The Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) is seeking qualified coaches to fill positions as head coaches for various events.
According to a release from the association, the council has agreed to the re-classification of designations within its coaching
system, in accordance with the recommendations of the International Association of Athletic Federations.
The association is therefore inviting applications for the position of head coaches for the following events: sprints,
hurdles and relays; middle, long distance and walks; jumps and throws.
To qualify for the appointment, applicants must possess an IAAF Level 11 certificate, or a Level 1 coaching certificate
plus at least three years of continuous post-Level 1 certification coaching experience or the IAAF Level 1 certificate with
a minimum of five years' continuous coaching experience prior to attainment of the Level 1 certificate, or any other qualification
which the council of the association may, from time to time, deem to be equivalent to any of the above. The additional qualification
of a Grade 1 Trained Teacher's Certificate or the Diploma in Education from the University of Guyana will be a distinct advantage.The
closing date for submissions is July 15 and applications should be delivered to Olympic House, Peter Rose and Church Streets,
Congratulations to Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett
on making the Olympic Semifinals in the 400m and 800m, respectively. Also, Congrats to Charles
Allen (Guyana National Record Holder) now representing Canada on making the
110m Hurdles Finals.
New National Record for Commomwealth Champion Aliann Pompey in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, July 17, 2004.
Her time of 50.93!!!!!! put her in sub-51 club.
Congrats to Aliann Pompey on breaking her own National 400m Record on June 11th, 2004
in Bergen, Norway @ Golden League Opener.
New National Record - 51.09!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats to Marian Burnett on becoming the first woman Guyanese woman to break two
minutes in the 800m run on May 31st, 2004 at Jordon Payton U.S. Open at Stanford, CA.
New National Record and Olympics "A" Standard Qualification - 1:59.47.
Congrats to Aliann Pompey on breaking her own National 400m Record on May 22nd, 2004
in Brazil in an Olympic 'A' Standard Qualification.
New National Record - 51.11!!!!!!!!!!
Overseas Sprinters close out the Year in style.
Guyanese runners came out of the wood work to dominate the sprints on December 30, 2005 @ the Holiday Classic held at
The men's took five of eight spots in the finals with Kwesi Sarabo winning the 60m dash in 6.71. Sarabo was beaten out
in the 200m dash by up and coming Mr. Gordon McKensize, once crowned the fastest boy in New York City. I can see the
national record falling the 4x100m relay at Penn Relays.
On the women's side, two time Olympian Aliann Pompey started her 2006 season with a bang in winning the 400m dash
and taking 2nd in the 200m.
December 30, 2005
Open & Masters
Track Events Results
Men’s 60m Dash Trial
Kurt Gibbons - GUY
60m Trial Heat 2
Gordon McKenzie - GUY
Wayne Demore Jr.
Coach Lum TC
60m Trials Heat 4 of 6
Kwesi Sarabo - GUY
60m Trial Heat 6 of 6
Alec Henry - GUY
Lee Prowell - GUY
Men’s Open 60m Final
Kurt Gibbons - GUY
Lee Powell - GUY
Kwesi Sarabo - GUY
Gordon McKenzie - GUY
Alec Henry - GUY
Open Women’s 200m
Dash Heat 1 of 8
Aliann Pompey - GUY
Open Women’s 200m
Aliann Pompey - GUY
Men 200m Heat 1 of 14
Kiwesi Sarabo - GUY
Gordon McKenzie - GUY
Men 200m Medal Winners
Kiwesi Sarabo - GUY
Gordon McKenzie - GUY
Women 400m Heat 1 of 3
Aliann Pompey - GUY
Women 400m Medal Winners
Aliann Pompey –GUY
Men 400m Heat 3 of 7
Alec Henry - GUY
Men 400m Heat 6 of 7
West - GUY
Comm College PA
Greene/Blackman issue not yet resolved
- GOA says cannot intervene
By Edison Jefford
Sunday, December 11th 2005
The selection of Andre Blackman ahead of Rawle Greene to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia,
next March has not yet been resolved.
Coach of the Police Athletic Club, Linden Wilson believes both Greene and Blackman should be sent to represent Guyana at
Wilson told Stabroek Sport yesterday that both athletes have provided the necessary track and field competition needs in
Guyana and, as a result, both athletes should be sent to represent Guyana.
"I think they (the Athletic Association of Guyana) should send both of them," he said.
However, Wilson feels Blackman should not be `penalised' for his selection ahead of Greene.
"I am in sympathy with Rawle but Andre cannot be penalised for his selection."
Wilson's comments followed recent criticisms of the selection criteria of the Athletics Association of Guyana by coach
of the Bedford Allstars Athletic Club, Wayne Walcott.
Walcott in several letters to this newspaper, questioned the selection of Blackman ahead of Greene who he feels is the
number one sprinter in Guyana, to compete at the Commonwealth Games next year.
According to Walcott "a great injustice has been perpetrated against Greene. We put a lot of effort into our training.
A great injustice has been done because it stifles my athlete," the Bedford coach said.
Walcott told Stabroek Sport that "the selection of Blackman is disappointing. I think Rawle has done well."
Green has won both the 100 and 200m at the Hampton Games in Trinidad.
An invitation letter sent to `Affiliate Clubs/Schools' by the Athletic Association of Guyana's Track and Field Committee
stated that `the council of the Association will use the performances of athletes in this championship as the selection criteria
for any invitations received.'
The National Senior Games were held on April 17 of this year and Greene won both the 100m and the 200m events at the championship
meet winning the 100m in 10.4 seconds and the 200m in 21.8 seconds.
Wilson, Blackman's coach, however, contends that Blackman did not participate at the event because he was representing
his country internationally.
"On the grounds of what everybody is saying, Andre was in Saudi Arabia competing for Guyana when the National Senior Trials
were held," Wilson said.
Walcott sought the intervention of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) but was told that the GOA could not do anything
about his athlete's situation.
Secretary General of the GOA Ivor O'Brien yesterday told Stabroek Sport that he thinks "it is a straight issue between
the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) and their affiliate clubs."
The GOA general secretary said "we cannot tell the AAG who to select. If they were an affiliate of the GOA then we could
have had some say but they are a constituent member."
According to O'Brien the GOA comprises constituent members not affiliates. "We are not an umbrella organisation" he declared,
adding that the Athletic Association of Guyana is accountable to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
Walcott says he will make an appeal to the National Sport Commission.
However, O'Brien said that he is certain the National Sport Commission has a similar function as the Olympic Association.
Both the National Sport Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association cannot intervene in the affairs of the Athletic Association
of Guyana since the Athletic Association is an autonomous body.
Media Manager of the Athletics Association of Guyana, Leeron Brummel, yesterday told Stabroek Sport... "they have not discussed
the issue yet."
He, however said that he "will raise the issue" at the AAG's council meeting which was held yesterday evening at Olympic
House. Up to press time yesterday Brummel could not be contacted for a conclusive word on the issue.
Guyanese World Masters triple gold medallist Victor Benjamin poses with the medals won at the Edmonton Games. (Photo
by Jules Gibson)
Victor Benjamin triple gold medallist
By Edison Jefford
Thursday, December 8th 2005
New York-based Guyanese athlete Victor Benjamin won three gold medals at the 2005 World Masters in Edmonton, Canada this
Benjamin won the 100 meters hurdles in 16.81 seconds, the 300 meters hurdles in 47.03 seconds and the long jump in 5.45
meters competing in the over-60 division.
The Evergreen Club athlete told Stabroek Sport that he would have set new world marks in at least two events but his hamstring
pulled up about 40 metres before the tape in the 300 meters hurdles.
"I train to reach the top, I know what it means to be a champion, I made the necessary sacrifices and adjustments to reach
there but the injury denied me breaking the records," he said.
Besides being a Masters track star Victor Benjamin is also an instructor with the Cricket International Junior Youth Development
Program (JYDP) in New York.
Just winning the events in Edmonton was not enough for Benjamin. He says "I had no need to compete at the US Masters trials
because I was winning all year in the US." He wanted records but was unfortunately denied.
Asked if that signaled the end of a career that spawned 21 years, he defiantly said `No!' and related his intentions of
competing at the South African Masters in honour of Nelson Mandela early next year.
According to Benjamin his legs were strapped and it was tough competing after the injury. He said a lot of people were
surprised he actually competed at all.
The 60 to 64 years division in which Benjamin competed has a 100 meters hurdles world record of 14.8 seconds and 43.3 seconds
in the 300 meters while the long jump mark is 6.17 meters.
This is not the first time that injury prevented Benjamin from achieving his goals in a track and field meeting. He had
suffered a torn Achilles in the semi-final of the last games in Australia while running the 400 meters hurdles.
The former Guyana Defence Force member has one silver and one bronze medal confirming his only two losses at the Masters
games. He first competed at the games in the 35 to 39 age group in 1984. His three gold medals raised his tally to 25 at the
More than 2,100 competitors competed in the Games which are held every four years, involving competition in several disciplines
Benjamin told Stabroek Sport that he loves his country and while here he would be looking to make contact with old friends.
He says that he wanted to compete for Guyana at the games but was unable to do so because of his American passport.
Several flaws at 45th National Schools Track and Field championships By Isaiah Chappelle COMPLIMENTS go out for the general administration of the 45th Annual
National Schools Track & Field, Swimming and Cycling Championships, but the security was flawed and individual districts
fell from grace.
Perhaps the biggest blow to the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU)
championship team, led by Director Edward Singh, was the districts’ poor registration process.
Competitors not attending school were found in the Corentyne
teams, while some cyclists were denied participation because they were not properly registered by their districts.
Feeding was decentralised with each district being responsible
for their charges. Lunch for some districts arrived after 16:00 h one day.
Another flaw was districts’ adhering to their colours.
Only District 5 (West Berbice), District 9 (Rupununi), District 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) and District 4 (East Coast Demerara) steadfastly
wore the designated colours, while the others, particularly the Georgetown athletes wore their own thing, yet they were allowed
to enter the track.
One district complained about inexperienced officials, who
were hastily trained and thrown into the Nationals, unlike previous years when officials had to pass through other meets leading
up to the big championships.
A big blow was the non-support of the meet by schools in
the district. Each day, the stands were almost empty with just a sprinkling of spectators. Not even schoolchildren were out
in numbers, and that did not improve much on the final day, perhaps a reflection of the education authorities in the area.
Competition was keen throughout the meet, even in the heats,
but more so in the distance races in which the Rupununi athletes wowed the crowd. Therefore, there was never a dull moment,
but sadly not many people were there to enjoy such good competition.
Alcohol - beer and stout - was sold in bottles in the venue,
contrary to the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), although the security personnel inspected
vehicles and scanned persons with electronic devices.
A woman police sergeant was shown a man selling stout in
glass bottles near the main pavilion and she simply put her head straight and walked past the itinerant vendor.
What was most shocking was to observe some persons in a
vehicle with the Guyana Teachers Service Commission splashed on its doors, drinking beer which was not even the sponsors’
A fight broke out in one of the stands, a repeat of the
2000 staging at the very venue. A source close to GUYSUCO said that the company was reluctant to grant the GTU the use of
the centre because of what occurred that time.
Rehearsal for the opening ceremony was clearly lacking and
there were no marks for the districts to assemble after the march past which took place without a band. The little dancers
suffered a similar fate as they evidently did not rehearse at the venue for their presentation, which turned out to be a beautiful
A good move was to have a separate public address system
to get the athletes on the track and another to feed the public with information related only to the races. One announcer
now and again slipped and dealt with housekeeping matters for which a runner could have been used.
Commendably, however, as championship issues confronted
Singh, he and his secretariat dealt with them with calm professionalism and a meet with keen competition unfolded over four
District Ten retains overall title
From Michael DaSilva in Albion
Saturday, November 26th 2005
District 10 (Upper Demerara/ Kwakwani) retained its Champion of ChampionsÂ trophy yesterday when the curtains came
down on this year'sÂ Guyana Teachers Union/Ministry of Education/ Banks Malta sponsored National Schools Track and Field,
Cycling and Swimming Championships.
The 45th edition of the championships which was staged at the Albion Commu-nity Centre ground, saw District 10 winning
the swimming, cycling and track and field championships to be crowned champion of champions for a third year. The Upper Demerara
team registered 508 points to win the track and field title, 263 points to take the swimming title and 189 points to win the
District 6 (Corentyne) won the teachers' track and field title with 229 points. Defending champion in this category, District
4, placed second with 189 points.
District 4 placed second to District 10 in the track and field, as well as the cycling, with 498.5 points and 171 points
In cycling, District 11 (North Georgetown) cyclist Christopher Holder was adjudged the champion boys' under-14 rider after
registering 30 points from three events. District 4 (East Bank Demerara) cyclist Albert Philander was declared the boys' open
champion with 50 points. He participated in five events and won them all.
In the teachers' category, District 6 athlete Horatio Pestano with 26 points was adjudged champion male under-21 teacher,
while on the distaff side, District 13 teacher Joanne Van Sertima with 26 points also was adjudged champion female.
The male teachers' 21-30 years old title went to District 10's KevinÂ Bonette, while on the distaff side, District
5 (West Berbice) teachers Trishell Thompson and Fiona Mentis shared the award with 30 points each.
The male teachers' 31-40 years old champion is District 6 athlete Roydell Harvey who recorded 20 points, whileÂ his
team mate Tiffany Favourite with an equal amount of points won the female award.
The male over-40 award went to District 6's Egbert Jackson.
In track and field, District 6 finished third with 444 points. District 12 ended fourth with 394 points. District 5 placed
fifth with 391.5 points. District 7 (Bartica) was sixth with 361 points. District 3 (West Demerara) was seventh with 354.5
points. District 11 (North Georgetown) was eighth with 338.5 points. District 14 (East Bank Demerara) was ninth with 313 points.
District 9 (Rupununi) was tenth with 310.5 points. District 15 (New Amsterdam/ Canje) took 11th place with 303 points and
District 13 (South Georgetown) 12th with 270 points. District 2 (Essequibo Coast) was 13th with 247 points, District 16 (Essequibo
Islands) 14th with 63 points and District 1 in the cellar with 53 points.
In cycling, District 6 placed third withÂ 156 points, District 14 fourth with 81 points, District 3 fifth with 71
points and District 15 sixth with 60 points.
The other positions were occupied by District 11 (51), District 7 (36) and District 12 (18).
In the teachers' championship, District 10 placed third with 180 points, while District 7 (148), District 3 (129), District
13 (125), District 15 (103), District 11 (88), District 12 (78), District 14 (75), District 5 (65), District 2 (61), District
16 (13) and District 9 (6), occupied the other positions.
East Georgetown finished second to District 10 in the swimming championships with 244 points, while the other top positions
were occupied by District 7 (188), District 11 (137), District 1 (80), District 2 (78), and District 4 (69) respectively.
Scams mar schools championships
From Michael DaSilva at Albion
Friday, November 25th 2005
Three scams involving athletes from two different districts were uncovered yesterday resulting in them being disqualified,
when the Guyana Teachers Union/ Ministry of Education/Banks Malta sponsored 45th Annual Track and Field, Cycling and Swimming
Championships continued at the Albion ground, Berbice.
District 6 (Corentyne) track athlete Rayburn Rose was disqualified from further participation in any event after GTU's
National Sports Secretary Edward Singh discovered that he no longer attends school andÂ therefore cannot qualify as an
Another District 6 athlete, Michael Moore was also disqualified for the same reason.
District 14 (East Bank Demerara) athlete Margaret Craig was disqualified after it was discovered that she had not registeredÂ with
the relevant authorities.
According to Singh, Moore was the first to be disqualified after it was discovered that he does not attend Port Mourant
Community High, which his registration form listed as his school.
Rose had been registered as an athlete who attends the Skeldon Line Path Secondary School. But Singh said checks with the
two schools revealed that neither Rose nor Moore attended school, and as such he had no alternative but to
Singh said he telephoned both schools and confirmed the information with senior teachers.
Craig on the other hand was disqualified for not being a registered athlete. But a representative of her district is calling
on the authorities to prove this. The teacher said Craig had been registered and questioned how she would have received an
identification card and participant's number if her registration had not been completed.
But Singh, speaking on the public address system, notified all present that he had discovered that some district officials
were using the computers at Metro Office and Stationery Supplies in Rose Hall, Corentyne, to alter athletes' identification
He said the material available at the Rose Hall Store, was also available at the Georgetown Branch which was contracted
by the GTU to produce the identification cards.
Rose had been scheduled to participate in the boys' open 4X100 and 4X400 relay races, as well as the 400-metre boys' under-20.
Craig had represented District 14Â in the swimming events and placed fourth in the girls' open 100-metre freestyle.
She had also been scheduled to run the 800-metre girls' under-20 race yesterday.
National Schools Track
& Field championship ... District 10 climb back to top position From Isaiah Chappelle at Albion DEFENDING champions, District 10, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, climbed back into the top position of Track & Field
championships at the close of Day 3 of the 45th Annual National Schools Track & Field, Cycling and Swimming Championships
at the Albion Community Centre ground, today, as three athletes were disqualified from the meet.
After 68 finals, District 10 had the leading 296 points,
followed by rival District 4 (East Coast Demerara) on 278, a lead of 18 points, equivalent to a win and a second. District
6 (Corentyne) improved to third with 239 but were tainted with entries of two athletes were not attending school.
District 3 (West Coast Demerara) and District 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni)
tied on 209.5 for fourth, while District 14 (East Bank Demerara) were fifth with 200 but were also tainted with one disqualification
for entering athlete without birth certificate. The athlete had also placed fourth in 100 m freestyle in the Swimming Championship
but the points were erased.
The points standing for the other districts were District
1 (North West) 41, District 2 (Essequibo Coast & Pomeroon) 150, District 5 (West Berbice) 181, District 9 (Rupununi) 151,
District 11 (North Georgetown) 169.5, District 12 (East Georgetown) 152, District 13 (South Georgetown) 116, District 15 (New
Amsterdam & Canje) 163 and District 16 (Essequibo Islands) 47.
District 10 also led in the Cycling Championship with 156
points after 20 finals, followed by District 4 on 141 and District 6 on 133, the three being the main frontrunners.
The Teachers Championship belonged to District 6 who led
with a massive 147 points, with District 4 in a distant second with 116, followed by District 3 on 81 and District 10 on 79.
Irregularities are being detected and Director Edward Singh
announced that one athlete was found with a false identification card, whereby the original photograph was taken out and another
inserted. He said that a well-known photocopying centre in Rose Hall Town was in receipt of the copied blanks.
Many events were heats and several races from Day 2 were
completed at the start of the day, and several events would go across to the final day, today.
Kenneth Semple of District 4 continued to dominate the sprints,
winning the 200 m Boys’ final in 23.3 seconds, with Emerson Campbell of District 11 second in 23.4, Ryan Reid of District
12 third and Phillip Fraser of District 10 fourth. Semple won the 100 m Boys’ Under-20 on Wednesday in 10.9 seconds,
with Campbell second, Fraser third and Reid fourth.
On the distaff side, Latoya Roberts of District 4 won in
26.8 seconds, followed by Donette Mentis of District 7 second, Leota Bobb of District 12 third and Camral Shepherd of District
13 fourth. It was a switch in the top two places in the 100 m Girls’ Under-20 final in which Mentis triumphed in 12.5
seconds, Roberts was second, Tenisha Osborne of District 3 third and Lodona McKenzie of District 6 fourth.
In the 400 m Boys’ Under-16 final, Edward Da Silva
of District 5 won in 55 second flat, with Seon Hetmyer of District 15 second, Tryone Bovell of District 3 third and Phillip
Drayton of District 12 fourth, while Monica Roberts of District 4 won the Girls’ version in 1: 01.5 minutes, followed
by Rhondell Alleyne of District 12 in second, Mercedes Forde of District 11 third and Marcia Dodson of District 13 fourth.
Stephon Josiah of District 16 had a leap of 1.8 m to win
the High Jump Boys Under-20 final, followed by Jeremy Garnett of District 14 in second, Stephon Alexander of District 3 third
and Curtis Gravesande of District 10 fourth.
All finals will be staged today, the final day.
District Four in ten-point lead
By Michael DaSilva in Albion
Thursday, November 24th 2005
District 4 (East Coast Demerara) is currently enjoying a ten-point lead over Defending champions District 10 (Upper Demerara/
Kwakwani) after two days of competition in the Guyana Teachers Union/Ministry of Education/Banks Malta sponsored-National
Schools Track and Field/Cycling and Swimming Championships, currently underway at the Albion Community Centre ground, Berbice.
After 32 track and field finals, District 4 accumulated 137 points, ten more than District 10 (127). District 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni),
District 6 (Corentyne), District 3 (West Demerara) and District 14 (East Bank Demerara) are placed third to sixth with 109.5
points, 101 points, 90.5 points and 89 points respectively.
Despite having a team of merely 23 athletes, District 9 (Rupununi)Â were able to accumulate 85 points to take seventhÂ place.
In the cycling championship, after 12 finals, defending champions District 10 lead the points standing with 98 points.
They are followed by District 4 on 87 points, District 6 on 79 points, District 14 onÂ 42 points, District 15 (New Amsterdam/Canje)
on 31 points and District 3 on 25 points.
Yesterday's events that involved competitors from the Rupununi, brought the small but appreciative crowd to their feet,
cheering the Indigenous athletes who stole the hearts of many.
One such race was the 800-metre girls' under-10 final which the Rupununi's Sian Mandukin went to the head of affairs after
completing 400 metres in the middle of the pack. Once she took the lead, she never relinquished it.
About 200 metres from the finish District 1 (North West) athlete Launie James accelerated from some 50 metres behind Mandukin
closing in on her steadily. But the leader looked over her shoulder, saw James coming very fast, and charged into overdrive,
opening the lead once more.
Entering the home stretch, James tried once more to get at Mandukin, but once again the Rupununi athlete accelerated and
Again in the 1500-metre girls' under-20, Rupununi's Losanna Lawrence caused the small crowd to put their hands together.
Lawrence trailed the early race leader District 5's (West Berbice) representative, Doneka Lyte for the first two laps (600-metre),
then went to the front. District 4 and District 10 athletes, Oteia Prince and Shonette McFarlane followed Lawrence and overtook
The three then started a battle of their own, but withÂ 300 metres remaining, Lawrence found new life and distanced
herself from Prince and McFarlane, opening a lead of approximately 80 metres and winning comfortably.
On completing the distance, both Prince and McFarlane collapsed, while Lawrence looked as though she could haveÂ continued.
In other track and field results, District 12 (East Georgetown) athlete Alika MorganÂ won the 3000-metre girls' under-16,
returning a time of 11 minutes 0.3 seconds (11:0.3). Second was District 9's Doretta Wilson (11:14.2) and third, District
6's Melissa Albert (11:23.6).
The under-16 boys' 3000-metre event was won by District 6's Xavier Durant (10:18.5). Second was District 9's Robert Ignacio
(10:30.8) and third, District 5's Kareem Aaron (10:42.9).
Angel Simmons of District 7 won the cricket ball throw for girls under eight years old. She registered 30.05 metres. Second
was District 2 (Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon) athlete Privilege Pollard and third District 9's Synecius Augustine.
In cycling results, District 4's Albert Philander won the boys' open 1500-metre race from Andy Singh (District 10) and
District 11's (North Georgetown) Enzo Matthews respectively.
The boys' open 5000-metre race was won byÂ District 10's Jason Bourne. Second was District 6's Mitchell Whyte and
third, District 4's Carl McLeod. District 6's Elisha Henry won the girls' open 5000-metre eventÂ from District 10's Diana
Pollydore and Olinder Niles respectively.
The 800-metre girls' under-16 was won by District 3's Tomeka Charels. Second was District 14's Jennifer Sealey and third
Najuma Hercules. District 10's Suzette Douglas won the 800-metre girls' open race from District 4's Latoya DeFreitas and District
6's Niketa Whyte respectively.
The 800-metre boys' under-14Â was won by District 11's Christopher Holder. Second was District 6's PaulÂ Ewart
and third District 15's Kevin McAlmon.
The Athletics Association's financial statements 2002-05 should
Thursday, November 24th 2005
In his letter captioned 'No reporter was present at the Athletic Association meeting of November 12,' (SN, 17.11.05) President
of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) Claude Blackmore enters the dangerous territory of freedom of expression and freedom
of the press by suggesting to readers that in some way Stabroek Sport is working in collaboration with me to discredit the
Athletic Association of Guyana. These claims were rightfully put to rest by a detailed explanation and account of what transpired
at the association's Extraordinary General Meeting on November 12, 2005, and letters written by me before that date which
were published in the Stabroek News.
The President also tried to imply that one of Stabroek News' employees who happens to be a member of the Bedford All Sports
Club is operating in a conflict of interest situation by reporting for your paper, a position to which I take exception. The
young reporter has a right to employment as long as he does his work within the confines and principles of his profession.
As President of the Athletics Association of Guyana and Senior Vice President of the Guyana Olympic Association of Guyana,
Mr Blackmore too must apply the same principles in the discharge of his functions.
At present the Bedford All Stars Sports Club's main grievance with the Athletic Association of Guyana is the AAG's unaudited
financial statements of Income and Expenditure for the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 despite the fact that elections have
been held. We are asking for a forensic and independent audit for the years mentioned by an independent and competent auditing
Bedford All Stars Sports Club
District 4 establish
ten-point lead over District 10 From Isaiah Chappelle in Albion DISTRICT
4, East Coast Demerara, established a ten-point lead over defending champions District 10, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, at the
end of the first day of the Track & Field championships in the 45th Annual National Schools' Track & Field, Cycling
& Swimming meet at the Albion Community Centre ground, yesterday.
After 32 finals, District 4 amassed the leading 137 points,
followed by District 10 on 127, with District 7, Cuyuni/Mazaruni, in third position on 109.5 and District 6, Corentyne, fourth
In fifth position was District 3, West Demerara, on 90.5
points, District 14 (East Bank Demerara) sixth on 89, District 9 (Rupununi) seventh on 85, District 5 (West Coast Berbice)
eighth on 84, District 2 (Essequibo Coast & Pomeroon) ninth on 76 and District 11 and 12 complete the top-ten position
with 75.5 each.
The points for the other five participating districts are
District 1 (Northwest) 39, District 13 (South Georgetown) 46, District 15 (New Amsterdam & Canje) 59.5 and District 16
(Essequibo Islands) 11.5 .
District 4 also led in the Cycling championship with 12
finals on 87 points, followed by District 6 on 79 for second, District 14 on 42 for third, and District 15 on 31 for fourth.
But the Cycling was surrounded by controversy with top National
juvenile rider Geron Williams being left out of the meet, and one cyclist who was out of school for two years being allowed
With just 23 athletes in the championships, Rupununi wowed
the crowd, particularly in the female track events. The spectators applauded for a convincing win by Losanna Lawrence in the
1500 m Girls’ Under-20 final, while Cleveland Thomas of District 13 was an easy winner in the Boys’ version, shaking
off an early challenge by District 9's Clinton Antone who finished second.
But the race of the day was a ding-dong battle between Maria
Rufino of District 9 and Lesia Lissone of District 7. The fight for the lead was sustained to the finish, ending with a photo
finish for District 7.
The day began with a march past of the participating districts
and officials, and District 3 were declared the winners of the march past, with District 14 second and District 9 third. The
winners will receive the Regional Chairman's trophy.
President (ag) Samuel Hinds, the patron of the meet, declared
the championships open after an address that was shorter than a prayer from one of the religious denominations which
lasted for nearly 15 minutes.
The first event began at 11:27 h and Rupununi impressed
when Robert Ignacio took the lead after the first lap, followed by Xavier Durant of District 6. With six laps to go Leroy
Marshall of District 11 moved up to third and with five laps remaining, the three front runners lapped the tail-enders. But
with two laps to go, Marshall dropped out and in the bell lap, Durant outsprinted Ignacio for the gold, finishing in 10 minutes
On the distaff side, Alika Morgan who did not wear the District
12 colours, clocked 11.03 minutes to take the gold, followed by Doretta Wilson of District 9 on 11.14.2 minutes, while Millissa
Albert of District 6 was third and Arneta Saul of District 4 fourth.
After ten finals, District 10 and District 4 led with 43
points each, with District 14 third on 36, District 5 fourth on 43, District 6 sixth on 31 and District 7 seventh on 28.5.
District 10 maintained the lead after 16 track finals on
72, District 7 moved to second with 67.5 and District 4 dropped to third with 60 and District 14 were fourth on 58.
After 22 finals, District 10 still led with 93, District
4 moved up back to second with 85, District 14 moved up to third on 84 and District 7 dropped to fourth on 77.5.
District 10 were still leading after 28 events on 113 points,
with District 4 second on 103, but District 7 were climbing up back to third on 99.5 and District 9 were at an amazing fourth
All events scheduled for the day were not completed and
today’s events will start promptly at 09:30 h.
Rudolph Harper Long & Triple Jump facility opened By Isaiah Chappelle
WIFE of the late Justice Rudolph Harper, Esme Harper, has called on athletes to use the newly-opened long
and triple jump facility, named after her husband to train well and bring medals from the various Games.
The Justice Rudolph Harper Long & Triple Jump facility
was formally opened, yesterday, at the Thomas Lands YMCA and the widow made remarks about her late husband’s love for
sport, while National youth jumper Kendingo Thomas made the historic leap.
Harper said she was very grateful for the facility being
dedicated in memory of her “dear” husband and thanked the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) for the gesture.
She recalled that the former GOA president was a great sport
enthusiast and his first love was cricket, a game he played while studying in London and even ventured into umpiring, eventually
serving the West Indies Umpires Association as president for 12 years.
“He brought Clive Lloyd to the forefront.”
Harper said her husband served with distinction and was
recognised with medals from several sport organisations, even taekwondo.
“His service was really recognised.”
She urged the athletes to use the facility to train for Games such as the Commonwealth, Central America
& Caribbean (CAC) and Carifta, among others, and bring back medals.
Minister of Sport Anthony Xavier declared that the event
was a “fantastic” gesture for a man who was a gentleman.
“It is a true tribute to a true son of the soil.”
The new sport minister said sport played an important part
in his own life, having worn the national colours in volleyball, like his father, and now his son, and sport was the vehicle
of youth development.
“It is important to focus on youth development and
sport is the means. We have to take back sports to the schools.”
He disclosed that he had spoken with the Minister of Education
on the issue.
Minister Xavier said that an inventory of sports grounds
in the country would be done to facilitate the re-introduction.
“Give the children the facility. Queen’s College
and St Stanislaus played Case Cup cricket.”
He announced that the National Sports Commission (NSC) would
be re-constituted in another two weeks and that he intended to re-establish a Youth Council.
The new minister said he intended to work with all national
associations and would meet with each one to get an insight into their problems.
GOA president K. Juman-Yassin said the country’s first
long jump track cost some $2.5 million.
“It is a start.”
He pointed out that jumpers would be going into the wind
because it was a training facility and when they go into competition conditions, they should find it easier.
Juman-Yassin reiterated his compliments to the government
for constructing the D’Urban Sports Complex.
President of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Claude
Blackmore, said the facility came during an important period, the 2002-2012 Athletic World Plan, noting that for the first
time the AAG would be sanctioning the National Athletics Championships.
Kendingo Thomas of Royal Youth Movement had the distinction
of being the first jumper to officially use the track, leaping some six metres and 20 centimetres in that historic jump.
However, club-mate Stephen Harris who jumped last registered
the longest leap, 6:92 in his third attempt, beating Thomas into second. Jepheth Hackett, also of Royal, was the second jumper,
placing third with 6:10 metres in his second attempt and Melroy Pole of Police was the third jumper, leaping 5:81 metres in
his third attempt.
Sheenika Bentick (Royal) was the first female jumper, placing
first with a leap of 4:86 metres in her first attempt, while third jumper Stacy Wilson (Police) was second with 4:75 metres
in her second attempt, and second jumper Latoya Roberts’ (Royal) best was 4:52 metres in her third attempt.
No reporter was present at the Athletics Association meeting of
Thursday, November 17th 2005
The Athletics Association of Guyana has for some time now contemplated writing to you to draw to your attention what is
perceived as a direct attempt to discredit the association by publishing a number of letters on a regular basis by a particular
individual under the name of Wayne Walcott, Coach, Bedford All Stars Sports Club, without trying to ascertain the association's
version to the claims within some of those letters.
The constant excuse by staff of the Sports Departmenthas been an inability to contact our Media Manager, Mr Leeron Brumell
or the Presi-dent. This is despite the fact that we have a full-time Secretariat located at 'Olympic House' which operates
from 9am to 5pm on a daily basis.
The situation seems to have gone from bad to ridiculous with the recent addition to your staff of an athlete who is a member
of the Bedford All Stars Sports Club and who is coached by the regular letter writer (see attachment).
The headline in the Monday, November 14, 2005 edition of the Stabroek News page 26, under the caption 'Chaos breaks out
at AAG's extra-ordinary general meeting' is the icing on the cake and is malicious, wicked and a misrepresentation of what
took place at that meeting.
The association wishes to point out that the meeting held on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Thomas Lands YMCA was a
'General Meeting' and as such no members of the media were permitted to attend, and therefore any account of the meeting by
any reporter of your Sports Department must have been received second or third hand.
Anyone reading the article in question would gain the distinct impression that a reporter of your newspaper was in attendance
at the meeting as the writer cleverly seeks to give non-existent running comments of aspects of the meeting.
The association wishes to request that you investigate this article for its origin and source of information which permitted
it to appear in your newspaper.
The Athletics Association
Sports Editor's note
Contrary to Mr Blackmore's assertion, the Stabroek News is not trying to discredit the AAG by publishing letters from Mr
Wayne Walcott. Our letter columns are open to the public and Mr Blackmore is free to write upon or respond to issues raised
in these columns. Indeed, Stabroek News has in the past sent letters critical of the AAG to them (which were delivered at
Olympic House where the AAG has a secretariat) inviting their comments.
With regard to the report in the instalment of Monday, November 14, 2005, we would like to point out that in the first
paragraph of the report it was clearly stated that the incident happened "prior" to the start of the meeting. A reporter was
assigned to cover the meeting and was privy to what transpired between the two coaches Wayne Walcott and Elton Smith before
the media were asked to leave. His report was in actual fact a first-hand account of the events which transpired.
Finally, we have, in our possession a press release bearing the letterhead of the AAG and signed by the general secretary
of the AAG which gave affiliated clubs/schools notice of the AAG's plans to convene an "extra-ordinary general meeting" to
deal with two issues (a) Grievances of Clubs and (b) Computerisation of the Association's Competition System.
Alika Morgan, Rawle Greene victorious at McKenzie games
by Edison Jefford
Tuesday, November 15th 2005
Local long distance star Alika Morgan and sprint champion Rawle Greene recorded victories at the `Coaches in collaboration
with Women on the Move' track, field and cycling championships at the McKenzie Sports Club ground last weekend.
Morgan won the women's 3000m, 1500m and 800m while Ashanti Scott from New Amsterdam Track Club was second in the 3000m
and third in the 1500m. Carlissa Atkinson of Guyana Road Runners was second in the 1500m and third in the 3000m. However,
decisions for the second and third places in the 800m were not available up to press time.
Greene sprinted his way to a comfortable victory in the men's 100m final ahead of Andre Blackman and Keith Roberts respectively.
To some extent the race settled the long anticipated showdown between Greene and Blackman and answered the question about
who is Guyana's top sprinter.
Leading up to the event, Morgan and Greene were advertised in Linden as `feature athletes' scheduled to participate at
Linden's Leslyn Major was also advertised as one of the star athletes but suffered a major upset in the 100m to Alicia
Fortune also won the women's 400m ahead of Monica Roberts of Bygeval Athletic Club and Shauna Thornhill of Royal Youth
Running unattached to a club, Kelvin Johnson outsprinted Cleveland Thomas of Bedford AllStars and Lionel Danrade of Road
Runners respectively down the homestretch to secure the 1500m men's title.
Trevor Scotland won the male 400m event ahead of Rondell Adams and Jermaine Pilgrim respectively. Scotland also won the
800m ahead of Pilgrim and Danrade respectively.
Police Athletic Club had a clean sweep in the female javelin with Trishel Thompson winning the event while Stacey Wilson
and Carla Benjamin were second and third respectively.
Terence Johnson from Bygeval won the male discus from Royston Ross, also from Bygeval and Ronald Payne from Upper Demerara
in that order. Cleon Coppin was first in the male shot putt while Ronald Payne and Kevin Bonnette were second and third respectively.
Albert Philander was awarded the overall cycling championship trophy. Philander won the juvenile 10 laps and was second
in the category one, two, three and four 10 laps. John Charles was second in the juvenile 10 laps and Mark Leuus was third.
National cyclist Warren Mckay won the category one and two races while Eon Jackson won the category three and four events.
Linden Blackman was third in both events.
