In the future, overseas coaches may be in Jamaica to lift 800-metre running in the island. That’s the renewed promise from Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). The intention arose in an interview early this month.Though there were earlier hopes of learning from distance giant Kenya, Dr Blake said, “The programme of partnering with countries which are strong in the 800 is still in the mind of the JAAA.”Help may not come from Kenya, home of brilliant middle-distance runners like David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop. Alluding to allegations of corruption and drug violations faced by Kenyan track and field currently, the JAAA president said, “The leadership of that federation is really in a spot of trouble, to put it mildly.”In the meantime, help may come from other nations.”We’re going to be looking at other countries to partner with,” he said.Since the days when Arthur Wint and George Kerr won Olympic medals, Jamaica has only produced one Olympic and/or World Championship finalist in the 800 metres – Kenia Sinclair.Her national record of one minute, 57.88 seconds was set in 2006. Sinclair has been hampered with injuries in recent seasons, but finished in sixth position in both the 2008 Olympic final and the 2011 World Championship final.On the men’s side, Clive Terrelonge won the gold medal at the 1995 World Indoor Championships.While Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell broke two minutes for the distance last year, 1996 was the last time Jamaica had athletes beating the men’s threshold of one minute, 46 seconds. Both Mario Vernon-Watson and Alex Morgan did it in that Olympic year.The men’s national record has stood to Seymour Newman at one minute, 45.21 seconds since 1977. The national junior record is almost 52 years old and remains at one minute, 46.6 seconds. That was a World Junior record when it was set by Neville Myton in 1964.
Daniel and Majella O’Donnell have been determinedly looking to reverse the signs of ageing during one of their latest adventures on the B&B Road Trip.Decpite only being in their fifties, the pair have been trying out facemasks and natural remedies in a bid to rejuvenate their youthful complexions. They’ve also been on a mission to destress by chilling out in an outdoor hot tub.Donegal crooner Daniel is looking to become 20 years younger, as he says. However, his messing about seems to be causing Majella more stress instead of relaxation. RTE released this footage as the second season of Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip is about to get underway next week. Watch the hot tub scene here:RTE also put out one scene you won’t see on the small screen:Daniel and Majella stop off at a ziplining course during one of their adventures – and their reactions are hilarious. Daniel enjoys the thrilling activity but Majella is not so calm about swinging through the treetops. She even roars some expletives at Daniel to tell him to shut up. Poor Majella was stunned yesterday to see the clip out in the public eye. She took to Twitter to say that she thought it was safely under wraps forever.2/2 I thought I was safe & nobody would ever see this!!! How wrong was I? That activity took a lot out of me!! @rte @SineadStimpfig— Majella O Donnell (@Majodonnell) March 2, 2017It looks like the O’Donnells are going to have a fun road trip around Ireland again this season!Daniel & Majella’s B&B Roadtrip will begin on Tuesday 7th March at 20.30 on RTE One. Over six episodes, viewers can follow the Donegal duo as visit bed and breakfasts around Ireland and meet plenty of colourful characters on their travels.Watch: Daniel is desperate to turn back the clock! was last modified: March 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:B&B Road Tripdaniel o’donnellDDTVMajella O’Donnell