Pompey to go faster in 400m semis
-Winston George 400 m hunger to be fulfilled today
Guyana’s Aliann Pompey yesterday eased her way into the semi finals of the Women’s 400m preliminary round at the 2012 London Olympic Games after placing 4th in heat two which was the fastest of the seven heats.
Pompey, who migrated to the United States at age 14 and failed to get past the semi final stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in this event, clocked 52.10 seconds in London yesterday to equal her season’s best which was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska at an U.S Club Championships.
Pompey running out of lane 8 in the longest sprinting event in athletics reacted to the gun in 0.174 seconds, the fastest for her heats and is ranked number 19 of the 45 athletes who ran the preliminary rounds. She is ranked 19 of the 24 qualifiers for the semi finals set for today.
Holding down the number one spot is Botswana’s Amantle Montsho who produced a blistering 50.40 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Christine Day (51.05 seconds) and Great Britain’s Shana Cox (52.01 seconds).
The US-based quarter miler speaking with Kaieteur Sport after her race expressed how she felt: “I am happy that I have qualified for the semi finals. This is the third time that I will be competing in this round.”
The four-time Olympian who has expressed confidence that she can generate more speed to produce a faster time today; she continued by saying that as an athlete you need to be able to run from any lane. “It felt good. It was tough doing it from lane 8 but at the end of it all you need to be able to run from any lane.”
Pompey added that she had great support from team Guyana for the event. “I had the whole team, Niall Roberts, Raul Lall, Britany van Lange, Jeremy Bascom, Winston George along with every Coach and Official there to support me. That is an amazing feeling. It feels like I am not running alone.”
Pompey who has a personal best time of 50.71 seconds will be running in heat two (lane 3) today against Libania Grenot (lane 2), Regina George (lane 4), Amantle Montsho (lane 5), Francena McCorory (lane 6), Christine Day (lane 7), Shana Cox (lane 8) and Alina Lohvynenko (lane 9).
Meanwhile, Lyndon Wilson Coach of locally based Olympian Winston George has indicated that the quarter-miler is hungry and ready for competition in the 400 meters, today.
George posted a time of 45.86 seconds last year in Venezuela at the ALBA Games to qualify for the event; it was also a PB for him.
Wilson who has great hopes for his athlete: “ Yes I have great expectations from him, all he has to do is go out there and run his race.”
The Coach is also hoping that George lowers his Personal Best time by going under the 45 seconds barrier.
George who will compete from lane 6 in heat 6, coming up against the likes of Conrad Williams (lane 2), Lashawn Merritt (lane 3), Saijad Hashemiahangari (lane 4), Lalonde Gordon (lane 5), Steven Solomon (lane 7) and Marcell Deak (lane 8).