– PPYC claim Team title
Olympian Winston George and field athlete Natasha Alder produced outstanding performances to be crowned the Men’s and Women’s individual champions at the 5th Annual Boyce/Jefford Athletics Classic which ended on Sunday, before a capacity crowd under floodlights, at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.
George, who was appearing for the first time in the Classic, competed in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events and he recorded some scorching performances to grab three firsts from as many starts, winning the 100, 200 and 400 metres and in the process set a new record in the 200 metres of 21.10 to erase the old mark of 21.20 set by Guyana Defence Force Rupert Perry in 2011.
George, who has now become the most recognised Guyanese athlete also showed good form as he equaled Perry’s time of 10.40 which was registered in 2011 as well.
He, however, could not establish a new record in his pet event the 400 metres, clocking 50.90 which was way off the 48.10 mark set by another GDF athlete Patrick King in 2011.
Alder, who has been the most dominant field athlete in local athletics for sometime now, again proved that the opposition will have to improve significantly to test her mettle, easing to wins in the Javelin, Shot Put and Discus events.
The Police Progressive Youth Club (PPYC) athlete threw the Shot Put for 10.33metres to erase her old mark of 10.19 set in 2012, while she set a new record in the Discus with a throw of 35.03m to remove the 30.69m which was established last year by Latoya Rodney.
Alder then added the Javelin event to her tally after hurling it to the best throw of the Classic with a 34.61m which was way off her Classic record of 39.47m.
Guyana’s premier distance athlete Cleveland Forde representing the GDF showed why he is still
considered the best after coasting to comfortable victories in the 1500 and 5000 metres events, despite not setting personal best in any.
US-based sprinter Brenessa Thompson displayed superior class in storming to victory in the 100 and 200 metres events, establishing a new record in the former.
Thompson registered 11.90 in the 100 metres to delete Alita Moore’s old mark of 12.00 set in 2013, while she returned a time of 24.90 which was one hundredth of a second slower than Aliann Pompey’s time of 23.90 set in 2011.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero continued her dominance over the locals by capturing the 1500 metres, while Grenada’s Kenisha Pascal ran a smart race to win the 3000 metres event.
Kevin Bayley then set the Classic on fire after producing a storming run over the last 250 metres to hold off Trinidad and Tobago’s Mark London in the 800 metres final.
Police’s Julio Sinclair was also in good form when he captured the Shot Put and Discus events with throws of 13.40m and 40.63m respectively to establish new records in the process.
Meanwhile, PPYC was adjudged the overall team champions after amassing 455 points to come home ahead of GDF with 195, Mercury Fast Laners on 114, Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School 102, Upper Demerara 80, while three teams Overseas, Royal Youth Movement and Grenada ended on 20.
Trinidad and Tobago registered 18, Enmore Athletics Club 15, St. Vincent 14 and Suriname 12.
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