– Soldiers hang on to one-point lead
By Edison Jefford
The battle-lines heading into the final day of the Inter-Services Annual Athletics
Championships (ISAAC) could not have been more clearly drawn, with merely one point separating the Soldiers from the Police in what has been an intense competition.
Heading into yesterday’s second day with an eight-point lead over the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force managed to maintain an advantage, albeit reduced to one-point, ahead of the final day of the competition tomorrow at the Base Camp Ayangana Ground.
The Soldiers are on 295 points with the Police on 294 points, which set up a ding-dong battle for the coveted title tomorrow. The Guyana Fire Service is on 38 points with City Constabulary with 37 points and the Guyana Prison Service 26 points.
Police got the right start on the second day when 800m dynamo, Kevin Bayley ran a personal best 1:54.7 ahead of team-mate, Trevor Scotland, who had 1:55.3 and Defence Force’s, Ornesto
Thomas (1:56.4). Bayley’s previous best was 1:55.0 two years ago.
Janella Jonas added more points to the Police when she won the female 800m race in 2:22.04, following her 3000m victory on the first day. Defence Force’s Carlissa Atkinson was second and Police’s Dellie Williams third with 2:26.2 and 2:29.8 respectively.
Police continued its ascendancy with Natasha Alder winning the Javelin Women with a throw of 33.91m ahead of Defence Force’s Andrella Abraham (32.40m) and team-mate, Stacey Wilson (30:32m).
However, the Soldiers remained spirited with points from Men’s Triple Jump and Javelin Throw, which Leslain Baird won. Baird surprised his rivals with a fourth attempt leap of 14.54m to win the Triple Jump ahead of team-mate, Laurex Stewart (14.10m) and Police’s, Yoel Benjamin (13.96m) respectively.
Baird then threw 57.77m to win the Javelin with another Defence Force athlete, Troy Lewis in second
with 55.27m. Police’s Clarence Greene threw 50.96m for third.
Police’s Joan King-Brown won the Female Shot Put with 9.80m with team-mate, Kristy Roberts (9.47m) second and Defence Force’s Ashanti Carrington (9.33m) third. Police, Julio Sinclair got the better of his opponents in the Male Shot Put; he won with 13.98m ahead of Defence Force’s, Cupido Pablino (13.58m) and Police, Ronald Payne (12.90m).
Some excitement ensued at the venue in the Female 800m Medley race when Police’s Tiffany Carto launched an attack on Defence Force’s Tiffany Smith on the final 400m leg after collecting the baton 10m behind Smith.
Carto dug deep to draw level on the final back straight, but Smith held her form to bring the Soldiers home, igniting loud celebrations from the Soldiers. The order was, however, reversed in the Men’s 1500m Medley with the Police winning comfortably.
Earlier in the day, Defence Force’s Davin Fraser sent tongues wagging when he blistered 20.7 seconds in his 200m heat to come away faster than Police’s Winston George (20.9). Myles ran 24.4 to win her heat, while Carto had 24.6 seconds.
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