By Edison Jefford
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) marched to what may be their most convincing
victory in the history of the Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championships (ISAAC) competition last night at their Base Camp Ayangana Ground, Thomas Lands.
The Soldiers amassed 630 points, never surrendering the lead they held on the first two days of the competition, to reclaim the ISAAC title they last won outright in 2011. There was the historic draw in 2012 while Police won last year at Eve Leary.
However, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) could not reproduce their dominance last year, after it garnered 565 points for second. The Guyana Fire Service was third with 92 points, while the City Constabulary finished fourth with 76 points and Guyana Prison Service fifth with 63 points in the competition commonly known as ‘Joint Services’.
The Defence Force was off to a blistering start when as this newspaper predicted in its preview, they swept the Men’s 100m with Davin Fraser winning in 10.2 seconds. Akeem Stewart finished second in 10.4 seconds with Rupert Perry (10.5) third.
Police got solace from the Women’s event when Onica Fraser blasted 12.0 to win ahead of GDF, Aniqua Prowley, who ran 12.2 seconds after registering 11.9 secs in her heat two days ago to enter as the favorite. Police’s Tiffany Carto ran 12.3 seconds for third place.
Police’s Janella Jonas followed her 3000m and 800m wins on the first two days with a win in the 1500m in 4:55.3 to continue the Police chase. Soldiers, Carlissa Atkinson and Alicia Jack placed
second and third respectively in the race.
The Guyana Defence Force had entered the second day on Wednesday with an eight-point lead, and held on to a one-point lead afterward, heading into yesterday’s final day. They displaced the Police, who are known to have a lead heading into the last day.
Ornesto Thomas ran the race of his life in the Men’s 1500m to beat seasoned campaigners, team-mate, Cleveland Forde and Police’s Kevin Bayley. Thomas won in 3:59.9, edging Forde (4:00.9) while Bayley had 4:02.2 for third.
The Soldiers continued their all-round dominance when Neisa Allen sprinted to a career-best 24.2 seconds to win the Women’s 200m ahead of Police Force’s Carto (24.6) and Onica Eastman (24.9) respectively.
Police’s Olympian Winston George then sprinted to the Men’s 200m title in 20.4 seconds ahead of Defence Force’s, Fraser, who ran 20.7 seconds and King 20.9 seconds. George also won the 400m in 48.3 seconds with team-mate, Shawn Semple (48.8) second and Defence Force’s Darren Henry (49.0) third.
Police’s Carto won the Women’s 400m in 58.1 seconds ahead of Allen (1:00.3) and Akeila Alves (1:03.7) respectively.
The High Jump Men brought to life an event that has been dead for years in Guyana when GDF Tyrone Hamid, a national basketball player known for his remarkable leaping ability, practicing the fosbury flop, thrilled the massive crowd, sailing over the bar at 1.76m to win the event ahead of seasoned team-mate, Leslain Baird (1.74) and Police’s Clarence Greene (1.72) respectively.
The Guyana Defence Force won the female and male 4x100m relay while Police won the male 4x400m relay.
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