By Franklin Wilson in Suriname
Compliments of Crown Mining Supply and Fazia’s Collection
Guyana’s junior cyclists maintained their dominance at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) level when the boys disposed of the challenges posed by home team Suriname and French Guiana to win the 10km Team Time Trials yesterday in Paramaribo.
The combination of Kravitz Jeffrey, Akeem Arthur, Alanzo Ambrose and Shaquille Agard clocked the winning time of 12 Minutes 53.19 Seconds to win from French Guiana who had to settle for the second place in a time of 13 Minutes 14.00 Seconds with Suriname third in 13 Minutes 59.16 Seconds.
The duo of Toshawanna Doris and Ronella Samuels had to settle for the second place to Suriname in the female 6km Team Time Trials. The home team which clocked 9 Minutes 25.44 Seconds also represented that nation at the recently concluded Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships which they hosted. The Guyanese completed the course in 10 Minutes 07.39 Seconds.
Commenting on the performance of the teams, Coach Hassan Mohamed said that the results were good for team Guyana.
“While I know that the boy’s team is a very good one, the girls are not as exposed as the males. I want to congratulate them all for making their country and themselves proud by their sterling performances.”
Jeffrey, on debut at this level had difficulties with his breathing since arriving on Thursday last but made a remarkable turnaround and led his team home in fine style as they sealed victory like they did last year in Guyana.
William Howard, who is also part of the team, said that the Guyanese rode smart
and along with Mohamed they hatched the plan to win which saw the riders cutting the many turns that they encountered on the course. That he said made all the difference.
Attention will turn to the Road Race today and the Guyanese will start as favourites to make a clean sweep of the top three places in the male segment which is a 69km contest for the boys and 34.5km for the girls. Each lap for the Road Race course is 17.25km.
The Coaching and Management staff said that they are not taking the Surinamese or the French Guiana team lightly but they are poised to clean up the opposition today. The male cyclists have also expressed confidence that they will do well again.
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