Fraser is 5th in 1500m; Vancooten places 7th in male 100m; Fraser achieves PBs in Weightlifting
By Franklin Wilson in Peru
Guyanese athletes faced another tough day on day seven of the inaugural South American Youth Games (1SAYG) taking place here in Lima, Peru.
On the first day of Track and Field events, Dequawn Vancooten battled his way into the 100m finals after a fine showing in his semifinal but ended 7th of the eight finalists in 11.53s; Arturo Deliser of Panama won the event in 10.97s, Venezuela’s Josneyber was 2nd in 11.09s and Nicolas Jinkus of Argentina 3rd in 11.26.
On the distaff side in the same event, Tirana Mitchell looked good in her semifinal placing second to Ecuador’s Kelly Barona but suffered a left hamstring injury with about 30m to go in the race which effectively ended her participation in the Games as advised by the Medical Personnel.
The other athlete competing yesterday was Andrea Foster in the 1500m. Foster started the event in confident fashion leading the seven athlete field for just over two laps. She looked comfortable but on the penultimate lap, eventual winner, Maryle Rivera of Columbia decided to take over the lead while increasing the pace.
Foster tried her best to stay within striking distance but did not have enough in her reserves for the final 120meters, fading away to fifth after looking good for a place in the top three.
Rivera’s winning time was 4:47.60 followed by Melina Mandrile of Argentina (4:49.00) with Peru’s Ruth Cjuro third in 4:51.50. Foster’s 5th place time was 4:57.70 which was just outside her Personal Best (PB) time of 4:57.20.
Speaking after the race, Foster said that she was a bit nervous and felt she could have done better. She has promised to run much smarter race in the 3000m final
Vancooten had placed third in heat 2 of the 100m in 10.90, which was also won by Panama’s Deliser in 10.81. It was anticipated that he too would have pushed to place in the top three in the final but that was not to be.
Jason Yaw will take to the track for the first time with high hopes to medal in the 400m final around 10:00hrs today. He will also be contesting the 200m semis and aiming to do well also.
Denoila Bristol making her debut in the sport, fought off a wrist injury to achieve PB’s in both the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. She came up against seasoned campaigners in the 53kg category and sought to do her best.
In the Snatch, Bristol achieved 35kg and in the Clean & Jerk she managed 37kgs on her third attempt after failing to get the correct technique as decided by the judges in her first two attempts.
Coach Sean Cozier said that he was satisfied with Bristol’s performance noting that the exposure at his level can only serve to make the athlete better.
Today, Darren Williams will be in action in the 77kg category while Sheriah Melville, the youngest athlete on tour will compete in the 63+ category, tomorrow.
Chelsea Edghill teamed up with Alejandro of Paraguay to contest the Mixed Pairs (International) Doubles, they won one game and lost two, that was not enough to take them through to the next round.
Competing in Group 2, they defeated the pair of Shemar Britton (Guyana) and Melibeth Velarde (Panama) and lost to Diego Rodriguez (Peru) & Leticia Nakada (Brazil) and Santiago Kacowz (Uraguay) & Daniela Ortega (Chile).
Britton and Velarde lost all three matches they contested against the other three pairs also in Group 2.
Rodriguez and Nakada have drawn a bye to the semi finals which will be contested today following the quarter finals. Juan Lamadrid (Chile) and Daniela Camino (Ecuador) will take on Adrian Cabrera (Ecuador) and Angie Umbacia (Columbia) in one quarter final with the other between the pairing of Santiago Kacowicz (Uruguay) & Daniela Ortega (Chile) against Horacio Cifuentes (Argentina) & Maria Martinez (Paraguay).
Massao Kohatsu (Brazil) and Maria Lorenzotti (Uruguay) also drew a bye to the semi final.
Narayan Ramdhani who won bronze in the singles competition received his medal yesterday. Himself and Ambika Ramraj will contest the International Mixed Pairs Doubles. Ramraj will partner Soren Opti of Suriname while Ramdhani will team up with Argentine S. Bernatene.
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