The championships were organised by `Coaches in collaboration with Women on the Move'. Judy Gravesande, Mayfield Taylor,
Wanda Richmond and Camille Cummings of Women on the Move and the coaches of the athletics clubs in Guyana secured sponsorship
to the tune of $15,000 per event - $7,000 for the first prize and $5,000 and $3,000 going to the second and third spots respectively.
Chaos breaks out at AAG's extra-ordinary general meeting
Monday, November 14th 2005
Chaos broke out on Saturday prior to the start of the Athletics Association of Guyana's (AAG) extra-ordinary general meeting
at the YMCA Thomas Lands auditorium.
Coach Elton Smith of Police Sports Club accused Wayne Walcott of Bedford All Stars of misrepresenting his premier sprinter
The debate between the two coaches was sparked when Walcott questioned the nomination and selection of Blackman to represent
Guyana at the Common-wealth Games in Melbourne, Australia next March.
Smith claims that Walcott's attitude toward his athlete "tampers with him (Blackman) psychologically," since most of Walcott's
claims cannot be supported by facts.
The Police Sports Club coach further stated that he coaches junior athletes like Goddis Accra, who run faster times than
Statistically there is no evidence to support Smith's assertions.
Bedford All Stars athlete Greene has a personal best time of 10:42 seconds while Accra has a personal best time of 10:81
Greene's 10:42s was the fastest time by any Guyanese this year and has him ranked number one for Guyana on the CAC website
ahead of Blackman's number-three ranking.
Coach Walcott argued that:"Greene's time along with him winning the 100m at Guyana's National Athletics championships at
Blairmont in April this year is enough to at least prompt his nomination if not selection to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth
However, Smith, contends that Greene won the National championship as a result of Blackman being out of the country competing
at another event at the time of the trials.
The Athletics Association of Guyana was forced to call the extra-ordinary general meeting on the primary grounds of `grievances
between Clubs and the Association.'
Blackmore, however, claims that there are no grievances between Clubs and the association but rather personal differences
between members of clubs and the association.
Blackmore's claim was rebutted when several clubs at the meeting revealed instances where their athletes were selected
but the association did not send the athlete because of lack of funds, readiness of travel documents and other excuses according
to the clubs while in some instances the association was able to attain funds for the officials to attend the meet.
The most recent instance was in the case of Royal Youth Movement athlete Rondell `Cobra' Adams. The AAG claims that Adams
was shortlisted to compete at the South American junior meet in Argentina this summer but was indirectly informed that he
was not going.
Not so long ago manager and coach of Guyana's top female long distance athlete Alika Morgan, Leslie Blacks, complained
that Morgan was not being selected to represent Guyana inspite of her good form and consistently excellent performances.
According to the arguments raised by the parties that attended the emergency meeting there were obvious concerns pertaining
to the manner in which athletes are selected and droped from National teams.
The meeting was attended by the Royal Youth Movement Sports Club, Bedford All Stars, Upper Demerara, Police Sports Club,
Silver Bullets, Running Hornets, Road Runners and New Amsterdam Track Club.
These times don't seem right
Sunday, November 13th 2005
I have seen the activities at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, and appreciated the high standard of the competition.
The officers of the Royal Youth movement, also the sponsors and organisers must be complimented.
I would like to draw to the attention of the Guyana Athletics Association and the Guyana Olympic Association that it is
imperative to have officials from both organisations as judges and timekeepers, using the wind gauge at all times.
There was not a high wind blowing on that day Sunday November 6, 2005 and the track had moisture since it rained in the
Therefore I can't see our athlete or athletes registering 10:08 seconds and 21:35 seconds on a grass track in parts of
which you could see mud.
The Athletics Association must take serious action against anyone who is found breaching the laws set out by the International
Athletic Association Federation.
(1) No one must be allowed to ride or drive alongside an athlete or athletes when the race is in progress.
(2) Any athlete or coach using indecent language or fighting should be suspended immediately pending investigation at a
later date. Also, testing of athletes should be implemented.
Honourable Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport please note.
Hugh A. R. Benfield
Qualifying times are not the only factor
Friday, November 11th 2005
The Bedford All Stars Sports Club has documented a series of victimization practices by the Athletics Association of Guyana
since 2002-2005 and we don't intend to endure it any longer.
Just recently I wrote the President of the Confeder-ation of South American Athletics Association Mr Roberto Gesto De Melo
of Brazil, outlining some of the problems that I am experiencing concerning our National sprint champion Mr Rawle Greene of
the Bedford All Stars Sports Club, who after winning the title of Guyana's sprint champion at the Atheltics Association of
Guyana National Senior Athletics Championship held at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground in April, 2005, was not selected
to represent Guyana at any of the area championships meets held during the year, mainly the Central American and the Caribbean
Championship in Bahamas in June, the South America Senior Champion-ship held in Colombia in July, and he wasn't even nominated
for the Commonwealth Games in Australia in March, 2006. Andre Blackman of the Police Sports Club was nominated for the event
by the Athletics Association of Guyana to the Guyana Olym-pic Association which is responsible for the final selection of
the Guyana team; I do hope they question this particular nomination.
Whenever I question Mr Claude Blackmoore and the AAG about the reason(s) why Mr Greene wasn't selected to represent Guyana,
I am always told about some qualifying times to be met or financial difficulties experienced by the Association. On Sunday
23rd October, 2005 I met Mr Carlo Alberto Cavalario (Technical Director of South America for Athletics of IAAF) at the YMCA
during the 10k road race. On the following day Mr Rawle Greene, Executives of the Royal Youth Movement and I had a meeting
with Mr Carlo Alberto Cavalario where we expressed our dissatisfaction among other things. Mr Cavalario told us that the IAAF
has a policy that all of its member countries should be represented at championship meets organised by the international bodies
regardless of qualifying times. "This system is in place to help developing countries like Guyana to at least send a male
and female athlete to all meets organised and run by the international bodies including air-fare, accommodation and such like."
So it is impossible for Mr Blackmoore to tell the Guyanese public that qualifying times and finances are factors which hinder
the association from sending Guya-nese athletes like Mr Rawle Greene and others to championship meets overseas. Mr Cavalario
also mentioned provision for a synthetic track for Guyana by the IAAF provided the Government of Guyana contributes to that
The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture with the National Sport Commission have developmental plans for a recreation centre
at Durban Park, in which an area has been set aside for an athletic track to be installed.
At a recent meeting with Director of Sport, Mrs Selman (President of the Royal Youth Movement) and I, the Director of Sport
mentioned that "the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture wrote the Athletics Associ-ation of Guyana about six times inviting
them to a meeting to discuss the matters of athletics, they have never attended any of the meetings."
The Athletics Association of Guyana under the leadership of Mr Claude Blackmoore does not seem to be interested in the
development of our young athletes or in the development of sport.
How was Blackman selected and not Green?
Thursday, November 10th 2005
The Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) has done it again, only this time, they have over-stepped the boundary of basic
selection criteria to nominate Andre Blackman of the Guyana Police Sports Club over Rawle Greene of Bedford All Stars Sports
The nomination was done to the Guyana Olympic Association and is to short-list the most qualified male Guyanese sprinter
- 100m -200m for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne - Australia - March, 2006. Rawle Greene is national sprint
champion of Guyana having won the title at the Athletic Association Championship held at the Blairmont Community Centre ground,
on Sunday, 17, 2005.
According to CAC Central American and Caribbean Athletic Statistics, Greene is ranked as Guyana's #1 sprinter overall in
and out of Guyana for the year 2005, with a personal best time of 10:42 seconds at Hampton Games in Trinidad and Tobago. Could
the AAG explain to the public, what were the criteria used to nominate Blackman?
I would appreciate if the Secretary General of the Guyana Olympic Association investigate this situation. In 2003 Greene
made the qualifying standards for the Pan-American Games in Santo-Domingo and was not nominated by the AAG, and since then
he has endured numerous acts of discrimination.
Bedford All Stars Sports Club
Forde heads back to Kenya
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, November 9th 2005
Guyana's 2008 Beijing Olympic prospect Cleveland 'The Little Kenyan' Forde, was expected to return to the Kip Keino High
Altitude Training Centre in Kenya yesterday.
According to sources close to the Guyana Olympic Assoc-iation (GOA), the association funded Forde's air ticket and other
expenses for him to train and study for another year at the world-famous training centre in Africa.
The source said the GOA was hoping to acquire a 2005 Pan American Scholarship for Forde, but that did not materialise,
however, it is possible that he will be given a 2006 Pan Am Scholarship.
The source said the Pan American Sports Organi-sation (PASO) received funding from the International Olympic Committee
a bit late, hence Forde was not able to get the 2005 scholarship.
Asked about Forde's performance at the recently concluded South American 10K Road Race (first stage) here in Guyana, where
Forde placed second overall behind a Brazilian, the source said, one has to remember that Forde travelled for over 30 hours
to get back to Guyana, so he could not have acclimatised in time for the event.
"I wouldn't say the performance was outstanding, but he did well."
According to reports, Forde's current timing for the 5000 metres on the track is now 15 minutes, 15 seconds, having dropped
from 15 minutes 20 seconds.
Forde's 10-month sojourn at the Kip Keino High Altitude Training Centre last year was made possible by president of the
Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Juman Yassin, who spoke personally with the former world champion, Kip Keino, to have the
Guyanese train there.
In 1997 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected the Kip Keino Children's home to host a High Altitude Training
Center and, in 2000, the International Athletics Federation joined forces with the IOC, to set up the High Performance Training
Center. The HPTC has since moved from the Children's Home to a recently built hostel in the compound.
Currently the IAAF has half a dozen athletes from Eritrea, Sudan and Kenya, while the IOC, through the Olympic Solidarity
has a similar number who are all specialising in the middle and long distance events.
The IAAF and the IOC have also employed two professional coaches who attend to athletes who visit the camp, including those
who are self sponsored.
In addition to the athletes sponsored by IAAF & IOC, other African Countries send their athletes at the camp to prepare
for major regional and World Championships events.
These range from as far South as South Africa to as far as Liberia in West Africa.
The facility has a state of the art gymnasium which was installed in early 2003, and it comes complete with a qualified
instructor as well as resident physiotherapist. All these are available to the athletes at the camp at no extra cost.
There are competitions in Eldoret and its environs for the major part of the year. Thus, athletes training at the HPTC
can find competitions to test their fitness level.
The HPTC has a strong management team led by Ian Keino, a fully trained hotelier who runs the center taking care of the
administration as well as complementing the two full-time coaches in taking care of all needs of the athletes.
Eldoret prides itself as the athletic capital of the world. And there is credence in this assertion.
Athletes from Eldoret and its environs have won a whooping 33 olympic medals since 1968, which includes 11 gold and 15
And in the world championships, they have been even more impressive, collecting a total of 38 medals since 1987. The medals
won in other World Championship events, like World X-Country, World Junior and World Youth are even more staggering.
This is one more reason why Eldoret is an ideal site for training.
Like Kipchoge Keino, many other retired stars have also established training camps in and around Eldoret, most of them
specializing in road races and marathons.
ADMIRED: Alika Morgan is flanked by female winner Firaya Sultanova (with trophy) and second-placer
Tatyana Pozdynzakova, both expressing admiration for the young athlete.
UWI half marathon… Teenager
Morgan finishes top junior
GUYANA’S middle distance runner 15-year-old Alika Morgan finished the top junior in Sunday’s
2nd University of the West Indies Sport and Physical Education Centre (UWISPEC), International Half-Marathon in Trinidad and
Running for the first time at this level, Morgan was the
fastest Caribbean female athlete crossing the line with a time of one hour 26 minutes 38 seconds.
This was seconds after third place finisher Neida Marcano
of Venezuela who finished the 21-kilometre in 1:26:30 hours.
Ukrainian Firaya Sultanova finished first in 1:16:09 hours
and Russian Tatyana Pozdynakova in 1:22:08 hours, a repeat of last year.
According to Morgan’s coach, Leslie Black, the two
top female finishers were impressed with the teenager. He said that they promised to assist her whenever possible.
Black related that Morgan accelerated in the last 800 metres
of the race to catch the Venezuelan, running that length in 2:35 minutes.
Guyanese Kelvin Johnson was the eighth man to cross the
line. He finished in 1:14:22 hours, seven seconds shy of the winner John Muriuki of Kenya.
Muriuki, who also won last year in the inaugural competition
in 1:09:41 hours, was again victorious with a much faster time of 1:07:26 hours.
Finishing a close second and third were St. Vincent &
the Grenadines Pamenos Ballantyne who crossed the finish line in 1:08 hours and Jefferson Rivas of Venezuela who finished
53 seconds later.
The first Trinidadian to cross the finish line was Ronnie
Holassie who finished with a time of 1:09:59 hours.
UWI half marathon in Trinidad: Alika Morgan tops in 15-19 category
By Edison Jefford
Tuesday, November 8th 2005
Alika Morgan was the first West Indian woman across the finish line last weekend at the University of the West Indies Sports
and Physical Education Centre half marathon in Trinidad.
Fifteen-year old Morgan, arguably Guyana's best female long-distance athlete, was the fourth woman to finish and the first
in the 15-19 girls' category.
Morgan's training partner Kelvin Johnson finished 8th overall for the men in a time of 1:14:22 but won the 24-29 category.
Kenya's John Muriuka was first overall in 1:07:26 followed by Caribbean marathon star, St. Vincent's Pamenos Ballantyne (1:08:00)
and Venezuelan Jefferson Rivas (1:08:53), rounding off the top three male finishers.
This was Morgan's first half marathon and one of her best performances. Morgan indicated to Stabroek Sport that she is
comfortable over longer distances. She defeated OECS champion Jamaican Arietha Martin who placed sixth in the top ten women
of the race. Ukraine's Firaya Saltanova won the overall women's race in 1:16:09 with Russia's Totyann Pozydynakova (1:22:08)
second and Venezuelan Neida Marcano (1:26:30) third.
Over 670 regional and international athletes competed at the event over the weekend. Morgan finished 35th overall. She
credits her performance to the recent South American 10km and other 10km road races she ran leading up this event.
Morgan also indicated her intention to send a strong signal to local selectors, since she has not been chosen to represent
her country since the Junior Carifta games a few years ago.
Greene, Fortune sprint away with triple gold
by Edison Jefford
Monday, November 7th 2005
Rawle Greene and Alicia Fortune sprinted their way to triple gold medals at the `Royal Games' held at the Police Sports
Club ground, Eve Leary, yesterday.
Greene won the male open 100m in a time of 10.50 seconds ahead of Keith Roberts (10.87) and Brennon Thompson (11.03). He
later returned to capture the 200m in 21.68 seconds ahead of Roberts 22.13 and Jemel Fields 23.24.
Fortune won the female open 100m in 11.72 seconds ahead of Beverly Selman 12.12 and Siedha Dummett 15.09. Fortune also
won the 400m and the 60m. She out sprinted Makeisha Dash 8.21 seconds and Siedha Dummett 9.02 completing the 60m in 7.63 seconds.
No 400m results were available up to press time.
Greene's nemesis Andre Blackman was absent from both the 100m and the 200m but was present for the 60m dash. Blackman and
Greene, arguably Guyana's two fastest men in that event, made it the event of the day.
However, Greene proved too fast for Blackman on the damp track when he returned 6.56 seconds to win the 60m. Blackman was
second with 7.00 seconds and Jemel Fields third in 7.08seconds.
Emmerson Campbell also completed a sprint double in male under-20 100m and 200m. Campbell ran 12. 87 seconds to defeat
Kenneth Semple 13.04 and Japheth Hackett 13.16 in the 100m. He won the 200m ahead of Wayne Harlequin 23.67 and Ryan Reid 23.72
in a time of 23.56 seconds.
In other results Deqawn Vancooten won the boys' under nine 100m ahead of Hakeem Jones and Rondell Day. Malinda Gordon won
the girls' under nine 100m while Ottey Mcdonald and Delisa Sagon was second and third respectively.
Trishton Joseph won the under-17 100m in 11.15 seconds ahead of Afeez Samad 11.44 and Lionel Perreire 11.81. Rhondell Alleyne
won the female under-17 100m in 12.72 seconds ahead of Monica Roberts 12.93 and Olang Grant 13.51.
Latoya Roberts defeated Cammy Canterbury and Sheenika Bentick respectively to win the female under-20 100m.
Jemaine Pilgrim won the male open 800m in 2:02 seconds ahead of Cleon Leacock 2:04 and Jermaine Joseph 2:06. Ryan Depeazer
won the under-20 800m in 2:05 seconds ahead of Cleon Leacock 2:06 and David Young 2:06.
In the female under-20 800m Shannah Thornhill defeated Doneka Lyle and Ashanti Scott respectively. Lyle also placed second
to Oteia Prince in the female Under-17 1500. Tenesha Wilson was third.
D. Daniels defeated Cleveland Thomas and Leonard Chapman in the male open 5000m.
The inaugural `Royal Games' was hindered by periodical rainfall yesterday morning that left the track about 55 percent
ready for competition. Nevertheless, local athletes and fans came out in their numbers to support the event.
The meeting was organised by the Royal Youth Movement track and field club. Based on the success of the first `Royal Games'
the executive promised to make the event an annual feature on its calender
IMPROVING: After tussling with Brazilian Jose Souza, Kenya-based Cleveland Forde settles
for a comfortable second, moving up from last year’s third.
South American 10 km road Classic ... Brazilians capture top two positions again By Isaiah Chappelle
THE Brazilians continued to rule the Guyana leg, again capturing the two top positions of the 3rd South
American 10 km Road Classic run, Race One, but Guyana improved to silver.
After a keen tussle with Kenya-based Cleveland
Forde, Brazilian Jose Do Nascimento Souza ran away in the final two kilometres to finish in 30 minutes 55 seconds to become
the new champion but with the slowest time, with Forde finishing a comfortable second in 31:20 minutes, followed by Colombians
Javier Alexander Guarin (31:51 minutes) and Jason David Gutierrez (33:12), with Guyana’s Colin Mercurius (35:15) completing
the top five.
Compatriot Selma Candida Dos Reis made it three in a row
to capture the Women’s top prize, finishing 14th overall in 37:31 minutes, her slowest time in the three meets to date.
Guyana’s Alika Morgan was the second female athlete
to cross the finish line, 19th overall in 40:15 minutes, with Ashanti Scott completing the finishers in the Women’s
category, placing 27th overall in a time of 45:28 minutes. The other two prizes could not be awarded.
Winners the International category (Men’s and Women’s) pocketed US$1 000, runners-up $600 and
third-placers $400 while the top five finishers in each received trophies.
Patrick Bobb finished eighth overall in 35:10 minutes to
capture the Under-20 Boys’ prize, with Leonard Chapman taking the second prize, the tenth person to complete the course
in 37:08 minutes, while Shawn Gonsalves got the third prize, with 28th position overall, clocking 43:17 minutes. On the distaff side, there was one competitor, Donna April, who finished
50th overall in 52:6 minutes.
In the Under-18 division, Teon Roberts was first for the
Boys, finishing eleventh overall in 37:12 minutes, with Dennis Horatio second, placing 12th overall in 37:23 minutes, while
Nigel Newton took the third prize, with the 21st overall finish in 41:11 minutes.
On the distaff side, Lindie Nichols of Grenada was first,
36th overall in 46:56 minutes, Guyana’s Portia Schepmer second, 40th overall in 49:22 minutes and Doneka Lyle third,
Some 61 athletes faced the starting line on Thomas Road
in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA, with Davidnan setting the pace in the first two kilometres, but by the Kitty Pump, a six-man
bunch broke away, with Souza, Gaurin, Gutierrez, Forde and Guyana’s Kelvin Johnson.
The leading bunch dropped Johnson after four kilometres, before Sheriff Street junction on the Rupert Craig
Highway. After the turn-back at Pattensen, the bunch began to break up, with Gutierrez first dropping back, then Gaurin, and
the fight began between Souza and Forde, with the Brazilian trying to shake off Forde.
Forde surged past Souza just after entering Kitty Public
Road, but just past Queen Street, a vehicle got into the way of Forde and Souza shot past, and never looked back as Forde
seemed to lose his rhythm and the Brazilian increased the lead on Vlissengen Road to about 25 metres.
The Guyanese regained his stride going into Thomas Road
and increased his pace in the final kilometre just past Camp Ayanganna, but Souza’s lead was too great.
Forde told Chronicle Sport that he tried to go for victory
from Kitty Public Road, but could not sustain the attack.
“I didn’t have it to go through. I don’t
think the vehicle obstruction was a factor anyway. I’m very much satisfied with my effort. I did not give up although
I realised he was going to win down the homestretch. Something really had to happen to him for me to catch him. I dropped
my pace and went for a comfortable second. I also tried for a good personal time.”
Forde pointed out that the heat was intense. It was 32 C
with a 61 percent humidity, while where he was training in high altitude, on a hot day at midday it reached 27 C and on a
rainy day, it was 13 C.
The traffic control was the worse in the meet with motorcyclists
ignoring the outriders and race officials, riding close to the competitors.
WELL DONE! Minister responsible for Sports Gail Teixeira seems to be enthused over the performances
of Alika Morgan and Cleveland Forde respectively. Morgan and Forde were the highest Guyanese finishers in yesterday's South
Brazilians sweep South America 10K top places
-Guyana's Forde, Morgan place second in Men's/Women's categories
By Edison Jefford
Monday, October 24th 2005
Brazilian Sonsa Jose Do Nascinto edged overseas-based Guyanese Cleveland Forde to claim the overall Men's title of the
South American 10Km road race classic yesterday.
Nascinto's teammate, defending champion and record-holder Selma Candida Dos Reis won the Women's title ahead of local long
distance star Alika Morgan to ensure the Brazilians a clean sweep of the overall titles yesterday.
Nascinto covered the distance which started outside the Thomas Lands YMCA building to UG junction and back in a time of
30: 55 seconds. Forde returned 31:21, his secon fastest time, to claim the runner - up position.
Colombian's Javier Alexander Guarin and Jason David Gutierrez finished third and fourth in times of 31:51s and 33:12s respectively.
Colin Mercurius was the only other Guyanese in the top five. He ended in a time of 35:15s.
Dos Reis won in 37:31s defeating Morgan by approxiamately 800 metres. Morgan's time was 40:15s placing her 19th overall
and five places behind Dos Reis, who finished 14th overall. Guyana's Ashanti Scott rounded off the top three spots in 41:28s
placing 24th overall.
In the junior categories Lindie Nicolas of Greneda won the girls' under-18 title in 46:56s. Guyanese Portia Schepmer (49:22)
and Doneka Lyle (50:58) were second and third respectively.
Guyana swept the boys' under-18 category with Teon Roberts winning the title returning 37:12s while Dennis Horatio (37:23)
and Nigel Norton (41:11) came in second and third respectively.
Donna April of Guyana was the only under-20 girl that competed. She won that category in 52:6s. Guyana made a clean sweep
again in the boys' under-20 category with Patrick Bobb placing eighth overall in a time of 35:10s and Leonard Chapman (37:08)
and Shuan Gonsalves (43:17) placing second and third in that order.
The presentation of prizes to the winners was done by Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Gail Teixeira and British High
Commissioner Steven Hiscock.
Teixeira, who made the presentation to the overall Women's winner encouraged the athletes to keep running and to pursue
their dreams. High Commissioner Hiscock presented the overall Men's Trophy.
Over sixty-five athletes from five different countries braced the start line.
The first prize winners received US$1000,00.
Forde to compete in today’s South American 10 km By Isaiah Chappelle CLEVELAND Forde
is back home. He returned Friday night in time for the 3rd South American 10 km Road Classic, but the Kenyans were yet to
announce their arrival as athletes of six foreign countries had arrived, yesterday.
Guyana’s leading distance runner, Forde, yesterday,
told Chronicle Sport that he did not come specifically for the race, but his return home was due, the ticket and visa time
Therefore, he had no special training for the event, but
just his routine at the High Performance Centre in Kenya.
Forde said in his ten-month stint, he sometimes trained
thrice per day, but most times twice daily, with the intense part being at mid-morning, involving hill work, track and fartlek,
a form of speed training in which athletes ran at race pace, increase then return to the original speed.
He said he did an eight-kilometre country run some time
ago, but of significance was the 15:03 minutes he clocked in a 5 000 m track race about two months ago. He also participated
in the Saudi Arabia Games but did not perform well because he had symptoms of malaria for which he was treated and ordered
a week’s rest.
Forde placed fourth in the 2nd South American Classic in
2003, finishing in 31:13 minutes here and improved to third place last year when he clocked 32:42 minutes.
The time for last year was 30:39 minutes, registered by
Romulo Silva who won all three times to date, but would not be defending the title this year. He set the Men’s record
in 2003, clocking 30:31 minutes. Last year’s women’s time was 36:56 minutes, a record registered by Selma Candida
Dos Reis who has won all three legs here.
Up to press time, yesterday, athletes from Brazil, Colombia,
Suriname, the Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada had arrived.
Brazil will be fielding defending women’s champion,
Dos Reis and Jose Do Nascimento Souza, while Colombia sent three male athletes, Javier Alexander Guarin, Jason David Gutierrez
and Jaidiby Arley Zapata and from Suriname there is male athlete Radjinder Pattan.
Two male athletes are from the Bahamas Jason Williams and
O’Neil Williams, from Grenada Lendie Nicholas (female) and Bevis Roberts (male) ad Barbados Lester Phillips.
Venezuela team were due Friday afternoon, but did not arrive
and no word came from them, likewise no word came from St Vincent & the Grenadines, Martinique and Haiti, while Trinidad
& Tobago will not be fielding any athletes.
Also, no communication was forthcoming from the athletes
of Kenya’s High Altitude Centre. Another set of Kenyans training in Brazil had also indicated that they were coming
for the meet, but again no more word from them was available.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Athletics Association
of Guyana (AAG), yesterday, told Chronicle Sport that the athletes from these countries were still expected, pointing out
that they have up to this morning to reach here.
Media manager Leeron Brumell said: “No word means
they should still be coming because they have not cancelled their trip - only Trinidad & Tobago.”
Guyana’s challenge will come from Forde, Kelvin Johnson
who recently won the dress rehearsal YMCA 10 km through the same course in 33:48 minutes, Lionel D’Andrade, Colin Mercurius
and Cleveland Thomas.
The race starts at 16:00 h from Thomas Road in front of
the Thomas Lands YMCA, north into Camp Road, east into Seawall Public Road, joining Clive Lloyd Drive, into Rupert Craig Highway,
turning back at Pattensen, continuing on the southern carriageway into Kitty Public Road, south into Vlissengen Road, west
into Thomas Road for the homestretch to the finish line in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA.
A live radio broadcast of the race on the Voice of Guyana
(VOG) from 15:45 h is expected.
The 'Little Kenyan' home for South American 10K
By Michael DaSilva
Sunday, October 23rd 2005
Cleveland the `Little Kenyan' Forde returned home on Friday evening and will be participating in today's South American
10K Road Race Classic.
Forde who completed a 10-month training stint at the Kip Keino High Performance Training Centre in Kenya, through the auspices
of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), will be among a number of foreign and local athletes vying for the US$1,000 first
Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, Forde said while he has not prepared specifically for today's 10K, he will do his
best. "I have no predictions for the race, I will just go out there and do the best I can."
Forde said while in Kenya over the last 10 months, he has been training all the time, but has only been competing in 8K
cross country races.
He explained that it was only on Friday night he learnt that the race is on. "I thought it was past and gone, but last
night I heard that tomorrow (today) is the race."
He said that when he left in December last for Kenya, he was issued a ticket and a visa for a specific period, and that
time has expired so he had to return home, and hopefully, the GOA will do what it can to have him return to Kenya to continue
He said while in Kenya, he competed in a 5000-metre race on the track and was also a part of the Guyana contingent that
competed at the Islamic Games in Saudi Arabia.
According to the national 5000-metre record holder, he had unknowingly contracted malaria prior to the Islamic Games and
when he returned to Kenya, he had to be treated and was off training for one week.
He said he has been training twice a week mostly while in Kenya, but at times there were three sessions. The most intense
session Forde said used to be the 10am session.
He said the training varies, since he had to do track, hill work and fartlex (speed play).
When he last competed in the South American 10K Classic last year, Forde placed third overall, but was the first Guyanese
to cross the finish line. He had clocked 32 minutes 11 seconds.
In 2003, he placed fourth in a time of 31 minutes 14 seconds.
Twenty-two foreign athletes are so far confirmed for today's race, scheduled to get underway from 4pm.
According to the Athletic Association of Guyana, athletes for the first stage of the three-stage race meet are expected
from Suriname (two males), Colombia (two males), Venezuela (one male and one female), Trinidad and Tobago (four athletes,
but the composition is yet unknown), Grenada (one male and one female) Bahamas (two males), Barbados (two males), Jamaica
(one male), St. Vincent (one male), Haiti (one male) and (Martinique) one male.
Brazil's three-time women's champion, Selma Reis and Jose Souza who will contest the men's open category are already here.
According to the Brazilians' coach Carlos Cavalheino, defending champion, Brazil's Romulo Silva, will not be defending
his title since he just competed in the Berlin Marathon.
Cavalheino said Souza is currently third in the Brazilian circuit.
The AAG had received a special request from the High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya for four Kenyan athletes to participate
in the race, but according to reports they will not be coming for the event.
According to the AAG's head Claude Blackmoore, Guadeloupe who will be hosting the 2006 Carifta Games, indicated that they
will send one or two athletes for the event, since "they want to be where the Carifta affiliates that will come to their Carifta
next year are."
The major sponsors for today's event are the GOA and Continental Group of Companies (Sun Burst Orange Juice).
The second stage of the 10K Classic is slated for Suriname on October 29, while the third stage will be held in Panama
on November 14.
The other sponsors to date are: Swansea Telecommunications, Dyna's Embroidery and Screen Prints and Beepat's Impulse Energy
Morgan grabs silver in St Vincent 10 km
MIDDLE distance runner Alika Morgan finished second in the FRANCO Construction 10 km meet in St Vincent
& the Grenadines, Sunday night.
Despite facing tough terrain, Morgan who recently won
the YMCA 10 km road race, finished with a time of 45.02 seconds, just behind three-time Central America & Caribbean (CAC),
winner Jennell Williams of Antigua, who finished with a time of 45.1 seconds.
Miami-based Zepherinus Joseph finished with a time of 35.25
in the men’s competition while Pomenos Ballantyne finished second with a time of 38.25.
Morgan extended public thanks to Guyana Telephone &
Telegraph Company (GT&T), LIAT and Cops Security for making her trip possible.
Foreign athletes arrive
today … Kenyans still to confirm participation By Isaiah Chappelle
THE lines are drawn for the 3rd Annual South American 10 km Road Classic, with the foreign runners arriving today.
Media Manager of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG),
Leeron Brumell, yesterday, told Chronicle Sport that the course was marked on Sunday with blue indicating the route.
Each kilometre point is marked in white along the course
that starts from Thomas Lands YMCA, goes north into Camp Road, turns east into the Seawall Road, joining on to Clive Lloyd
Drive into the Rupert Craig Highway, to the turn back at Pattensen, running on the southern carriageway, into Kitty Public
Road, south into Vlissengen Road, west into Thomas Road for the finish at the Thomas Lands YMCA.
Brumell said that this year plaques indicating the kilometre
point would be erected to complement that on the road surface.
He disclosed that barriers would be placed at key points
along the route for crowd and traffic control, with the streets and roads throughout the route being closed to traffic from
15:00 h to 17:00 h on Sunday.
The two-person Brazilian team will be the first to arrive,
today, at 08:00 h and the last team should be in by 12:00 h.
Twelve countries confirmed fielding athletes - Trinidad
& Tobago, Grenada, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Martinique and Haiti from the Caribbean,
and Brazil, Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela from South America.
Brumell said the AAG had not heard yet from the Kenyans
and it was awaiting a reply following a reminder sent to them, yesterday.
He reiterated that the AAG would accommodate two athletes,
but the Kenyans wanted to field four, thus the relevant cost for hotel and meals was forwarded to Kenya.
Chronicle Sport pointed out that it seemed odd that the
Kenyans would spend about US$3 000 to win a possible top prize of a US$1 000, but he said it might be for just exposure.
“We did not invite the Kenyans. They got wind of it
(the race) and contacted us.”
Their participation, however, would put tremendous interest
in the international meet because all four Kenyans have 10 km timings in the 28 to 29 minutes range, while the winning times
for the past two years have been in the 30-minute range.
The inclusion of Kenya will bring the total overseas participating
teams to 13.
Brumell said the touring athletes would be taken on a tour
of historic sites from about 14:00 h and then they would drive over the course around 16:00 h.
All systems in place for South American 10K
By Donald Duff
Friday, October 21st 2005
All systems are in place for Sunday's South American 10K road race, president of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Claude
Blackmore said yesterday.
Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, Blackmore described the arrangements for the staging of the event as excellent.
Blackmore disclosed that athletes will start arriving today. The three Brazilian athletes will arrive this morning while
the two Surinamese representatives will arrive this afternoon.
Three athletes from Colombia will arrive tomorrow, said Blackmore, who added that the association was confirming the travel
details of the other overseas participants.
However, while twenty-two foreign athletes have confirmed their participation for what is the Third South American 10K
Classic road race, local entries have not been so good, said Blackmore.
Blackmore also said the association acting on a request from the High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya, for four Kenyan
athletes to participate in the race had given the go ahead for two Kenyans to take part in the run. The assocaition, he said,
was awaiting a feedback from the Centre.
He also disclosed that no athlete from Guadeloupe will be coming but representatives were expected from Martinique and
The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Contin-ental Group of Companies, Swansea Telecommunica-tions, Dyna's Embroidery and
Screen Prints and Beepat's Impulse Energy Drink are the sponsors of the event.
The event starts outside the Thomas Lands YMCA building on Camp and Thomas Roads. President Bharrat Jagdeo is expected
to send the runners off.
The male and female winners in the open category will receive US$1,000 while the second and third-placed finishers will
receive US$600 and US$400 respectively.
The top five finishers will each receive trophies.
The second stage of the 10K Classic is slated for Suriname on October 29, while the third stage will be held in Panama
on November 14.
Kenyans to run in South American
THE green light has been given for Kenyan athletes to participate in Guyana’s leg of the third South American
10 km Road Race Classic to be staged on Sunday, October 23.
On Wednesday, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the
Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) gave the Kenyan Federation clearance to send the athletes.
The AAG will accommodate two of the four runners from the
High Altitude Centre on the border between Kenya and Uganda and the necessary documentation for accommodation and conditions
will be forwarded to the Kenyans.
History will be written should the athletes decide to participate
- it will be first time that athletes from Kenya famed for producing world class distance runners, will be competing here.
The Kenyans will raise the standard of the meet because
they have all registered 10 km timing in the 28 to 29 minutes range, while the winning times for the past two years have been
in the 30-minute range.
With the addition of Kenya, 13 countries will now be fielding
teams in this first leg of the Classics.
The other countries are Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada,
the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Martinique and Haiti from the Caribbean while Brazil, Suriname,
Colombia and Venezuela are the South American countries.
22 foreign athletes confirmed for 3rd South American 10K Road Race Classic
By Michael DaSilva
Thursday, October 13th 2005
Twenty-two foreign athletes are so far confirmed for the Third South American 10K Classic Road Race scheduled here for
According to Athletic Association of Guyana's (AAG) President Claude Blackmoore, the Athletic Federation of the following
countries have confirmed that they would be sending athletes to the first stage of the three-stage race meet: Brazil (one
male and one female), Suriname (two males), Colombia (two males), Venezuela (one male and one female), Trinidad and Tobago
(four athletes, but no composition to date), Grenada (one male and one female) Bahamas (two males), Barbados (two males),
Jamaica (one male), St. Vincent (one male), Haiti (one male) and (Martinique) one male.
Addressing members of the media yesterday at Olympic House, Blackmoore informed journalists that the AAG has received a
special request from the High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya for four Kenyan athletes to participate in the race.
He however said the local National Olympic Committee was to have met yesterday evening to discuss the request and make
Blackmoore also disclosed that word is expected from Guadeloupe shortly on whether they will be sending any representatives
for the event.
According to the AAG's head, Guadeloupe will be hosting the 2006 Carifta Games "so they want to be where the affiliates
that will come to their Carifta Games next year are."
Yesterday also, the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) joined the other corporate sponsors, making them the second major
sponsor of the event.
GOA's Assistant Secretary General, Garfield Wiltshire, said his organisation is pleased to be associated with the third
South American 10K Classic.
"We are pleased to come on board in relation to sponsorship of some items for this event.
We acknowledge the work which has been done, and which is still going on by the organising committee to make the event
as successful as possible, and we are sure with the necessary involvement of all the participants that the event will be quite
Wiltshire used the opportunity to hand over a quantity of jerseys to the AAG. The jerseys will be worn by the officials
conducting the race.
"I hope the jerseys will assist the AAG to manage their event successfully," Wiltshire stated.
The other major sponsor is Continental Group of Companies (Sun Burst Orange Juice).
