominated for best hip hop video)

“A Modest Proposal”This video is making it real hard for single guys… Damn you David F. Mewa… Ha…

Entertainment Tonight Covering the viral video ‘A Modest Proposal’…

For more info on David F. Mewa visit his website by clicking here…

Click flier for Rock Jamaica’s ‘Reggae on the Roof’ info for this Tuesday…