Oct 31, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Forde forcefully resists arrest
– Police has nine-point lead
By Edison Jefford
National distance-running ace, Cleveland Forde forcefully resisted Police arrest of the marquee 1500m race yesterday on day two of the Inter-Services Annual Athletic Championships (ISAAC) at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp Ayangana Ground.
Representing the Defence Force, Forde resisted the Police arrest with about 350m left in the race, surging ahead before sprinting to a commanding win. Forde sat six places aback the lead pack as his teammate, Tyshon Bentick and Police’s Dennis Horatio set the early pace.
After the first half of the race, it distinctly became a contest between Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the GDF with Bentick and Forde battling among Horatio, Kevin Bayley and Trevor Scotland for a top three berth and valuable points for their team.
With 350m left in the race, Forde tried to make his move but received a bump from Scotland that forced him to drop back, reassess his position and use the outside of the track to get to his desired advantage, which he easily secured with 150m left in the race.
Forde unleashed a burst of speed that left a non-responsive lead pack behind; he finished with the time of 4:00.2 to win with about eight-metre space as Bentick (4:01.9) out-leaned surging Bayley (4:02.3) for the second position to cap a GDF top two sweep. Horatio, who was favoured to give Forde a challenge before the race, was nowhere in the picture.
It was sweet revenge for the Defence Force after Janella Jonas ran 5:13.00 to win the female race from GDF’s Carlissa Atkinson (5:15.2) and Ashanti Scott (5:30.1) respectively. Atkinson was on Jonas’ heels for 1400m before the Police athlete took control of the event.
The GDF distance team had given them a two-point lead after their win in the 10km Road Relay on Sunday. However, after strong performances in the Discuss and Long Jump events, the Police Force are holding on to a relatively slim nine-point lead in the competition.
After nine finals and the close of proceedings yesterday the Police Force had amassed 135 points with Defence Force on 126 points; the Guyana Fire Service has 28 points with the Guyana Prison Service in the cellar position on 14 points.
Ronald Payne threw 41.23m to win the male Discuss event for GPF with Julio Sinclair (39.76m) taking the second place for them as well; GDF was locked out of the medals in this contest as the Fire Service’s, Walden Arthur (38.42m) was third.
Then in the women’s event, the Police arrested the top two places again when Natasha Alder had thrown 32.38m for first and Latoya Rodney 30.42m for second. The GDF’s Wonetta Wayne was third with 27.42m.
Patrick King, representing the GDF, leaped to 7.04m to win the male Long Jump contest as Troy Williams (6.96m) and Quacy Payne (6.89m) was second and third respectively for the Police. In the women’s event, Police’s Tandica Burgess won with 5.24m with the Defence Force’s, Letitia Myles (5.24) taking second; officials were forced to use their next best jumps to differentiate the winners of the contest. Police’s Tracy Moses (5.10m) was third.
The Defence Force won both the male and female ranks 4x100m relays, restricting the Police to the second position. The Guyana Prison Service was third in the male race. The competition will continue today before a break tomorrow and Friday’s Grand Finale.
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