The second stage of the 10K Classic is slated for Suriname on October 29, while the third stage will be held in Panama
on November 14.
In clarifying the question of age categories and prizes, Blackmoore said if an athlete is under 18, but registers to run
in the open category, that athlete even if he/she wins the overall race would not be able to claim the overall prize and the
under-18 one as well.
The other sponsors to date are Swansea Telecom munications, Dyna's Embroidery and Screen Prints and Beepat's Impulse Energy
Johnson, Morgan tops at YMCA 10K race
By Michael DaSilva
Monday, October 10th 2005
Kelvin Johnson and Alika Morgan won the men's and women's category respectively, of the Thomas Lands YMCA Annual 10K road
Johnson, who returned 33 minutes 48 seconds in winning, made his intention known from the start as he, along with second
place finisher Lionel D'Andrade (34.20), third place finisher Colin Mercurius (34.43), fourth place finisher Davidnan Daniels
(35.06), fifth place finisher Cleveland Thomas, and one other athlete, broke from the pack of 61 starters early in the race
and established a small lead.
The six stuck together until the turn back point at University of Guyana road, when Johnson started to lengthen his strides
and oozed away from the others who started to get strung out.
Johnson had a 10-metre lead on the other five at Lillendaal, and increased it as the race progressed. He won with approximately
80 metres in hand from D'Andrade.
Mercurius, who was positioned fifth at the turn back point, overtook Daniels and Thomas in the homestretch to finish a
The women's category was won by Rising Stars' Alika Morgan in 46.37. Second was Alicia Fortune, third Police's Sherma Mentore,
fourth Omesha Humphrey (52.30) of New Amsterdam Track Club, and fifth Police's Carla Benjamin (52.34).
The boys' under-18 category was won by Road Runners' Patrick Bobb. Belladrum's Cleon Leacock and Theon Roberts finished
second and third respectively.
Doneka Lyle was declared winner of the girls' under-18 category from Police's Willeth Reid, after New Amsterdam Track Club's
Ashanti Scott who finished second overall, was disqualified for pacing behind her coach's cycle.
Just after the race was completed, an Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) official told Stabroek Sport that Fortune, Lyle
and Shawn Gonsalves had been disqualified for running on the wrong side of the road.
However, after the presentation of prizes, Lyle and Fortune informed the race officials that they were instructed to run
on the side of the road that they ran on, by the Police traffic rank that was accompanying the runners at that point.
An AAG official later in the evening informed Stabroek Sport that the results had been altered and that Morgan who was
earlier declared winner of the girls' under-18 category, had indeed won the women's open category ahead of Mentore, and that
Lyle who was disqualified earlier, won the under-18 category from Reid
Mentore was at first declared winner of the women's category ahead of Humphrey and Benjamine respectively, but those positions
changed after the official presentation.
Yesterday's race was used as a rehearsal for Guyana's leg of the South American 10K Classic road race, scheduled for Sunday,
over the same route.
The first to fifth finisher in both the men's and women's open categories received $15,00, $10,000, $7000, $5000 and $3000
The top three boys and girls each received trophies.
Distance runners prepare for South
American Classic DISTANCE runners
will battle today in the YMCA 10 km road race that comes as a dress rehearsal two weeks ahead of the South American 10 km
The same route of the international meet will be used, starting
from the Thomas Lands YMCA, going east along Carifesta Avenue onto the East Coast Demerara public road, turning back just
past the Ocean View International Hotel at Pattenson then heading back to the city, through Kitty Public Road, into Vlissengen
Road, and west into Thomas Road for the finish in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA.
There will be two categories - Open and Youth (Under-18)
with the senior runners pocketing some $15 000, $10 000, $7 000, $5 000, $3 000 in prizes, while the young runners will receive
trophy for placing in the top three.
President of Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) Claude
Blackmore told Chronicle Sport that youth runners could receive cash prize if they enter and win in the Open category.
The entrance fee for the Open category is $500 and the Youth
Blackmore further said that the IAAF, the world governing
body, has a regulation that suggest junior athletes must not be spoilt with cash prizes, but that position was not a rule.
Therefore, if young runners enter in the youth category,
they would not receive cash prizes.
Hall did not attend the trials and should not have been selected
Friday, October 7th 2005
I refer to an article headlined "No medal for Guyana's athletes - but Brummell explains selection of Hall over Adams."
It is good that Mr Brummell came out in defence, in explaining at length the reasons the (A.A.G.) Athletic Association of
Guyana selected Hall over Adams to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Athletic Championships in Argentina recently.
In the future Mr Brummell must be more vocal and balanced in reporting on the affairs of Track & Field in Guyana, especially
in matters which he seems not to know much about, or in which he chooses to ignore the basic principles of team selection.
Mr Brummell was present at Eve-Leary (Police Sports Club Ground) when the Athletic Association of Guyana held a trial to select
the team to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Athletic Championship; Hall was not part of that trial which automatically
disqualified him from any part of the team.
Athletes in developed countries, even the elite ones, return home to their native land to take part in trials to be eligible
for selection to represent their respective country at international meets. The Athletic Association of Guy-ana never play
the game by the rules, they always seem to have some exemption when it comes to certain athletes. The Athletic Association
of Guy-ana under the leadership of Mr Claude Blackmoore failed to carry out their duties and they should resign.
There is no way the A.A.G could justify the non-selection of Adams for the games in Argentina; the excuses Mr Brummell
is trying to give the public have fallen short of the true reasons why Adams was not selected.
I have a few questions for the A.A.G; why did the A.A.G expend additional funds to get Hall all the way from North America
to Argentian via Brazil as was stated? In which month of this year did the A.A.G set qualifying times for Junior Athletes
to attend these games, and if they did which club(s) did they post it to? Area meets such as the South American Juniors, South
America Seniors, Central American & Caribbean championships, Pan-American Junior & Senior Champion-ships do not require
qualifying standards to compete, only the World's Junior and Senior Championships and the Olym-pic Games.
The A.A.G is never in line as regards team selection and the overall running of the Association. The relevant office responsible
for sports in Guyana must do something immediately to alleviate the suffering and frustration of our young athletes before
it is too late.
Bedford All Stars
Goddis Accra (right) battles with Galeano Edgar of Paraguay (centre) and Morilla Marcelo (Argentina)
in the boys' 100-metre semi-final.
No medals for Guyana's athletes
- but Brummell explains selection of Hall over Adams
Tuesday, October 4th 2005
Guyana's two athletes at the just-concluded South Ameri-can Junior Track and Field Championships which was held at the
Jorge Newbery Stadium, Rosario, Argentina, failed to medal.
According to reports from the Athletic Association of Guyana Media Manager, Leeron Brummell, on day one (Saturday) Goddis
Accra secured a place in the 100m final but placed fifth returning a time of 10.90 seconds.
The race was won by Brazilian Rafael De Silva who clocked 10.33 seconds.
Running out of lane two, Accra started slowly and was never in a position to recover as De Silva, the 2005 Pan American
bronze medallist in lane four, bolted for the finish line metres ahead of the field.
In the semi-final, Accra clocked 10.81 seconds, his personal best, in placing third. The semi-final winner was Eufrasio
Dos Santos in 10.66 seconds.
Brummell said Accra's race had one false start and conditions were slightly chilly, but apart from that, he ran a very
Christopher Hall, who contested the 400-metres failed to reach the final, after clocking 49.78 seconds in the semi-final.
Brummell said Hall started slowly for the first 150-metres, and increased his pace with 180 metres remaining, and though
he entered the home stretch in the first three, he could not maintain the pace.
Brummell said that Elton Smith, the manager/coach of the two athletes, expressed his disappointment at the lane assignment
for Hall, noting that Hall's entrance timing for the event was better than many of the athletes who were entered in the event.
Rodrigo Bargas of Brazil won the 400m final in 47.04 seconds.
On Sunday, both athletes contested the final of the 200-metres. Hall clocked 22.22 seconds to place seventh, while Accra
registered 22.23 for an eighth-place finish.
Hall had clocked 22.29 seconds to come second in heat number one of the semi-final, while Accra placed third in heat three
with a time of 22.09 seconds. He qualified for the final as one of the two fastest losers.
Andres Murillo of Colombia raced to gold in 21.04 seconds, followed by Rodrigo Bargas of Brazil in 21.19 and Adilson Robson
also of Brazil in 21.27 seconds.
The championships attrac-ted participation from all 13 South American countries with Brazil dominating.
Some 315 athletes from South America contested the event.
Brazil had the largest contingent of 70 athletes while Argentina was represented by 60. There were 50 athletes from Chile,
while Guyana and Suriname had two athletes each.
Hall's participation at the meet sparked criticism from members of the Royal Youth Movement (RYM) who picketed the office
of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport last Thursday.
RYM's Rondell Adams was short-listed for selection, however, the club alleged that on the eve of the departure, Adams was
notified that he would not be attending the meet in Argentina because of financial constraints. Instead, the AAG selected
Hall who is based in the USA.
AAG's media manager, Brummell explained in a letter that a shortlist means that athletes are considered with the view to
making the touring party and since none of the athletes met the required junior qualifying times as set out by the AAG at
the beginning of the year, they were put on a 'Priority List' to go, depending on the availability of funds.
Brummell said Accra was closest to the required timing; therefore he was the number one local priority, while Adams was
more than four seconds off the required 400m qualifying time, which by the way was a third-place time. "Therefore he would
be more than six seconds off the winning time, and in a sprint, six seconds is over 30m behind the winner."
He said Hall did not replace Adams; rather they were both short-listed to contest the event.
He said Hall had recorded better times than Adams and therefore was higher on the priority list as he was considered to
have a better chance at a medal.
Brummell said Harlyn Selman, RYM's president, had she explored the right avenues, being one of the committee members of
the association, should have known this.
Hall, Accra fail to medal
Oct. 2nd 2005 (Guyana Chronicle)
CHRISTOPHER Hall and Goddis Accra failed to capture medals
when they contested the 200m final yesterday afternoon in the 36th South American Junior Championships at the Jorge Newbery
Stadium, Rosario, Argentina.
Hall clocked 22.22 seconds to come seventh out of lane two,
while Accra registered 22.23 for an eighth place finish.
Andres Murillo of Colombia raced to gold in 21.04 seconds,
followed by Rodrigo Bargas of Brazil in 21.19 and Adilson Robson also of Brazil in 21.27 seconds.
Earlier in the day Hall clocked 22.29 seconds to come second
in heat number one, while Accra placed third in the third heat with a time of 22.09 seconds. He qualified for the final as
one of the faster two losers.
On day one Accra secured a place in the 100m final, but
placed fifth in a time of 10.90 seconds. In the semifinal he clocked 10.81 seconds.
Hall failed to reach the final after clocking 49.78 seconds.
The athletes return to Guyana on Wednesday.
The event attracted participants from all 13 South American
countries with Brazil dominating. (Leeron Brumell)
In this Lawrence Fanfair photo, members of the Royal Youth Movement Track and Field Club takes their protest to the
Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Club president Harlyn Selman is at left.
Club in picket protest at omission of its athlete from national
By Michael DaSilva
Friday, September 30th 2005
Members of the Royal Youth Movement Track and Field Club (RYM) yesterday staged a picketing exercise outside the Ministry
of Culture, Youth and Sports over the last minute withdrawal of one of its athletes from the national junior team to represent
Guyana at the South American Junior Championships.
Earlier this month, Rondell Adams was short-listed along with two other athletes, Goddis Accra and Shurma Mentore, by the
Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Track and Field Championships, slated
for Argentina this weekend. However, on Wednesday Adams was informed by his coach that the AAG did not select him as part
of the touring party.
Stabroek Sport has been reliably informed that the AAG replaced Adams with Christopher Hall who recently migrated to the
Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, RYM's president Harlyn Selman called for the removal of the AAG's president Claude
"On the eve of the expected departure of the athletes, Blackmoore told Police assistant coach Elton Smith that Rondell
would not be going to Argentina. My athlete paid for his visa, he got his vaccination which he also had to pay for and at
the 12th hour he was told that he is not a part of the team anymore. This is ridiculous, Blackmoore has to move. We consider
that disrespectful," Selman declared.
According to Selman, the reason given is that the association does not have enough funds.
Selman however said if the AAG had notified the club that they should seek funding for Adams to go to Argentina, the club
would have done what it could to get funding.
"This is not the first time that Blackmore and the AAG are behaving in this manner. They have done it before. It's either
Blackmore step up or step down. The athletes in this country are disillusioned," Selman blurted.
Earlier this month, Stabroek Sport received a press release from the AAG stating that "following the successful staging
of the Nat-ional Junior Track and Field Championships at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, the executives of the AAG
met and short-listed three local athletes for participation in the South American Junior Championships.
Those named were: Accra (boys 100 and 200m), Adams (boys 400m), and Mentore (girls 800m).
The release also stated that the AAG would seek to establish the availability of overseas-based athletes Dianne Munroe
and Christopher Hall.
Police coach Lyndon Wilson was penned as the local official to make the trip.
The release however stated that the three athletes did not make the required qualifying times, but were not too far off.
It said that the `short listing' of the athletes did not mean that they were confirmed to go, since their progress was
to be monitored over the next few weeks before a final decision was made.
Efforts to reach Blackmore yesterday for a comment proved futile.
AAAG National Junior C/ships Accra is 'King' of sprints
Monday, September 12th 2005
Police junior sprinter, Gladis Accra, proved himself "King of the Sprints," as he comfortably won the 100m and 200m events
at the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana, National Junior Championship at the Police Sports Club ground Ecve Leary, yesterday.
The event, which was scheduled to begin at 11am, was delayed for about two hours because of early morning showers. Accra,
an evening student at the Government Technical Institute, recorded times of 10.90 seconds (10.90) in the 100m and 22.1s in
the 200m to finish ahead of Javed Hackett and Kenneth Semple, who placed second (11.20s) and third (11.40s) respectively in
the 100m and Quacy Trotman and Emerson Campbell, (22.5s) and (22.7s) respectively in the 200m.
In the female sprints, Leota Babb who won the 100m with a time of 12.6s was later edged at the tape in the 200m by Shurma
Mentore who clocked 26.4s ahead of Babb's 27.0s. Latoya Roberts (12.9s) and Cammy Canterbury (13.0s) were second and third
respectively in the 100m as Roberts also finished third in the 200m with a time of 27.7s.
The first event of the day, the female long jump, was run concurrently with the male long jump and was won by Canterbury
who jumped 4.81 metres. Shenika Bentick 4.71m and Stacy Wilson 4.58m placed second and third.
In the male event, Hackett jumped 6.87m to win the event. Kendingo Thomas (6.69m) finished second and Rafel Garraway (6.09m)
The male Discus ended with the first and second place finishers within a few metres of each other. Ronald Payne won with
a throw of 31.98m and Selwyn McPherson, who later showed dominance by winning the Shot Put and the Javelin finished second
with 31.25m. Jermaine Haynes was third with 24.77m.
In the boys Shot Put, McPherson won with a throw of 11.60m, reversing the results of the discuss, as Payne finished second
with a throw of 11.54m. Garraway again finished third with a throw of 9.13m. Mc Pherson (43.83m) completed his medal haul
by later winning the boys' javelin ahead of Payne (40.06m). Ernesto Adams came in third with 38.83m.
On the female side, Stacy Wilson took gold in both, Shot Put and Javelin ahead of Schevon Eastman, who finished second
in both events.
In the Javelin, Wilson won with a throw of 29.60m to edge Eastman 20.50m. There was no third place finisher in that competition.
Meanwhile, in the girls' Shot Put, Wilson won with a throw 7.85m, Eastman finished second with 7.30m and Ronella Paul finished
third with 5.65m.
In other results:
Girls' 400m; Shurma Mentore (1:01:9s) - first and Ruanne Hernandez, (1:10:3s) - second.
Boys' 400m; Ronald Adams (51:00s) - first, Derwin Eastman (51:4s) -second and Quaci Roach (51:9s) - third.
Girls' 800m; Shurma Mentore (2:48:6s) - first, Daneka Lyle (2:50:2s)- second and Shurmela Austin (3:25:9s - third.
Boys' 800m; Ryan DePeza (2:05:5s) - first, Cleveland Thomas (2:06:3s) - second and Winston Alexander (2:08s) -third.
Boys' 1500m; Cleveland Thomas (4:27s) - first, Ryan DePeza (4:31s) -second and Patrick Bobb (4:34s) - third.
Pompey do not advance in 400m @ World Champs.
Heat 5 - Sunday, August 07, 2005 - 12:23
Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React 1
6 819 Richards Sanya USA 51.00 Q 0.178 2 5 684 Thiam Amy Mbacke SEN 51.66 Q 0.167 3 2 401 Fenton Lorraine JAM 52.07
Q 0.206 4 7 339 Regis Hazel-Ann GRN 52.51 0.178 5 3 767 Yefremova Antonina UKR 52.89 0.162 6 4 344 Pompey Aliann
GUY 53.12 0.192 7 8 611 Wittstock Estie RSA 53.28 0.159
Burnett do not advance in 800m @ World Champs
Heat 3 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 13:13
Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark 1
5 614 Andrianova Tatyana RUS 2:06.38 Q 2 6 824 Schmidt Alice USA 2:07.10 Q 3 3 189 Martínez Mayte ESP 2:07.34 Q 4
7 566 Setowska Ewelina POL 2:07.37 Q 5 4 506 Myint Myint Aye Myint Myint Aye MYA 2:08.50 6 8 343 Burnett Marian GUY
2:09.88 2 4 Touhami Nahida ALG DNS
Blackman equals Boyce’s `A’ Class 100m record
Guyana Police win International category with massive 352 points By Isaiah Chappelle
sprinter Andre Blackman again equalled Colin Boyce's 1993 `A' Class 100m record as Guyana won the International category of
the Annual Police Track & Field Championships, while eadquarters (HQ) surged back to retain the local title. Guyana
amassed a massive 352 points, with second-placer St Vincent & the Grenadines tallying 91, Antigua 77, Trinidad &
Tobago 67, Barbados 66 and Grenada 57.
In the local category, Headquarters (HQ) ended with 387, `A' Division
338, Country Division 177 and `B' Division 158. The champions needed two events on the final day, yesterday, to pass `A'
Division who went into the closing day 15 points ahead of HQ. After the Men's 1500m, HQ surged ahead to 202, `A' Division dropped
to second place with 189, `B' Division moved up to third with 80 and Country Division had 75. HQ never looked back.
was declared the `A' Class Champion, with three win in the 100m, 200m and 400m, while Brennon Thompson was runner-up, having finished
third in the long jump, 100m and 200m. National distance runner Colin Mercurius was named the `B' Class champion for winning
the open events in 5 000m, 10 000m and 1500m, with Bevon Leitch the runner-up with wins in the 400m and 200m, and a second
place in the 100m.
Another National distance runner Carla Benjamin was the Female Champion with wins in the 3 000m,
800m and 1500m, with Charmaine Clarke the runner-up with first places in the 100m and 200m and a second in long jump.
The International Men's champion was Wesley Brown of Barbados who won in discus and placed second in shot put and triple jump.
Joycelyn Huggins of Trinidad & Tobago was the International Women's champion with wins in shot put, javelin and discus.
clocked 10.3 seconds to win the `A' Class Men's 100m, a record-equalling performance like last year, followed by Othneil Prescott
of St Vincent & the Grenadines on 10.4, Thompson of Guyana on 10.8 and Shaneyea King of Trinidad & Tobago on 10.9.
Earlier in the Invitational Men's 100m, Blackman had an amazing flat 10 seconds dash, but officials said that time has to
be reconciled with a check to determine if the ground was properly marked then, among other factors.
was second in 10.3 seconds, Goddis Accra third in 10.8 and Michael Saul fourth in a flat eleven. Blackman won the `A' Class
Men's 400m in 50.2 seconds, followed by Kasroy Simon of Antigua on 51.4, O'Neil Prescott of St Vincent & the Grenadines
on 51.7 and Ray Fraser of Guyana fourth on 51.8.
In the `A' Class Men's 200m, Blackman clocked 21.6 seconds to place first,
Thompson was second in 22.7, Trinidadian King third in 23.1 and Antiguan Simon fourth in 23.2.
Green won the Invitational
Men's 200m in 21 seconds flat, surging ahead of Keith Roberts - into the homestretch - who clocked 21.8, with Derwin
Eastman third and Accra fourth. Shurma Mentore won the Invitational Women's 200m in 26 seconds, followed by Leota Babb, Stacy
Smith and Mercedes Forde.
Added to his first day's 10 000m victory, Champion Mercurius won the Men's Open 1500m in
four minutes 18.1 seconds, with HQ team mate Larry Josiah second in 4:22.6 minutes, Evrist Tempio of St Vincent third and
Mark McAllister of `B' Division fourth.
Mercurius easily won the Men's Open 5 000m in 16:35.1 minutes, with McAllister
second and Damian Blackman of HQ third. With victory in the 3 000m on the first day, Champion Benjamin won the Women's 1500m
in 5:41.3 minutes, ahead of Lileth Joseph of Antigua, Odetta Argyle of Headquarters and Tasha Tappin of `A' division.
Leitch won the `B' Class Men's 400m in 52.9 seconds, with Odel Percival second, Ian Hamilton third and Trevor Benn third.
Leitch was second to Quamme Benn of `A' Division in the 100m, with Trevor Benn of HQ third and Michael Newland of `B' Division
Sharleen Bute of St Vincent won the Women's 100m in 13 seconds flat, ahead of Clarke, Sophie Ann Reece of Barbados
and Donelle Thomas. In the other Invitational races, Kelvin Johnson won the 1500 m in 4:14.3 minutes, ahead of Lionel D'Andrade,
Cleveland Thomas and Ryan Depeazer, while Alika Morgan won the Women's race in 4:58.1 minutes, followed by Ashanti Scott and
Johnson entered the shorter 800m race but was beaten by Jermaine Pilgrim, with Depeazer third and
Otto Towler fourth. Dianne Munroe clocked 11.7 seconds to take the 100m, followed by Beverly Selman, Leota Babb and Abigail
Tinnis. In the Men's 400m, Trevor Scotland finished first in 50.6 second, ahead of Roberts, Rondel Adams and Eastman, while
Mentore won the Women's race in 1:00.5 minutes, with Monica Roberts second, Forde third and Annis Mars fourth.
were several other novelty races to make up the day's programme that got under way after the march past of athletes, with Commissioner
of Police Winston Felix taking the salute and declaring the meet open.
Guyana Police Force Annual Track and Field Championships
Barbadian is champion male international athlete By Michael DaSilva Saturday,
August 6th 2005
Barbados' field athlete Wesley Brown copped the Champion Male International Athlete title at the
Guyana Police Force's Annual Track and Field Championships which concluded yesterday at the Eve Leary Ground.
the distaff side, Trinidad and Tobago's Joycelyn Huggins was adjudged winner.
In the local competition, Headquarters'
(HQ) Andre Blackman won the `A' Class category, while Colin Mercurius won the Champion `B' Class athlete title.
Carla Benjamin won the Women's Champion Athlete title.
In the race for international and divisional championships honours, Guyana
made a successful defence of the title by finishing a clear 261 points ahead of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Guyana
secured 352 points, while St. Vincent ended with 91.
In the divisional championship, Headquarters, who trailed `A' Division
by 15 points after two days of competition, ended with 389 points to take the honours from `A' Division (338).
(77) placed third in the international championship, while Trinidad (67) was fourth, Barbados (66) fifth and Grenada (57)
On the local scene, Country Division placed third in the points' standing with 177 points, while `B' Division
was fourth with 158 points.
Brown, who has been a regular participant at the annual event, chalked up 26 points
by winning the men's discus and placing second in the shot-put and triple jump events.
Huggins who has dominated
the field events in this category over the years, won the women's shot-put, javelin and discus events for an even 30
Blackman was first among the `A' Class men in the 100, 200 and 400- metre races. Second place in this category
went to Brennon Thompson, also of HQ. He placed third in the 100 and 200-metre races as well as the triple jump.
won the 800, 1500 and 3000-metre races to finish with 30 points. Charmine Clarke of HQ was second with 28 points from victories
in the women's 100 and 200-metre races and a second place finish in the long jump. Mercurius, who won the men's 10,000-metre
on the opening day (Tuesday) to claim 10 points, came back yesterday to win the 1500 and 5000-metre races to end with
30 points also.
Second place in this category went to Mercurius's team mate Bevon Leitch, who won the 200 and 400-metre
`B' Class races and placed second in the 100-metre event to end with 28 points. Unofficially, Blackman set a new 100-metre
national record in the men's 100-metre invitational race. He registered 10 seconds flat for the distance, to win from
national sprint champion Rawle Green (10.03) and Goddis Accra (10.08) respectively.
Green, however, bounced back
to win the 200-metre male invitational in 21.00 seconds. Second was Keith Roberts (21.08) and third Devin Eastman (22.03).
selected results from the final day of competition, Dianne Munroe won the women's 100-metre invitational race in 11.17
seconds. Second was Beverley Selman (12.04) and third Keota Babb (12.06).
Leitch won the `B' Class men's 400-metre
race in 52.09 seconds. Second was Odel Percival (53.08) and third Ian Hamilton (56.09), while in the `A' Class category,
Blackman won in 50.2 seconds from Antigua's Kasroy Simon (51.04) and St. Vincent's O'Neil Prescott (51.07).
male 400-metre invitational race was won by Trevor Scotland (50.06). Second was Keith Roberts (50.07), while Rondel Adams
(51.02) placed third.
On the distaff side, Shurma Mentore (1:00.05) won from Monica Roberts ((1:03.08) and Mercedes
Forde (1:04.04) respectively.
Mercurius won the male open 1500-metre event in 4:18.08 from his team mate Larry Josiah
(4:22.06) and St. Vincent's Ewrist Tempid (4:34.07 respectively, while Benjamin won the 1500-metre race in 5:04.03. Second
was Antigua's Lileth Joseph (6:12.00) and third, HQ's Odetta Argyle (6.37.04).
The 1500-metre women's invitational
was won by Alika Morgan (4:58.01). Second was Ashanti Scott (5:07.07) and third, Omisha Humphrey (6:26.04), while in
the men's 1500-metre invitational, Kelvin Johnson was first in 4:14.03. Second was Lionel D'Andrade (4:15.04) and third,
Cleveland Thomas (4:23.09).
A-Division 15 points ahead of defending champions
Police Track &Field championships … By Isaiah Chappelle AT
THE end of Day Two, A-Division were 15 points ahead of defending champions Headquarters in the Annual Police Track &
Field championships at the Eve Leary ground, yesterday.
A-Division had 179 points, Headquarters 164, and Country
and B- Division on 75 each for joint third.
In the international meet, Guyana commanded a massive 169 points
in the first place, with Barbados second on 44, Grenada third on 36, Antigua fourth on 35, St Vincent fifth on 32 and
Trinidad & Tobago sixth on 30.
Before the javelin scores came in, A-Division had a four-point lead over
the defending champions, 160 and 156 respectively, and the Country Division were third on 67, with B-Division in the cellar
Similarly, Antigua on 30 were in second place to Guyana who had 144 points, while Barbados were third
on 28, Grenada and St Vincent fourth on 26 each, and Trinidad & Tobago 20.
Lyndon Rose of A-Division won
the Men's B-Class javelin with a throw of 40.19 metres, Byron David of Country Division was second with 37.10 m and
Adrian Massiah of A-Division third on 36.79 m.
In the Men's A-Class javelin, Grenadian Kendell Smith was first
with a throw of 50.48 metres, Barbadian Wesley Brown second with 47.02m and Guyana's Kevin Bennett third with 45.3m.
the distaff side, Trinidadian Joycelyn Huggins won with 24 metres, Barbadian Sophieanna Reece was second with 23.26m and
St Vincentian Helen Williams third with 21.22m.
There were four other finals, with the other events being heats
for the final day, tomorrow.
In the A-Class Men's triple jump, Bennett leapt 13.66 metres to place first;
Natiba Noel of Grenada had 13.64m for second place and David 12.06 for third.
The B-Class Men's 200m went to
Bevon Leitch of HQ, clocking 23.39 seconds, followed by Quamie Benn of A-Division on 24.13 and Trevor Benn of HQ on
On the distaff side, Charmaine Clark of Country Division was first in 26.50 seconds, Sherleen Bute of
St Vincent second in 27.26 and Donelle Thomas of A-Division third in 29.23.
HQ captured all three top places
in the B-Class Men's 800 m, with Larry Josiah finishing first in two minutes 2.25 seconds, John Methford second in 2:12.82
minutes and Keon Luther 2:13.03.
The final day starts with a march past of participating teams at 09:00 h, and
the first event at 10:00 h.
Guyana Police Annual Track and Field Championships
Guyana and 'A' Division lead points' standings By Michael DaSilva Thursday,
August 4th 2005
Guyana and `A' Division lead the points' standings in the Guyana Police Force's Annual Track and
Field Championships which conclude tomorrow at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.
Up to press time, Guyana
had accumulated 144 points' to head the `A' Class points table, while `A' Division led the local inter-division championship
with 156 points.
On a day which attracted a full house of spectators after several years, the local athletes outshone
their Caribbean counterparts to steal the lead in their quest for another championship honour.
In the `A' Class
championship, Antigua occupied the second spot with 30 points, while Barbados follow in third position with 28 points. St.
Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada are tied for fourth with 26 points each, while Trinidad and Tobago trail with 20
In the local competition, defending champions, Headquarters, occupy the second place with 156 points, while
Country Division and `B' Division are third and fourth on 67 and 64 points respectively.
In the triple jump `A'
Class final yesterday, Guyana's Kevin Bonnett hopped, jumped and leapt 13.66m to beat Grenada's Natiba Noel (13.64m)
and Country Division's Byron David (12.06m) into second and third respectively.
The local men's 800-metre final
was dominated by HQ, whose Larry Joseph won it in 2:03.25. Second was John Methford (2:12.82) and third, Keon Luther
The 200-metre `B' Class final was won by HQ's Bevon Leitch in 23.39 seconds. Second was `A' Division's
Quamme Benn (24.13) and third HQ's Trevor Benn (24.39).
On the distaff side, Country Division's Charmine Clarke
won the female 200-metre final in 26.50 seconds from St. Vincent's Sherleen Bute (27.46) and `A' Division's Donelle
Thomas (29.23) respectively.
Leitch clocked 11.13 seconds in winning his heat on day one, while Trevor Benn placed
second. Trevor Benn won his heat in 11.17 seconds.
In the few heats that were run off yesterday, Shurma Mentore
won the women's 400-metre invitational heat one in 1:00.93. Second was Stacy Smith (1:05.87) and third Stacy Wilson
Heat two was won by Monica Roberts (1:13.32. Second was Mercedes Forde (1:04.60) and third, Marcia Mentore
Rawle Green won heat one of the men's invitational 100-mere in 10.41 seconds from Andre Blackman (10.62)
and Michael Saul (10.64) respectively, while Seon Forde (10.51) was first among the heat two competitors. Second was
Leron Bristol (10.59) and third, Brennon Thompson (10.94).
In the men's invitational 400-metre heats, Rondel Adams
won heat one in 51.20 seconds from Derwin Eastman (51.50) and Quacy Trotman (53.66) respectively.
Heat two was
won by Trevor Scotland (50.70). Second was Keith Roberts (52.95), while Sigmiund Daniels (54.25) placed third.
were several finals that involved the children of policemen and women.
The 100-metre girls' under-15 was won by
Tiffany Smith. Second was Omisha Humphrey, and third Alisa Brisport. George Persaud won the 100-metre boys' under-15
from Kareem Norton and Jamal Arjune respectively.
In the 80-metre events, Trorana Trotz won the girls' race from Monellesha
Fernandes and T'Iceyah Azore respectively, while in the boys' race Stanley Duff crossed the finish line ahead of Dendre McGarrell
and Quincy Blake respectively.
Guyana Police Annual Track and Field Championships
By Michael DaSilva Wednesday, August 3rd 2005 Caribbean
athletes dominated day one of the Guyana Police Force's Annual Track and Field Championships which are currently underway
at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.
Up to press time, police athletes from St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Antigua had won four events among them while placing second in two and third
Guyana, the `A' Class defending champion, placed third in one of the events that were completed.
the local competition, Headquarters (HQ) are out front in the points' standing through their athletes who have won three
of four finals and also occupied positions among the other top seven finishers.
Trinidad's Joycelyn Huggins won
the women's shot put with a throw of 11.44m, then went back later to take the women's discus with a throw of 37.12m.
Vincent's Halen Williams (10.90m) was second to Huggins in the shot put, while Guyana's Amanda Hermonstine (8.00m) was
Second in the women's discus was HQ's Edol Castello (23.10m), while Country Division's Joan King (22.10m)
In other field events, Rohan Richardson of St. Vincent won the men's shot put with a throw of 11.96
metres (11.96m) to dethrone defending champion Barbados' Wesley Brown (10.89m). Third place went to Grenada's Kendall
In the men's `B' Class shot put event, `A' Division's Wycliff Nurse (8.76m) was first, `B' Division's
Kirk Glasgow (8.13m) second and Country Division's Steve Hicks (7.79m) third.
In track races, St. Vincent's Charlene
Butu won the women's 400- metre final from Donella Thomas (`A' Div) and Jenelle Todd (HQ).
Carla Benjamin (HQ) returned
14 minutes, 22 seconds (14.22) in winning the women's 3000-metre. Second was Odetta Argyle (HQ) and third, Jennifer
Griffith (`A' Div).
The men's 10,000m was won by Colin Mercurius (HQ) in 37:19.07 from Damion Blackman (HQ) and
Mark McAllister (`B' Div) respectively. In results from the few heats that were run off, Bevon Leitch won his 100m heat
for `B' Class athletes in 11.13 seconds, second was Trevor Benn (HQ), while Odel Percival (`A' Div) placed third. In heat
two, Quamme Benn (`A' Div) crossed the line ahead of Michael Newland (`B' Div) and Nathan Fraser (`B' Div) respectively.
Benn returned 11.17 for the distance. Earlier in the day, Leitch won his men's `B' Class 400m heat in 53.69 seconds
from Percival and Ian Hamilton respectively, while in heat two, Larry Josiah was first in 54.70 seconds. Second was
Benn and third, Randy Charles. In winning the men's 10,000-metre race, Mercurius lapped all the other four starters.
He lapped the fifth placed finisher John Simon three times, the third (McAllister) and fourth (Methford) placed finishers twice
and the second placed finisher (Blackman) once. After being sent on their way, Mercurius took a position up front and never relinquished
it. The five athletes stuck together for the first two laps, after which Mercurius started to lengthen his strides and eased
away from his rivals who were left struggling. He, however, had a lame finish, having aggravated an old back injury, and
had to be assisted off the field. The championships will continue today at the same venue and conclude on Friday. Tomorrow
is a rest day.
Mercurius and Benjamin win top points on day one …
Six foreign teams for annual Police track & field meet By Isaiah Chappelle NATIONAL
distance runners Colin Mercurius and Carla Benjamin won top points for Headquarters (HQ) on the opening day of the annual
Police track & field championships at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, yesterday.
The meet which
attracted the biggest international participation in several years, started late because of the wet ground conditions but the
events scheduled for the day came off -- mainly heats and eight finals.
Six foreign teams are here for the meet.
They are St Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua, Grenada and St Lucia. Just Barbados,
Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago fielded teams last year.
Mercurius was ahead by nearly two minutes of his
nearest challenger in the 10 000m men's Open race, finishing in 37 minutes 19.07 seconds, followed by Damion Blackman
(HQ) IN 39:09 minutes, Mark McAllister (B-Division) John Methford.
Benjamin's win was closer, clocking 14 minutes
22 second in the 3 000m women's race, Odetta Argyle (HQ) in 14:29 minutes and Jennifer Griffith (A-Division).
other track final was the 400m Women's won by Sharleen Buta of St Vincent & the Grenadines in one minute and 15 seconds,
followed by Donella Thomas of A-Division second in 1:13 minutes, Jannesa Todd (HQ) and Jennifer Griffith (A-Division).
Brown of Barbados and Earl Keizer of Guyana tied in the final best throw in the A-Class men's discus, 34.6 metres, but
Brown got the first place having a 33.94 best after the first three throws, while Keizer had 27.82m. Antiguan Rohan
Richardson was third and Grenadian Kendall Smith was fourth.
In the A-Class shot put, Richardson registered
11.96m to take the first place, Brown second with 11.89m, Smith third and Keizer fourth.
Wycliff Nurse of A-Division
threw 8.76m to win the B-Class men's shot put, Kirk Glasgow of B-Division was second with 8.13m, with Steve Hicks (Country
Division) third and Ron Clarke (A-Division) fourth.
Trinidadian Joycelyn Huggins won both the Women's shot put
and discus finals. She threw 11.44 m in the shot put, followed by Halen Williams (St Vincent) with 10.9 m, and Guyana's
Amanda Hermanstine and Loriane Peters.
