Burnett arrives, ready to represent home turf
Guyana and Linden’s international middle distance track star, Marian Burnett arrived in
Guyana from Florida late Monday night ready to represent the turf she started her illustrious career on in the early 90s at the President’s/Jefford Classic on Sunday.
Burnett is very familiar with the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground in Linden, given the fact that it is the venue she had first caught the eyes of athletic luminaries. Now, several years later, and with many accolades to boast about, Burnett returns to compete in Linden.
She will compete in her favourite events, the Women’s 800m and 1500m with the 1500m being dubbed an international event with the participation of Kenisha Pascal from Grenada and athletes from Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname included in the race.
Apart from those athletes, Burnett will have local support from Jevina Straker and Alika Morgan, who have been two of the consistent up-and-coming local athletes in recent times. The Women’s 1500m will be one of the many scorching events expected Sunday.
Burnett indicated that she is happy to be home to compete after such a long time and after taking a break to concentrate on family. She returned to the track sometime in February with the goal of qualifying for her third Olympic Games, scheduled for London, England.
The diminutive but powerful Burnett will not be an easy contender when she competes before an expectant crowd in the Mining Town; she has disclosed that she is on a mission to get back amid the top 10 middle distance runners in the world and wants to be impressive.
Burnett competed at both the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Games. She has the distinct privilege of being a NCAA Indoor Champion in 2002 for Louisiana State University and a former world leader in the 800m and 1500m events.
The three-time National ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ has a personal best time of 4:17.91 in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 in the 1500m and 1:59.47 in the 800m. Those are world class times from a senior female world renowned athlete by any stretch of the imagination.
Burnett is excited to be competing at the President’s/Jefford Track and Field Classic, and will be formerly addressing the media today; she’s expected to make several courtesy calls and was seen working out in the streets of Linden where she is based for the meet.