The South American Junior Championships will begin today at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora with 10 South American countries vying for top honours at the meet that is being hosted for athletes under 20 years old.
Teams from Suriname, Chile, Paraguay and Peru were at the track training yesterday,
while others used the roadways along the East Bank carriageway for light jogging and stretching. While at track at Leonora the ground was in the process of weeding and the security cages for the hammer and discus throws were still to be put in place.
With the commencement of the meet the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) is hard pressed to ensure that the international two-day meet, which continues tomorrow, does not impede on the possibility of Guyana’s chances of hosting other competitions.
Guyana has named 50 athletes to compete in the 42nd South American U-20 Championships. The opening today will feature 17 Finals. Some of Guyana’s CARIFTA Games medalists will also be in action today.
The morning session starts at 06:30hrs with the 10km walk race and the preliminary-round of the 100m and 400m where CARIFTA Games gold medalist, Compton Caesar among the likes of the emerging Tyrell Peters, Daniel Williams, Kenishsa Phillips, Onasha Rogers and Avon Samuels will compete.
They come up against athletes from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Suriname, Ecuador and Chile. The meet will break before continuing at 7:00hrs with the Men’s Decathlon along with Finals in the Women’s 3000m.
CARIFTA Games 3000m gold and 1500m bronze medalist, Claudrice McKoy will compete in that event. The Finals in the 100 and 400m will be held tonight.
Today’s Schedule of Events
08:00hrs Men’s Hammer
17:05hrs Women’s Shot Put
17:25hrs Women’s Long Jump
18:35hrs Men’s Discus
18:50hrs Men’s Long Jump
06:30hrs Women’s 10k Race Walk
08:55hrs Men’s 1500m
09:10hrs Women 100m Hurdles
09:20hrs Women 400m
09:40hrs Men’s 400m
18:00hrs Women’s 100m
18:10hrs Men’s 100m
18:40hrs Women’s 3000m
19:20hrs Men’s 110m Hurdles
19:30hrs Women’s 1500m
19:40hrs Men’s 800m
19:50hrs Men’s 5000m.
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