James leaves no stones unturned
– Perry impresses with fast 100m
Surging junior national sprinter, Stephan James left no room for errors yesterday when he faced rival, Chavez Ageday in one of the marquee races of the Athletics Association of Guyana Junior and Senior Championships at the Police Sports Club Ground.
Coming off two consecutive controversial losses to Ageday on separate occasions, James was of the view that he needed a clear victory in the Under-20 Boys 200m race, which was billed as one of the premier events at the renowned Mecca of track and field.
James clocked 21.80 seconds to win the race ahead of Ageday who had 22.10 seconds for second place that left no space for debates on who was the winner of the race. Marlon Moshette finished third in 22.50 seconds. James will compete in the 400m today.
Among the other notable performances on Day One of the two-day meet was Rupert Perry’s hot 100m race in the senior category. Perry blistered his rivals in 10.20 seconds, leaving his Guyana Defence Force team-mate, Quincy Clarke (10.60) in second position. Kenneth Semple was third in the race with 10.90 seconds.
Perry significantly improved his time in the 100m from the 10.40 seconds he dropped at second President’s/Jefford Track and Field Classic last month in Linden. His rapid improvement, James’ as well, makes for interesting battles when the two meet later this year.
Leota Babb returned to form with a victory in the Women’s 100m in a time of 12.60 seconds as Nadine Rodrigues (12.80) and Akela Alves (13.30) all of the Police Sports Club, finished second and third respectively in the race.
Surprisingly, national junior sprint ace, Tiffany Carto’s U-18 Girls’ 100m time was quicker than the senior women. Carto blasted 12.30 seconds ahead of Alita Moore who had 12.60 seconds and Latisha Myles, who unexpectedly finished third in a slow 14.10 seconds.
Moore turned the tables on Carto in the 400m while Tiffany Smith ran 26.90 seconds in winning the U-20 Girls 200m. Tandica Burgess was second in 27.80 seconds with Shanice Haton coming in third in 28.50 seconds. Shannah Thornhill continued her dominance against Neisa Allen from the President’s/Jefford Classic in the Women’s 400. Thornhill won in 59.60 seconds while Allen was second in 59.80 seconds as the rivalry continued among the two athletes.
Keon Lynch clocked 11.10 seconds to win the U-18 Boys 100m ahead of Christopher Hyderkhan (11.20) and Jamal Joseph (11.40). Errol Welcome snatched the 400m in the same age category in a fiery 52.30 seconds while Kadeem Peters (53.60) and Samuel Doris 53.90 seconds were second and third respectively in the race.
Patrick King ensured that he lived up to the hype of his 48.10 seconds last month in Linden when he dominated a field of unknowns in the Men’s 400m race. King ran 50.80 seconds, which gifted him a two-second win in the event. His nearest rival, Leslain Baird, was second in 52.10 seconds while Aveni Craig was third in 53.30 seconds.
Running Braves’, Cleveland Thomas continued his reign as perhaps the most improved athlete in half of a decade yesterday when he made light work of Guyana Defence Force’s Tyshon Bentick and his team-mate, Carlon Halley in the Men’s 1500m race.
Thomas ran 4:11.20 for the win ahead of Bentick’s 4:16.90 and Halley’s 4:31.10 respectively. It was a negative outing for Police’s Dennis Horatio, who had stormed to one of the biggest wins in his career last month in Linden when he defeated both Thomas and Cleveland Forde in a studded 800m. Horatio did not finish the 1500m yesterday at Eve Leary. (Edison Jefford)