Bright breaks six metre barrier to win Long Jump
By Edison Jefford
Soldiers, Aniquah Powley and Rupert Perry marched to national 100m titles yesterday when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) held its National Senior Championships at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.
Powley cracked the 12-second barrier, reportedly electronic, for the first time in her career to win the Women’s race in 11.99 seconds ahead of team-mate, Natrena Hooper, who posted 12.07 secs and Toyan Raymond (12.52s) in that order.
Perry then stormed to victory when he out-leaned his Guyana Defence Force (GDF) team-mate, Akeem Stewart to win in 10.40 seconds. Stewart ran 10.46 secs and Guyana Police Force, Kevin Abbensetts (10.63) for second and third respectively.
The soldiers dominated the marquee sprint events on day one of the two day event. However, the Police Force swept the 400m Men with Winston Dummette winning in 48.02s. Arenze Chance (48.24) and Kareem Purch (49.47) finished second and third.
Running Braves’ Avon Samuels won the 400m Women in 58.54 ahead of Flames Running Club, Alissa Grant (1:00.42) and Mercury’s Assata Eastman (1:02.09). Running Braves also swept the Men’s 1500m race.
Winston Missengher continued his good form with 4:01.30 for first in the race ahead of Anfernee Headecker (4:02.10) and Cleveland Thomas (4:06.40). GDF’s Andrea Foster won the Women’s 1500m in 4:57.00 ahead of Claudrice McKoy (5:00.80) and Ashanti
Scott (5:24.01) respectively.
Meanwhile, Guyana’s double CARIFTA Games silver medalist, Linden’s Chantoba Bright leaped to a stunning 6.09m mark to win the Women’s Long Jump, breaking the six metre barrier. Natricia Hooper (5.58m) and Cindy Fraser (5.37m) were second and third.
Emmanuel Archibald was also outstanding in the Men’s Long Jump with a remarkable 7.53m mark to win the event ahead of Damon Williams (6.89m) and Lloyd McCurdy (6.58m) in that order.
Leslain Baird won the Men’s Javelin Throw with 57.12m ahead of Clarence Greene (53.14m) and Tramaine Beckles (52.24m).
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