Oct 08, 2011 Sports
-Two points separate leading forces
By Edison Jefford
As Kaieteur Sport predicted in its pre-final analysis, the Inter-Services Athletics Championships (ISAC) 2011 made history in more ways than one. Categorically, it was the closest rivalry of the history of the championships that concluded with a breathtaking finish.
For the records, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) surged pass the Guyana Police Force (GPF) with what was certainly a calculated performance to re-capture the ISAC title with a two-point margin last evening at the Base Camp Ayanganna Ground.
Waiting on the male Javelin final to conclude before the final results surfaced, the Defence Force took two of the top three positions in the event to edge the Police Force. The soldiers finished on 542 points, ambushing the Police, who had 540 points for second.
The Guyana Fire Service finished third with 118 points, while the Guyana Prison Service took fourth with 51 points. The Police had held a 46-point lead over the soldiers heading into the final day of the three-day competition that started Tuesday.
But as Kaieteur Sport envisaged in its preview to the final day’s proceedings, the Defence Force had a few outstanding performances in the sprints that helped them overhaul the Police’s lead on a hot day, and in almost perfect conditions for track and field.
Cleveland Forde opened the Defence Force’s chase with a record-breaking performance in the male 1500m. Forde ran 4:09.4 to dismiss Wilbert Mingo’s 2009 record of 4:20.4 on his way to the race win ahead of Police’s, Dennis Horatio (4:13) and Defence Force’s, Tyshon Bentick (4:14.2).
Police’s Janella Jonas then reminded the large crowd that turned up to witness the enduring rivalry that the Police were in charge for a large part of the competition with her record-breaking run in the women’s 1500m race.
Jonas ran 5:08.9 that was under Ashanti Scott’s 2009 record of 5:14.4 to win the event ahead of her long-time nemesis, Scott, who had 5:20.9 for second. Police’s Eva Harry was third with her time of 5:22.8, which merely kept the points’ pendulum swinging.
The Defence Force was up to the challenge in the male 100m final when Rupert Perry also set a new games record with his 10.1 seconds run. He eclipsed Quinse Clarke’s 10.4 seconds that was set last year to force his team into the top three positions.
Clarke finished second in 10.2 seconds, while Jermaine Newton was third in 10.3 seconds. After the race Newton said “my team needed points, this is perhaps my best race ever”. It was a classic affair for the soldiers to take maximum points in the premier event.
However, Nadine Rodrigues came back to equal Leota Babb’s 2009 record with 12.0 seconds in winning the female 100m for the police. Babb was second in 12.4 seconds, while Rushell Coates from the
Defence Force finished third in 13.0 seconds.
Perry shattered his own 200m record with a 20.3 seconds performance that left most enthusiasts wondering if the time was for real. Newton squeezed into second with another personal best in a time of 20.6 seconds, while Winston George (20.9) settled for third.
Rodrigues, like Perry completed a double when she won the 200m in 24.9 seconds that eclipsed her own 25.5 seconds record. Rodrigues won ahead of Akiela Alves (25.4) and arch-rival Tiffany Smith, who limped to 25.6 seconds in the race.
The soldiers and police continued to share the spoils in the 400m and 800m finals until it was decided that the Defence Force will re-capture the title after the male javelin throw. The Defence Force defied the Police Force ambitions of winning the title back-to-back.
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