Huggins registered a massive 37.12m in the discus, with her closest challenger
Edol Castello (Guyana) throwing just 23.1m, with the third place going to Joan King (Guyana) and the fourth to Veronica Williams
Some 24 events are fixed for Day 2, today, at the same venue, starting at 11:00 h with the men's
Open triple jump final. There will be 14 finals, including the B-Class 200m and 800m and the A- Class 800m.
The business of Track and Field must be public
In my quest for equal rights and justice for
the athletes of the Bedford All Stars Sports Club and others, it seems to the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG)
as if I am dissident, and as a consequence of this perception, they continue to victimize the athletes of our club.
It is unfortunate that the AAG is finding it painful to respond to letters on a consistent basis from concerned, dedicated
and sports-loving coaches whose main concern in the sport of Track and Field is the overall development of our resource
in this country, which seems to be gravitating to crime.
The AAG by their undemocratic policy in team selection
is demoralizing certain athletes, to the point where the message these athletes indirectly receive is that there is
no place for them regardless of their outstanding performances. Hence athletes gravitate towards the ills of society.
a recently published sports letter under the caption 'AAG facilitated but did not pay for athletes' participation in Trinidad and
Tobago's Junior and Senior Championships,' by Sharomae Blackmore for Ken Elexey, General Secretary (ag) The Athletics Association
of Guyana, the high-handed fashion in which the AAG operates its business of running track and Field in Guyana was exposed.
It shows how confusing its policies are. Just recently, Mr Claude Blackmore, President of the AAG, told the public by
way of comment in the Stabroek News, that "National athletic teams are selected by a council of 17 persons." Now the
same public is being told by the letter-writer, that Colin Mercurius and Alika Morgan were selected by the executives
and not the council of 17 as Mr Blackmore stated in his comment. Is it the executive or the council of 17 which is responsible
for national team selection? And what are the criteria or bench-marks for national athletics team selection?
Athletics Association of Guyana recently met and selected a national athletics team for the South American Senior Athletics Championship,
in Cali, Colombia, July 22-24, 2005. Rawle Greene and Andre Blackman, two of Guyana's top sprinters, were not selected, despite
meeting the selection criteria.
When inquires were made by me about the reason/s for the non- selection of the two
top sprinters, I was told by Mr Keith French, senior vice-president of the AAG, that this time around the association
was looking at distance athletes to make the trip, and they were not interested in sprinters. It goes to show that the
AAG doesn't understand anything about the technical aspect of athletics and team selection.
Now, distance racing,
from a technical athletic standpoint, is 90% aerobic and 10% anaerobic, which means that air pressure must be taken
into the equation. With Colombia at high altitude and our distance athletes coming from sea level without proper high-altitude preparation
and insufficient adaptation for high-altitude competition, it was an unwise decision to send distance athletes to Colombia
to compete. Instead sprinters would have been a better choice. Sprinting, from a technical standpoint, is 90% anaerobic
and 10% aerobic, in which air pressure at high altitude would not have had any significant bearing on sprinting.
another section of Miss Blackmore's letter, she stated that letters in the print media criticizing the way how things are
done at the AAG do not have any element of truth, but went on in the latter part of her letter to invite any club executive
to call their secretariat to discuss any matter which might have been of any concern to them. But why call the secretariat,
when Miss Blackmore is pre-empting the situation? Coaches and athletes do have a genuine and serious concern which needs
to be addressed urgently. So the AAG cannot just wish away their accountability in running Track and Field in Guyana.
are living in a democratic society, with freedom of expression and a free press. Thanks to Miss Blackmore for the invitation
to call their secretariat, but I would rather use the media to air the injustices being perpetrated against athletes
The business of athletics is not to be discussed behind closed doors between a few people, it is public
business, especially for the business community, which put so much money into the sport. Similarly, for the world governing
body (IAAF) whose yearly grant must be accounted for by the Athletics Association of Guyana, the business of Track and
Field must be public business.
Stars Sports Club
Barry Massay Games billed for GCC at month-end
… cash prizes only for athletes over 20 years By Isaiah Chappelle
prizes will only be offered to athletes over 20 years of age in this year's VIII Barry Massay Memorial Games, billed for the
world famous GCC ground on July 31 and August 1. The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) will be staging the Games with assistance
from the Guyana Sports Association of New York, featuring athletics and cycling.
GOA president K. Juman-Yassin said
the local sport body was happy to be part of and associated with the Games. "Barry Massay gave his life literally for sport
in Guyana," he said. He expressed gratitude to the New York-based body for its input and assistance in bringing off the
event. "I hope the link will be fruitful and will not end with the Games," he added.
President of the New York association,
Richard Thompson, disclosed that the body was established since 1972 as a non-profit organisation, called the Exiles
Cricket Club. After that crop of members got too old to continue, the young ones came forward and formed the association.
1978, members visited the homeland, but concentrated mostly in Linden with cricket. They also assisted with boxing and other disciplines.
They dealt with Essequibo (football) and West Demerara. In fact, the overseas body usually stages a Lin-West Games athletics
meet preceding the Barry Massay Games, which will be staged on Sunday in Linden.
Athletics coordinator Leonard Cummings
said all cash prizes would be paid in Guyana currency, maintaining that was the case last year, but some misinformation resulted
in some confusion. "We never intended to pay in US dollars." Cummings disclosed that athletes younger than 20 years would
not receive cash prizes. "Younger persons receiving cash could be hampered from getting scholarships."
eligible to receive cash prize would pocket $30 000 for placing first, $20 000 for second and $10 000 for third. Two Under-17
youths from the last meet have been awarded scholarships by the New York body to read at the University of Guyana. At present,
they are undergoing an enrichment period to meet the university's entry requirement.
The athletes are Teon Roberts of El Dorado Village, West Coast Berbice, who attended
Belladrum Secondary School and Shurma Mentore of South Turkeyen, Georgetown, who attended the Guyana Industrial Training
Centre (GITC). Cummings told Chronicle Sport that for this year, the sport body was working on getting the awardees in
overseas colleges and universities. National cycling coach Hassan Mohamed represented the Guyana Cycling Federation
(GCF), disclosing that some 29 events are programmed for the two days, 15 on the first and 14 on the second. The feature
race on the first day will be the Devil takes the Hindmost and on the second, the 10 000 metres race. Ansa McAl will
be sponsoring the meet and Marketing representative, Nigel Worrell, said the company was pleased to be part of the event. "We
thought it was a good opportunity because we believe sport is important."
Money and trophies at stake in Barry Massay Memorial Games
By Michael DaSilva Wednesday, July 20th 2005
Big `bucks' are on offer on July
31 and August first when the Guyana Sports Association of New York, in collaboration with the Guyana Olympic Association,
stages the eighth edition of the Barry Massay Memorial Games at the GCC Ground, Bourda.
Addressing members of the
media yesterday at Olympic House, Leonard Cummings, Athletic Director of the New York-based organisation, said athletes
and cyclists over 20 years of age would be rewarded with monetary prizes, while those under 20 years of age will receive trophies.
said the top- three finishers in the Open category (over 20 years of age) in athletics races as well as the top-three categories one
and two cyclists will receive $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 for each event.
Cummings, who was at the time responding
to a query that last year the press had stated that monetary prizes would have been paid in US dollars when in fact
it was paid in Guyana dollars, said, "I don't want to point fingers at who made that error, but we never said US dollars,
we said the equivalent in Guyana dollars, and that's what it's going to be again this year. The money would be paid in
Guyana dollars, and it would always be paid in Guyana dollars. I don't want to point a hand at who made a mistake, but
we never intended to pay in US dollars."
Reminded about an incident where an under-17 athlete won an Open event
and received a trophy instead of a monetary prize, Cummings, in clearing the air, said, "The position would remain the
same with athletes younger than 20 years of age. They would not be awarded cash prizes. That's the way it was last year
and that's the way it will be this year. You see, what we are trying to do is really about education and scholarships,
and a young person receiving money for taking part in Games, they are ineligible for getting scholarships."
regard to scholarships, the executives of the New York body were reminded that two scholarships were on offer last year
but, to date, the local media houses are unaware of the awardees. Responding, Cummings informed that the two athletes
are Theon Roberts of Belladrum Secondary School and Sherma Mentore of GITC.
Cummings further informed that both
under-17 athletes are still at school, trying to enrich themselves academically, so that they can acquire University
of Guyana entrance requirements.
Cummings, in closing, said his association is happy to be working along with the
GOA, the Athletic Association of Guyana and the Guyana Cycling Federation, in a second attempt to bring off the Games.
year, the original date for the Games had to be rescheduled because of the inclement weather. However, there was a very
poor spectator turn out on the new dates.
GOA's president, Juman Yassin, in brief remarks yesterday, said his association
is happy to be associated with the Barry Massay Games, since Massay lived a life literally for sports in Guyana, and is still
remembered for all that he has done.
President of the Guyana Sports Association of New York, Richard Thompson, in
making members of the media au fait with how the Association came about, said the Association is a non-profit one that
was established in 1972 through the Exiles Cricket Club.
"The exiles decided that they are too old to continue, and
the young fellas came out and formed the Guyana Sports Association of New York.
"We decided that we will put
our efforts into helping the youths of Guyana, and from 1978, we have been coming down to Guyana periodically with all
forms of sports. We will try to assist and we have concentrated our efforts at Linden, because most of us worked at
Linden, so we concentrated our interest there because we knew what we were about. So, as it stands today, we have on board
a youth programme in Linden, Essequibo and West Demerara.
"We assist with football in Essequibo, cricket in Linden
and we have now a West Demerara/Linden athletic meet which is called Linwest, and this will be held on July 24 at the
Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, beginning at 10am."
Chairman of the proceedings, Godfrey Washington, said the committee that
is responsible for organising the eighth annual staging of the Games is really firing and rearing to go.
absent yesterday was a representative of the Athletic Association of Guyana.
The Guyana Cycling Federation was represented
by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, who informed that the two-day meet will see 29 cycle races being staged, 15
on day one and 14 on the second day, involving 10 categories of cyclists.
The event received sponsorship from Ansa
McAl, whose marketing representative, Nigel Worrell, said they were approached by Thompson and Cummings and they thought
that it was a good opportunity to sponsor some aspects of the Games, "because we understand the importance of sports
in nation-building, so we are going to be throwing our all behind this event, because this is the first year we are
going to be sponsoring it."
Ansa McAl will stand the cost of advertisements and provide some beverages.
Lee Prowell takes 2nd @ Club Champs. Part of winning 4x100m
Men 100 Meter Dash ======================================================== Staduim
Re.: ^ 10.06 2005 Walter Dix, Florida State Champ. Re.: # 10.42 2001 Darwin Davis, Maryland Elite AR: ! 9.78 2002 Tim
Montgomery, USA WR: * 9.77 2005 Asafa Powell, Jamacia Name Year Team Finals Wind Points ======================================================== Finals 1
Baxter, Kenneth New York Eli 10.45 0.1 10 2 Prowell, Lee Executive Tr 10.65 0.1 8 3 Campbell, Clement Executive Tr 10.68
0.1 6 4 Thompson, Ricardo Roland Inter 10.70 0.1 5 5 Fofanah, Nabie Lemans Track 10.74 0.1 4 6 Morlu, Abraham Phenom
Athle 10.74 0.1 3 7 Hussey, Ronald New York Eli 10.87 0.1 2 8 Carter, Pat Lemans Track 10.91 0.1 1
Men 100 Meter
Dash ======================================================== Top 8 Advance by Time Staduim Re.: ^ 10.06 2005 Walter
Dix, Florida State Champ. Re.: # 10.42 2001 Darwin Davis, Maryland Elite AR: ! 9.78 2002 Tim Montgomery, USA WR:
* 9.77 2005 Asafa Powell, Jamacia Name Year Team Prelims Wind H# ======================================================== Preliminaries 1
Baxter, Kenneth New York Eli 10.41q 2.9 6 2 Thompson, Ricardo Roland Inter 10.48q 2.4 4 3 Carter, Pat Lemans Track 10.52q
2.4 4 4 Campbell, Clement Executive Tr 10.55q 3.5 7 5 Fofanah, Nabie Lemans Track 10.57q 2.4 4 6 Prowell, Lee Executive
Tr 10.57q 1.7 5 7 Morlu, Abraham Phenom Athle 10.57q 1.1 2 8 Hussey, Ronald New York Eli 10.58q 1.1 2 17 Bascom,
Jeremy New York Eli 10.87 0.1 1 23 Sarabo, Kwesi Executive Tr 11.03 1.1 2
***Unfortunately, Jermy Bascom got hurt
during the meet and may not be competing at South American Champs. Final decision will be made later this week.
200 Meter Dash ======================================================== Top 8 Advance by Time Staduim Re.: ^ 20.31
2005 Usain Bolt, Puma Champ. Re.: # 19.32 1996 Michael Johnson, USA AR: ! 19.32 1996 Michael Johnson, USA WR: * 19.32
1996 Michael Johnson, USA Name Year Team Prelims Wind H# ======================================================== 11
Prowell, Lee Executive Tr 21.66 0.2 3 20 Bascom, Jeremy New York Eli 21.96 +0.0 4 30 Sarabo, Kwesi Executive Tr 22.57
Men 4x100 Meter Relay ======================================================== Team Finals H# Points ======================================================== 1
Executive Track 'A' 40.41 2 10 1) Logan, Kevin 2) Campbell, Clement 3) Taylor, Orville 4) Prowell, Lee 2 New York
Elite T.C. 'A' 40.45 2 8 1) Hussey, Ronald 2) Hunter, Thomas 3) Fraser, Kesrick 4) Baxter, Kenneth 3 Shore Athletic
Club of New Jer 'A' 40.63 2 6 1) Porter, Jeffrey 2) Porter, Joe 3) Waters, Rob 4) Taylor, Keith 4 Lemans Track Club
'A' 40.63 1 5 1) Wheeler, Edward 2) Crick, Fitz allan 3) Fofanah, Nabie 4) Carter, Pat 5 Roland International T.C.
'A' 41.08 2 4 1) Johnson, Darnell 2) Thompson, Ricardo 3) Turner, Rashon 4) Whiting, Roland 6 Mid Atlantic Elite
'A' 41.55 2 3 1) White, Jason 2) Johnson, Dameon 3) Washington, Kenneth 4) Sturdivant, Andre 7 Norfolk Real Deal
'A' 42.21 2 2 1) Speller, Thomas 2) Riddick, Ervin 3) Stanley, Willie 4) Wilkerson, Troy 8 New Horizon T.C. 'A' 42.59
1 1 1) Riulliano, Mike 2) Williams, Jemel 3) Dawkins, Randy 4) Tatham, Mark
Jeremy Bascom lead off leg on
winning Sprint Medley relay. Lee and Kwesi Sarabo member of runner up team.
Men 1600 Sprint Medley ======================================================== Team
Finals H# Points ======================================================== 1 New York Elite T.C. 'A' 3:24.28 2 10 1)
Bascom, Jeremy 2) Hussey, Ronald 3) Miley, Ray 4) Najjar, Ali 2 Central Park Track Club 'A' 3:24.87 1 8 1) Benedict,
Steve 2) Fuller, Kobie 3) Dilday, Sekou 4) Williams, Jeffrey 3 Executive Track 'A' 3:36.78 1 6 1) Prowell, Lee 2)
Sarabo, Kwesi 3) Logan, Kevin 4) Sobers, Damian
Defreitas takes 3rd in Club Champs. 100m dash
2005 USATF National Club Track & Field Championships
100 Meter Dash ========================================================= Top 8 Advance by Time Staduim Re.: ^ 11.05
2005 Me`Lisa Barber, Adidas Champ. Re.: # 11.21 2003 Crystal Cox, NC Elite AR: ! 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner,
USA WR: * 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, USA Name Year Team Prelims Wind H# ========================================================= Preliminaries 1
Graham, Nolle Lemans Track 11.80q 1.4 2 2 King, Tameisha So. Cal. Che 11.92q 0.1 1 3 Reavis, Eboni Mid Atlantic 12.32q
0.1 1 4 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic 12.42q 1.4 2 5 Robertson, Ashlee Syracuse Cha 12.61q 0.1 1 6 Brown, Antonette
Lemans Track 12.80q 1.4 2 7 Mc Holder, Danielle Newburgh Eli 13.14q 1.4 2 8 Germain, Katia Greater Bost 13.20q 0.1 1 9
Delaney, Kara Western New 13.33 0.1 1
Women 100 Meter Dash ========================================================= Staduim
Re.: ^ 11.05 2005 Me`Lisa Barber, Adidas Champ. Re.: # 11.21 2003 Crystal Cox, NC Elite AR: ! 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith
Joyner, USA WR: * 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, USA Name Year Team Finals Wind Points ========================================================= Finals 1
Graham, Nolle Lemans Track 11.66 0.1 10 2 King, Tameisha So. Cal. Che 12.07 0.1 8 3 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic
12.37 0.1 6 4 Reavis, Eboni Mid Atlantic 12.39 0.1 5 5 Robertson, Ashlee Syracuse Cha 12.59 0.1 4 6 Mc Holder, Danielle
Newburgh Eli 13.11 0.1 3 7 Brown, Antonette Lemans Track 13.12 0.1 2 8 Germain, Katia Greater Bost 13.40 0.1 1
Long Jump ========================================================= Name Year Team Finals Wind Points ========================================================= 1
Graham, Nolle Lemans Track 6.21m -2.4 10 2 King, Tameisha So. Cal. Che 6.11m -0.9 8 3 Wallker, Kerry Lemans Track 6.02m
-0.7 6 4 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic 6.00m NWI 5 5 Williams, Sherita Greater Bost 5.82m NWI 4 6 Ingram, Bridgette
Lemans Track 5.74m NWI 3 7 Islam, Samaiyah Norfolk Real 5.59m -1.9 2 8 Miller, Nora Connecticut 5.49m -1.5 1
write to you in regard to two of Guyana's top distance athletes, Alika Morgan, Junior Carifta Games bronze medallist in
the 3000m, and Kelvin John Johnson, Guyana's top male distance athlete and one of the Caribbean's best.
the years, I have been producing top distance athletes who went on to serve Guyana well, such as Cleveland Forde and Reonna Cornette.
Presently, I am the person responsible for Alika Morgan and Kelvin Johnson. Both of these athletes are at present finding
it difficult to be selected on national athletics teams to represent Guyana despite outstanding performances in Guyana
Recently, the Athletic Association of Guyana selected a junior team to attend the National Junior
Champion-ship in Trinidad and Tobago, minus Morgan. The same fate met Kelvin Johnson when the Athletic Association,
minus him, formed a national team to tour Trinidad and Tobago for the Senior National Championship.
To add insult
to injury, the Athletic Association, this last weekend, were invited by the Caricom Secretariat to send Guyana's top
male and female distance athletes to participate in the Caricom Day Road Race in St Lucia.
Alika Morgan and Kelvin
Johnson, Guyana's top male and female distance athletes, were not selected to represent Guyana. Only after my intervention
to Mr Campbell, a representative from the Caricom Secretariat sports section, who sanctioned the participation of Morgan
and Johnson in the road race, were they able to compete - of course ahead of the two athletes that were selected by the
Athletic Association of Guyana, and at their own expense.
The athletic body of Guyana, by their unspecified method
in selecting national teams, is pitting the athletes against each other.
I am therefore calling on the Athletic
Association of Guyana to explain their method of selecting teams to represent Guyana.
Team Blacks would like to
thank Mr Campbell for his interest in having Morgan and Johnson compete in the Road Race.
Burnett back on the track
Meeting de Madrid 2005 - Madrid (ESP) Saturday, July 16, 2005
20:37:11 CET 16/07/2005
Official Result Women - 800 Metres - Race 1
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
Zulia CUB 1:58.81 2 Benhassi Hasna MAR 1:59.17 3 Mutola Maria de Lurdes MOZ 1:59.58 4 Martínez Mayte ESP 2:00.92 5
Samaria Agnes NAM 2:01.02 6 Jepkosgei Janeth KEN 2:01.23 7 Aït Hammou Amina MAR 2:01.82 8 Tsyganova Natalya RUS 2:02.07 9
Burnett Marian GUY 2:03.36 10 Lavshuk Natalya RUS 2:03.82 Smith Ronetta JAM DNF
Dax takes 4th in 200m final
Official Results - 200 Metres - Boys - Final
Last Updated: 20:08:42 CET 17/07/2005
July 17, 2005 - 18:00 Wind: 0.7 m/s
Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React 1 6 265 Aikines-Aryeetey Harry GBR 20.91
(WYL) 0.152 2 5 172 Valcarcel Jorge CUB 21.08 (PB) 0.236 3 4 350 Galvan Matteo ITA 21.14 (PB) 0.154 4 7 311 Danns
Dax GUY 21.21 (PB) 0.176 5 3 364 Jervis Cawayne JAM 21.21 (PB) 0.177 6 8 414 Al-Beshi Mohammed Ali KSA 21.25 (PB) 0.158 7
2 218 Hernández David ESP 21.51 0.187 8 1 374 Kurisaki Kosuke JPN 21.54 0.205
Heat 3 - Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 18:07 Wind: 1.9 m/s
Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country
Mark React 1 5 350 Galvan Matteo ITA 21.17 Q (PB) 0.288 2 6 311 Danns Dax GUY 21.26 Q (PB) 0.184 3 4 218 Hernández
David ESP 21.31 q (PB) 0.185 4 7 142 Cuffy Tyrell CAY 21.60 (PB) 0.145 5 8 543 Natush Daniel NZL 21.68 (PB) 0.148 6
3 590 Al-Dosari Hamad Kefah QAT 21.68 0.148 7 2 131 O'Gorman Mitchell CAN 21.75 (PB) 0.176 8 1 659 Williams Withley
SKN 21.77 (PB) 0.195
Official Results - 200 Metres - Boys - Heats Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q)
plus the 8 fastest times (q) qualified
Last Updated: 14:57:48 CET 16/07/2005
Heat 1 - Saturday, July 16,
2005 - 10:20 Wind: 2.7 m/s
Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React 1 5 311 Danns Dax GUY 21.48 Q 0.178 2 8 131
O'Gorman Mitchell CAN 21.68 Q 0.176 3 4 143 Hyman Kemar CAY 21.79 q 0.143 4 1 464 Djaovazaha Philippe Sébastien MAD
22.00 0.177 5 2 336 Berdini Alessandro ITA 22.27 0.160 6 3 394 Sinelnikov Daniil KAZ 22.46 0.166 7 7 553 Vuyk
Diego PAR 22.57 0.169 6 377 Kurokawa Tetsuo JPN DQ 0.165
Dax Danns take 5th at World Youth 100m
Official Results - 100 Metres - Boys - Final
Last Updated: 21:13:43 CET 14/07/2005
July 14, 2005 - 19:05 Wind: 0.8 m/s
Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React 1 3 265 Aikines-Aryeetey Harry GBR 10.35
(PB) 0.173 2 6 273 Nelson Alex GBR 10.36 0.173 3 4 712 Bledman Keston TRI 10.55 0.186 4 5 378 Kumamoto Takafumi JPN
10.60 0.173 5 2 311 Danns Dax GUY 10.63 0.198 6 7 373 Goto Daiki JPN 10.64 0.183 7 8 361 Blake Yohan JAM 10.65 0.200 8
1 753 Mays Devin USA 10.74 0.194
Official Results - 100 Metres - Boys - Semi-Final Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat
(Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified
Heat 2 - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 20:31 Wind: 0.1 m/s
Bib Athlete Country Mark React 1 5 265 Aikines-Aryeetey Harry GBR 10.41 Q 0.162 2 6 373 Goto Daiki JPN 10.60 Q 0.147 3
4 311 Danns Dax GUY 10.64 q 0.176 4 7 235 Wee Luis ESP 10.74 (PB) 0.141 5 8 711 Anthony Kieron TRI 10.75 0.148 6
3 364 Jervis Cawayne JAM 10.75 0.176 7 2 633 Idrisov Mikhail RUS 10.82 0.154 8 1 142 Cuffy Tyrell CAY 10.89 0.143
Official Results - 100 Metres - Boys - Heats Qual. rule: 1st of each heat (Q) plus
the 11 fastest times (q) qualified
Heat 4 - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 11:38 Wind: 0.9 m/s
Pos Lane Bib Athlete
Country Mark React 1 7 311 Danns Dax GUY 10.60 Q (PB) 0.172 2 1 747 Green Isaiah USA 10.72 q (SB) 0.147 3 4 187 Esprit
Michael DMA 10.99 (PB) 0.194 4 3 241 Reinaru Kristjan EST 11.10 (PB) 0.156 5 5 692 Fulford Delano TKS 11.18 0.167 6
6 551 Castillo Antonio Martin PAR 11.23 (PB) 0.134 7 8 717 Bakkouch Wael TUN 11.32 0.165 8 2 653 Diouf Khadim SEN 11.38
Aliann takes 4th at CAC
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data XX CAC Senior Track & Field
Championships - 7/9/2005 to 7/11/2005 Thomas Robinson National Stadium Nassau, The Bahamas
Women 400 Meter Dash ================================================================
World: W 47.60 10/6/1985 Marita
Koch, GDR CAC Alltime: A 48.89 8/27/2003 Anna G. Guevara, MEX CAC Champs: C 50.63 7/27/1989 ANA QUIROT, CUBA Name
Year Team Finals ================================================================
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data XX CAC Senior Track & Field Championships
- 7/9/2005 to 7/11/2005 Thomas Robinson National Stadium Nassau, The Bahamas
Event 13 Women 400 Meter Dash ================================================================ World:
W 47.60 10/6/1985 Marita Koch, GDR CAC Alltime: A 48.89 8/27/2003 Anna G. Guevara, MEX CAC Champs: C 50.63 7/27/1989
ANA QUIROT, CUBA Name Year Team Prelims ================================================================ Heat 1 1
POMPEY, ALIANN Guyana 52.50Q 2 ETIENNE, GINOU Haiti 52.69Q 3 GRAJEDA, RUTH Mexico 53.60 4 CHARLES, NICKEISHA Trinidad&
Tobago 53.65 5 JOHN, NATHANDRA St. Kitts & Nevis 54.18 6 TERRERO, INDIRA Cuba 55.47 Heat 2 1 MARTINEZ, LISBANIA
GRENO Cuba 51.62Q 2 PONTEEN, TIANDRA St. Kitts & Nevis 51.65Q 3 REGIS, HAZEL-ANN Grenada 52.76q 4 THOMPSON, MOYA
Jamaica 53.22q 5 LARRIER, SHARON Barbados 56.06 6 QUIJANO, VERONICA EL Salvador 58.81 Heat 3 1 DARLING, TONIQUE
Bahamas 52.63Q 2 WILLIAMS, SHELLENE Jamaica 53.10Q 3 ALEXANDER, KINEKE Stv 53.43 4 YANEZ, MAGALI Mexico 54.05 5
TOUSSAINT, KELSEY Trinidad& Tobago 54.13 6 ROSA, LORENA Dominican Republic 55.50
Athletissima 2005 - Lausanne (SUI)
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Last Updated: 20:45:49 CET 05/07/2005
Official Result Women
- 800 Metres - Race 1
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Calatayud Zulia CUB 1:59.35 2 Cherkasova Svetlana RUS 1:59.99 3
Usovich Svetlana BLR 2:00.31 4 Valdonado Laetitia FRA 2:00.59 5 Sinclair Kenia JAM 2:00.63 6 Cummins Diane CAN 2:00.97 7
Ceplak Jolanda SLO 2:02.17 8 Jepkosgei Janeth KEN 2:03.94 9 Brägger Anita SUI 2:04.44 10 Burnett Marian GUY 2:05.47 Thiébaud-Kangni
Sandrine TOG DNF
Official Result Women - 800 Metres - Race 2
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Aït Hammou Amina
MAR 2:01.52 2 Fouquet Virginie FRA 2:01.94 3 Santin Frances USA 2:01.97 4 Macharia Faith KEN 2:02.81 5 Uljas Egle
EST 2:02.92 6 Desviat Esther ESP 2:03.75 7 Vashentseva Irina RUS 2:03.96 8 Rønholt Rikke DEN 2:04.77 9 Lang Gabi
SUI 2:06.87 10 Fischer Sabina SUI 2:07.18 11 Durrenmatt Sybille SUI 2:07.85 12 Vogel Monika SUI 2:10.93 Sonderegger
Regina SUI DNF Grousselle Elisabeth FRA DNS
Mercurius gets Guyana's lone medal in Trinidad
Sagicor Senior Open Track and Field Championships By Michael DaSilva Wednesday,
June 29th 2005 Colin Mercurius secured Guyana's lone medal at the Trinidad and Tobago's Sagicor-sponsored Senior Open
Track and Field Championships, which were staged at the Hasley Crawford Stadium over the weekend.
official results, Mercurius clocked 15 minutes 58.26 seconds (15:58.26) in placing third to Trinidad's Curtis Cox and Richard
According to Bedford All Stars Track and Field coach Wayne Walcott, Mercurius gave of his best,
but the winner and second placed finisher were too good for him.
Walcott said the event attracted five starters,
but one dropped out due to injury while another was lapped in the 12-lap race.
Walcott reported that Royal Youth
Movement athlete Jermaine Pilgrim turned in an outstanding performance in finishing fifth in the men's open 800-metre
race, which was won by Trinidad's Sherridan Kirk in 1:46.40.
"This boy has a far way to go, but he has to get more
regular competition and better coaching. He really performed," Walcott declared.
Pilgrim, who returned 1:58.29
in the final, clocked 2:01.13 in the semi-final.
Police Sports Club's Trevor Scotland, who also contested the men's open
800-metre, placed sixth of the 14 entrants. He returned 1:58.69 in the preliminary round and 1:58.56 in the final.
All Stars' Rawle Greene, from whom much was expected, finished a disappointing 17th place overall in the men's open 100- metre.
He clocked 10.73 seconds in his heat, but did not qualify for the final.
According to Walcott, there were six heats,
and the winner of each heat qualified for the final along with the fastest two losers, but Greene failed to qualify
from a list of 37 entries.
According to the official results, Andre Blackman of Police finished 13th overall in
Greene also contested the men's open 200-metre, but could only muster 9th overall, from a list of
Asked to comment on Greene's performance, Walcott disclosed that his athlete did not follow instructions
prior to the 100-metre. "He did not follow warm-up or pre-competition procedures/ instructions. I told him to report
to me for the 100-metre warm-up, but he did not show up so I went back into the stands, and after the race he asked me
what happen and I did not answer him."
Asked what happened with his charge in the 200-metre race, Walcott said,
"Before the race, he tried to redeem himself.I told him to start warming up one and a half hours before the event, but
I only saw him about half-hour before the race. I explained to him that his clothes were wet and he needed a change
of clothes since the wetness from the clothes would bring down his temperature and would affect him, but he did not
have a change of clothes. He just did not follow instructions."
Walcott opined that overall, the experience was
a good one for the Guyanese contingent, but argued that for this country's athletes to move forward, there must be more
regular competition. "That's what we do not have here, consistency."
Meanwhile, local athletes will be on show once
more from July 8, when US-based Olympians Marian Burnett and Alian Pompey begin their quest for honours at the Central
American and Caribbean Track and Field Championships.
Guyana is also expected to be represented at the South American Track
and Field Championships, billed for Bogota, Colombia from July 22 to 24, as well as the World Championships, scheduled
for Helsinki, Finland in August.
Were the selection criteria for athletes changed?
Sport letter Tuesday, July 5th 2005 Dear Editor,
I refer to the letter by
the president of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Mr. Claude Blackmoore, under the caption "National athletic teams
are selected by a council of 17 persons" (24.6.05). In not a single line did Mr. Blackmoore address my concern about the criteria
or bench-mark used by the Council of the Association to which he refers as being the body responsible for the selection
of national athletics teams. He is the head of that Council and, as such, should take full responsibility for decisions
made in team selection and the overall running of the association, and stop playing the blame game. The president of
the Athletic Association of Guyana must learn to be democratic and transparent in his governing of athletics, it is
the only way forward for our young and talented athletes. The Athletic Association of Guyana seems to be moving the goal
posts in its selection criteria for national teams.
On the 31st March, 2005, the Bedford All Stars Sports Club received an
invitation from the Athletic Association of Guyana to contest the National Senior Athletics Championship. That meet was
held on Sunday 17th April, 2005 at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground. In the invitation, the rules and regulations
governing the competition were outlined. It was also noted that the Council of the Association would have used the performances
of athletes in that championship as selection criteria for any invitation received by that body. At that meet, Rawle
Greene of the Bedford All Stars Sports Club emerged as the national sprint champion winning the 100m and 200m men.
has proved himself as the number # 1 pick to any sprint team representing Guyana overseas. On 20th, June, 2005, two days
before I left for Trinidad and Tobago, I received a letter from Mr. Blackmoore stating that his association wishes to
advise that the performances of our athletes at the Trinidad and Tobago National Athletics Championship will be used
as the criteria to select the Guyana team to the South American Senior Championship scheduled for 22nd - 24th July,
2005 in Bogota, Colombia.
I would like Mr. Blackmoore to tell us at which of his Council meetings was the decision
made to use the Trinidad Athletic Trials as a Guyana Athletic Trials and the reasons why Rawle Greene was not selected
to represent Guyana at the CAC Games in Bahamas.
Furthermore, the South American Seniors Championship does not require
any qualifying standards for Guyanese athletes to compete.
So, Mr. Claude Blackmoore, I am watching and listening for
a comment or response.
Local junior athletes fail to medal in Trinidad
**despite creditable show Sunday, June 26th 2005 Local junior athletes failed to
medal, but performed creditably, in the Trinidad and Tobago National Junior Track and Field Championships which ended
last weekend at the Hasley Crawford Stadium.
According to reports, Kenneth Semple who contested the 100-metre and Christopher
Hall who competed in the 200 and 400-metre races, both placed fifth in their respective events.
Semple placed third
in heat five in a time of 11.28 seconds for the boys' under-18 100m, second in the semi-final, recording the fourth fastest
time among the 16 semi-finalists, and fifth in the final, registering a time of 10.97 seconds.
He suffered a pulled
hamstring with approximately eight metres remaining, while occupying the third position at that stage of the race, which
was won by Trinidadian Keston Bledman in 10.49 seconds.
The injury prevented Semple from competing in the 200m.
was Semple's second overseas meet. He participated in the Hampton Games earlier this year and recorded 11.12 seconds for
Hall, on the other hand, placed second in the second semi-final of the 400m boys' under-18, registering
a time of 49.53 seconds and fifth in the final (49.50 sec).
Hall, who also contested the 200m, placed second in
the second semi- final (22.40 sec) and fifth in the final (22.40 sec).
The two athletes and their manager, John
Martins, would like to thank the Athletic Association of Guyana, as well as BWIA and their parents, for affording them
the opportunity to represent Guyana.
Not happy with the way the Athletic Association of Guyana is being run
Wednesday, June 22nd 2005
Track and Field in Guyana has nowhere to go once the President of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Mr. Claude Blackmoore,
is in charge. Over the years, Blackmoore has not been able to take athletics to another level, taking into consideration the
vast talent at his disposal (athletics and administration).
I refuse to be a part of this lack-of-leadership role Mr. Blackmoore is playing, and so do the athletes of my club, especially
Mr. Rawle Greene, who has been a victim of this association.
The Athletic Association of Guyana doesn't seem to be interested in local talents being promoted to the next level.
This goes back to the non-selection of Rawle Greene to the Guyana team for the Pan- American Games held in 2003 in Santo
Domingo, despite acquiring the qualifying standards set by the body, and now again in 2005 on the C.A.C. team for the Bahamas.
It is crystal clear that Mr. Greene cannot make a Guyana team, despite his outstanding performances locally and overseas,
once this Association is involved.
In a report in the Thursday 16th June, 2005 edition of the Stabroek News sports section under the caption "Rawle Greene
and others for Trinidad & Tobago Athletic meet", I mentioned that we will be using the Trinidad meet as part of the preparation
for the CAC Games. That statement was made based on the fact that Mr. Greene is the national sprint champion of Guyana, and
was short listed on a national team for these games by the Athletic Association of Guyana at one of their recently held council
At that meeting Mr. Blackmoore stated that the final selection of Mr. Greene was based on some qualifying standards set
by the CAC body. Mr. Blackmoore is aware that the CAC Games don't warrant any qualifying standards, a fact that he admitted
to when he was asked certain questions by Stabroek News as to the reason(s) why only two overseas athletes were selected to
represent Guyana and no local athletes were selected.
He even went on to say that the entries were closed on Monday last and the Athletic Association of Guyana had set their
standards for local athletes who wished to compete at those games, but stopped short of saying what those standards were.
After reading the article, I telephoned Mr. Blackmoore to inquire about the qualifying standards for local athletes to
compete at the CAC Games. To my surprise, Mr. Blackmoore gave me the World Championship qualifying standards which are way
out of the league for local athletes, as we are not properly equipped.
