With just over a week to go before some of the region’s best athletes descend in Guyana to run at the Fifth Edition of the
Boyce/Jefford Track and Field Classic, local athletes can expect what can be their biggest test on these shores in quite some time.
The event is set for August 16-17 at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Ground in Linden. Some mouth-watering showdowns are expected in the events, especially in the Male 800m and Female 200m, to name a few, with an impressive line-up registered.
Guyana’s United States of America-based, Brenessa Thompson will give the local women a run for their money, literally, in the Women’s 200m and 100m events. Thompson comfortably went under 11.5 seconds over 100m this year and will be difficult to beat.
However, Police Progressive Youth Club Alita Moore, who is on scholarship in the US and who is the only female athlete to have beaten veteran Alisha Fortune in the 100m locally in the last 10 years, will present a formidable challenge to Thompson.
But it doesn’t end there, a host of other local female sprinters, including Leota Babb, have eyes on the marquee event in athletics; they will also battle in the International Women’s 200m, which is expected to a female sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Guyana’s World Junior silver medalist, Kadecia Baird, whom the organisers are still to confirm.
The Women’s 200m might threaten the meet record, which double Commonwealth Games 400m medalist, Aliann Pompey, currently holds. What is certain is that the 100 metres record will most likely be broken with the impressive field registered for the event.
Another humdinger is expected in the Male 800m as obtained over the years with one of the best fields to line up at the start line. Trinidad’s Mark London, who is the defending 800m champion, is expected to be back to compete in the race, which is another international race.
London faces off with Police’s Kevin Bayley, who is in the form of his life currently and who is expected to run London into the ground. Dennis Horatio, Ornesto Thomas, Trevor Scotland and ‘Little Kenyan’, Cleveland Forde will bring an epic 800m battle.
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