Jamaica’s track and field stars

World champion Yohan Blake.
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

World champions Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell were formally recognized as the stars of Jamaican track & field this year.

The two claimed the Athlete-of-the-Year awards recently when the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) handed out the annual Golden Cleats Awards.

In an ironic twist, Blake was named the top male athlete ahead of his training partner and megastar Usain Bolt, the World Male Athlete-of-the-Year.

The selection of the JAAA felt Bolt did not do enough to beat Blake this time around. Blake won the World 100 title in Daegu, South Korea, following an astonishing false start from Bolt.

Blake, 22, also recorded the second fastest 200 meter of all-time with a time of 19.26 seconds, performances which have him now being considered as a clear and present threat to Bolt’s dominance of World sprinting over the last three years.

Bolt, winner in 2008 and 2009, took the World 200m title in Daegu and had the fastest 100m time of the year of 9.76 secs.

The highlights of Campbell-Brown’s season were her first ever 200m victory at a World Championships and a runner-up spot in the l00.

Campbell-brown previously won the award in 2007 and last year.

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