As good as Jamaica’s 100-metre men have been in the World Championships, their female counterparts have, in some ways, been even better. They have three gold medals just like the men do, but have sprinted to more medals more often. Leading the line at this week’s World Championships in Beijing is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is returning to the scene of her first international triumph. The women have 10 medals overall, compared to eight for the men. That margin is built on a four-medal foundation established by Merlene Ottey. However, while Ottey has two silver and two bronze medals each, gold has come to Jamaica courtesy of Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2007 and Fraser-Pryce in 2009 and 2013. The little rocket made history on her first big-meet visit to Beijing in 2008, by winning Jamaica’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100 metres. If she wins again in Beijing, she will be the first woman to win the World 100m three times. On current form, a win for VCB would be a long shot, but if the redoubtable warrior were to cross the line first, she would join Fraser-Pryce and American Marion Jones as the only two-time winners of the 100m in World Championship history. Jamaica, with Fraser-Pryce and Kerron Stewart in 2009, the USA and East Germany are the only countries to produce one-two finishes in the World 100 metres. The East Germans did it twice, with Marlies Gohr and Marita Koch in 1983, and with Silke Gladisch and Heike Drechsler in 1987. Those two doubles are a sore point for Jamaica. The East Germans and 1983 bronze-medal winner, Dianne Williams of the USA, are all now known to be beneficiaries of illegal performance enhancers. Declassified secret service documents have outlined the state-organised steroid-boosting programme that powered the East Germans from the 1970s to 1990, and Williams later confessed to illegal drug use at the time of her 1983 bronze. Remove Gohr, Koch, Williams, Gladisch, and Drechsler from the results, and Ottey is left as the winner in both 1983 and 1987. If history ever makes amends, then Ottey will have two gold medals to match her pair from the 200m. It’s an adjustment the sprint queen’s great rÈsumÈ desperately needs. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool fans to put their faith in goalkeeper Loris Karius if he has received the backing of manager Jurgen Klopp. “If Jurgen doesn’t think he is capable of bouncing back from that of course he will have to go into the market and get another goalkeeper but Jurgen knows him better than me.“The easy thing to do is put a cross through his name and bin him but you have to remember he took Liverpool to the Champions League final.“He is young so we don’t want to bin a good goalkeeper because he does have the potential to be very good.” Karius’ two mistakes led to two Real Madrid goals in the Champions League final 2 Liverpool have been heavily linked with signing a new goalkeeper this summer after Karius’ Champions League final horror show, where he made two costly mistakes in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.But, reports this week have claimed the Reds have called off their search and will instead stick with the young German as their number one for the forthcoming season.Jurgen Klopp addressed the situation on Thursday and confirmed his backing of the 25-year-old, saying: “From my side everything is fine. We don’t think about that anymore and we start completely new.”READ MORE: ‘It’s the right decision to keep Karius’, says former Liverpool goalkeeper David JamesKarius’ performance in Kiev was the final straw for many fans, who have urged the club to sort out the goalkeeper problems once and for all this summer.But Gerrard says if the Reds manager trusts Karius, they should too.“Karius, to be fair to him, was getting stronger and stronger as the season when on,” the new 38-year-old Rangers manager told Press Association Sport.“I think the key is does Jurgen think he has the mental strength to bounce back?“Is he capable of parking that up, moving on and drawing from the experience? 2