Elaine Thompson to run 100m at Jamaica Invitational 2018

Starting this Saturday, the 22nd of May, athletes competing at the JOA/JAAA Olympic Destiny Series is likely to share over $2.1 million in prize money.

Last week, the JOA announced it would be supporting Jamaica’s track and field athletes buildup to the Tokyo Olympic Games by partnering with the JAAA to stage the Olympic Destiny Series.

The JOA has pumped $14.4 million into the preparation meets, $7 million will go towards the series of meets, and $7.5 million will go toward financing the National Championships.

The three meets will be on the 22nd of May, 29th of May and 5th of June. Jamaica’s National Championships, scheduled for June 24 – 27 at the National Stadium, is to select the country’s team for Tokyo.

Garth Gayle, President, JAAA, said track and field athletes have been yearning for this opportunity to compete and earn since the Pandemic struck in March 2020.

“Since last year March, many of our athletes have not been able to earn from the sport that they love, and this initiative has brought about an opportunity for us to showcase our athletes and give them an opportunity to earn,” said Gayle.

Christopher Samuda, President of sports’ parent body in Jamaica, noted that this strong support fits their mandate and will be replicated through the years.

“The JAAA is a treasured member of the Association. We always look towards ensuring that our relationships in the industry are built on solid foundations.”

Prize Money Athletes

Position              Premier             Classic

First                   $100,000.           $70,000
Second              $60,000               $35,000
Third                 $40,000               $20,000
Fourth               $20,000               $15,000
Fifth                  $14,000               $12,000
Sixth                 $12,000               $10,000

However, for athletes to receive prize money, they MUST achieve the below standards.

Male             Time                Female               Time

100m               10.40              100m             11.30
200m               20.70               200m            23.10
400m               46.20               400m             52.20
400mH             50.40              400mH           56.00
110mH             13.60             100mH           13.30
Long Jump       7.50m            Long Jump      6.00m
Shot Put           18m
Discus              60m
                                                      Triple Jump       13.50

The Organizing Committee will select ten (10) disciplines, six premier and four classic events each week for which prize money will be paid to Jamaican nationals ONLY.

In the first week, the men’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles and discus will be the prize money events.

The women’s prize money events will be the 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and long jump.

The organizers reserve the right to make changes if necessary.


08:10 AM                                                   OPENING
08:15 AM          100M                              WOMEN
08:30 AM          100M                              MEN
08:55 AM          100M HURDLES               WOMEN
09:10 AM          110M HURDLES               MEN
09:15 AM          800M                              MEN
09:25 AM          200M                              WOMEN
09:35 AM          200M                              MEN
09:55 AM          400MH                          WOMEN
10:10 AM          400MH                          MEN
10:20 AM          400M                            WOMEN
10:30 AM          400M                             MEN

08:30 AM          LONG JUMP                  WOMEN
08:45 AM          DISCUS                           WOMEN
09:15 AM          LONG JUMP                  MEN
09:30 AM          DISCUS                           MEN
09:40 AM          SHOT PUT                     MEN

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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