At which meet, under which local conditions is Mr. Blackmoore expecting our local athletes to meet those standards? To
begin, Guyana doesn't even have the basic facilities to record acceptable standards according to the IAAF requirement. That
is why the Bedford All Stars Sports Club always seeks to have young talented athletes go abroad so as to develop their skills
and have proper evaluation of their performances, only to be told by Mr. Blackmoore and company that "you cannot go anyway",
even if you are willing to finance your own trip to the CAC Games.
It is time to tell the Athletic Association of Guyana 'enough is enough'. I am therefore calling on the relevant authorities
to intervene in the unacceptable running of the Athletic Association of Guyana, for the sake of our young athletes.
Bedford All Stars Sports Club
We are sending a copy of this letter to the President of the Athletic Association of Guyana for any comments he may wish
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005 to
6/18/2005 North Carolina A+T
University, Greensboro, NC
Event 24 Girls 4x100 Meter Relay ===============================================================
National: ! 44.50 4/23/2004 Poly, Long Beach, CA
Meet: @ 45.63 6/19/2004 Skyline, Dallas, TX
Finals =============================================================== Finals
1 Middle College HS 'A'
1) Deiddra Rogers 07
2) Chianne Ashman 05 3) Kerry Ann Stewart 05
4) Analisa Austin 07
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data Nike Outdoor Nationals -
6/17/2005 to 6/18/2005
North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC
Boys 800 Meter Run
1 Garrett Zambrows 05 West Lafayette, IN
1:52.26 2 Ian Waterhouse
05 Eastampton, NJ 1:52.92
3 Blake Figgins 05 Detroit, MI
1:52.97 4 Sean Tully
05 Syosset, NY 1:53.47
5 David Brent 05 Monroe, MI
1:54.33 6 Brandon Jones
05 Charlotte, NC 1:54.63 7 Randy Lee
06 Upper Marlboro, MD 1:55.36 8 Elon Simms
05 Fremont, OH 1:55.61 9 Eugene
Ellis 07 Gary, IN
1:56.75 10 Tom Andriko
05 Warren, OH 1:59.50
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005
North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC
Girls 400 Meter Run
1 Brittany Jones 07 Pompano
Beach, FL 52.44# 6 2 Sade Williams
07 Fontana, CA 52.92 6 3 Jessica Beard 07 Euclid, OH
52.93 6 4 Brandi Cross
06 Missouri City, TX 53.62 6 5 Mikaela
Green 06 Pembroke Pines, FL
54.37 5 6 Bianca Knight
07 Ridgeland, MS 54.56 6
7 Tiffany Grant 06 Ocean, NJ
54.57 6 8 Jeavon Benjamin
05 Hempstead, NY 54.64 4
A new 2005 season's best for Burnett
...as Austin & team shine at Reebok Grand Prix
Friday, June 17th 2005
Hoping to improve on both placing and time from her last race, Guyana's middle
distance champion Marian Burnett ran to a half mark tally last Saturday at the inaugural Reebok Grand Prix in New York. Burnett
perked up a personal season's best (SB) time, but saw a repeat of her fifth place from the Prefontaine Classic a week ago.
Running at the spanking new Icahn Stadium, the 2004 Olympic semifinalist hit the
terminus with her 2005 top mark of 2:00.59 to end up in the middle of a nine-person result table. She bettered last week's
2:01.70 and was half a second faster than her previous SB done in one of two wins a month ago in Brazil.
The event was won by Jamaica's rising sensation Kenia Sinclair in a 2005 world
leading 1:59.10. The American trio of Treniere Clement (1:59.59), Jen Toomey (1:59.56) and Kemeisha Bennett (1:59.99) took
the other positions above Burnett. The other places were taken by Grenadian-born Collegiate and CAC champion Neisha Bernard-Thomas
(2:01.57), Jenelle Deatherage of Canada (2:03.95), two-time Collegiate champion Alice Schmidt of the USA (2:04.06), and Ethiopian
champion Meskerem Legesse (2:09.48). The race was the first this year with multiple sub-2:00 marks, and its top five times
(including Burnett's) are in the IAAF's 2005 World Top-10 register. The diminutive athlete figured that she offset her chance
to place higher by "kicking too early" even after positioning herself as a front runner during the first lap. One of the favourites
for the event, Burnett said she was "somewhat concerned simply by what happened in my previous race." At the Prefontaine meet
on June 4, Burnett was hampered by a mid-track collision among runners.
Though not totally starry-eyed with her showing, Burnett is buoyed by the improvement
in time. "I am getting to where I have to be, given the problems I had with the injuries and restricted training earlier in
the season," she contended. Burnett was watched by a small band of Guyanese supporters from the tri-state area, which included
Commonwealth 400m gold medallist Aliann Pompey. They braved the sweltering heat and high humidity to also witness young Guyanese
sprint sensation Anna-Lisa Austin help her team win the specially presented New York Girls' 4x100m High School Relay race
in 46.57 secs. In a close one-lap relay, they beat quartets from Uniondale (46.92), Hempstead (47.03), White Plains (47.22),
Benjamin Cardoso (47.47) and Joe C. Wilson Magnet (48.31). Indeed, it was a splendid display for the 15-year-old and her squad
as they churned out a victory the third time round on the big stage this year. The invitation-only meet was a live 90-minute
broadcast on NBC-TV. Previously, Austin and her Middle College of Medgar Evers team missed the champions' crowns at the Millrose
Games and the Penn Relays. Speaking with Stabroek Sport, Austin, who had an 11:69 split for her opening leg, said though the
time ranks as one of their best, "we were hoping to do a little better seeing it was our last major competition before we
travel to North Carolina for the Nationals." "During the Indoor we were second best to a California school, but we feel we
can turn the tables on them because our squad has the potential," she declared. Austin noted that her school's athletes are
"nicely rounding off our training," in preparation for the big event, and that "my personal improvements have been on track."
Middle College is coached by former Guyanese international triple jumper Nicola
The Reebok meet was the third time this year that Austin and Burnett have performed
on the same track, and they both were elated over the happenstance. Besides the women's 800m, the 21-event meet provided four
2005 world leading times, along with several career best and season's best for a high percentage of the competing athletes.
The anticipated 110m hurdles face-off between four-time World champion Allen Johnson
(USA) and Olympic champion and record holder Liu Xiang (China) came within 10 strides of not being won by any of the two as
American pretender Dominique Arnold (IAAF #12) led by the final hurdle. Only Johnson's perfect closing sealed the win and
a world leader over Arnold - 13.03 to 13.06 - with Liu (13.12) lagging in third.
The Chinese was earlier charged with a false start which evidently checked his
drive out the blocks on the rerun. Last week Liu had set the world leader in a win over a field minus Johnson who suffered
a false start disqualification. Earlier, American heptathlete Michele Perry (12.45) underscored her ability to score in an
individual event when she set a new world best in the women's 100m hurdles. She won over fellow Americans: Olympic champion
and record holder Joanna Hayes (12.47) and Anjanette Kirkland (12.58).
In the women's 3000m the top five all recorded personal best times, while there
were four season's best and three other personal best for all the athletes in the race. Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar
of Ethiopia (8:33.57) and compatriot Werknesh Kidane (8:36.39) recorded the new number-one and number- two marks for 2005.
Then Ethiopian sisters Tirunesh and Ejegayehu Dibaba brought the packed stands
to swelling applause as they blazed the oval in a show of strong African distance running in the women's 5000m.
Tirunesh, the world cross country champion who had set the world indoor record
in February, set the new 2005 best at 14:32.42, and in the process created a new American all-comers' record (Regina Jacobs's
old record was 14:45.35). Ejegayehu, the Olympic siver medallist at 10,000m, followed a little under 14 seconds later.
Green, others for Trinidad athletics
By Michael DaSilva
Thursday, June 16th 2005
National men's sprint champion Rawle Green will wing out to Trinidad next week
to participate in the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Track and Field Championships, scheduled for the Hasley Crawford
Stadium from June 24 to 26.
It is expected that three other local athletes will also be participating at the
According to a source close to the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Police
athletes Andre Blackman and Trevor Scotland, as well as Royal Youth Movement's Jermaine Pilgrim, will also be representing
their respective clubs at the meet.
Green and Blackman are down to contest the 100- and 200-metre events, Scotland
the 400m and 800m races and Pilgrim the 800m.
Green will be accompanied by his coach Wayne Walcott.
Walcott said Green will be using the meet as a preparation for the Central American
and Caribbean (CAC) Track and Field Championships, scheduled for the Bahamas from July 8 to 11.
However, AAG President Claude Blackmoore told Stabroek Sport that only United
States-based athletes Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett will be representing Guyana at the CAC Championships.
Asked the reason, Blackmoore explained that the closing date for entries was Monday,
and while the CAC meet does not require an athlete to make a particular standard, the AAG has set its own standard.
Walcott, the Bedford All Stars' coach, said his aim was to have Green make the
qualifying standard for the World Championships billed for Helsinki, Finland, in August this year.
Walcott said if Green did not make the qualifying standard at the Trinidad nationals,
he still has a chance to do so at the South American Championships, billed for Colombia next month-end.
He explained that the World Championships have an `A' and `B' standard.
The `B' standard for the 100m is 10.28 seconds and the 200m is 20.75 seconds.
Green's personal best time for the 100m is 10.42 seconds and 21 seconds for the
Walcott expressed thanks to Vizion Sounds Promotions of Robb Street, Lacytown,
for sponsoring Bedford All Stars' athletes over the years.
Middle College win Girls 4x100m, Burnett placed 5th in season best
Analisa Austin coached by Nicole Martial @ Middle College HS.
Reebok Grand Prix, Icahn Stadium,
Randall’s Island, NY, NY
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay High School
Middle College at Medgar Evers
Joseph C. Wilson Magnet
Women 800 Meter
Bernard- Thomas, Neisha
Burnett, Pompey clock eighth, fifth at Prefontaine Classic
By Michael DaSilva
Tuesday, June 7th 2005
United States-based Guyanese Olympians Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey failed to finish among the top three in their respective
events at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, USA on Saturday.
Pompey clocked 52.75 seconds, placing eighth to Bahamian Tonique Williams-Darling (49.95 sec). Burnett clocked two minutes
01.70 seconds (2:01.70), finishing fifth to world champion Maria Mutola (1:59.95).
On May 15, Burnett and Pompey competed in the 2nd edition of the `Grand Premio Rio de Atletismo', where they won their
respective events. Burnett won the women's 800-metre in 2:01.02, a performance that placed her fourth in the 2005 World List.
It was her season's best performance.
A week earlier, Burnett clocked 2:02.13, placing third at Jamaica's second International Track and Field Meet in Kingston.
In that race, she trailed her ex-Essex County College team mate, Jamaican Kenia Sinclair (2:00.05), and United States'
Hazel Clarke (2:01.63).
Pompey, on the other hand, registered 52:03 seconds on May 15, winning the women's 400-metre by a narrow margin over Ireland's
Karen Shinkins (52:06).
On May 22, Burnett and Pompey grabbed gold and silver respectively at the 21st Edition of the 'Grande Premio Brasil Caixa
de Atletismo' - IAAF Grand Prix - Brazil.
Burnett won the women's 800-metre in 2:01.76 from Jamaica's Michelle Ballantine (2:01.80) and Suriname's Letitia Vriesde
(2:02.57) respectively, while Pompey placed second to Bahamian Christine Amertil in the women's 400-metre.
Amertil, the IAAF World Ranked fifth, returned 50.65 seconds for the distance, while Pompey recorded her season's best
Pompey and Burnett were also a part of a Caribbean All Star team that placed third in the Sprint Medley at the Penn Relays.
The team comprised Pompey, Burnett, Cydonie Mothersill of Cayman Islands and Allison Beckford of Jamaica. They clocked
3:45.98, placing third in the Sprint Medley.
At the same meet, Pompey, Debbie-Ann Parris of Jamaica, Neisha Bernard-Thomas of Grenada, and Hazel-Ann Regis, also of
Grenada, contested the women's 4X400 relay and finished third. The team's time for that event was 3:28.77.
Pompey, who ran the 200m leg of the sprint medley, returned 22.4 seconds and 51.1 seconds on the 4x400 race. Pompey opened
her 2005 season with a women's 200-metre win at the Sam Howell Invitational Meet on April ninth. For that race, she returned
a winning time of 23.48 seconds. Second was Britny Boyd (24.85) and third Juliette Poussot (24.87).
stars shine at Grand Prix in Brazil
- Burnett, Pompey now highly sought for elite
Thursday, May 26th 2005
Guyana's international track
stars Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey have returned to their homes in the United States
with wide smiles, after proudly flying the Golden Arrowhead at elite track and field meets in neighbouring Brazil.
The duo spiked out three gold medals and one silver in the four events they equally shared
on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit in the Portuguese-speaking state.
The two 2004 Olympic semi-finalists were among 130 international and Brazilian athletes who
participated in a three-meet tour in the large South American nation, where they also contested two shorter races between
the bigger meets.
Belem Grand Prix I
The Guyanese champions ended their short South American sojourn last Sunday with gold and
silver medals at the Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix I in Belem.
In front of 35,050 vociferous fans at the Estadio Olympico do Para,
Mangueirao, Burnett braved the 32C heat to send her country's national flag fluttering when she hit the strip in 2:01.76s
in the Women's 800m.
She narrowly escaped a late surge from Jamaica's
national champion and Olympian Michelle Ballantine (2:01.80) for the win. Third was 2001 World Championships bronze medallist
Letitia Vriesde (2:02.57) whose early 12m lead on the field was dissolved by Burnett with 300m to go.
Brazil's Olympic twosome,
Christiane Ritz dos Santos and Luciana de Paula Mendes, took the other two places
in the top five.
Fifteen minutes later, with humidity hovering in the low 70's, Pompey added her own gust of
wind to keep the Golden Arrowhead aloft.
She stamped out a season's best 51.43s in the Women's 400m for the silver behind Athens
seventh-placed finalist Christine Amertil of the Bahamas (50.65).
Athens semi- finalists Karen Shinkins of Ireland
(51.59) and South Africa's Estie Wittstock (52.35) took the
other two positions ahead of Brazilian Maria Laura Almirao.
Their performances were part of 'classic meets' of 15 select events each that turned out a
total of five world-best marks for 2005. Burnett and Pompey ended the Brazil trip listed in the number five and number seven
slots on the 2005 IAAF's world's fastest runners' register for 800m and 400m respectively.
However, the former had registered her season's best time a week earlier at the Grande Premio
del Rio Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix II in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio Grand Prix II
Burnett had stamped out a buoyant gold medal 2:01.02s in the 800m at the Estadio Celio de
Barros in the famous Maracana Complex. She did the two laps around the oval ahead of young Brazilian sensation Juliana Paula
de Azeredo (2:01.25).
At that meet, Pompey's 52.03s ensured she opened with an exciting victory in her first flat
400m of the season. She 'pipped' nemesis Shinkins (52.06), and was way ahead of Brazil's
Maria Laura Almirao (52.42). Wittstock and another Olympian, Malgorzata Pskit (Poland),
managed fourth and sixth.
Track and field aficionados say it is probably the first time that Guyana
has had such a string of top results from entries by its nationals in IAAF Grand Prix meets.
Though Burnett and Pompey have individually competed at such elite meets before, the Brazil
contests represent only the second time they are both on the same billing (at the same meet).
But, for Burnett it was bittersweet, as a deja vu upshot dampened her victorious moments after
her first run.
Shortly after dismounting the presentation podium, the diminutive half-miler became nauseous
and vomited while returning to the athletes' enclosure.
She was rushed to the medical unit where oxygen and medications were administered to help
overcome her weakened state.
Burnett had suffered a similar experience shortly after completing an 800m at the 2001 CAC
Senior Championships in Guatemala City.
When Stabroek News had contacted Burnett then, she was in bed in her hotel room sipping on
what she called "a reinvigorating cup of tea" served her by Pompey.
Recounting the race, she said she trailed the front runners before making her move with about
250 metres to go. "I didn't feel anyway indifferent during the race, though the heat was bothersome," she added.
After competing in relays and a superfast 200m last month, it was a return for Pompey to the
stomping ground where she turned out top placings at last year's meets.
The national 200m and 400m record holder had recorded her then personal best (51.11) last
year in Belem. Pompey eventually lowered her mark to 50.93s in Madrid,
Spain on July 17.
On hand to watch the meet was Burnett's former trainer Lyndon Wilson who was in Brazil
for a one-week Olympic Solidarity training course in middle and long-distance running. The Police Sports Club coach said he
was "in the right place at the right time and very proud to see my own people do so well.
"It's the first time I've seen them run in person on the international scene, and I'm impressed
by Aliann and Marian." Wilson spent time with Burnett to ensure she got over her
dim experience. He said the athletes ran well, and "the judgment was good, but I feel the heat may have affected Marian."
Catching some respite at her Bronx, NY home on Monday afternoon, Pompey said she was happy
that Burnett "recovered so amazingly fast ... you know, you're not accustomed to seeing her any other way but bubbly and in
your face, you know what I mean?"
She said she also experienced some problems during the trip,which her previous experience
in Brazil helped her to overcome. "But this was Marian's first,
so we kinda' leaned on each other's shoulder." Both stars said they saw AAAG President Claude Blackmore, who might have been
in the neighbouring republic on official business with the South American Athletics Federation. However, the Guyanese didn't
get much interaction because of their busy individual schedules.
Midway in their Brazilian champign, the Guyanese champions competed in two events outside
their usual distances at the South American Grand Prix in Fortaleza. Pompey ran
the 200m and Burnett the 400m to "get in some speed work". The former returned 23.70s, while the latter's 53.76s gave her
a personal best at the distance.
A New-York based banking professional and socialite, Patricia Langford-Jordan, calls the champions'
showing in Brazil "an awesome doubletake endorsement of Guyana's
sports potential, which should see some appreciation coming their way from back home."
Langford-Jordan referred to Burnett and Pompey as the "IAN Factor" (selected last letters
of their names) and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Stabroek News has word that invitations for the "IAN Factor" have been confirmed for them
to compete at the prestigious Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, USA
on June fourth. Both athletes are expected to face stiff competition in the 400m and 800m as the fields are chockfull of World
and Olympic champions and medallists. Pompey said she is excited to go and do her utmost, "probably get a personal best or
Burnett, who ran a fifth-placed 2:01.12 there
last year, echoed her compatriot's outlook. Asked to share a comment for the "folks back home", Pompey said she is desirous
of "continuing the relations" to sustain and enhance Guyana on the world stage, and added that
she and Burnett are "getting up there."
Burnett, Pompey shine in Brazil
Tuesday, May 17th 2005
United States based Guyanese athletes Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey kept the Golden Arrowhead aloft in Brazil on Sunday,
winning their respective events in the second edition of the `Grand Premio Rio de Atletismo'.
According to an IAAF report, Burnett won the women's 800-metre in two minutes 01.02 seconds, a performance that will place
her fourth in the 2005 world list.
Pompey, on the other hand, registered 52:03 seconds to win the women's 400-metre by a narrow margin over Ireland's Karen
According to the IAAF report, in what was a very competitive race, Burnett won the 800m in her season's best performance
Just over a week ago, Burnett clocked 2:02.13 in the same distance at Jamaica's second International Track and Field Meet
in Kingston. In that race, she trailed her ex-Essex County College team mate, Jamaican Kenia Sinclair (2:00.05) and United
States' Hazel Clarke (2:01.63).
Brazil's Juliana Paula de Azeuedo was second to Burnett on Sunday. She returned a personal best time of 2:01.25, while
Jamaica's Michelle Ballentine, Christine Ritz doe Santos (Brazil), and 40-year-old Letitia Vriesde (Suriname), followed in
their respective season's best.
Most of the athletes currently in Brazil will be in action again tomorrow in Forteleza State of Ceara at another South
American Grand Prix event.
On Sunday, they will again compete, this time in the State of Para at the Grande Premio Brasil de Atletismo - IAAF GP.
Guyanese stars shine at Grand Prix in Brazil
- Burnett, Pompey now highly sought for elite meets
Thursday, May 26th 2005
Guyana's international track stars Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey have returned to their homes in the United States with
wide smiles, after proudly flying the Golden Arrowhead at elite track and field meets in neighbouring Brazil.
The duo spiked out three gold medals and one silver in the four events they equally shared on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit
in the Portuguese-speaking state.
The two 2004 Olympic semi-finalists were among 130 international and Brazilian athletes who participated in a three-meet
tour in the large South American nation, where they also contested two shorter races between the bigger meets.
Belem Grand Prix I
The Guyanese champions ended their short South American sojourn last Sunday with gold and silver medals at the Grande Premio
Brasil Caixa de Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix I in Belem.
In front of 35,050 vociferous fans at the Estadio Olympico do Para, Mangueirao, Burnett braved the 32C heat to send her
country's national flag fluttering when she hit the strip in 2:01.76s in the Women's 800m.
She narrowly escaped a late surge from Jamaica's national champion and Olympian Michelle Ballantine (2:01.80) for the win.
Third was 2001 World Championships bronze medallist Letitia Vriesde (2:02.57) whose early 12m lead on the field was dissolved
by Burnett with 300m to go.
Brazil's Olympic twosome, Christiane Ritz dos Santos and Luciana de Paula Mendes, took the other two places in the top
Fifteen minutes later, with humidity hovering in the low 70's, Pompey added her own gust of wind to keep the Golden Arrowhead
She stamped out a season's best 51.43s in the Women's 400m for the silver behind Athens seventh-placed finalist Christine
Amertil of the Bahamas (50.65). Athens semi- finalists Karen Shinkins of Ireland (51.59) and South Africa's Estie Wittstock
(52.35) took the other two positions ahead of Brazilian Maria Laura Almirao.
Their performances were part of 'classic meets' of 15 select events each that turned out a total of five world-best marks
for 2005. Burnett and Pompey ended the Brazil trip listed in the number five and number seven slots on the 2005 IAAF's world's
fastest runners' register for 800m and 400m respectively.
However, the former had registered her season's best time a week earlier at the Grande Premio del Rio Atletismo IAAF Grand
Prix II in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio Grand Prix II
Burnett had stamped out a buoyant gold medal 2:01.02s in the 800m at the Estadio Celio de Barros in the famous Maracana
Complex. She did the two laps around the oval ahead of young Brazilian sensation Juliana Paula de Azeredo (2:01.25).
At that meet, Pompey's 52.03s ensured she opened with an exciting victory in her first flat 400m of the season. She 'pipped'
nemesis Shinkins (52.06), and was way ahead of Brazil's Maria Laura Almirao (52.42). Wittstock and another Olympian, Malgorzata
Pskit (Poland), managed fourth and sixth.
Track and field aficionados say it is probably the first time that Guyana has had such a string of top results from entries
by its nationals in IAAF Grand Prix meets.
Though Burnett and Pompey have individually competed at such elite meets before, the Brazil contests represent only the
second time they are both on the same billing (at the same meet).
But, for Burnett it was bittersweet, as a deja vu upshot dampened her victorious moments after her first run.
Shortly after dismounting the presentation podium, the diminutive half-miler became nauseous and vomited while returning
to the athletes' enclosure.
She was rushed to the medical unit where oxygen and medications were administered to help overcome her weakened state.
Burnett had suffered a similar experience shortly after completing an 800m at the 2001 CAC Senior Championships in Guatemala
When Stabroek News had contacted Burnett then, she was in bed in her hotel room sipping on what she called "a reinvigorating
cup of tea" served her by Pompey.
Recounting the race, she said she trailed the front runners before making her move with about 250 metres to go. "I didn't
feel anyway indifferent during the race, though the heat was bothersome," she added.
After competing in relays and a superfast 200m last month, it was a return for Pompey to the stomping ground where she
turned out top placings at last year's meets.
The national 200m and 400m record holder had recorded her then personal best (51.11) last year in Belem. Pompey eventually
lowered her mark to 50.93s in Madrid, Spain on July 17.
On hand to watch the meet was Burnett's former trainer Lyndon Wilson who was in Brazil for a one-week Olympic Solidarity
training course in middle and long-distance running. The Police Sports Club coach said he was "in the right place at the right
time and very proud to see my own people do so well.
"It's the first time I've seen them run in person on the international scene, and I'm impressed by Aliann and Marian."
Wilson spent time with Burnett to ensure she got over her dim experience. He said the athletes ran well, and "the judgment
was good, but I feel the heat may have affected Marian."
Catching some respite at her Bronx, NY home on Monday afternoon, Pompey said she was happy that Burnett "recovered so amazingly
fast ... you know, you're not accustomed to seeing her any other way but bubbly and in your face, you know what I mean?"
She said she also experienced some problems during the trip,which her previous experience in Brazil helped her to overcome.
"But this was Marian's first, so we kinda' leaned on each other's shoulder." Both stars said they saw AAAG President Claude
Blackmore, who might have been in the neighbouring republic on official business with the South American Athletics Federation.
However, the Guyanese didn't get much interaction because of their busy individual schedules.
Midway in their Brazilian champign, the Guyanese champions competed in two events outside their usual distances at the
South American Grand Prix in Fortaleza. Pompey ran the 200m and Burnett the 400m to "get in some speed work". The former returned
23.70s, while the latter's 53.76s gave her a personal best at the distance.
A New-York based banking professional and socialite, Patricia Langford-Jordan, calls the champions' showing in Brazil "an
awesome doubletake endorsement of Guyana's sports potential, which should see some appreciation coming their way from back
Langford-Jordan referred to Burnett and Pompey as the "IAN Factor" (selected last letters of their names) and wished them
well in their future endeavours.
Stabroek News has word that invitations for the "IAN Factor" have been confirmed for them to compete at the prestigious
Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, USA on June fourth. Both athletes are expected to face stiff competition in the 400m and 800m
as the fields are chockfull of World and Olympic champions and medallists. Pompey said she is excited to go and do her utmost,
"probably get a personal best or more there."
Burnett, who ran a fifth-placed 2:01.12 there last year, echoed her compatriot's outlook. Asked to share a comment for
the "folks back home", Pompey said she is desirous of "continuing the relations" to sustain and enhance Guyana on the world
stage, and added that she and Burnett are "getting up there."
Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo - Belém (BRA) Sunday, May
Last Updated: 16:44:22 CET 22/05/2005
Official Result Women - 400 Metres - Race 1
1 Amertil Christine BAH 50.65 2 Pompey Aliann GUY 51.43 3 Shinkins Karen IRL 51.59 4 Wittstock Estie
RSA 52.35 5 Almirão Maria Laura BRA 52.41 6 González Norma COL 52.74 7 Coutinho Geisa Aparecida BRA 52.82 8 Dias
Amanda Fontes BRA 53.45
Official Result Women - 800 Metres - Race 1
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
Marian GUY 2:01.76 2 Ballentine Michelle JAM 2:01.80 3 Vriesde Letitia SUR 2:02.57 4 dos Santos Christiane Ritz BRA
2:03.01 5 Mendes Luciana de Paula BRA 2:06.68 6 Bispo Da Silva Rejane Ester BRA 2:11.04
Caribbean athletes dominate in Brazil …wins for Burnett and Pompey RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, (CMC) - Several of the region's top
athletes were in winners' row at the second edition of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Grand
Prix II held on Sunday.
On the track, Cayman Islands' Cydonie Mothersill
won the 200 metres in 23.06 seconds
while Jamaican Beverley McDonald (23.26) finished third.
Another Caribbean win came in the 400 metres where
Guyana's Aliann Pompey clocked 52.03
seconds to capture that event while her team mate Mariann Burnett also collected a win in the 800 metres, winning in 2:01.02
minutes. Jamaican Michelle Ballentine copped third in 2: 01.47 seconds in the two-lap event.
The women's 3000 metres steeplechase also brought
good results with 29 year-old Jamaican
Korine Hinds grabbing victory in 9:44.27 minutes, while compatriot Mardrea Hyman was second in 9:49.53.
Hinds improved her own CAC record - 9:50.64 minutes
set in Ostrava last year - while Hyman
set a personal best and was also under the previous mark.
Another Jamaican victory was provided by Lacena
Golding-Clarke, who had a 12.93 seconds
effort at the 100 metres hurdles.
Golding-Clarke, who has ran 12.72 in Kingston two
weeks ago to be second to World
champion Perdita Felicien, beat Poland's Aurelia Trywianska (13.05), while Jamaican Andrea Bliss was third in 13.22 seconds.
In the men's 100 metres, Jamaican Michael Frater
(10.14) had to settle for second
behind American Joshua Johnson (10.09).
Johnson went on to do the sprint double when he
ran a season's best 20.45 seconds
in the 200 metres, getting the better of Jamaican Christopher Williams who was third in 20.70 seconds.
Jamaican Davian Clarke (46.07), who went to the
400 metres as a clear favourite was outclassed on the
day by 21-year old Canadian Tyler Christopher who captured
the one lap title with a personal best 44.88 seconds.
In the triple jump, Jamaican Trecia Smith continued
the region's winning ways with another world season
leading performance of 14.62 metres.
Lawrence impressive at Hampton Games By Isaiah Chappelle
DWAYNE Lawrence has been into organised athletics training for just two months and finished in the top four
in his event at the recent Hampton Games in Trinidad & Tobago.
Running in the Under-13 division, Lawrence of Silver Fox
Track Club clocked two minutes 27 seconds in the 800 m event.
Coach Sham Johnny declared: “His timing after just
two months training and on a synthetic track, was impressive.”
Another club athlete Cleveland Thomas clocked four minutes
15 seconds in the Under-20 1500 m race to place third.
“It was, also, his first-ever experience on synthetic
track,” said the IAAF Level I coach.
Thomas, also, competed in the One Mile Men’s event,
also, taking a bronze with a time of 4:29 minutes.
Coach Johnny, also, fielded four other athletes with Mark
Evans placing fourth in the 200 m and fifth in the 400 m at the Under-17 level.
Joel Brotherson entered the 400 m in the Under-20 division
but bowed out in the heats, while Bruce Glen competed in the Men’s division in the 100 m and long jump.
This year, Keith Roberts did not medal at the 100 m, 200
m and 400 m events, having competed before in the Games.
Johnny said the most difficult part in the Games was getting
sponsorship to get athletes to the annual meet.
“With sponsorship, we could not have done it.”
The coach said the club got support from Tagman Inc, one
of the Guyoil service stations, Sterling Products Limited, Dexter Luther, Tutorial Alumni Association, Precision Woodworking
Est., Footworks Plus and Laparkan.
Johnny, also, thanked the USA-based president of the club
for being at the Games with the athletes to lend moral support.
Pompey & Burnett wins @ Brazilian Grand Prix
Grande Premio Rio de Atletismo - Rio de Janeiro (BRA) Sunday,
May 15, 2005
Last Updated: 16:21:44 CET 15/05/2005
Official Result Women - 400 Metres
Almirão Maria Laura
Coutinho Geisa Aparecida
Dias Amanda Fontes
Grande Premio Rio de Atletismo - Rio de Janeiro (BRA) Sunday,
May 15, 2005
Last Updated: 15:49:36 CET 15/05/2005
Official Result Women - 800 Metres
de Azevedo Juliana Paula
dos Santos Christiane Ritz
Bispo Da Silva Rejane Ester
Mendes Luciana de Paula
National Record Holder Richard Jones, Jr. return in grand fashion.
Flash Results, Inc. 20th Jesse OwensTrack Classic -
5/6/2005 to 5/7/2005
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH
Event 88 Men 400 Meter Dash Invitational =======================================================================
Meet Record: * 44.10 1987 Butch Reynolds, Ohio State
Year School Finals
Points ======================================================================= Section
1 Ben Dryer
Usa Track 46.69
2 Chris Jones
Usa Track 47.12
3 Nathaniel Lettman Morgan State
49.03 4 Hoisea Jones
Morgan State 49.39
5 John Morris
Ohio State 51.45
6 Gerald Griffin Ohio State
52.34 Section 2
1 Richard Jones Team
Ohio TC 49.21
2 Herbert Nicholls Morgan State
49.43 3 Rodney Chambers
Ohio State 49.68
4 Zach Breth
Bowling Grn TC 50.39
5 Kevin Neal
Ohio State 50.42
Year School Finals
H# Points ========================================================================== Finals
1 Ben Dryer
Usa Track 46.69 1
2 Chris Jones
Usa Track 47.12 1
3 Nathaniel Lettman Morgan State
49.03 1 4 Richard Jones
Team Ohio TC 49.21 2
5 Hoisea Jones
Morgan State 49.39 1
6 Herbert Nicholls Morgan State
49.43 2 7 Rodney Chambers
Ohio State 49.68 2
8 Zach Breth
Bowling Grn TC 50.39 2
9 Kevin Neal
Ohio State 50.42 2
10 John Morris
Ohio State 51.45 1
11 Gerald Griffin Ohio State
Jeremy Bascom (LIU) takes 2nd (100m) & 4th (200m) @ NEC Conference Championship.
****Member of Winning 4x100m team, qualifies for NCAA Regionals.
Flash Results, Inc.
Northeast Conference - 5/7/2005 to 5/8/2005
Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Mt. St. Mary's, Emmitsburg, MD
Event 21 Men 100 Meter Dash ================================================ NCAA
Reg: * 10.50
NEC: C 10.42 2000 Aaron
IC4A/ECAC: & 10.85
Year School Finals
Wind Points ================================================= Finals
1 Shaun Johnson SR Long Island
10.72 4.5 10 2 Jeremy Bascom
SR Long Island 10.73 4.5
8 3 Scott Giordano FR Sacred
Heart 10.80 4.5 6
4 Greg Carter SR Robert Morris
U. 10.97 4.5 5 5 Dave
Crichlow SR Long Island
11.04 4.5 4 6 Antonio Thomas
SR Long Island 11.11 4.5
3 7 Larry Milligan FR Fairleigh
Dickin 11.12 4.5 2 8
Jermaine High FR Monmouth University
11.28 4.5 1
1 Shaun Johnson SR Long Island
10.57Q 1.6 1 2 Scott Giordano
FR Sacred Heart 10.75Q 1.3 3
3 Jeremy Bascom SR Long Island
10.75Q 0.8 2 4 Greg Carter
SR Robert Morris U. 10.90q 1.6 1
5 Antonio Thomas SR Long Island
10.97q 1.3 3 6 Larry Milligan
FR Fairleigh Dickin 10.98q 1.6 1
7 Dave Crichlow SR Long Island
11.02q 0.8 2 8 Jermaine High
FR Monmouth University 11.06q 1.6 1
Event 22 Men 200 Meter Dash ============================================ NCAA Reg:
NEC: C 21.03 2000 Aaron
IC4A/ECAC: & 21.80
Year School Finals
Wind Points ================================================ Finals
1 Michael Hillian JR Long Island
21.08 3.7 10 2 Charles Simmons SO Monmouth University
21.30 3.7 8 3 Scott Giordano FR
Sacred Heart 21.42 3.7 6
4 Jeremy Bascom SR Long Island
21.57 3.7 5 5 Christopher Vuono FR Monmouth University
21.74 3.7 4 6 Shaun Johnson SR
Long Island 21.96 3.7
3 7 Larry Milligan FR Fairleigh
Dickin 22.02 3.7 2 8
Donovan Morgan SO Robert Morris U. 22.17
1 Scott Giordano FR Sacred Heart
21.69Q 2.4 4 2 Jeremy Bascom SR Long
Island 21.74Q 1.0 5
3 Michael Hillian JR Long Island
21.86Q 3.1 1 4 Christopher Vuono FR Monmouth University
21.91Q 1.5 2 5 Charles Simmons SO Monmouth University
21.92Q 1.5 3 6 Shaun Johnson SR
Long Island 21.97q 1.0 5
7 Donovan Morgan SO Robert Morris U.
22.15q 2.4 4 8 Larry Milligan
FR Fairleigh Dickin 22.20q 1.0 5
Event 31 Men 4x100 Meter Relay ============================================
NCAA Reg: * 40.66
NEC: C 40.98 5/5/2002 Long Island, Long Island
S Johnson, K Virgo, C Horton, R James
IC4A/ECAC: & 42.70
Finals Points ============================================
1 Long Island University
41.51& 10 1) Jeremy Bascom SR
2) Dave Crichlow SR
3) Antonio Thomas SR
4) Michael Hillian JR
2 Sacred Heart University
42.50& 8 1) Alonzo Meek
SO 2) Scott Giordano
3) Gregg Curley SR 4) Arman
3 Monmouth University
42.71 6 1) Jermaine High
FR 2) Christopher Vuono FR
3) Bobby York SR
4) Charles Simmons SO
Low participation at World Athletics Meet
Thursday, May 12th 2005
This year's World Athletics Day 2005 Meet, organised by the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), and staged at the Police
Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, on Sunday, saw the lowest number of entries in recent years.
According to some persons, this was because most of the local athletes were in Trinidad competing at the Hampton Games.
