– AAG opens Season with Development Meet
South American Youth gold medalist and leading candidate for the National Sports Commission Junior Sportsman of the Year Award, Jason Yaw showed his superiority even among the seniors yesterday with two impressive wins at the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Development Meet at the Base Camp Ayangana Ground.
Yaw won the 80 metres Boys Under-20 race in a time of 8.7 seconds, topping Quacy Clementson who ran 8.8 seconds. Linton Mentis was third in a time of 8.9 seconds in the close battle that a split second decided.
Yaw also won the Open 600m, which was a final-by-time (the fastest times decides the top three places from the semi-finals) event that featured some senior seasoned campaigners, in a time of 1:24.9. Clementson was second in 1:25.3 while middle distance athlete, Cleveland Thomas and Desmond Amsterdam registered 1:25.4 each for joint third place.
Pundits described the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) sweep of the Men’s 300m as the race of the day after Akeem Stewart came from behind to win the event in a fast 35.3 seconds. Rugby hero, who won the NACRA Championships for Guyana last year, Patrick King was second with 35.4, while Rupert Perry returned to competition from an injury with 35.7 seconds.
Thomas returned to win the Men’s 2000m in 6:03.9 with Matthew McKenzie second in 6:17.2 and Jamal Chisholm (6:17.7) third.
South American Youth silver medalist, Natricia Hooper led a Running Brave sweep in the Open Women’s 600m. Hooper ran1:38.8 to win the event ahead of club-mates, Avon Samuels (1:42.2), Andrea Foster (1:44.7) and Claudrice McKoy (1:45.3) who finished in that order respectively.
Natrena Hooper relegated younger sister, Natricia to second in the Open Women’s 300m with a time of 41.2; Natricia had 41.4 for second. Natrena also won the Women’s 80m in 10.0 seconds to top Tirana Mitchell who clocked 10.3 secs in her return from injury. Mearisha Carter (10.6s) was third.
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