By Edison Jefford
Guyana took no prisoners yesterday, extending their dominance on the opening day of the Inter–Guiana Games’ Athletics Championship to retaining the coveted title on the second day of competition at the Police Sports Club Ground.
Guyana amassed 277 points after the tabulation of the points minus the long jump events that were ongoing at another venue late yesterday afternoon. Suriname ended second with 166 points while French Guiana was third with 141 points.
French Guiana and Suriname made enterprising starts to the day’s proceedings with wins in the triple jump and discus events. But the early momentum was not enough to stop the Guyanese from pummelling their opposition later.
Consuella Menig jumped 11.54m to help Suriname to its first gold medal of the day in an easy win over French Guiana’s Sergine Elmo (10.85m) and Larissa Galas (10.74m). The host country did not get on the medal podium.
However, in the boys’ version of the event, Winston Caesar sprang his way to triumph in 13.81m to salvage pride. Following that attempt, Marlon Moshette then landed a 13.57m jump to give Guyana the first two positions. Suriname’s Rondall Napo was third with a best jump of 13.28m at YMCA, Thomas Lands.
Menig followed up her performance in the morning with another gold medal 5.25m jump in the girls’ long jump event. Guyana’s Natasha Doris finished second with 5.22m while Elmo added bronze with a jump of 5.06m.
Guyana’s Moshette and Caesar continued their rivalry in the boys’ long jump event when they jumped 6.38m and 6.29m for first and second places respectively.
Suriname’s Bondi Misasi was third with a best jump of 6.12m.
In the events that were held at the Police Sports Club, Suriname’s Yves Kakie had a best throw of 30.68m to emphatically win the boys’ discus event with countryman, Romario Doorson finishing second with a throw of 29.08m. Guyana’s Obie Haddaway was third in the distance with a 27.82m throw.
Kakie returned later in the day to add another gold medal to his haul in the boys’ shot put competition. The Surinamese threw 12.04m ahead of Guyana’s Vallon Adams (11.62m) and Suriname’s Earwin Weekers (11.26m) respectively.
But Guyana’s Shinead Emmerson then threw 8.85m to win the female version of the shot put event, defeating nemesis Lashanna Whaul (8.06m) and French Guiana’s Samanta Sewgobind (6.61m) in that order in the event.
The win was much reprieve for Emmerson, who had lost the discus throw on the previous day of the competition. Whaul took that event with an 18.18m throw with Sewgobind in second with 23.92m. French Guiana’s Naomi Mousse was third with 21.22m.
Suriname’s Ilsida Toemere devastated the field in the girls’ 3000m race to win in 12:12.9 seconds ahead of Guyana’s Tisha Grimes (13.32.60) and Toshawnna Doris, who finished a distant third in 13.43.80.
Guyana’s Carifta Games gold medallist, Javina Straker won the girls’ 800m in a time of 2:24.70 with counterpart, Jenella Jonas in second with 2:26.30. Suriname’s Genelva Diko finished third in 2:34.80 in the event.
Following Straker’s double gold medal performance after winning the 1500m on day one, Ricardon Martin in a similar fashion, raced to his second gold medal in the boys’ version of the 800m event in a blistering time of 2:04.50. Guyana’s Kevin Bailey was second in 2:06.90 while Suriname’s Xaviero Cleve took third in 2:09.60.
Sprinter Nadine Rodrigues, in her first individual event of the contest, turned the table on local rival Roxanna Rigby in the girls’ 200m event. Rodrigues flew out of her blocks to complete the distance in a time of 25.20.
Rigby, sporting a bandage around her right ankle, was second in 25.40 while Suriname’s Danielle Clarke was third in 26.00. The race was the only sprint event on the day and certainly got the attention of most enthusiasts.
Triston Joseph completed his famed double when he held off a strong challenge from the French Guiana’s Alan Alias down the backstretch in the boys’ 200m contest. He won the race in 22.40 while Alias had a 22.50 time. Joseph had also won the 100m on the opening day. Local Dellon DeAbreu was third in the 200m in 22.80.
Guyana’s Jamal Chisholm won the boys’ 5000m in 17:14.70 ahead of Suriname’s Regill Touwslager (17:35.50) and Xaviero Simison (17:39.70). The 2009 host won both 4×400 races to bring the curtains down on the event.
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