Guyana was represented at the Hampton Games by over 25 athletes drawn from the Royal Youth Movement, Bygeval, Police, Rising
Stars, Bedford All Stars Explorer and Silver Fox Track and Field clubs.
The finals of the Hampton Games were contested on Sunday, the same day the AAG organised its activity to observe World
Athletics Day 2005.
There were ten events in the meet staged at the Police Sports Club Ground. Carlisa Atkinson secured victories in two events:
the girls' 1,500m and girls' 1,200m walk race.
She won the 1,500m in a time of five minutes 21.3 seconds (5:21.3) from Arnetia Saul and Willeth Reid respectively, and
the walk race from Donna April and Omisha Humphrey respectively.
There were also victories for Goddis Accra who returned 10.8 seconds to win the boys' 100m from Delmus Reddock and Kerwin
Jackson, however, won the boys' 400m in 55.5 seconds from Sherwick Hercules and Melroy Poole respectively.
Shurma Mentore won the girls' 100m in 13.4 from Shenelle Patterson and Marcia Mentore respectively. Monica Roberts returned
1:01.8 to win the girls' 400m from Shurma Mentore and Marcia Mentore.
Otto Towler clocked 4:42.2 to win the boys' 1500m. Second was Ryan DePeazer and third Owen Josiah.
The boys' discus was won by Elvin Fraser (23.10m); second was Terrence Tull and third Quacy Trotman, while, on the distaff
side, Stacy Wilson (19.75m) won from Schevon Eastman.
Owen Josiah won the 1,500m boys' walk race from Ryan DePeazer.
The top three junior athletes were presented with International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) tee-shirts,
while pins and posters were also distributed to all participants.
Local athletes secure 13 medals at Hampton Games
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, May 11th 2005
Local athletes secured two gold, three silver and eight bronze medals at the just concluded Hampton Games in Trinidad,
where national men's sprint champion Rawle Greene ran personal best times in both sprint races.
Gold-medal-winning performances came from Greene (men's 100m) and Alika Morgan (women's 3,000m). Those winning silver medals
were Selwyn McPherson (men's discus), Jermaine Pilgrim (men's 800m) and Morgan (under-17 girls' 1,500m). Those winning bronze
medals were Leanna Doris (under-17 girls' 1,500m and women's 3,000m), Greene (men's 200m), McPherson (men's shot-put), Cleveland
Thomas (under-20 boys' 1,500m and men's one- mile), and Royal Youth Movement's (RYM) girls' and boys' 4X100m relay teams.
Greene returned a personal best time of 10.42 seconds for the men's 100m, to eclipse the 10.49 seconds he clocked at the
South American Seniors Track and Field Championships in Brazil in 2002.
For the 200m heats, Greene, the 2004 gold medallist, returned 21.01 seconds, to erase his 21.06 seconds at the Austin Sealey
Track Classic in Barbados in 2003. In the final of this event, however, Greene had to settle for third (21.33) behind Trinidad's
Julieon Raeburn (20.73) and Jamaica's Xavier Brown (20.83) respectively.
Raeburn represented Trinidad at the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
According to Bedford All Stars Explorers' coach Wayne Walcott, Greene was not treated fairly after the heats.
Walcott explained that by virtue of Greene returning the fastest time for the 200m heats, he should have been allowed to
run in lanes five to eight in the 200m final, "but instead they put him in lane three."
Walcott explained that because Greene is a tall athlete with long legs, he could not have performed at his best in lane
three. "Added to that, it was a false start, and no one called back the race," Walcott alleged.
Walcott said after Greene won the 100m final on Saturday night, he was very hyped up and did not get a proper night's rest,
and this probably affected his performance in the men's 200m final the following day.
Morgan of Rising Stars Track Club won the women's 3,000m in 10 minutes 11.31 seconds (10:11.31) and placed second in the
under-17 girls' 1500m in 4:43.64, while McPherson (Bygeval Secondary) placed second in the men's discus with a throw of 37.09
metres, and Pilgrim of RYM returned 1:56.53 in placing second in the men's 800m. In securing their bronze medals, Leanna Doris
clocked 11:05.43 for the women's 3,000m and 4:55.51 for the under-17 girls' 1,500m. McPherson threw the shot-put 11.00m, Silver
Fox's Cleveland returned 4:15.78 for the under-20 boys' 1,500m and 4:39.66 in the men's one- mile race.
For the relay races, RYM girls `A' clocked 51.95 in placing third in the 4X100m Inter-College relay, while their male counterparts
returned 44.68 in their relay over the same distance.
Commenting on Green's overall performance at the meet and future plans for him, Walcott said "â€¦ there were some
good performances not only from Rawle but from other Guyanese athletes, but we (Greene and Walcott) are looking forward to
more of this type of competition. We plan on returning to Trinidad for the National Senior Championships on June 25 and 26,
but before that, we will be competing in the Barbados Nationals mid-next- month."
Walcott said two other club members - Tai Payne and Royston Adonis - did not make the Trinidad trip because they reached
the Cheddi Jagan Airport late, while another athlete - Keith Roberts - failed to impress in Trinidad.
Overall, RYM had the most athletes reaching the finals in their respective events. Of the lot, Rhondell Alleyne placed
seventh in the under-17 girls' 100m (12.29), seventh in the under-17 girls' 400m (1:01.78) and sixth in the under-17 girls'
200m (26.04), while Rondell Adams placed sixth in the under-20 boys' 400m (50.08) and sixth in the under-20 boys' 200m (22.44).
Japheth Hackett placed fourth in the men's long jump (6.62m), Lionel Pilgrim sixth in the under-17 boys' 400m (55.69),
Telma Persaud sixth in the women's 400m (1:12.04), Davidnan Daniels fifth in the men's one-mile (4:52.35), Shonnel Daniels
eighth in the women's javelin (20.98m) and Jermaine Simpson sixth in the under-17 boys' 100m (11.5).
The club's relay team also placed fourth in the under-17 boys' 4X100m and seventh in the women's 4X100m relay (52.52).
Pompey, Burnett part of Caribbean third-placed team at Penn Relays
Saturday, May 7th 2005
Guyana's Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett were part of a Caribbean All Star Team that placed third in the sprint medley
at the Penn Relays, last weekend.
Pompey told Stabroek Sport that she, Burnett, Cydonie Mothersill of Cayman Islands and Allison Beckford of Jamaica, clocked
three minutes 45.98 seconds (3:45.98), placing third in the sprint medley.
Pompey said at the same meet, she, DebbieAnn Parris of Jamaica, Neisha Bernard Thomas of Grenada, and Hazel Ann Regis,
also of Grenada, contested the women's 4X400 relay and finished third also. The team's time for that event was 3:28.77.
"I ran the 200m leg of the sprint medley and returned 22.4 seconds and 51.1 seconds on the 4x400, 90 minutes later.
The Caribbean teams were put together by Cubie Seegobin, an agent.
Pompey was scheduled to be a part of the New York Relays the weekend before, but a thunderstorm caused the meet to be postponed.
Pompey opened her 2005 season with a women's 200-metre win at the Sam Howell Invitational Meet on April 9.
For that race, she returned a winning time of 23.48 seconds. Second was Britney Boyd (24.85) and third Juliette Poussot
(24.87). (Michael DaSilva)
Prowell & Sarabo part of winning 4x100
#131 - Olympic Development Men 4x100 Friday 1:15 PM Winds:0.6
Time ID Affiliation/Runners SEC 1 40.80 AD Executives TC Kurt Watson, Lee Prowell,
Orville Taylor, Sarabo Kwesi 1
2 42.81 AL Mid Atlantic Elite 1
3 42.88 AH Twisters TC 1
4 43.45 AI Hytech Tigers 1
5 43.51 AJ Roland International TC 1
7 44.55 AM Greater Boston TC 1
8 45.12 AR Four Quarters TC 1
DQ 44.20 AE D.C. Capitol TC 1
Benjamin part of Championship of America 4x400
#176 - High School Girls 4x400 "Championship" Friday
Pl Time ID Affiliation/Runners 1 3:40.37 A Holmwood Technical Jeraine Bolt (57.1), Anastacia Le-Roy (56.0),
Bobbi-Gaye Wilkins (54.5), Sanita Sutherland (52.8) 2 3:42.01 E Edwin Allen Comprehensive LaToya Sanderson (55.9),
Shakeeri Cole (56.1), Andrea Sutherland (56.4), Sherene Pinnock (53.6) 3 3:43.52 B West Catholic Kweshia Sheard (56.8),
Latavia Thomas (55.4), Nia Ali (57.9), Nicole Leach (53.4) 4 3:47.50 D Bethel Essynce Roberts (58.4), Shakirra Pinnock
(55.5), Francena McCorory (53.6), Crystal Carrington (61.0) 5 3:48.00 C The Queen's School Latoya Greaves (57.6),
Melony McKay (55.6), Crystal Wilson (57.2), Samantha Henry (57.5) 6 3:51.87 G Manchester Judith Riley (58.0), Stephanie
Simpson (55.6), Stephanie Hylton (57.1), Melony Scafe (61.2) 7 3:54.44 H Hempstead Jeavon
Benjamin (55.9), Sayoka Daley (59.1), Salimena Budal (60.0), Rene Cousens (59.4) 8 3:54.55 F Long Beach
Poly Leah Richmond (58.6), Gabrielle Bournes (60.8), LaKeisha Smith (60.8), Shana Woods (54.4)
Austin & Benjamin competed in Penn Relays Finals
#135 - High School Girls 4x100 "Large Schools" Friday 2:15 PM Winds:0.4
Time ID Affiliation/Runners 1 46.65 C Wolmer's Girls' Renee White, Jody-Ann Muir, Paula Rennalls, Shelly-Ann Fraser
2 46.79 B Middle College Deidra Rogers, Keiryann Stewart, Analisha
Austin, Chianne Ashman
5 47.78 A Salem Shamika Kentish, Alexandra McCoy, Shonterria Fulton, Teinesha Mitchell
6 48.07 F Largo Kamilah Bossett, Tanisha Owen, Jacia Montgomery, Michaylin Gollaway
7 48.14 H Winslow DNF E St. JosephÃ•s Convent
Marian Burnett takes 2nd @ LSU Alumni Gold
2005 LSU Alumni Gold - 4/23/2005
Event 9 Women 1500 Meter
Run ============================ FINAL (HEATS AGAINST TIME) Regional: R 4:27.80 Stadium: S 4:09.85 1987 Suzy Favor,
Wisconsin Name Year School Finals Points ============================ 1 McWilliams, Tiffany Adidas 4:17.97R 2
Burnett, Marian Tiger Olympians 4:28.55 3 Wells, Callie Rice 4:29.27 4 Sandler, Megan Rice 4:30.92 5 Wright, Tanya
Unattached 4:32.87 6 Kiprotich, Naomi Southern Miss. 4:33.59 7 Magolire, Zita Mississippi St. 4:34.49 8 Hummel, Katie
Texas A&M 4:39.12 9 Lilkas, Shanna SE Louisiana 4:39.22
Johnson, Fortune adjudged best senior athletes
Tuesday, April 19th 2005
Terrence Johnson and Alisha Fortune were adjudged best male and female respectively on show at the Athletic Association
of Guyana (AAG), Sprint 151-sponsored National Senior Track and Field Championships on Sunday at the Blairmont Community Centre
Johnson, who hails from the Bygeval Track and Field Club, recorded 26 points after he won the javelin event (10 points)
with a throw of 45.38 metres, and placed second (8 points) in the shot-put as well as the discus. For the shot-put, he threw
Fortune, on the other hand, accumulated 20 points to win the ladies' title. She won the 200-metre and 400m races. She also
placed third (6 points) in the women's javelin throw.
The shot-put event was won by Johnson's club mate Royston Ross (9.82m), while Bruce Glen placed third. Ross also won the
Elvin Fraser of the New Amsterdam Track Club (NATC) was second to Johnson in the javelin event, while Police's Larry Josiah
Royal Youth Movement's (RYM) Rushell Coates and Stacy Smith placed second and third respectively to Fortune in the 200m
race, while Shurma Mentore and Neisha Bamfield finished second and third respectively in the 400m event.
There were other outstanding performances from a number of other athletes, including Rawle Green who won the men's 100m
and 200m races. The Bedford athlete returned 10.4 seconds and 21.8 seconds respectively for the 100m and 200m events.
Silver Fox's Keith Roberts was second to Green in both races, while Police's Brennon Thompson placed third in the 100m.
RYM's Ray Garraway was third in the men's 200m.
Police's Colin Mercurius crossed the finish line first in the men's 1500m race. Road Runners' Lionel D'Andrade, was second
and Cleveland Thomas third. D'Andrade, however, won the men's 5000m event in 17 minutes 06.3 seconds (17:06.3) from Cleveland
Thomas and Bruce Glen respectively.
The men's 400m race was won by RYM's Rondell Adams (50.1). Second was Police's Trevor Scotland, and third RYM's Quacy Roach.
RYM's Jermaine Pilgrim clocked 2:02.3 in winning the men's 800m race from Police's Larry Josiah and Scotland respectively,
while on the distaff side, NATC's Donna April was first (2:44.1), RYM's Shennel Daniels second and another RYM athlete, Thelma
In other field events' results, RYM's Japeth Hackett won the men's long jump from Bruce Glen and John Lowe respectively.
RYM's Neisha Bamfield (23.26m) won the women's javelin throw from her club mate Shennel Daniels, with Fortune third.
Michelle Vaugh wins Morgan State Triple Jump
Women Long Jump ======================== Name Year School
Finals Wind ========================
1 Hernandaz, Lynn University O 6.40m +0.0 2 Houston, Heather
Unat 6.28m 0.1 3 Foster, Kierra University O 6.11m 0.1 4 Jordan, Takeitha Morgan State 5.80m +0.0 5 Williams, Shauna-Lee
Morgan State 5.76m 0.1 6 Walker, Kerry Essex County 5.75m 0.1 7 Mitchell, Rockel Essex County 5.69m +0.0 8 Islam,
Samaiyah Real Deal TC 5.66m 0.1 9 Vaughn, Michelle Essex County 5.44m +0.0
Women Triple Jump ============================== Name
Year School Finals Wind ============================== 1 Vaughn, Michelle Essex County 12.44m NWI 2 Herbert, Andrea
New Jersey C 12.02m NWI 3 Jones, Diamond Cabrini Coll 11.50m NWI 4 Robinson, Brittany Morgan State 11.32m NWI 5 Gabbidon,
Stacy-Ann Essex County 10.80m NWI 6 Amon, Marthe Bowie State 10.73m NWI
Kurt Gibbons takes 2nd in 100m @ Lindenwood Invit
2005 Lindenwood Invitational - 4/16/2005 St. Charles, MO
100 Meter Dash ============================= Name Year School Seed Finals Points ============================= 1
Rodgers, Michael Lindenwood U 10.51 10.51 10 2 Gibbons, Kurt Unattached 10.50 10.52 8 3 Johnson, Stephon Lindenwood
U 10.81 10.84 6 4 Campbell, Deno Lindenwood U 11.03 11.08 5 5 Blount, Richard Lindenwood U 10.85 11.12 4 6 Jenkins,
James Unattached 10.80 11.20 3 7 Simms, Adrian Unattached 11.01 11.33 2 8 Kelly, Derrick Unattached 11.58 1
200 Meter Dash ============================= Name Year School Seed Finals Points ============================= 1
Johnson, Stephon Lindenwood U 21.69 21.62 10 2 Blount, Richard Lindenwood U 22.32 22.37 8 3 John, Bill Lindenwood U
22.00 22.61 6 4 Gibbons, Kurt Unattached 21.20 23.46 5 5 Simms, Adrian Unattached 22.89 23.
Dax Dans placed 2nd in 100m & 200m @ MT Sac.
Mt. SAC Relays Apr 15-17, 2005 at Mount San Antonio College,
Event 627 Boys 100 Meter Dash HS Invitational ================================ Name Year
School Finals Wind Points ================================ Finals
1 Rodney Glass Notre Dame/SO 10.66 2.7 2
Dax Danns Helix 10.67 2.7 3 Vincent Joseph Long Beach Poly 10.74 2.7 4 Cary Harris Notre Dame/SO 10.79 2.7 5 Gardener
McKay Crenshaw 10.82 2.7 6 Randle Harris Crespi 10.95 2.7 7 Grant Crunkleton Mullen 11.08 2.7 8 Isaiah Green Long
Beach Poly 11.20 2.7 9 Travon Patterson Long Beach Poly 11.44 2.7
Event 643 Boys 200 Meter Dash HS Invitational ================================ Name
Year School Finals Wind Points ================================ Finals
1 Alex Pearlstone Sir Francis Drake
21.41 1.9 2 Dax Danns Helix 21.52 1.9 3 Dell Guy Western (Nv) 21.55 1.9 4 Brandon Fields Etiwanda 21.92 1.9 5
John Marshall Carson 22.36 1.9 6 Tristan Patin Serra/Gar 22.54 1.9 7 Charles Williams Hanford West 22.73 1.9 8 Fati
Shorty West Covina 24.81 1.9
Pompey wins NY 200m race
Thursday, April 14th 2005 Guyana's National 200m record holder
Aliann Pompey was successful last Saturday in the Sam Howell Invitation Race in New York.
Pompey, in her first race
of the year, recorded a time of 23.48 seconds. Britney Boyd, from the College of New Jersey, was second with a time
of 24.85, and Juliette Poussot from Princeton third with a time of 24.87.
Pompey related to Stabroek Sport that
her next race is the New York Relays on April 22, which will be followed by the Penn Relays the following weekend.
Chichester takes 7th @ Morgan State Invitational
Morgan State High School Invitational 4/9/2005 - Morgan State
University, Baltimore, Md
Girls 1 Mile Run =============================== meet: % 5:08.17 4/10/2004 Devon Williams,
Towson Catho Name Year School Finals =============================== 1 Mccurdy, Maryliz Bay Shore 5:03.02% 2 Lockhart,
Dominique Eleanor Roos 5:03.06% 3 Jones, LaVAUGHN Engineering & Science Phil 5:06.58% 4 Pederson, Nicole South Lakes
5:08.72 5 Vernon, Kate Gwynedd Merc 5:10.38 6 Lachesis, Serita Wissahickon 5:15.99 7 Chichester, Jennifer Archbishop
Dax Danns takes 6th in 400m, FS in 100m Finals
38th Arcadia Invitational home of 22 national
records, 101 Olympians April 8-9, 2005 at Arcadia High School, Arcadia CA - a DyeStat featured meet
400 Meter Dash Invitational ================================= Name Year School Finals ================================= Section
1 1 3883 Gettis, David 12 Dorsey 46.81 2 3593 Nellum, Bryshon 10 Long Beach Poly 46.92 3 1270 Hall, D'Andre 11 Dominguez
H.S. 47.51 4 3884 Williams, Courtney 12 Dorsey 47.86 5 2039 Wells, Elijah 12 William Howard T 48.13 6 3172 Danns,
Dax 11 Helix HS 48.44 7 2323 Chandy, Zach 11 Sage Hill 48.48 8 3719 Keeling, Marcell 12 Serra High (Gard 48.63 9
2123 Holmes, Patrick 12 Jefferson High S 51.99
Men 100 Meter Dash Seeded ================================= Name
Year School Finals ================================= Section 1 Wind: -0.3 1 3887 Charles, Marquise 12 Dorsey 10.78 2
1532 Mays, Devin 11 Lincoln High Sch 10.80 3 3268 Pearlstone, Alex 12 Sir Francis Drak 10.98 4 4155 Fields, Brandon
11 etiwanda high sc 11.00 5 797 Island, Cameron 11 Skyline HS 11.01 6 3045 Ilarina, Mark 12 Riordan High Sch 11.01 7
3041 McGraw, Tyrone 11 Riordan High Sch 11.08 8 386 Rose, Brock 12 Weber (Ut) 11.13 -- 3172 Danns, Dax 11 Helix HS DQ False
Morgan take bronze @ Carifta
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data XXXIV Carifta Game - 3/26/2005 to
3/28/2005 Dwight Yorke Stadium Bacolet, Tobago
Event 61 Women 3000 Meter Run Open ========================================== World:
W 8:28.83 World Junior: J 8:28.83 Zola Pieterse, GBR Carifta: C 9:50.56 1991 Janice Turner, Jamaica Name Year Team
Finals ======================================== Finals 1 Bell, Stacy- Ann Jamaica 9:59.37 2 MC Shine, Pilar Trinidad
& Tobago 10:18.19 3 Morgan, Alika Guyana 10:20.24 4 Francis, Kenryca Antigua & Barbuda 10:58.64 5 Michel,
Nadine Martinique 11:07.60 6 Commissiong, Najuma Barbados 11:09.20 7 Doris, Leanna Guyana 11:13.76 8 Jones, Keneisha
Jamaica 11:14.79 9 Williams, Shenrika Turks & Caicos 11:23.91
Event 36 Men 400 Meter Dash Under 20 ===================================== World:
W 43.18 8/26/1999 Michael Johnson, USA Carifta: C 46.35 4/19/2003 Usain Bolt, Jamaica Name Year Team Prelims ===================================== ===================================== Name
Year Team Prelims H# ===================================== Preliminaries 1 Quow, Renny Trinidad & Tobago 47.35Q
1 2 James, Jamil Trinidad & Tobago 47.47Q 2 3 Gardener, Michael Jamaica 47.93Q 1 4 Green, Leford Jamaica 48.22Q
2 5 Redhead, Joel Grenada 48.31q 2 6 Sorimoutou, Xavier Guadeloupe 48.36q 2 7 Moss, Jamaal Bahamas 48.45q 2 8
Pinder, Larry Bahamas 48.64q 1 9 Lienafa, Yannick Martinique 48.74 1 10 Hall, Christopher Guyana 49.15 1 11 Williamson,
Premelin Turks & Caicos 53.73 1 12 Belazaire, Dwayne Turks & Caicos 53.95 2
Event 31 Women 100 Meter Dash
Under 20 =====================================
World: W 10.49 7/16/1988 Florence Griffith-Joyner, USA Carifta:
C 11.03 1988 T. Clarke/ A. Baily, Jamaica Name Year Team Prelims ==================================== Finals
Event 9 Women 1500 Meter Run Under 17 ===================================== World:
W 3:50.46 9/11/1993 Yunxia Qu, CHN Carifta: C 4:32.89 2000 Janil Williams, Antigua & B Name Year Team Finals ==================================== Finals 1
Goule, Natoya Jamaica 4:39.05 2 Davis, Teneisha Jamaica 4:44.45 3 Wallen, Skyler Bahamas 4:44.79 4 Lorient, Samantha
Guadeloupe 4:48.96 5 Morgan, Alika Guyana 4:53.81 6 Griffith, Latoya Barbados 4:56.12 7 Commissiong, Najuma Barbados
4:56.41 8 LE Saldo, Shermin Trinidad & Tobago 5:05.73 9 Francis, Kenryca Antigua & Barbuda 5:08.48 10 Doris,
Leanna Guyana 5:08.50 11 Rolle, Sheilyra Bahamas 5:09.78 12 Williams, Shenrika Turks & Caicos 5:20.87 13 Armstrong,
Alexis Bermuda 5:23.11 14 Richardson, Keirish St. Kitts & Nevis 5:53.15
Event 33 Women 200 Meter Dash Under
World: W 21.34 9/29/1988 Florence Griffith-Joyner, USA World Junior:
J 22.18 Allyson Felix, USA Carifta: C 22.93 2001 Veronica Campbell, Jamaica Name Year Team Prelims ====================================
still leaves a lot to be desired Wednesday, March 23rd 2005 Dear Editor,
I have been around track
and field in Guyana since I was a boy going to 'Nationals' under 11 in Essequibo 1995. I have since performed on the
local scene at every level, more recently at the first ever President's Invitational Grand Prix style on the 20th of March
2005. No doubt, this was a very prestigious event for the President of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) and
his team, but still there are major blunders in sports administration in Guyana. It is impossible for me to highlight,
by revisiting the distant past, all the mistakes and maladministration of this present athletic association. Instead,
I will briefly share my sentiments on Sunday's meeting. Fortunately, as Mr. Brumell (media manager of the AAG) highlighted,
"the event was graced with the presence of British High Commissioner Steven Hiscock, Second Secretary within the High Commission,
Richard Cox, and Deputy Registrar [UG] Vincent Alexander..."
I say fortunately because the apparent prestige of
this event was marred by the AAG's inability to provide a properly marked track for athletes. One has to now question
whether too much emphasis was placed on prestige and not proper performances by having the fundamental turf in place.
Mr. Brumell, being himself a former sportsman, often finds himself in a peculiar position in that, while he may want
to be objective in his reporting for the AAG from an athlete's perspective, he can't, simply because of his office in the AAG!
Imagine, a team of Carifta Games athletes is selected to represent us (the entire athletic community and Guyana) and Mr. Blackmore,
Chief Admin-istrator, allowed these athletes to participate and thus expose themselves to several injuries on a poorly
marked track. This demonstrates why Guyana is where she is on the athletic map of the world - nobody cares! And the ones
who are supposed to care more than anybody else are busy making phone calls to the British High Commissioner. Is that
your emphasis Mr. Blackmore? It can't be, your emphasis is supposed to be the athletes first! A Grand Prix meet with
a scratch start? Only in Guyana do these things happen and will continue to happen unless Mr. Blackmore and company
starts thinking seriously about track and field in Guyana. If not, leave the office to competent people. In other words resign.
(name and address supplied)
Doris, Morgan split wins
By Michael DaSilva Monday, March 21st 2005 Arch rivals Leanna
Doris and Alika Morgan both registered victories over each other yesterday when the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG)
staged its President's Invitational Meet at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.
Running under dry conditions,
Morgan defeated Doris in the women's 1500-metre race, but Doris came back later in the afternoon and secured a win over
Morgan in the women's 3000-metre event.
Morgan won the 1500-metre race in four minutes 59.8 seconds (4:59.8) to
win from Doris (5:00.0) and Ashanti Scott (5:27.2) respectively, while Doris won the 3000-metre in 11:31.7. Morgan's second-place
time was 11.31.9. Scott placed third in 11.48.1.
From the start of the 3000-metre race, the three starters kept together
for the first 1400 metres, with Morgan and Scott sharing the lead, while Doris was content with staying on the heels of
Doris then joined Morgan after the completion of 1800 metres, while Scott retreated to the rear and trailed
the two by three metres until the two leaders quickened from her (Scott) after receiving the bell for the final lap. With
200 metres remaining, Morgan led Scott by approximately one metre, but as they straightened after the home turn for the
finish, Doris kicked into over drive, joined Morgan, changed gear and quickened from her and won in a thrilling finish.
Johnson, on the other hand, had things his own way in the men's 1500 and 5000-metre races.
Johnson won the 1500-metre
event in 4:14.3 and the 5000-metre in 16:38.1.
Colin Mercurius (4:16.3) was second in the 1500-metre and Cleveland Thomas
(4:224) third, while Thomas placed second in the 5000-metre and Dennis Horatio third.
In the 5000-metre event, Johnson
took up a position at the front of the other seven starters after 600 metres and never relinquished that position.
stayed close to him until he (Johnson) started lengthening his strides after 200 metres.
At the 3200-metre mark,
Johnson led Thomas by 50 metres, but at the bell lap, the lead was approximately 110 metres.
Police's veteran athlete,
Brennon Thompson, proved he is still a force to be reckoned with by winning the men's 100-metre race quite easily.
running in lane four, was fifth by the 50-metre mark, but from there he powered his way to the front and won easily.
returned a winning time of 10.8 seconds. Charles Binnings placed second in 11.0 seconds, while Godis Accra was third in
Carifta Games athlete Dianne Munroe was unstoppable in the women's 100 and 200-metre races. She
won the 100-metre in 11.9 seconds, and the 200-metre in 24.7 seconds.
Leslyn Major (12.5) was second in the 100-metre
event and Rushell Coates (12.8) third, while Rhondell Alleyne (26.2) was second in the 200-metre and Coates (28.9) third.
was some controversy, however, in the men's 200-metre, as some coaches complained that there should have been a staggered
start and competitors should have run in their respective lanes. Instead, there was an inclined start and competitors
were free to jostle each other for the best position immediately after the start.
However, after the women's 200-metre
event was completed and results made official, no one complained about the inclined start that the women themselves
had to use.
The men's 200-metre was won by Carifta Games athlete Christopher Hall (21.8). Second was Leroy Bristol
(22.0) and third Binnings (22.4). Pre-race favourite Keith Roberts pulled up in the final 60 metres. At the time, he
was in fifth position.
Results of the other events are as follows;
Sherma Mentore 1:00.2
Monica Roberts 1:02.6
Trevor Scotland 49.7
Keith Roberts 50.3
Marcia Mentore (2:41.0)
Doneka Lyle (2:43.5)
Wanda Adams (3:02.2
Jermaine Pilgrim (2:02.0
Larry Josiah 2:03.5
Ryan DePeaizer 2:06.0
Akesia Williams 23.78m
Schevon Eastman 21.27
Royston Ross 35.27m
Selwyn McPherson 31.43m
Schevon Eastman 8.12m
Stacy Wilson 7.96
Terrence Johnson 11.42m
Kevin Bonett 10.75m
Royston Ross 10.74m
1000-metre medley relay
Police Youth Club
Royal Youth Movement
1300-metre medley relay
Royal Youth Movement
Police Youth Club.
Doris, Morgan for showdown at President's Invitational
By Michael DaSilva Saturday, March 19th 2005 Female athletes
Leanna Doris and Alika Morgan will have their final battle tomorrow, before departing on Thursday, for the Carifta Games at
the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago.
The two athletes both registered victories against each other in the Athletic
Association of Guyana's (AAG) two 2005 Carifta Games trials. While tomorrow's President's Invitational Track and Field Meet,
slated for the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, from 1 pm, will have no bearing on who will represent Guyana in Tobago,
the duel between Morgan and Doris in both the 1500 and 3000-metre races will answer the question as to which of the
two is the better athlete. At the AAG's first trials, staged at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, on March 5, Morgan
was defeated by Doris in both the open girls' 1500m and 3000m races. However, at the second trials one week later, Morgan
turned the tables on her arch rival in both events. The second trials were held at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground.
had clocked five minutes 59.1 seconds (5:59.1) for the 1500m and 11:34.7 for the 3000m at the first trials, while Morgan,
on the other hand, returned 4:54.3 for the 1500m and 10:50.5 for the 3000m. This, therefore, will make it interesting
and exciting, come tomorrow, as both athletes will be vying for supremacy over the two distances. Tomorrow's meet will
see the AAG's athletes who have been shortlisted for the Carifta Games, bar Morgan and Doris, coming up against more
senior and seasoned athletes in a number of events.
The athletes who have been shortlisted are: Morgan, Doris, Dianne Munroe,
Marcia Mentore, Christopher Hall and Marrion Kellman. Morgan's name was added to the list after her two victories over Doris
Unlike the others, Morgan and Doris will do battle with athletes that they both defeated in the two
Munroe who is down to contest the under-20 girls' 100m at the Carifta Games, will tomorrow come against
the likes of Leslyn Major, Yolanda Allicock and Jonell Garnett.
Hall (under-20 boys' 400m), will face such athletes
as Keith Roberts, Edison Jefford and Oliver Phillips, while Kellman (under-20 boys' 1500m) will come up against the
likes of Kelvin Johnson and Colin Mercurius.
Mentore, (under-17 girls' 800m) for her part, is expected to get keen
competition from Donna April.
Twenty events are slated for tomorrow's meet.
According to the AAG's media manager,
Leeron Brummell, the association is still strapped for cash to send all six athletes to the games.
to date the association has been able to secure finances for four persons and is hoping that it can get sponsorship for
the other two athletes and manager/ coach Elton Smith.
He said the association has prioritised the six athletes, and
if they do not raise the other finances needed, then, maybe, three athletes will be left at home. Asked about the order
of the priority list, Brummell said that information cannot be disclosed.
The association's president, Claude Blackmoore,
had sent letters to the National Sports Commission (NSC), as well as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Gail
Teixeira, requesting financial assistance to send the team to the annual meet. He had said Teixeira almost immediately
referred the request to the NSC for action.
According to Blackmoore, approximately $100,000 is needed to send one
athlete to the Games. The athletes and coach will be met in Tobago by United States-based athletes Dax and Don Danns.
is a repeating Carifta Games athlete, while Don will be making his debut.
At last year's Games, Dax won gold (200m),
silver (400m) and bronze (100m) medals while competing in the under-17 age group. This year, he moves up to the under-20
category, while Don will compete in the 100m and 200m races in the under-17 age group.
Analisa Austin & Jeavon Benjamin earned All-American Honors
Analisa Austin and Middle College High School is coached by 1996 Guyana
Olympian Nicole Martial. So, congrats to Mrs. Martial.
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay ======================================== Teams
MUST check in 30 min prior to start of event. Three-turn stagger. Fastest 12 advance to 3-section final. National HS:
* 1:35.86 3/16/2003 Poly HS, Long Beach, CA Shalonda Solomon, J. Lee, D. Dorsey, Shana Solomon Meet: # 1:35.86
3/16/2003 Poly HS, Long Beach, CA Shalonda Solomon, J. Lee, D. Dorsey, Shana Solomon School Finals H# =================================== Finals 1
Long Beach California 'A' 1:36.82 3 1) Hood, Tiana SR 2) Collins, Ebony SO 3) Williams, Shelise SO 4) Collins, Ebony
2 Middle College High School 'A' 1:38.76 3 1) Stewart, Kerryann
SR 2) Austin, Analisa SO 3) Otu, Idara SR 4) Rogers, Dieddra SO
3 Speed City LB 'A' 1:39.64 2 1) Solomon, Shana SR 2) Woods,
Shana JR 3) Apelar, Krizia FR 4) Peggese, Seqoiya SR
4 Merrill West Hs 'A' 1:40.45 3 1) Daniels, Brittany 2) Quinley,
Shevell 3) Garrido, Miranda 4) Chaltry, Nicole
5 Hempstead High School 'A' 1:40.65 3 1) Daley, Sayoka JR 2)
Cousins, Rene SO 3) Benjamin, Jeavon SR 4) Budai, Sabrina SR
Jeavon Benjamin earned All-American Honors
Girls 400 Meter Dash =========================== Athletes
MUST check in 30 min. prior to start of event. Top 12 times advance to a 2-section final. National HS: * 52.10 3/10/2002
Sanya Richards, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Meet: # 52.10 3/10/2002 Sanya Richards, Ft. Lauderdale, FL FR: 54.06 2/19/2005
Elan Hilaire, Park School, Balt. MD SO: 53.45 2/22/1985 Andrea Thomas, Walton, Bronx, NY JR: 52.19 3/14/2004 Nicole
Leach, West Catholic, Phila. PA SR: 52.10 3/10/2002 Sanya Richards, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Name Year School Finals
H# =========================== Finals 1 Leach, Nicole SR phila, PA 53.04 2 2 Jones, Jessica SR Detroit, MI 54.79
2 3 Benjamin, Jeavon SR Hempstead, NY 54.83 2 4 Muir, Carline SR Weston, ON 54.89 2 5 Baker, Katie SR Houston, TX
55.10 2 6 Taylor, Katrina SR Baton Rouge, LA 55.74 1 7 Atkins, Joanna SO Stone Mountain, GA 55.92 1 8 Washington,
Brittany JR Missiour, TX 56.29 2 9 Grant, Tiffany JR Ocean, NJ 56.77 1 10 Otu, Idara SR Brooklyn, NY 57.04 1 11 cross,
brandi JR missouri city, TX 57.15 1 12 Kienast, Vannessa SR Houston, TX 58.44
Randy Lee crowned National Champion
Carroll Junior Randy Lee ran 1:55 split to capture the Nike National championship
for his team last Saturday. Lee was the fastest qualifier in the 400m dash in 48.90, however he suffer leg cramps in the
finals and could only place 7th.
