– fierce battle at Camp Ayangana today
By Edison Jefford
A fierce battle is expected at the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Base Camp Ayangana
Ground today with the Soldiers heading into the final straight of the 2014 Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championships (ISAAC) with a one-point advantage.
In years past, the more dominant Guyana Police Force would have already been coasting ahead in the competition, but not so this year, as the soldiers have led through the first two days of the competition this week.
Following their eight-point advantage after the first day on Tuesday, the Defence Force held on to a one-point lead on Wednesday; they are currently on 295 points with the Police on 294 points heading into what should be very keen contests today.
The Police are defending champions. The Soldiers last won outright in 2011. In 2012, there was the historic tie that ensured the army had one hand still fastened to the coveted trophy. Can they reproduce that winning formula today?
The soldiers are already bubbling after Olympian, Police’s Winston George false started in the 100m race and was thrown out. His absence opens the floodgates for a GDF sweep, which will be ideal for their point situation.
Davin Fraser has been impressive for the army in the sprints, he has Quincy Clarke and Rupert Perry also in the sprints. For Police, Keith Roberts will have to put in the performance he showed at the Police trials when he defeated George.
George returns in the 200m and 400m, which he is favoured to win except Defence Force Patrick King has other ideas. Among the women, Letitia Myles for the army and Tiffany Carto for Police have turned in similar 200m heat times while newcomer, Aniqua Prowley for GDF has been the one to watch in the 100m with her 11.9 seconds.
The talented Guyana Police Force track and field team are clearly in for what should be one of their toughest ISAAC challenges today. They will have to overcome the spirited Soldiers on their home ground if they are to successfully defend their title.
The event starts at 2pm today with the usual march past and opening ceremony. The competition is expected to begin at 3pm and goes under floodlights. The Guyana Fire Service, Prison Service and City Constabulary are also competing in the Championship.
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