– holds 36-point lead over Suriname
By Edison Jefford
Notwithstanding the absence of French Guiana from the track and field competition at the 2014 Inter-Guiana Games (IGG), Guyana raced on course to reclaim the title from defending champs, Suriname at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Ground yesterday.
Dominant performances in the sprint events especially, helped Guyana to 200 points at the end of the first day of the competition that continues today at the same venue. Suriname trails at the XX Guiana Games with 164 points in the athletics competition.
The day was not without controversy as a close Boys’ 100m race that Tevin Garraway seemingly won, staring across at his opposition leaning extensively at the finish line, became the talk of the day. Garraway slipped to third place after a shocking decision.
Kevin Abbensetts was awarded his second IGG male 100m title with 10.5 seconds with Romario Pansa, representing Suriname second in 10.6 seconds. Garraway was given 10.7 seconds with the other Surinamese athlete trailing some distance behind.
Under normal circumstances, each race would have had six athletes; two per country but with the absence of French Guiana, four athletes competed in the races. Shoquane Daniels sprinted to the female 100m title in 12.4 seconds ahead of Suriname’s Sabrina Menso and Chivinga Doekoe, the second and third place finishers in 12.7 and 12.9 seconds. Guyana’s Shannon Griffith finished in the fourth position.
Drama then unfolded in the Girls’ 400m as Avon Samuels emerged winner in an event that South American Junior bronze medallist, Jevina Sampson was favoured to win. Samuels had 57.6 seconds to edge Sampson’s 57.9 seconds. Suriname’s Carine Pavion was third in 1:06.7 seconds.
In the male race, Jason Yaw won in 49.6 seconds from Suriname’s Uracio Seedorf and Miguel Shepper, who posted 50.6 and 50.8 respectively. Guyana’s Quacy Simpson was disqualified and therefore surrendered five points to the Surinamese.
Multiple CARIFTA Games gold medallist, Cassey George showed why she may be considered the best female junior middle distance athlete in the Caribbean with her dominant 1500m race in 4:44.9 to win that event. Guyana’s Andrea Foster had 5:06.9 for second with Esmeralda Amania (5:24.9) third.
Ornesto Thomas won the male title in 4:15.20 for Guyana with team-mate, Grivon Grant second in 4:19.50 and Suriname’s Gilberto Aloeboetoe (4:38) third.
In other events:
Male Triple Jump: Dave Pika (Suriname, 14.35m), Clifton Olymph (Suriname, 14.23m) and Guyana’s Clarence Green (13.41m).
Female Triple Jump: Guyana’s Natricia Hooper (11.50m), Deborah Galong (Suriname, 11.39m) and Zoiny Nibnon (Suriname, 10.92m).
Female High Jump: Guyana’s Natricia Hooper (1.45m), Deborah Galong (Suriname, 1.40m), Irie Cadogan (Guyana, 1.20m).
Male Javelin Throw: Jason David (Suriname, 56.09m), Tramaine Beckles (Guyana, 48.36m) and Clarence Green (Guyana, 46.67m).
Male High Jump: Guyana’s Kade Pearce (1.65m) and Jabari Joseph (1.55m) and Tumane Doekoe (Suriname, 1.50m).
Female Javelin Throw: Charissa Douglas (Suriname, 42.97m), Sebea Skeenbeig (Suriname 33.05m) and Trystol McAllister (Guyana, 19.79m).
Guyana won both the male and female 4x100m races.
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