Boys 1600 Sprint Medley ===================================== National:
N 3:24.69 3/8/1997 John Muir, Pasadena, CA Meet: M 3:29.46 3/15/2003 Vineland, Vineland, NJ School Finals H# ===================================== 1
Archbishop Carroll Hs-Dc 3:33.85 4 1) Daryn Higgs 08 2) Charles Dunston 07 3) Charles Johnson 07 4) Randy Lee 06 5)
Mike Thomas 05
===================================== Final of 8 fastest qualifers
in 2 heats of 4 National: N 45.92 2/21/2004 Elzie Coleman, Newburgh, NY Meet: M 47.49 3/10/2002 Kelly Willie, Sterling,
Houston, TX Freshman: ( 48.76 1985 William Reed, CentralPhiladelphia, PA Sophomore: R 46.84 2/22/1986 William
Reed, Central, Phildephia, PA Junior: J 47.69 1987 William Reed, Central, Phila, PA Senior: $ 45.92 2/21/2004
Elzie Coleman, Newburgh, NY Name Year School Finals H# ===================================== Finals 1 Justin
Oliver 05 Stone Mountain, GA 47.90( 2 2 Afolabi Aromire 05 Springdale, MD 48.96 2 3 Bryan Webb 05 Knoxville, TN 49.74
1 4 Carlos Phillips 05 Orlando, FL 49.82 1 5 Joe Greene 05 Rochester, NY 49.83 1 6 Paul Fay 06 Bayville, NJ 50.09
1 7 Randy Lee 06 Upper Marlboro, MD 50.18 2 8 Romaine McKay 05 Riverdale, MD 50.52 2
===================================== Final of 8 fastest qualifers
in 2 heats of 4 National: N 45.92 2/21/2004 Elzie Coleman, Newburgh, NY Meet: M 47.49 3/10/2002 Kelly Willie, Sterling,
Houston, TX Freshman: ( 48.76 1985 William Reed, CentralPhiladelphia, PA Sophomore: R 46.84 2/22/1986 William
Reed, Central, Phildephia, PA Junior: J 47.69 1987 William Reed, Central, Phila, PA Senior: $ 45.92 2/21/2004
Elzie Coleman, Newburgh, NY Name Year School Prelims H# ===================================== Preliminaries 1
Randy Lee 06 Upper Marlboro, MD 48.90q 1 2 Justin Oliver 05 Stone Mountain, GA 49.17q 8 3 Afolabi Aromire 05 Springdale,
MD 49.45q 6 4 Romaine McKay 05 Riverdale, MD 49.84q 9 5 Paul Fay 06 Bayville, NJ 49.87q 1 6 Joe Greene 05 Rochester,
NY 50.46q 3 7 Bryan Webb 05 Knoxville, TN 50.50q 7 8 Carlos Phillips 05 Orlando, FL 50.53q 2
No cash for Carifta Games athletes
By Michael DaSilva Thursday, March 17th 2005 The Athletic
Association of Guyana (AAG) is strapped for cash to send a team of athletes to the Carifta Games, scheduled for March 26 to
28 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago.
According to the association's President Claude Blackmoore, letters were
sent to the National Sports Commission (NSC) as well as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Gail Teixeira, requesting financial
assistance to send the team to the annual meet.
Blackmoore said Teixeira almost immediately referred the request to the
NSC for action.
He said when he tried to contact Director of Sport Neil Kumar at his office, he was told that Kumar,
who is also the secretary of the NSC, is out of the country and would not be back in Guyana for another month.
if he made contact with NSC Chairman Laurie Lewis, Blackmoore said he will try to do so this week, since he was on official business
in Trinidad over the weekend and only returned to Guyana on Monday.
The team is expected to depart Guyana on March
24 for Tobago.
According to Blackmoore, approximately $100,000 is needed to send one athlete to the games.
AAG shortlisted five athletes and a manager/coach, over a week ago, for possible selection to the Guyana team, and will
meet again today to consider whether all five will make the team or if others will be added.
The five athletes
are Christopher Hall, Dianne Munroe and Marcia Mentore of the Police Track and Field Club, Marrion Kellman of the New
Opportunity Corps and Leanna Doris of Dora. Elton Smith is the coach.
The five athletes and coach will be met in
Tobago by United States- based athletes Dax and Don Danns.
Hall will contest the under-20 boys' 400 metres, while
Kellman will compete in the under-20 boys' 1,500m. Munroe is down to contest the under-20 girls' 100m, while Doris will
contest the open girls' 3000m as well as the under-17 girls' 1,500m. Mentore will compete in the under-17 girls' 800m.
media manager Leeron Brummell told Stabroek Sport that female distance runner Alika Morgan could be included.
who was defeated by Doris in both the open girls' 1,500m and 3000m races when the AAG held its first trials on March 5
at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, turned the tables on her arch-rival in both events at the second trials which were
held at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground on Sunday.
Doris had clocked 5:59.1 for the 1500m and 11:34.7 for
the 3000m at the first trials. On Sunday, Morgan returned 4:54.3 for the 1500m and 10:50.5 for the 3000m.
pointed out that each country is allowed two athletes per event. However, he did not indicate whether Morgan will replace Doris
on the shortlist or if both athletes will be selected. "That decision will be made when we meet tomorrow [today]," Blackmoore said.
regards the Danns siblings, Dax is a repeating Carifta Games athlete, while Don will be making his debut.
year's Games, Dax won gold (200m), silver (400m) and bronze (100m) medals while competing in the under-17 age group. This
year, he moves up to the under-20 category, while Don will compete in the 100m and 200m races in the under-17 age group.
said team members will have a third run on Sunday, when the association stages its President's Invitational meet at the Police
Sports Club Ground.
Coach, athletes invited to Penn relays
Friday, March 18th 2005 One of Guyana's leading athletic coaches,
Wayne Walcott, has been invited to head a team of locals at the Penn Relays to be held next month in the USA.
who runs the Bedford All Stars Track Club, has been invited by Chief Executive Officer of the USA Track and Field, Craig
A. Masback. In addition, Masback has invited national sprint champion Rawle Greene and Andre Blackman, who are both
The Penn Relays will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 30. American athletes will compete
against teams from Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Russia and Guyana.
Walcott said he was asked to put together
a team of five athletes to take part in the relays. One athlete will be a reserve. Walcott has included USA-based Dax
Danns and Lee Prowell in his side. The reserve will be named shortly.
The relays will be run over 100 and 400 metres.
According to Walcott, the invitation came about following his participation in a Pan American Sports Organization (PASO)
sprints and physiotherapy course in Brazil in November. (Steve Ninvalle)
Burnett in top-billing at Millrose
... Austin misses a big
stage showing Wednesday, February 9th 2005 Inspired by her compassionate gesture a day earlier, Guyana's 2004 Olympian
Marian Burnett extended her favourable indoor season with a third place finish at the Millrose Games last Friday night.
It followed her cash donation to the National Disaster Relief Fund at the Guyana Consulate in New York.
first Games appearance at the world famous Madison Square Gardens, the track ace's performance in the Women's 800m helped
to thrill the raucous crowd of 13,519. Burnett (2:06.52) closely trailed now three-time Millrose winner American Hazel
Clark (2:06.00) for almost the entire race before a stalking Alice Schmidt (2:06.40) edged her on the line for the silver
spot. The close contest by the top three ended more than two seconds ahead of the other finishers - Francis Santin (USA),
Sheena Gooding (Bar) and Heather Hennigar (Can). The race was among an historic evening of 14 elite events contested
by a plethora of Olympic medallists and world champions.
A week ago, Burnett had also placed third in the first
of the four- meet Visa Championship Series. That race was at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in Massachusetts, where
world indoor 800m record holder Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia won, followed by Schmidt.
"I wanted to do well here for
my first time at this hugely popular meet," Burnett said afterwards, claiming that the race was a tough one for her.
She added, "The times really don't reflect how fast and hard we had to run on this small track (the Garden's oval is only 145m
compared to the usual 200m elsewhere), and I really was trying to dethrone Hazel."
While Burnett savoured a piece
of New York glory, her younger compatriot, Analisa Austin, missed out on an opportunity to show her mettle on the big
stage. Austin was pulled from the race for a false start in the Girls 60m (Fastest High School Girl in New York) event. However,
the former local sprint phenomenon waited in the "warm down" area to greet her teammates, who took the first and fourth positions.
"I was so disappointed, training for this and not getting to run after just one mistake," she later told Stabroek Sport. Austin
was favoured to win the race with her superior season best timing.
Watching Austin's experience unfold, Burnett
said, "It's really sad to see her chance ruined like that ... but, I am impressed by her composure afterwards." Burnett
felt Austin showed maturity when she hugged and congratulated her teammates after her misfortune. "She is still so young
and to show such courage after what happened ... tells me she's one for the future ... so they have to look out for her."
The two athletes formally met three weeks ago at the New Balance Indoor Meet at New York's Amory Track where Burnett copped the
third place prize in the Women's 400m. The race was won by Jamaica's 4x400m Olympic bronze medallist Ronneta Smith, followed
by Latvia's Olympic 400m hurdler Ieva Zunda.
On hand to witness the two Guyanese run was New York-based Aliann Pompey,
the Commonwealth Games 400m gold medallist. Pompey is passing up the indoor season to concentrate her training on the outdoor
spell. Also rooting for their compatriots was a vociferous band of Guyanese nationals who were sponsored by the Guyanese-owned New
York firm Personic Electrical Inc.
Burnett breaks indoor record again
, ... while battling spell of illness Tuesday, February 15th
2005 In a display of her trade-mark gritty determination, Guyana's 2004 Olympian Marian Burnett rewrote the national
record books with a new indoor 800m mark, once more. Burnett's feat came last Friday night at the Powered by Tyson Invitational
Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Dogged by a mysterious virus with flu-like symptoms,
Burnett sucked- up her less than race-healthy state to record a blistering 2:03.17s to place second behind nemesis American
champion Hazel Clark (2:02.68s). Interestingly, the 5ft 1in Burnett held her own against the other almost six-footers,
Americans Kameisha Bennett (3rd), Tiffany McWilliams (5th), Alice Schmidt (7th), Canadian Heather Hennigar (6th), and
Jamaicans Anita Denton (4th) and national champion Michelle Balentine (7th).
In a race seeing one of the largest
indoor fields in history, the diminutive Guyanese fought off her lingering illness and the challenges of ten other runners
to ensure her third top-three placing in as many races and weeks this season. The heavily populated race was called
back after a wretched false start resulted in Canadian Aimee Teteris suffering a punctured ankle that took her out.
Burnett's new time betters her previous best national mark of 2:04.48 recorded at the 2004 Adidas Boston Indoor Games in Massachusetts.
Burnett had broken the indoor mark twice last year, as well as similar times for the outdoor record, leading up to a superlative
1:59.47s in May. Earlier this season, Burnett suffered a dislocated ankle that suppressed her performance, and following
her Millrose Games run a week ago, she began complaining of headaches and feverish temperatures. Burnett said she "still
travelled to Arkansas on Thursday because I was taking treatment and felt that I might overcome it to compete."
she related that while doing her initial warm-up drills for the race (7:35 pm Arkansas time) she felt weak to the point
of aborting the event. "I was constantly dizzy with an uncomfortable, burning sensation in my throat and chest, and
I thought about scratching from the start list," Burnett confirmed.
Burnett utilized her good fortune being in the
upper batch of runners in the water-fall start to keep within striking distance of the front runners, including Clark.
She said she "just couldn't quit without a try." She opined that her ill fortune here couldn't measure up to the misery
being suffered by flood victims back home, and felt a duty to uphold the name of Guyana. "I want everyone to know that
there is a God, and praying to and trusting in Him will see us through any bad times," Burnett opined. She related to Stabroek
Sport that when she was on the verge of giving-up, she called a church-mate in Louisiana, Jamaica-born collegiate track stand-out
Chenelle Marshall, who helped her pray and purposefully direct her resolve. "I told her I wanted to see a doctor and she advised
me to consult and trust in the 'best doctor' there is ... and, now look! ... isn't this Man really great?" Burnett confessed.
Louisiana-based runner said her trainers (medical attendants) felt her hectic training, competition and travel schedules
over the past four weeks have contributed to "stressing and weakening her immune system." One trainer who has worked
with Burnett since her Boston run, Andy Miller, highlighted the problems she faced carrying a high fever and swollen
tonsils, then encouraged her to "take it easy for a while." Since January 16th, Burnett has made six trips outside of
Louisiana to Jamaica, Massachusetts, Arkansas and New York (three times). "With the exception of Arkansas, I have travelled
3,000 miles or more every time I step on a plane for a round-trip," she noted.
Burnett now intends to rest and take
some physiotherapeutic treatment and recuperate for the outdoor season. She would still be performing her non-sport
duties as a tutor-mentor for student- athletes at the Academic Center of Louisiana State University.
Son of Guyanese wins Milrose 60m for second year
Saturday, February 26th 2005 Gordon McKenzie created
a name for himself in New York recently, when he won the 60-metre dash at the Milrose Games for a second consecutive
McKenzie, who was born in the US to Guyanese parents 17 years ago, returned 6.97 seconds to win the race,
less than two hours after leaving his high school basketball game in Queens, New York.
"McKenzie, tabbed the fastest
kid in New York last summer, now may be known as the most athletic kid in the city, after he won the high school boys'
60-metre dash in the Milrose Games at [Madison Square] Garden, less than two hours after leaving his high school basketball game
in Queens," the New York Daily News reported.
According to the report, McKenzie, a point guard for Holy Cross High,
played for 20 minutes and scored seven points in the Knights' 74-55 loss to Molly in Flushing. He walked off the court
with 3:10 left in the third quarter, exited the school at 8.37 pm and hopped into a green SUV driven by an off-duty
Speeding down the Clearview Expressway before taking the Midtown Tunnel, Gordon's vehicle was escorted
by an unmarked police car with a red light on the dashboard.
He made it from Francis Lewis Boulevard to 33rd Street
and Eight Avenue in just over 15 minutes, and in plenty of time for the 10.18 pm start of his race.
over here was amazing," McKenzie is quoted to have said moments after crossing the finish line in 6.97, just ahead of Kim Williams
of Erasmus. "It was like a roller coaster."
However, there was some confusion just after the race ended. On the screen
above the Garden floor, McKenzie was listed as finishing third behind Lehman's Francisco Santos, and the announced winner Sheepshead
Bay's Lamont Downing.
After officials sorted out the results, McKenzie was announced as the winner, and his father
Bryan, watching from the stands near the finish line, yelled, "He won? He won?"
Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday,
McKenzie's grandfather, Henry Mitchell, said his grandson has always been energetic as a youngster. "He has always put
himself to work hard and I'm very proud of him. I wish him success in all his endeavours and hope to be there for next
The grandfather said he hoped that some day soon his grandson would be able to represent Guyana at
athletics or basketball.
McKenzie concentrates on track during the fall and spring seasons, but devotes most of
his time to basketball during the winter. That has scared away both basketball and track coaches, according to Holy Cross
Hoops coach, Paul Gilvary.
"For me to come out here and win this," McKenzie said, "shows that I'm serious about
McKenzie was born to Ann Mitchell-McKenzie and Bryan McKenzie on August 21, 1987. The latter served the
US army, but returned to Guyana in 1980 and married Ann.
Carifta Games trials
Doris, Munroe, Bobb and
Fraser shine By Michael DaSilva Sunday, March 6th 2005 Based on performances yesterday, the Athletic Association
of Guyana (AAG) should have little problem selecting Guyana's contingent for this year's Junior Carifta Games, slated
for March 26-28 in Tobago.
Performance by most of the athletes was poor, bar those of female middle distance runner
Leanna Doris and sprinters Dianne Munroe and Latoya Bobb (girls) and Phillip Fraser (boys).
Doris won the under-17
girls' 1500-metre race in what can be described as a common canter. She returned four minutes 59.1 seconds (4:59.1)
to win from arch rival Alika Morgan (5:06.8) and Doneka Lyle (5:51.4).
Four competitors faced the starter for this
event and, from the start, Doris and Morgan stuck together for most of the race, while the other two were left struggling
at the back. It was at the 1200m mark that Doris stamped her authority and pulled away from Morgan to win with approximately
50 metres in hand.
Munroe, who returned 11.1 seconds to win the under-20 girls' 100m, won by just over a metre from
Rushanna Major (13.4) and Delyse Mohabir (14.3) respectively. Bobb won the under-17 girls' 100m in 12.9 seconds from
Cammy Canterbury (13.1) and Tiffany Bynoe (13.5) respectively.
Fraser, for his part, narrowly edged Emerson Campbell
to win the under-20 boys' 100m. Third place went to Kenneth Semple .
Fraser clocked 11.1 seconds, Campbell 11.3
and Semple 11.4.
From the start of the race, the seven finalists were neck and neck all the way down the track,
and it was only in the final two metres that Fraser managed to surge ahead.
In other track results, Kevin Haynes
won the under-17 boys' 100m (11.3) from Travis DeHaarte (11.6) and Leon Daniels (11.7) respectively. Sherwin Hercules
clocked 53.4 seconds to win the under- 17 boy's 400m from Steven Harris (55.3) and Hafeez Samad (55.6) respectively.
Roberts was the winner of the under-17 girls' 400m (1:01.3) from Marcia Mentore (1:02.5) and Mercedes Forde (1:04.3) respectively.
under-20 girls' 400m was won by Maria Mentore (1:00.2). Second was Thelma Persaud (1:07.5) and third, Luanna Hernandez
Marion Kelman (4:27.2) won the under-20 boys' 1500m from Kevin Chester (4:27.3) and Cleveland Thomas (4:27.3)
respectively. On the distaff side, Saskia Sancho (6:08.1) was first, Shondell Chapman (6:21.7) second and Sonia Kirton
In other selected results, Rushanna Major won the girls' under-20 long jump with a leap of 4.60m.
Second was Stacy Wilson, who registered 4.48m, and third, Shonette Hinckson who returned 4.29m.
won the under-20 girls' javelin with a throw of 28.8m. Hinckson threw 21.8m for second place, while Abeena Peters placed
third with a throw of 18.4m.
Hinckson also placed second in the under-20 girls' discus. She registered 19.59m. The
event was won by Schevon Eastman, who recorded 21.25m. Peters (17.70m) was third.
Eastman won the under-20 girls'
shot-put with a throw of 7.80m. Second was Peters (7.40m) and third, Hinckson (6.82m).
In the girls' under-17 field
events, Cammy Canterbury registered 4.44m to win the long jump from Keisha Duncan, who returned 4.08m and Orsine Skate,
who recorded 3.90m.
The Allicock sisters, Minerva and Carlita, placed first and second respectively in the javelin
event. Minerva registered 27.4m, while Carlita returned 23.3m. Third place went to Shenelly Bowen who recorded 21.2m.
Allicock also placed second in the discus event with a throw of 21m. The event was won by Akesia Williams who registered
21.82m. Third place went to Cornette Adams who recorded 16.46m.Williams, however, won the shot-put (7.65m) from Latoya
Bynoe who registered 7.15m, while third place went to Bowen (6.50m).
In the under-20 boys' field events, Curtis
Greavesande won the javelin throw by registering 41.6m. Second was Delon DeYounge who returned 41.5m, while Ronald Payne
placed third with a throw of 41.4m.
Payne, however, won the shot-put (11.02m) and the discus events (36.72m).
Selwyn McPherson who registered 10.47m placed second in the shot-put, while third place went to Timothy Gardner who recorded 7.83m.
McPherson also placed second in the discus (28.85m), while DeYounge was third (27.05m).
Phillip Fraser was first
in the long jump (6.39m). Second was Greavesande (5.76m) and third, Lyndon Fordyce who recorded 5.50m.
In the under-17
age group, Terrence Tull won the discus with a throw of 22.32m. Second was Michael Bowman who registered 1.05m.
also won the shot-put (9.91m) from Bowman (7.56m).
Bowman, however, won the javelin (30.84m) from Tull (20.53m).
Harris won the long jump (5.61m) from Melroy Payne who returned 5.58m and Travis Morris who recorded 5.38m.
Chris Hercules takes Bronze @ US Nationals
Men Triple Jump =================================== World:
W 17.83m 3/1/1997 Aliecer Urrutia, CUB American: A 17.76m 2/27/1987 Mike Conley, Tyson TC Meet: M 17.76m 2/27/1987 Mike
Conley, Tyson TC Name Year Team Finals Points =================================== 1 Walter Davis Nike 17.31m 56-09.50 2
Kenta Bell Nike 16.86m 55-03.75 3 Chris Hercules Unattached 16.83m 55-02.75 4 Marcus Thomas Unattached 16.10m 52-10.00 5
Marcus Jones Unattached 16.02m 52-06.75 6 Michael Roberts Unattached 15.75m 51-08.25 7 Erik Newby Holyfield I. 15.47m
50-09.25 8 Robert Renschler Unattached 15.22m 49-11.25 9 Benjamin Washington Abilene Chr. 14.87m 48-09.50 10 Mark
Axt Lemans TC 14.48m 47-06.25
Jeremy Bascom takes 2nd at NEC Conf. Champs.
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data Northeast Conference Indoor Championship
Meet - 2/12/2005 to 2/13/2005 Results at www.cfpitiming.com Prince George's S&LComplex in Landover, MD
2 Men 60 Meter Dash ==================================
1 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart 6.82N 2 10 2
Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island 6.95I 2 8 3 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island 6.96I 2 6 4 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth 6.98I 2
5 5 St. Elme, Fabrice SO Monmouth 6.99 1 4 6 Giordano, Scott FR Sacred Heart 7.05 2 3 7 Thomas, Antonio SR Long Island
7.06 1 2 8 Carter, Greg SR Robert Morris 7.10 1 1 9 Howard, Arnold SO Fairleigh Dickinson 7.15 1
Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island I 6.88Q 2 2 Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island I 6.95Q 4 3 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth I 6.96Q
1 4 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart 7.02Q 3 5 Giordano, Scott FR Sacred Heart 7.00q 2 6 Thomas, Antonio SR Long Island
================================== 200 Finals
1 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart 21.86I 2 10 2
Hillian, Michael JR Long Island 22.07I 2 8 3 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth 22.14I 1 6 4 Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island 22.41
1 5 5 Simmons, Charles SO Monmouth 22.48 2 4 6 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island 22.59 2 3 7 Phillips, Jay SR Mount St.
Mary's 22.63 1 2 8 Williams, Markio SO Cent. Conn. St. 22.84 1 1
1 Hillian, Michael
JR Long Island I 22.00q 8 2 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart I 22.01q 4 3 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island 22.38q 7 4 Simmons,
Charles SO Monmouth 22.41q 8 5 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth 22.55q 6 6 Thomas, Antonio SR Long Island 22.58q 3 7 Bascom,
Jeremy SR Long Island 22.62q 1
Burnett grab 2nd at Tyson Invitational
Event 110 Women 800 Meter Run Tyson ================================ Name
Year School Finals =============================== 1 Hazel Clark Nike 2:02.68 2 Marian Burnett Nike 2:03.17 3
Kameisha Bennett Nike 2:03.85 4 Anita Denton Arkansas 2:03.91 5 Tiffany McWilliams adidas 2:04.70 6 Heather Hennigar
Nike 2:05.35 7 Alice Schmidt Nike 2:06.04 8 Michelle Ballentine Jamaica 2:06.91 9 Mishael Bertrand U.S.A. 2:07.00 10
Frances Santin S.M.T.C. 2:07.20 11 Perry Fields Nike 2:10.33 -- Aimee Teteris Nike DNF
Forde shows remarkable progress in Kenya
By Michael DaSilva Tuesday, February 8th 2005 Guyana's 2008
Beijing Olympics prospect Cleveland Forde has shown remarkable progress after one month of training at the world renowned Kip
Keino High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya.
According to a report from the centre's Director Ian Keino, since his arrival
in December, Forde participated in two cross-country meets, organised by Athletics Kenya, to gauge his ability. According
to the director's report, his performance was very encouraging. "He even managed to beat a handful of Kenyan athletes."
was scheduled to participate in another event over the weekend.
According to the report, the triple Junior Carifta
Games 5,000-metre gold medallist returned 28.55 minutes on January 23, at the Nike Discovery Cross-Country 8km Meet.
Six days later, he improved on that performance, registering 28.14 minutes in the District Cross Country 8km.
is currently training for the 5000-metre as well as for cross- country events.
Forde arrived in Kenya in mid-December
2004, at a time when preparations for cross-country events were already in progress.
During the Christmas season,
when not much training was in progress since most of the athletes had gone home to celebrate the holidays, the coaches
used the opportunity to have Forde and another athlete from the USA familiarise themselves with the high altitude and the tropical
January saw the start of some slightly serious training, and it was mainly for the purpose of building
up for the ongoing cross-country season and the track season later this year.
After acclimatising, Forde joined
the other senior athletes who are training at the centre, including Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi and World Junior
3000m. champion Ronald Kipchumba. His training approach, according to the report, was easy and meant for him to familiarise himself
with the different kinds of terrain and for his breathing. His daily routine includes a 6am run of about 45 minutes to
one hour. This is mainly done at the centre's 4km training circuit.
Occasionally, a variety of training methods
is used in the morning session to avoid repetition. The main training sessions take place at 10am and these include
track, hill runs, speed workouts and Fartlek. Fartlek is a Swedish word meaning, literally, speed play. Fartlek is a
training technique used by runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes. It combines intervals of high speed or intensity
with intervals of normal or lower intensity. The goal of fartlek is to increase endurance and speed.
the evening, easy short runs, light stretching exercises, drills and gym work form the basis of his training, to end the
The workouts are progressive, from light to heavy and from short to long, all aimed at equipping him with stamina,
strength flexibility and endurance.
Since his arrival, Forde's progress has been steady and positive. His adaptation
to the training is encouraging, as he has shown commitment, determination and discipline. This has enabled him to fit in
very well with the rest of the group.
Pompey donates airfare to flood relief
-heart bleeds to hear of suffering back home By Michael DaSilva Tuesday,
February 8th 2005 Olympian and national record holder Aliann Pompey, who was scheduled to visit Guyana later this month,
has instead donated her airfare to Guyana's flood relief.
The United States-based Pompey told Stabroek Sport she
has been following the reports on the flood, and has been hearing "so much from so many different sources. But one thing
remains constant, and that is: a lot of people are in a lot of trouble, and my heart goes out to them."
who holds the national women's 200 and 400-metre records, said she and her father were scheduled to visit Guyana later
this month, but she has since shelved the idea.
Her father may make the trip alone.
Pompey, who reached the
semi-finals of the 400m at the Athens 2004 Olympics, said she signed up for daily updates about what's going on at home
and has learnt that there are reports of people taking the donated items and selling them, or not sending all the money,
while some supplies are not reaching Guyana. "I hope they're all speculations and, if anything, they're happening on
a small scale."
Pompey said she has also learnt of the outbreak of a disease that has claimed the lives of a few
people, while others are receiving treatment for it. "Someone I know [a very young boy] was affected, and my grandmother
told me yesterday that it's most likely he will die. Things like those break my heart. I'm not as affected as you in Guyana
are, and I feel completely helpless, so I can only imagine what people at home are going through."
Results - Millrose Games
Held: February 4, 2005 at Madison Square
Garden, New York City, NY
Event 22 Women 800 Meter Run ================================== Name Year Team Finals ================================== 1
Hazel Clark Nike 2:06.00 2 Alice Schmidt Unattached 2:06.40 3 Marian Burnett Nike/GUY 2:06.52 4 Francis Santin SMTC
2:08.78 5 Sheena Gooding Barbados 2:09.30 6 Heather Hennigar Nike/CAN 2:10.56
Men 200 Meter Dash ============================================
PSU Record: * 20.98 2002 Ryan Olkowski
Facility: F 20.84 2001 Andrew Pierce, Ohio State
NCAA Auto: A 20.83
NCAA Prov: P 21.23
Year School Finals
H# ============================================ 1 Williams, Rubin
FR Tennessee 21.20P 1
2 Ifill, Grafton SO Penn
21.58 1 3 Langan, Alex
JR P S U
21.65 2 4 Steele, Bryan JR
Long Island 21.78 4 5
Merritt, Aries SO Tennessee
21.81 2 6 Davenport, Michael JR Coppin State
21.82 2 7 Grossman, Adam JR Umbc
21.87 3 8 Bascom, Jeremy
SR Long Island 21.96 3
9 Pritchett, Matthew Tennessee
Blackmoore returned as AAA president
Thursday, February 3rd 2005 President of the Amateur
Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA), Claude Blackmoore, will meet his new executive and council members on Saturday,
at the YMCA, Thomas Lands.
According to newly-elected honorary secretary Pamela Phillips, at Saturday's meeting
the association will appoint heads of the various committees and members of each committee.
The committees to be
set up are: Appeals, Discipline, Track and Field, Finance, Fund-raising, Registration and Records, Development, Marketing
Phillips said heads of committees or committee members are not necessarily chosen from within the association's
executive or council members.
Blackmoore was unanimously returned as president of the AAA when the association
held its Annual General Meeting recently.
According to a release, Blackmoore gained full votes of the six clubs
Meanwhile, Keith French has replaced Neville Denny as senior vice- president and Ken Elexey was elected
Phillips, who had acted as honorary secretary for some time, was confirmed in the position.
Kwabena Wright replaced Franz Welch as honorary treasurer. Welch did not seek re-election.
The new assistant secretary/treasurer
is Shirley Hooper.
Ten council members have been elected in Robert Chisholm, Lyndon Wilson, Raymond Daw, Amanda
Hermonstine, Keith Smith, Neville Denny, Wendy Doris, Hanley Selman, Edward Singh and Mayfield TaylorTrim.
of this executive will run until 2009.
Marian Burnett donates to flood relief
Saturday, February 5th 2005 One week after gaining the runner-up
2004 Sportswoman honor in a stern selection process, track star Marian Burnett got back to her impressive ways of promoting
Guyana and supporting her compatriots. Last Thursday, the champion athlete made a courtesy call on the Guyana Consulate
in New York to express her concern about the flood situation, and give a personal donation to the National Disaster Relief
Fund. Burnett, along with president of the New York-based electrical contracting firm Pertronic Electrical Inc., Percy Pantlitz,
made separate donations at the mid-afternoon visit.
In the presence of senior consulate staff, the two Lindeners who have
a long association matched each other's contribution, totalling G$80,000, before presenting the money and cheque to Consul
General Brentnol Evans. Pantlitz, who last served in Guyana as manager of Linden's sole television transmitting outfit
(LTV), said his gesture is a natural act of humanity he inherited through his family upbringing and professional career.
my background, I understand people's needs in these unfortunate situations, so I am honoured to assist," he said. His company
has been doing work on major projects in the Queens and Long Island areas over the past two years, and his presentation
was on his company's and his own behalf.
On the other hand, Burnett said she follows developments in Guyana on
the internet, and was emotionally "moved by what the floods have done." She highlighted the support to her endeavours that
she had received from various quarters over the years, that have continually driven her to "rise to the occasion."
am giving back and promoting my country in good and bad times; and given what is happening now, I am more compelled to
lend a shoulder to lean on," she emotionally offered.
In response, Evans updated the donors on the situation in
Guyana, and gleefully thanked them for their wonderful gesture of compassion and contribution.
"It's so wonderful
for them to take time off to emphatise and share with their compatriots back home, who are so affected by this overwhelming
act of nature," Evans said. He noted that both Burnett and Pantlitz are from Linden, which has not been affected by the floods,
and said, "Their act today should inspire anyone from anywhere to help since it speaks to the Roberta Flack song 'Where
Is The Love?'."
Evans added that all Guyana should be proud of the achievements and deeds of Pantlitz, and Burnett
who is based 1400 miles away in Louisiana. "Marian, for instance, calls me regularly and visits almost everytime she's
in town, and that's admirable."
Burnett's donation stretches a pattern of similar presentations she has been making
to benefit her fellow Guyanese.
Last year, the Olympian presented several items of sports clothing, equipment and
other supplies including Nike footwear and apparel. She was in New York to compete in the women's 800m at the 98th Millrose
Games at the world famous Madison Square Garden, last night (Friday).
Her invitation to contest the event came after
her notable third place finish at the prestigious Reebok Boston Indoor Games last Saturday in Massachusetts. It was
a repeat of her placing last year, her first-ever on the indoor elite circuit.
Running at the Reggie Lewis Stadium,
Burnett braved a nagging sprain and swelling of her right ankle sustained two weeks before while in Jamaica, to place
behind world record holder Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia and American Alice Schmidt.
However, she stated her contentment
with her first race for the year, as she secured a top-three placing in a strong field of 10 athletes.
what I feed off ... ensuring Guyana's name is printed on the podium graphics and regularly called by the announcers and
TV commentators," she quipped, referring to the televised presentation the following day.
Lee takes 2nd @ Montgomery Invit.
Montgomery Invitational 1/8/2005 - Prince George's Sports &
Learning Center, Landover, MD
Event 13 Boys 400 Meter Dash ================================ Meet: % 49.55 1/10/2004
Afalobie Amorie, C.H.Flowers Name Year School Finals H# =============================== 1 Aromire, Afolabi 12
C. H. Flowers 50.06 12 2 Lee, Randy 11 Archbishop Carro 50.56 12 3 Buckner, Dante 12 DeMatha Catholic 50.83 10 4
Perry, Cameron 11 Forest Park 51.51 11 5 Moore, Larrone 12 Northwestern 51.55 9 6 Moten, Wayne 11 Forestville 51.71
11 7 Hines, Anthony 10 I.C. Norcom High 51.94 8 8 Williams, Kimery 12 John F. Kennedy 52.05 9 9 Ligon, Bret 11 Richard
Montgome 52.19 10 10 Richardson, Malcom 11 Gaithersburg 52.39 3
Event 16 Girls 800 Meter Run ================================================================ Meet:
% 2:18.83 1/10/2004 Quantika Stephey, Merganthaler Voc HS Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1
Thomas, Latavia 10 West Catholic HS 2:12.73% 2 Bowman, Sarah 12 Fauquier High Sc 2:14.08% 3 salcido, veronica 09 Wootton
2:19.55 4 Bumbrey, Shylan 12 James Monroe VA 2:20.40 5 Sinclair, Ashlyn 10 Montgomery Blair 2:22.48 6 McElroy, Kelly
11 Wyomissing 2:22.88 7 Nicholson, Kate 10 Atholton 2:23.67 8 chichester, jennifer 10 Archbishop Carro 2:24.60
Year School Finals Points ==================================== 1 Ravenscraft, Megan Cmw HS 5:17.24 10 2 Klein,
Erin Lake Braddoc 5:19.07 8 3 Snowden, Kelsey Lake Braddoc 5:24.46 6 4 Chichester, Jennifer Archbishop C 5:31.59 5 5
Lee, Caitlin Centreville 5:32.26 4 6 Prinkey, Meghan Bishop Mcnam 5:32.43 3 7 Cook, Victoria Langley HS 5:36.89 2 8
Buck, Kelli Cmw HS 5:42.13 1
Event 20 Men 500 Meter Dash
======================================== Name Year
School Finals H# Points ======================================== 1 Lee, Randy Archbishop C 1:05.82 7 10 2 Bailey,
Howard Oxon Hill HS 1:06.71 7 8 3 Bowman, Barshied Cmw HS 1:07.27 7 6 4 Ligon, Bret Richard Mont 1:07.82 6 5 5 Chorney,
Mike Centreville 1:08.88 7 4 6 Bright, Norman Dunbar Sr HS 1:09.30 5 3 7 Rackens, Chris Poolesville 1:09.45 5 2 8
Frames, Chris Langley HS 1:09.91 5 1
No medals, but good year for Olympic body - Juman-Yassin
By Michael Da Silva Thursday, January 6th 2005 Though there
were no medals forthcoming from the 2004 Athens Olympics, the local body believes it has done quite well during the past
"Maybe we may not have achieved what we exactly wanted, but I think last year was an extremely good year,"
President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), K.A. Juman-Yassin said.
"We didn't win any medals at the Olympics.
But what happened is that our two female athletes, Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett, moved from the qualifying stages
to the semi-final in their respective events, bettering their personal best."
Apart from the two Olympians' achievements,
he noted that the GOA was able to consolidate itself in new premises, though not its own, and opened its Resource and
Documentation Centre. "We hope it will be a full-fledged centre for people to come and do research."
The GOA head
said the association had hoped to complete and commission the long jump track at the Thomas Lands YMCA, but because it
did not acquire the right type of adhesive, the commissioning will take another week or so. "It would have been completed,
but we did not have the correct adhesive, and we expect that to come in another week.
Ivor O'Brien [GOA's General
Secretary] was in New York recently, and was able to source it. But that has to be specially packed because it's flammable."
Juman-Yassin said as soon as the track was transported here it would be commissioned. He said one of his personal objectives
last year was to start sending Guyana's top athletes for training overseas, and to this end, the GOA was able to tie
up arrangements with former world champion Kip Keino of Kenya. Guyana's top middle-distance runner, Cleveland Forde, has
gone to study and train at the Kip Keino High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya, leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Forde left Guyana last month for Kenya.
"I was talking to Mr Kip Keino for some time, and that has now borne fruit.
I just received an e-mail from Kenya; Cleveland is in good spirits â€¦ and was to have started serious training on
January 3 [Monday]."
Several sports associations, through assistance from the GOA, benefited from Olympic Solidarity
courses. The GOA also conducted a Sports Administrators' course which attracted participants from throughout the country.
Pompey honoured in New York for athletic prowess
By Michael DaSilva Tuesday,
January 4th 2005 Guyana's Aliann Pompey was honoured recently for her athletic prowess over the past few years by the
Allied Organizations of Guyana (AOG) USA.
The 2004 Olympian said her main focus this year is the Central American
and Caribbean Championships, as well as the World Outdoor Championships.
