By Zaheer Mohamed
Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams outsprinted Hamza Eastman to capture the feature 35-lap race when the 38th National Sports Commission ‘Teach them Young’ Cycle programme concluded yesterday at the National Park.
Williams of Roraima Bikers Club (RBC) clocked One Hour 16 Minutes 04.46 Seconds to better team mate Alonzo Greaves’ 2013 time of One Hour 17 Minutes 12.79 Seconds. Michael Anthony, Hamza Eastman, Alanzo Ambrose and Stephano Husbands dominated the early proceedings, but the race which attracted 35 starters gradually settled down into stern contest with most of the riders battling up front.
However, Williams, Anthony, Husbands and Eastman broke away from the bunch in the tenth lap and managed to maintain a decent gap, until Williams and Eastman separated themselves from the others with nine laps remaining.
The latter stages then boiled down to a grueling contest between the duo, but it was Williams who edged his rival in a close finish. Greaves placed third followed by Anthony, Robin Persaud and Mark Harris in that order. Anthony grabbed three primes, Williams and Eastman two each and Husbands one.
Jamal John grabbed the Juveniles 10-lap race in 21 Minutes 05.53 Seconds ahead of Cleveland King and Christian Griffith. John and King won two primes each and Griffith one. Emanuel Gaykoul took the honours in the Mountain Bike 5 lap event while Adrian Sharma placed second; both riders took one prime apiece.
The BMX boys 6-9 two lap was again won by the unstoppable Jeremiah Harrison, Alexander Leung claimed the runner-up spot and Christopher Goring third. Sherwin Forde copped the BMX boys Open 3 lap race ahead of Sharma while Sherwin Sampson claimed the BMX boys’ 12-14 three lapper; Jaran Garbaran finished second.
Sampson was in winner row again when he defeated Jeremiah Harrison and Nicholas Danrade respectively to capture another 3-laop race among the BMX 9-12 boys this time. Rakeem Blair carted off the 12-14 boys and girls 3-lap event in 9 Minutes 10.58 Seconds. Christian Rajnauth placed second and Amminike Gomes third; Gomes won the prime.
Jaikarran Sookhai clocked 12 Minutes 09.27 Seconds to win the Veteran Under-50 over five laps. Junior Niles who took one prime ended in second position and Linden Blackman third. Blackman returned to grab the veteran Over-50 race while Montgommery Paris overpowered Ian Gibbons and Maurice Fagundes in that order to take the veteran Over-60 contest also over 5-laps each.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Director of Sports Neil Kumar said the programme which lasted for eight weeks is the nursery for cycling in Guyana and it was highly successful adding that most of the cyclists in Guyana came through this curriculum.
He thanked Ricks and Sari for their support and National Coach Hassan Mohamed. Kumar called for a programme to prepare cyclists for the next Olympics and urged the youths to take their education seriously.
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