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KINGSTON---Asafa Powell, who ran the
fastest 100 metres in the world on Satur-
day, says he was overwhelmed by the re-
sponse from supporters in Jamaica to his
More than 25,000 people broke into
prolonged cheers as Powell sped across
the finish line at the Jamaica International
Invitational at the National Stadium.
The crown went wild as the numbers
9.84 flashed on the in-field clock, signaling
the return to form of the former world
"Just to run in front of this crowd is just
great. I don't even care about the time.
Being here and getting this reception
from my people is just overwhelming,"
said an elated Powell,"
"Just to come out here and give them
their money's worth and just for them to
show their appreciation, no regrets."
Powell, 32, silenced a strong field that
included American Ryan Bailey who was
booed for his 'throat-cutting' gesture to-
ward Usain Bolt after anchoring the US to
victory in the 4x100m at the IAAF World
Relays in The Bahamas last week.
Powell overwhelmed by Jamaica's response to his return
North-South cricket will make a
return to the T&T cricket calender
on Friday as Vasha s Foods Ltd has
given a cheque worth $50,000 to re-
introduce this classic that has pro-
duced top national cricketers in the
After an absence of more than five
years, the North-South classic will
return at the National Cricket Centre
in Couva on Friday with the North
Under-17 team playing the South U-
17 in a 50-over match from 2.30 pm.
This will be followed by the U-19
North-South match on May 25 and
the U-15 match on May 28. An U-13
North-South match and a Senior
North-South match will also be con-
tested later on this year. The tentative
date for the Senior match is Decem-
At the National Cricket Centre yes-
terday T&T Cricket Board president
Azim Bassarath was looking forward
to the return of North-South cricket.
"In these games two teams, con-
sisting of the best age group players
in the country, will match skills with
each other, ramping up the quality dis-
played at Inter Zone games.
"It is expected that at each stage the
cricket will be better, creating oppor-
tunities for managers, coaches and
selectors to closely examine the players,
search for strengths and weaknesses
and assist in the positive development
of our young cricketers.
Bassarath reflected on the history of
the North-South classic. "The fact that
there is healthy history behind the
North-South rivalry is well known.
Our domestic North/South Seniors
match, called the Beaumount Cup,
began in 1925-26 and was granted First
Class Status in 1958.
"Over the years, using different for-
mats, the competition was extended
and re-named, losing its first class sta-
tus in 1985. Among some of these
names were the Texaco Cup, The Trin-
toc Trophy and the Gerry Gomez
Bassarath added: "Let me in closing
thank all those who contributed to this
return of North-South cricket especially
Vasha s Foods Ltd, without whom this
would not have been possible. We look
forward with keen interest to our top
youth cricketers engaging in high-level,
intense but friendly rivalry on the play-
Vimal Chickoree, sales and marketing
manager at Vasha s Foods Ltd was
happy to lend assistance. Chickoree
said: "Vasha is extremely pleased to
be instrumental in the re-introduction
of our North-South encounters to the
cricketing calender. Over the years
these battles have brought a lot of
excitement and interest to the sport."
He added: "Cricket is a national pas-
time and at Vasha s we want our foods
to become a national tradition, so what
better way to do this than to partner
with the sport that has given so much
to the country."
KINGSTON---Emerging sprint star Jamaica s Elaine
Thompson, says hard work has paid off allowing
her to become the world s leading sprinter following
two recent 100 metre wins.
Thompson announced herself to the world by
speeding to victory in 10.97 seconds at the Jamaica
Invitational on Saturday after clocking a world leading
10.92 seconds at the Utech Classics a few weeks ago.
"No, not easy. It s been months and days of training,
so it is the hard work that is paying off now. I started
training late September," said Thompson.
"I train with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; she helps
to motivate me a lot".
On Saturday, the 22-year-old Jamaican sprinter
recovered from a slow start to lead Commonwealth
Games champion Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria and
American star Allyson Felix at the half-way mark
before pulling away for a comfortable win.
"I was feeling good, I know I could win so I just
go out there to execute as best as I could. It wasn t
one of the best starts, but I just didn t panic, I just
went on and executed," said Thompson who turns
23 next month.
"I knew the names in the field were big, so I just
didn t try to get nervous. I just went out there and
Thompson has credited her improvement to
Stephen Francis, coach of MVP track club.
She has now set her sights on a medal at the World
Championship, which will be held at the Bird s Nest
Stadium in Beijing, China, in August.
"I see myself on that medal podium in Beijing,"
extra work and just do the things I normally do,
nothing new, just some more work". (CMC)
North-South Cricket returns
...as Vasha Foods invests $50,000
President of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath, right, collects a
sponsorship cheque from Janice Panteau, administrative manager of Vasha's
Foods Ltd at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, yesterday.
PHOTO COURTESY TTCB
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson.
New sprint sensation eyes
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