Christoffe Bryan opened his season with a win in the men’s high jump at the Kansas State University (KSU), University of Kansas (KU), Wichita State University (WSU) Showdown in Lawrence, Kansas.Bryan, the former Wolmerian, won with a leap of 2.20m as his team finished second in the contest among the three universities.His countrywoman, Kimberly Williams, won the women’s equivalent with a 1.87m leap as she continues her gradual improvement since attending KSU two season ago.Despite his winning opening, Bryan is far from happy. A bothersome knee that has plagued him for years now continues to hamper his progress, a big concern since he plans to represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.”That’s the main goal,” said a frustrated Bryan. “I was supposed to go to the World Championships last year, but I had to pull out because of the same knee issue. But I am trying to get it sorted out as soon as possible.”Bryan has been struggling with a bad knee since his days in high school. He has had it treated, but nothing seems to be able help him put the injury behind him. It has now become a nuisance.”I am having this problem for too long and it’s holding me back. I went 2.28m last year and couldn’t get back there, so I was pretty frustrated and disappointed,” he said.The knee has not allowed him to jump much in practice this off-season, and he believes it affected him on Friday.”I feel it was a pretty good performance because I haven’t jumped that much in practice, so my timing was off,” he said. “When I got to 2.25m, my knee was bothering me a little, but I pushed through.”Bryan said that he aims to break 2.30m this season, which should help him earn a spot on the national team to Rio, and as such, he plans to undergo a procedure in a couple of months that he hopes will alleviate the knee problem that has been preventing him from soaring to new heights.
An elderly voter narrowly escaped arrest after she was involved in an altercation with election day workers at a polling division in the St Andrew, south-eastern constituency. According to election day workers at a polling station housed at the Jaycee’s headquarters on Altamont Crescent in New Kingston, the woman cast her vote and proceeded to tear-off the counter seal on the ballot; a job, which should have been done exclusively by election day workers. As a consequence, the woman was informed her vote had been voided. She asked if she could take the ballot from the polling station home, however, this was refused. This was when the altercation started and the police were called. As a result, the woman, who wishes to be anonymous was unable to vote. The Jaycee’s polling station on Altamont Crescent was among the least visited by voters within that constituency.