– Guyana trail Suriname and French Guiana overall;
As anticipated it was always going to be an uphill task for Guyana swimming against old rivals
Suriname and French Guiana; that is how the scrip unfolded after the first day of swimming when the Inter Guiana Games got underway yesterday at the National Aquatic Centre.
Using the full 50m length of the pool, the Guyanese were given a dream start in the day’s first event when leading female swimmer Britany van Lange swam to the gold medal in the Girls 19 & Under 200m Individual Medley (IM) in 2:43.02.
Suriname’s Anjali Rahan (2:48.67) and French Guiana’s Celeste (2:54.93) having to settle for the silver and bronze.
Emulating van Lange’s achievement was Soroya Simmons who wrested the gold medal in event 3, the Girls 19 & Under 100m Backstroke which she won in a time of 1:14.16 ahead of French Guiana’s Leane Lopez (1:16.46) and Anjali Rohan (1:16.49) of Suriname.
The 18 year-old van Lange returned to take bronze in the 50m Freestyle and then anchored the Girls team (Accalia Khan, Sanmogan, Simmons) to silver in the 50m Medley Relay (2:17.19), the French Guiana quartet of Lopez, Gaelle Tarcy, Analia Pigree and Meyghane Labeau took the gold medal (2:15.27).
Jamila Sanmogan took bronze in the Girls 19 & Under 50m Breaststroke in a time of 40.89. Dylan Nurse was the first male to medal for the Guyanese with bronze in the Boys 19 & Under Breaststroke, his time was 37.53.
The boys relay team of Joseph De Nobrega, Dylan Nurse, Hannibal Gaskin and Omar Adams had to settle for the bronze medal in the 50m Medley Relay coming in a distant third (2:09.05) to winner, Suriname (Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw, Juan Limburg, Jordi Chan, Rochyl Chan) who clocked 1:55.53.
The host nation is trailing the visitors in the overall as well as the male and female
team scores. Overall Team Scores – Suriname 109, French Guiana 101, Guyana 67. Male Team Scores Suriname 62, French Guiana 49, Guyana 28. Female Team Scores French Guiana 52, Suriname 47, Guyana 39.
Today’s final day events are: 50m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke and 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. Splash time is 09:00hrs. (Franklin Wilson)
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