According to Pompey, the AOG, which is
in its 40th year, annually acknowledges outstanding Guyanese/West Indians who have made various contributions to their
This year, at an awards dinner held on December 26 at Le Courdon Bleu in Queens, New York, eight persons
were honoured. Pompey was the recipient in the Athletics and Sports category.
Another Guyanese, Winston Smith, a
former member of the Guyana Police Force Band, received the Entertainment and Artists award.
The other six awardees
are from other Caricom countries.
Pompey said the proceeds from the dinner went to benefit the Dr Peters Memorial
Fund, Rev Gladwin Fraser Scholarship fund, and the Dr Thomas E. Thompson Scholarship Fund.
Pompey, who last year
broke her own 200- and 400-metre records on more than two occasions each, said she thinks a lot of things worked out
for her in her training last year.
And she was able to transfer most of it to her races. "My coach [Joe Ryan] and
I feel that we had a fairly successful campaign last year breaking the national record four or five times, and he feels
that if it weren't for the accident, we could've accomplished so much more."
Pompey was involved in a motor vehicle
accident in London, England, one month before the Athens 2004 Olympics, while returning to the USA after campaigning
in Europe. Though she was injured, she reached the women's 400-metre semi-finals.
"She was getting progressively
faster and stronger. She was training to peak at the Olympic Games. And I have no doubt she would've made the finals,"
Ryan said. "The plan for this year will be similar.
"As with every year in training, there are variations to strengthen certain
areas. Focusing on speed was very successful last year.
"This year, we may have her run some more 800-metre races to reinforce
"She can run a good 800. She's run 2:03 seconds without even training for it.
going to focus on the 400m, but some competitive 800- metres will help."
Ryan said Pompey's weight training is going
excellently at the moment. "She's recovered well and, so far, anything that I've thrown at her she's been able to handle.
I'm really excited about the prospects for this year and I think she'll shock everyone."
Pompey ended the 2004 season
ranked 12th in the world for the 400- metres on the IAAF ranking system, the highest ever by a Guyanese.
Morgan places third in Trinidad 10K
Tuesday, November 30th 2004 Rising Stars' athlete Alika Morgan placed third in the Mayaro Coconut
Run 10K, in Trinidad on Saturday.
Pamenos Ballentyne of St Vincent and Pilar McShine of Trinidad won the male and
female categories respectively.
According to Morgan, soon after the race started, there was some amount of jostling
by some athletes, and this caused her to lose her balance and wrench her ankle. "But I got up and started to run again, even
though I was in pain," Morgan told Stabroek Sport.
She said McShine, who clocked 37 minutes 42 seconds (37.42), crossed the
finish line approximately 400 metres ahead of her. Morgan's time was 40.01.
Morgan said that while she has run in
Trinidad before, this is the first time that she competed in an international road race.
Last year, while competing
at a track meet in Trinidad, Morgan won a 3000-metre race, and placed second in a 1500-metre.
For her performance
over the weekend, Morgan has been promised a free ticket to compete in a 5K race in Trinidad next month.
expressed thanks to her aunt Lynette Waldron and her manager/coach Leslie Black for making her trip possible.
Forde for training under Kip Keino in Kenya
By Michael DaSilva Wednesday, December 8th 2004 Guyana's
triple Junior Carifta Games gold medallist, Cleveland Forde, will commence training under the tutelage of former World
and Olympic distance champion, Kip Keino of Kenya. Forde is expected to leave Guyana today for Kenya.
news was announced yesterday by Guyana Olympic Association President K. Juman-Yassin at a press conference at Olympic House.
said that while attending a meeting overseas, he had discussions with Kip Keino who runs and is in charge of a high-level training
centre in Kenya. "I was in discussion with himâ€¦ telling him about our athletes and requested to have one of our
athletes go and train at his camp and he readily agreed," Juman-Yassin said. "But we (the GOA) had to wait until after
the 2004 Olympics were completed, so that the new cycle would start, which would take the athletes to Beijing in 2008.
has come through from Kenya that Cleveland is accepted to go, live, train, study and make new friends with all the Olympians
and budding Olympians there. As a result of that offer, the GOA met the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA)
President Claude Blackmoore and it was agreed that we should make all efforts in order to send Cleveland there."
noted that Forde is one of the most promising long- distance athletes in Guyana who has been showing his potential over the
years. And as a result of his performances, he said, the GOA sought ways of ensuring Forde gets as much assistance as possible
to realise his true potential.
According to Juman-Yassin, after six months of training, the GOA and the whole
of Guyana would be able to see where Forde is heading.
The GOA head said that during the first six months, the coaches
in Kenya would advise Forde which event he should specialise in. He said while the GOA hopes that Forde would be able
to train in Kenya until the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the exercise is a costly one and he would be seeking the assistance
of the general public and the business community to maintain Forde in Kenya.
According to Juman-Yassin, it would
cost the GOA US$1,100 per month to keep Forde in Kenya. He said the GOA is hoping to get a scholarship for Forde.
is expected to represent Guyana at a number of meets prior to the 2008 Olympics, Juman-Yassin informed. These include the
Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia next April, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the CAC Games and the Pan American
Juman-Yassin thanked all constituent members of the GOA for agreeing to have Forde train in Kenya, "because
to my mind, if Guyana is to really put its hat in the ring for us to win an Olympic medal, we have to ensure that our
athletes are exposed to the proper training facilities, they are exposed to competitions, and part of the agreement
with the training Centre in Kenya is that Cleveland would be taken to competitions," he said.
Juman Yassin also
thanked BWIA's Area Manager Carlton De Four and BWIA, for coming on board and assisting the GOA with part of the ticket
for the Georgetown to London part of the journey. "BWIA has been very kind to give us 50 percent discount on the Georgetown/London
Blackmoore endorsed all that Juman-Yassin said and added that it is common knowledge that the AAA is ever
supportive of the junior athletes in particular. "We always keep an eye out for them, because we recognise that, until
there is a synthetic facility, these athletes will be at a total disadvantage. And we realise that if you don't get
them out before they turn seniors, then the chances of their progression go down," Blackmoore stated.
to Blackmoore, when Juman-Yassin spoke to him on the matter, he told him that the first person they have to speak to is Forde.
said once Cleveland is in favour of it, and don't think that we are pushing it on him, once he agrees to it, then we will
support it 100 percent, and that is what we did. On behalf of the AAA, I want to wish him well, and to let this be a
fillip, especially for the long distance athletes."
Blackmoore said that over the past ten years, he has been insisting in
the association, that the way for them to go, in the absence of a synthetic track, is for middle and long-distance running
and field events. He said the performances of Forde and other long distance athletes have shown that is the way to go,
but unfortunately, many local coaches have not bought into the idea as yet.
Forde thanked the GOA and the AAA for
making his dream a reality.
"I want to thank the GOA and the AAA for making this possible for me. But most importantly,
I must thank God, because it's a prayer come through for me. I also want to thank the business community who assisted
me in the past," Forde said.
AAA opens 2005 season with West Berbice meet
Tuesday, December 14th
2004 The 2005 season of the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA) will open with a development meet at one of
the sporting facilities in the West Berbice area on January 9.
According to the AAA's 2005 calendar of events, the
association will also stage another development meet on January 16, at the Wales Community Centre.
month of February, the association will run off its annual National Track Relays, the National Cross Country Championships
and the National Junior Championships.
The National Track Relays will be held on February 6 at the Police Sports
Club ground, while the National Junior Championships are billed for the Enmore Community Centre ground on February 26 and
27. A date and a venue is still to be decided on for the cross country championship.
On March 6, the Police Sports
Club ground will be the venue for the National Senior Trials.
During the month of March also, the Royal Youth Movement
Track Club will stage an Open Meet at the Carifesta Sports Complex, while the Guyana Teachers Union has set March 8
to 11 for its National Schools Championships.
Five events are on the cards for the month of April, with the first being
the Leon Fraser Memorial Junior 5K, to be organised by the Road Runners Track and Field Club on April 3. This event will
be staged in Georgetown.
The New Amsterdam Track Club (NATC) will have an Open Meet on April 10 at the Rose Hall
ground, Canje, Berbice, while the AAA's National Senior Championship is billed for April 17 at the Uitvlugt Community Centre
The other event for the month of April is the Police Youth Club's Age Group Meet slated for April 30 at
The Bedford All Stars Club will stage an Inter-Ward Under-20 Meet on May 1 at the National Park, while
the AAA will run off its Annual World Athletics Day Meet on May 8 at a venue to be named.
One event each will be
staged in the months of June and July. On June 6, the Police Sports Club will run off its Inter-Club 10K Road Relay in
Georgetown, while from July 26 to 29 the Annual Police Championships will be staged at Eve Leary.
The NATC will
stage an Open Track and Field Meet on August 13 at the Rose Hall Canje ground, while the Guyana Geology and Mines will
run off the inaugural Porkknockers 10K Run in Bartica on August 27.
The Silver Fox Track Club has set September
17 and 18 for its Junior and Senior Meet at a venue to be named, while the Upper Demerara Sports Association will stage
an Athletic and Cycle Meet on a date in September to be decided.
In October four 10K road races have been scheduled.
The NATC will stage one on October 2, while the Thomas Lands YMCA will run off another on October 9. The AAA will stage
the Guyana leg of the South American Classic on October 23 and the National Sports Commission will run off their 10K
on October 30.
Athlete to Watch - Randy Lee, Carroll, Jr.
Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page D08 (The
Randy Lee is entering his junior season, but already has had an illustrious career. An All-Met
as a freshman and a sophomore, he earned all-America honors last winter after finishing fourth at the Nike indoor championships
in the 400 meters. Last April at the Penn Relays, he ran a come-from-behind anchor leg to lead the Lions to the 4x800
title. In June, he took seventh place in the 400 at the Adidas outdoor track and field championships.
Mr Blackmoore has a good relationship with the international bodies
Wednesday, November 17th 2004 Dear Editor,
years. I have been associating with the President of the Guyana Amateur Athletic Association regardless of the many critics, constructive
or not. He sticks to his goal.
Two years ago Mr. Claude Blackmoore as President was considering tendering his resignation.
pointed this out during a discussion. I said to him at this time, taking into consideration that he had established very
good relationships with nearly all the international bodies, especially the International Athletic Association Federation,
athletics in Guyana is at a crucial stage. From my observation there is no unity existing with coaches and athletes
in respect to the Amateur Athletic Association. I am appealing to coaches and athletes to work together with the association,
knowing that in the near future there will be elections.
It would not be advisable to remove Mr Blackmoore as president
of the organisation because of his knowledge and good stewardship.
I don't think the world bodies will appreciate
this move in view of his experience.
We should seek to have from our government (1) A rubberised track. (2) To
award athletes scholarships to study in Guyana or abroad at university level according to their qualifications to assist
them in lifting their low standards and looking forward to them winning gold medals for our country.
Thompson vs Blackmore –
Amateur vs Prize Money
Sun Nov 14, 2004
I feel both Mr. Thompson and Mr. Blackmore made some mistakes
in address the issues that arise from the Barry Massey Games. Mr. Thompson was wrong for accusing parents of being "hustlers"
and Mr. Blackmore was wrong in stating that the junior athletes should be paid when they compete in open events. I
disagree with Mr. Thompson for making should accusation because its make all of us (Guyanese) look bad. We can't be making our
people and our athletes looked upon in such light. Giving such a damaging interview to a respected regional and international newspaper
can have unfavorable effects on our athletes and people. It will make it hard for the future of the games and organizing committee
especially as they aspire to have a bigger better event next year. I also feel they rules and standards of the games needs
to be more clearly stated before the competition. It is hard to not expect athletes to be upset if the information was
incorrect before the games. However, I feel this issue of expected payment by junior athletes rest with the AAAG.
According to reports from past meets (in the newspapers) junior athletes have received payment from meet directors as
prize money. As the governing body for athletics in Guyana, the AAA is the sanctioning body and it should have informed the
junior athletes that they will lose their amateur status if they received money. Accepting prize money from meet mean you're
cannot obtain athletic scholarships from universities, high school or college and it would have rule out any athletes
(who accepted from money) from the scholarships to University of Guyana. While the IAAF does not have any rules prevent
athletes from accepting money, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – the governing body for college
athletics does have rules again it.
"Awards Prior to Enrollment: If a student-athlete has never enrolled full-time
in any college, he/she may receive awards for athletics participation. The award(s) needs to conform to the rules of the amateur
sports organization that governs the competition and cannot include cash. The awards presented to the student-athlete may
include gift certificates and items that are not personalized, provided the awards are permitted by the rules of the
amateur sports organization." See website link below for more info on amateurism and edibility. (http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/enforcement/amateurism/cheat_sheet? ObjectID=14509&ViewMode=0&PreviewState=0).
An individual who accepts compensation (e.g.prize money above actual and necessary expenses, salary, benefits, etc.) should
not be permitted to compete in intercollegiate athletics." See website below. http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/enforcement/amateurism/sar_directive.r tf?ObjectID=23854&ViewMode=0&PreviewState=0 As
the governing body for all athletics in Guyana, the AAAG has the responsible to make sure the athlete's future is secure.
Allowing them to accept money would not be in their best interest at the age of 13 or under 20 regardless of how incorrect
the meet organizers were by not clearly identifying the rules and policies of prizes.
Respectfully, Mr. Clifford
C. Wong Chairman Friends Of Guyana Athletics.
Blackmoore lashes back at Thompson
By Michael DaSilva
Sunday, November 14th 2004
Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA) president Claude Blackmoore lashed back at Richard Thompson, president of
the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY) most vehemently, saying the latter was not truthful in his interview with
Stabroek Sport, regarding the Barry Massy Games.
In an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport, Thompson had said it was made quite clear to Blackmoore, that his organisation
(GSANY) would not be paying any athlete who is under the age of 20 years, any money, should they place among the top three
in any event at the recently concluded Barry Massay Games. "That is an amateur status and when we pointed this out to Mr.
Blackmoore, he said he did not understand it that way," Thompson had stated.
"Thompson never told me anything about that. They never told me one day, that, that will be the case. That's not the AAA's
policy. They are saying that if an athlete is under-20 years of age that athlete is an amateur. They don't know what they
"They don't even know that the governing body (IAAF) changed its name from International Amateur Athletic Association to
International Association of Athletics Federation. The amateur word was dropped in 2001 when the world body held its Congress,
so what are they saying. Look, Maria Mutola just won US$1M at the IAAF's Grand Prix. What they are saying about amateur status
is sheer garbage. There is nothing like amateur anymore" Blackmoore declared in a telephone interview with Stabroek Sport.
Blackmoore pointed out that a number of junior athletes (under the age of 20) competed in open events and received their
Blackmoore also pointed out that the GSANY officials said they will be paying in US dollars but on the day in question
they paid in local currency "and they even calculated the rate at Gy$188 to US$1. Then to make matters worse, they paid in
cheque. They never told us they would pay in Guyana dollars and with cheque" Blackmoore stated, adding "Some cheques had irregular
signatures and wrong spelling. Where a cheque is to have the numeral 4, it was spelt our instead, but instead of spelling
it FOUR, they spelt it FORE" Blackmoore stated.
The Games were originally scheduled for August 1 and 2, but because of the inclement weather that prevailed at the time,
it had to be postponed and according to Thompson, the Guyana Olympic Association, the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) and
the AAA were notified of the new date (October 23 and 24) "yet they did not do enough to promote it and they (executives of
the three organisations) spent very little time at the Ground (GCC)" Thompson charged.
Asked to respond to this, Blackmoore reasoned "if the GOA is an integral part of the meet, would they have organised the
Sports Administrators course that very weekend. One gets the impression that me or Hector (GCF president) were not interested,
in fact we were part of the sports administrators course and we don't have to be there (GCC) to see the sports being run.
I was the Meet's Director and I had my officials there doing what they were supposed to do and Hector had his cycle officials
doing their part, but I think there was some sort of mis-communication, because I can't see the GOA organising a course on
the same weekend the Games were scheduled."
Thompson had stated that the GOA has always been co-operative with the GSANY.
According to Blackmoore, the refreshments and food for the officials that worked during the Games, as well as the welcome
reception, the band that provided the music at the opening ceremony and the transportation to get the said band to and from
the venue was paid for by the GOA. The television advertisements were paid for by Demerara Distillers Limited while the AAA
paid for the stationery used.
Blackmoore also took issue with Thompson referring to the parents of some of the athletes as `Hustlers'.
Thompson had said "the parents of these kids I think, they are hustlers, because they knew that those children were only
about 13 years old and they knew that they had no other body in that category running, so what they did, they entered their
children in that category just to get the money, because it was only three kids. So they just jog around the track and want
to claim this money."
Blackmoore responded by saying "some parents approached me saying that they were upset about the article and more so by
the remarks that Thompson used (`Hustlers'). The word Hustlers is very uncouth. This is the same athletes that you would want
to participate next year.
"This is the first time that the AAA has co-ordinated an activity and is accused of all sort of things. This is the first
time that we are working with a group and is accused of this kind of thing. All the various meets we run we never had problems.
We are here for the development of the sport. We are the people who are trained by the IAAF and we know the rules and are
working by them so they can't tell us how to do things."
Guyana among 20 countries to draw down from US$4M …Wiltshire completes Masters Degree
in sport administration By Isaiah Chappelle GUYANA
will be among 20 lesser developed Caribbean countries to draw down from US$4 million in the four years to the next Olympics,
to develop their athletes to medal standards.
President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) K. Juman-Yassin
made the announcement on Thursday during a press conference at Olympic House, Queenstown, Georgetown.
He also introduced four sport officials who were exposed
to high-level training, including GOA executive member Garfield Wiltshire, who successfully completed a Masters Degree in
Juman-Yassin disclosed that GOA Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Wiltshire read for a Masters Degree in Strategic Sport Management, while karateka Tracey Gomes attended a Women in Coaching
Conference in the USA, and coaches Stephanie Fraser and Sean Baksh went to the USA and Argentina for training in High Level
The GOA head said the courses were done through the GOA
and Olympic Solidarity, costing over US$3000 per person.
“All of that is through the Guyana Olympic Association
and because we are in good stead with our international body, we have been able to access these courses.”
Juman-Yassin disclosed that “new avenues” would
be available for funding in the four-year cycle to the next Olympics.
He said in one of them, 20 lesser developed countries in
the Caribbean would be teamed together to move our top athletes to the stage where they can be successful at the Olympics.
“One million US dollars will be spent per year for
the next four years for their development. Guyana will be involved in that programme.”
In January, GOA General Secretary Ivor O’Brien will
be attending a meeting in Jamaica where persons designated by the respective National Olympic bodies to discuss their proposals.
Wiltshire said that his project was a strategic planning
for the GOA for the next four years, which would be concluded in another two weeks.
He presented and defended the project at the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lusanne, Switzerland, on October 7, and the following day all participants had a ten-minute
public demonstration at the Olympic Museum.
Wiltshire had to go to several countries for lectures -
module one in Switzerland, module two in Barcelona, Spain, module three in London, England, and the final module back in Switzerland
Wiltshire is now qualified to assess programmes submitted
by the national associations.
Juman-Yassin pointed out that Wiltshire’s paper revealed
that 26 percent of Guyanese were under the age of 14 years.
“This is an exceedingly good thing for any country
because we have a lot of young people to try to develop.”
The GOA head said he hoped that the young people would “channel”
themselves into education so the country could benefit.
“However, having 26 percent of a population under
the age of 14, must give any government the need and necessity to put in place proper sporting facilities or proper recreational
facilities, that could channel the energies of these young people, so that they, perhaps, could go to a higher level.”
Barry Massay Memorial Games
Guyana sports body in New York seeking help to organise next year's games
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, November 10th 2004
President of the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY) Richard Thompson said his organisation is interested in
getting a group of persons here in Guyana to work with them in organising next year's Barry Massay Memorial Games.
In an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport, Thompson said he was not too pleased with the assistance the GSANY received
from local associations in organising the recently-concluded Games so his organization was now seeking a group of people here
to work on their behalf.
"But we wouldn't want to come away from dealing with the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), the AAAG (Amateur Athletic Association
of Guyana) or the Cycling Guyana Federation (GCF). We don't want a pirate situation at all. Everybody we have spoken to is
talking about a pirate situation, but we don't want that at all. We want to work within the framework of these recognised
bodies, so it's a matter of us all getting on the same page," Thompson pointed out.
Asked to comment on this year's Games, Thompson said "it was depressing so to speak, it was a fiasco, but we sat with them
(GOA/GCF/AAAG) after it was over and they claimed that there was a mix-up in communications.
They said after the cancellation in August, they never knew it would have happened. Anyway, we trashed that out and the
GCF said they are willing to work with us next year. The GOA has always been cooperative with us and we have no problem, but
Mr. Blackmoore (AAAG president) said he cannot make a decision, because the AAAG has a general meeting coming up next month
and he didn't know if he'll be re-elected, so he has to wait until after the meeting."
Asked about the incident at this year's Games where the parent of a teenaged athlete demanded the US$130 cash prize because
the athlete won the women's open 10,000-metre event, Thompson said it was made quite clear that we would not be giving money
to anybody under 20 years of age.
"That is an amateur status and when we pointed this out to Mr. Blackmoore, he said he did not understand it that way. The
parents of these kids, I think they are hustlers because they knew that those children were only about 13 years old and they
knew that they had no other body in that category running, so what they did, they entered their children in that category
just to get the money, because it was only three kids. So they just jog around the track and want to claim this money," Thompson
Thompson said the three athletes that contested the women's 10,000-metre race were offered medals and trophies but their
parents refused to accept it. He said one child said she wanted a running shoes and he will personally see to it that she
Thompson reminded that each athlete had and still has a possibility of getting a scholarship to the University of Guyana
"but we were told at the meeting that these children (women's 10,000m) don't have the academic ability to get the scholarship,
and they are only 13, so I don't understand what it is, and the thinking of officials that would say a child at 13 cannot
improve academically to get a scholarship. And the parents too are just looking for money. If this child develops in school,
the child would be able to get a scholarship," Thompson lamented.
Thompson pointed out that his organisation's goal is to develop the sport and enhance the associations that manage the
Meanwhile, his organisation is trying to get a group of coaches from colleges in New York to visit Guyana during the August
holiday next year to witness the talent that abounds here.
"Nothing might happen the first year, but they will be coming periodically and they will be looking forward to seeing the
development of these kids and possibly offer scholarships to colleges in New York," the former cricketer stated.
Thompson said no decision has yet been made regarding the two persons who have qualified for the UG scholarships. He however
said the AAAG, GCF and the GOA will have to sit and decide who will get the scholarships and if no one qualifies this year,
it will be on offer again next year.
Thompson explained that the GSANY had given the persons selected for the scholarships three years to equip themselves to
take them up.
"If the child is not academically qualified right now but they want the scholarship, then they have three years to work
towards that," Thompson explained.
Next year's Games will take on an international flavour since the GSANY plans on inviting athletes from the Caribbean to
compete against locals.
Thompson said they have asked the AAAG to indicate the event/s in which they have qualified athletes so that the foreign
athletes can run against them.
"We don't want it to be an advantage situation, whereby they don't have the talent and have to run against these people
that will come in. So if Blackmoore decides to work with us next year, then it will be his responsibility or the AAAG's responsibility
to get these invitations out early to the athletes in the Region."
Forde gets sweet revenge on Johnson
By Michael DaSilva
Monday, November 8th 2004
Cleveland Forde enjoyed sweet revenge over Kelvin Johnson by winning yesterday's National Sports Commission (NSC) sponsored
10K Road Race in convincing fashion held in West Demerara yesterday.
Rising Stars' Alika Morgan crossed the finish line first in the ladies category.
Forde returned 32 minutes 13 seconds (32:13) in winning the event from Johnson (Rising Stars) who clocked 33.46s while
Morgan returned 38:56s. Second among the ladies was Road Runners' member Carlisa Shabazz (39:58).
The third place finishers in both the men's and ladies categories were Police's Colin Mercurius and New Amsterdam Track
Club's Ashanti Scott.
One week ago, Forde was beaten by Johnson in both the 5000 and 10,000-metre races at the Barry Massay Games which was staged
at the GCC ground.
After being sent on their way from the Demerara Harbour Bridge junction, Forde made his intention known by taking up a
position at the head of the race which he never relinquished.
Johnson, seeing Forde in the lead, challenged him, but his (Johnson) weights prevented him from giving the lanky Forde
a real run for his money and he (Johnson) soon dropped some 100 metres away from the three-time Carifta Games 5000-metre gold
medalist, while Lionel D'Andrade and Colin Mercurius, the two other big names in the race struggled a further 200 metres away.
At Bagotville, Forde led Johnson by approximately 150 metres while Morgan led Shabazz by approximately 80 metres. Scott
was approximately a further 60 metres away in third among the ladies.
As the athletes passed through La Retraite, Forde held on to an approximately 100-meter lead from Johnson while D'Andrade
was approximately a further 150-metre in third. Mercurius was another 10-metre or so away in fourth.
At Sisters Village, Forde extended his lead to approximately 300 metres from Johnson while D'Andrade and Mercurius were
a further 500 metres or so away in third and fourth place respectively.
As Forde passed the Wales Police Station. he, sensing the finish line was not too far away, increased the tempo and won
by approximately 500 metres from Johnson. Mercurius by this time had overtaken D'Andrade and was a further 90 metres away
Morgan for her part, won with approximately 400 metres in hand from Shabazz while Scott, who placed third among the ladies
in the second leg of the South American Classic 10K in Suriname one week ago, was a further 130 metres or so away in third.
D'Andrade and Larry Josiah placed fourth and fifth place respectively among the males while Leanna Doris and Carla Benjamin
finished fourth and fifth respectively among the ladies.
The presentation of prizes to the respective winners was done by Director of Sports Neil Kumar.
Barry Massay Games concludes with a twist
… Cleveland Forde beaten twice in one day By Leeron Brumell
seventh edition of the Barry Massay Memorial Games concluded yesterday with a bitter twist in the minds of some athletes
and their coaches/managers at the GCC ground Bourda, despite top performances in the track and field and cycling championships.
the better part of the day, the ground was set on fire with the intense rivalry and perhaps the biggest upsets came when
Cleveland Forde lost two races, something that has been unheard of for the past year on homesoil.
The twist in
all this came when junior athletes approached the organisers of the event - the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY)
about monies their charges won in races over the past two days.
The GSANY had noted that athletes in the Under 13-20
divisions would not be awarded cash prizes, since they did not want to jeopardise the amateur status of the athletes.
However, some talented junior athletes ventured out of the junior categories and ran in the women's division where they
dominated, only to be told that despite winning, no money would be awarded to them.
The organisers declared they
had no control on what happens on the field despite announcing, noticing and acknowledging the athletes during and after
winning the races. On a brighter note, Guyana's top distance athlete Cleveland Forde showed signs of things to come, maybe
not for him in the future but certainly for the others.
Under former manager Leslie Blacks, Forde was virtually unbeaten
in Guyana by the other athletes for over year at a minimum, however, in street terms `Forde get docta (doctor)' yesterday.
suffered his first defeat in the 1500m to a fast improving Kelvin Johnson with Lionel D'Andrade in third, while the 10,000m
race was the defining moment of things to come in the future.
The race boasted Forde, Johnson, D'Andrade and Colin
Mercurius - the top athletes in Guyana. Half way through the race Forde and Johnson were ahead with D'Andrade a few metres
behind and Mercurius well over 50m behind.
As the laps dwindled down, so did Forde's energy and he showed signs of
fatigue, tiredness and immortality, a picture we've not seen in over two years of the athlete. With five laps remaining,
Mercurius was back in the picture and the four were all in a bunch with the pace significantly slowed from earlier.
stayed together until the bell was sounded for the final lap and they increased the pace and with 200m remaining an all
out sprint broke loose, Mercurius the `dark horse' sped to the front of the pack and moved at least three metres clear
of the field with Johnson and D'Andrade in a ding dong sprint, the former took second with the latter third. Forde finished
fourth, something unheard off in years.
Since the split between Forde and Blacks as manager, things have looked
bleak for the athlete. In other events a number of athletes claimed doubles, Andre Blackman who beat Rawle Greene in the 100m
men's race with Brennon Thomspon third. Blackman on Saturday had beat Greene into second.
Leslyn Major followed up her 200m win with victory in the 100m women's race
with Dianne Munroe second and Beverly Selman third, while Christopher Hall won the boys Under-20 200 and 400m from Derwin
Eastman in both cases with Akani Doris third.
Other outstanding performances came from Sherma Mentore, Rhondell Alleyne, Alicia
Fortune, Teon Roberts, Keith Roberts, Doneka Lyle and Leanna Doris and Royston Ross among others.
In the cycling division
Warren McKay claimed three victories, Marlon Williams and John Charles two while there were victories for Chris Persaud,
Virgil Jones, Maurice Fagundes, Jonathan Fagundes and Kevin Chin. The top athletes received medals in the junior divisions
while the seniors received cash and medals.
Poor turnout, but good performances as Barry Massay Games open
By Michael DaSilva
Sunday, October 31st 2004
The seventh edition of the Barry Massay Games got underway yesterday at the GCC ground, but the public response to this
grand event was very poor.
A sprinkling of spectators witnessed what should have been some exciting events, but which were made sombre by poor athlete
participation. Heats became finals on day one of the two-day event, because there were not enough entries.
However, there were some good performances by Guyana's top athletes, both cycling and track.
The event is sponsored by the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY) to the tune of over US$25,000 and organised
by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA) and the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF).
President of GNASY Richard Thompson told Stabroek Sport that he is disappointed at the response of the local athletes and
more so at the nonchalant attitude adopted by some officials.
Thompson cited the non-appearance of GCF President Hector Edwards and most of his officials. However, he thanked Racing
Secretary Hassan Mohammed for his presence and for assisting with the officiating of the cycle races.
Thompson also lashed out at the short time GOA and AAA presidents K.A. Juman-Yassin and Claude Blackmoore respectively,
graced the meet with their presence. Also sharing his concern was the athletic co-ordinator Leonard Cummings.
In selected results from yesterday's meet, Leslyn Major won the women's 200-metre final in a time of 25.5 seconds. Dianne
Munroe was second and Alicia Fortune third. In the men's equivalent, sponsored by William `Billie' Braithwaite, Andre Blackman
won in 21.7 seconds. Rawle Greene was second and Keith Roberts, third.
Jermaine Pilgrim won the Oscar `Fitty' Miller 1500-metre boys' under-20 event from Cleveland Thomas and Ryan DePeaza respectively.
Pilgrim's time for the race was four minutes 33.0 seconds.
The Regina Spelling 1500-metre girls' under-20 event was won by Sabeia Sancho in six minutes 16.0 seconds. Sonia Kerton
was second and C. McNabb third.
Alika Morgan won the 800-metre women's open in two minutes 09.1 seconds (2:09.1). Second was Carla Benjamin and third Susan
Dane Walcott returned 2:03.4 to win the 800m from Trevor Scotland and Tai Payne respectively.
Stacy Smith clocked 1:09.5 to win the under-20 girls' 400-metre from Thelma Persaud and Shenela McNabb respectively. The
boys' version was won by Christopher Hall (52.5) from Derwin Eastman and Devon Young respectively.
The George DePeana 5000-metre race was won by Cleveland Forde. Lionel D'Andrade was second and Colin Mercurius third.
The Claudette Masdammer Humphrey women's 10,000-metre event was won by Leanna Doris in a time of 39:59.2. Alika Morgan
was second and Carlesa Shabaz third.
The 100-metre boys under-13 was won by J. David from Marlon King and Mark Abel, while on the distaff side, A. Doris was
first, G. Brotherson second and Jopeth Hackett third.
Debra Bowen won the under-17 girls' 200-metre from Marian Roberts and Tiffany Bynoe respectively.
Keisha Pellew won the 800-metre girls' under-13 in 2:40.7 from Kimberley Doris and Corolla McDonald respectively, while
Quinn George was first among the boys in the same age group. He clocked 2:28.6. K. Aaron was second and C. Collins third.
The 800-metre girls' under-13 was won by Sherma Mentore in 2:36.2. Marcia Mentore was second and C. Robertson third. Teon
Roberts clocked 2:06.9 to win the male version of the race from Winston Alexander and Patrick Bobb respectively.
Ryan Reid returned 22.8 seconds to win the 200-metre boys under-17 race from Ralph Fraser and Antoine Bennett respectively,
while on the distaff side, Sherma Mentore clocked 26.8 seconds to win from Leota Bobb and Debra Bowen respectively.
In cycling results, Geron Williams won the racing cycle boys' 12-14 years old 1000-metre, sponsored by Dennison Phillips,
while Marlon Williams won the junior and juvenile category over the same distance. This was sponsored by Percy Boyce. Williams
also won the junior and juvenile 2000-metre race which was sponsored by Austin's Blue Moon Disco and Restaurant of Uitvlugt.
Warren McKay won the Dennison Phillips' 1000-metre event for categories 1 and 2 riders, while Linden Blackman was first
among the veterans under and over 45 years of age over 1000-metre. This race was sponsored by Joseph `Reds' Perreira.
The meet will conclude today with the first event scheduled for 10 am.
Cash prizes and medals will be awarded to outstanding individuals.
Athletes in the junior categories will receive medals while the seniors will receive cash prizes.
Winners in both track and field and cycling will receive US$130, each, while the second and third place finishers will
receive US$90 and US$50. Two scholarships will be on offer for the two top performers. However, the persons selected must
be academically sound.
The activity was last staged in 2002 at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground.
Is Mr. Forde wearing no shoes? That is amazing.
Brazilians dominate second time around … Dos Reis breaks old course record By Leeron Brumell FOR the second time that the South
American 10km Road Race Classic-Race One was staged here on home soil, the Brazilians have dominated the events with Selma
Dos Reis, the female top athlete, breaking her course record set last year.
Romulo Wagner DaSilva won the male open division in a time of 30:39, eight seconds off his time last year,
with Brazilian team-mate Paulo Alves dos Santos second in 31:12, while Guyana’s Cleveland Forde placed third in 32:42.
The race, which was started by British High Commissioner
Steven Hiscock at 16:00 hrs outside the YMCA building, set off at a blistering pace as the international athletes took to
the front of the bunch and never looked back.
They proceeded north onto the Seawall Road where DaSilva
and Alves dos Santos broke away, with Forde not too far behind, however the top two pulled away and were all alone as they
proceeded to the turnabout area, some 300m after the Ocean View International Hotel, with Forde being a distant third, followed
by Steaven Vismale (Suriname) in fourth position, Kelvin Johnson, fifth and Lionel D’Andrade further back in fifth.
The first female to reach the turnaround point was Dos Reis, and was way ahead of the female field by then.
The pace by DaSilva was a killer coming down and he romped
home to a victory unchallenged and almost one minute ahead of his team-mate.
On the distaff side, Dos Reis carrying her own pace was
well within setting a record as she crossed the finish line three minutes ahead of the her second place team-mate Marlene
Fortunato some three minutes behind, finishing in 39:37 while the Ashanti Scott (Guyana) finished third in 43.42.
Scott was the third Guyanese female to cross the finish
Dos Reis’ 2003 time was 37.14.
In the other divisions, Quinn George (Belladrum Secondary)
finished first in the Under-15 boys division with Karien Aaron (Fort Wellington) second and Anthony Bowman (Road Runners)
third, and on the distaff side Leanna Doris (Silver Bullets) finished first, while she was also the first Guyanese female
to cross the finish line, with Alika Morgan (Rising Stars) second and Wileth Reid (Police) third.
In the Under-17 division, Teon Roberts (Belladrum) was the
victor followed by Carl Fraser (Road Runners) second and Shevin Saul (Belladrum) third while Doneka Lyle and Culliann Robertson
finished first and second respectively, both of Belladrum Secondary. In the Under-20 division, Cleveland Thomas was first
(Silver Fox), followed by Carl Fraser and Colwin Cummings both of Belladrum and Dafa Shabazz was the lone female finisher
in the Under-20 division.The race started with some 64 athletes and 56 finished the course..
Race two is in Suriname on Saturday, with the final race
in Panama on November 07.
Among the sponsors for the race yesterday were Continental
Group of Companies, Demerara Distillers Limited, Wieting and Richter, Auto Fashion, Delmur Company, Swiss House Cambio.
The local organising committee of the Amateur Athletics
Association (AAA) will meet this week to select a two-member team to run in the event on Saturday.
Kelvin Johnson (right) and his manager/coach Leslie Black, display the plaques he won at the New York
Road Runners' American Heart Association's Wall Street 5K race and the ING New York City Marathon Tune-Up.
- Johnson's star still rising
Athlete shines in New York road races
Wednesday, October 20th 2004
Kelvin Johnson turned in some brilliant performances over a three-week period in New York City, competing in three road
The Rising Stars athlete placed third overall in the New York Road Runners' American Heart Association's Wall Street 5K
road race on September 23 and followed it up with an overall eighth place in the ING New York City Marathon Warm-Up 18-mile
run the following weekend.
One week later, Johnson again placed eighth overall in a half marathon `Great Gallop' road race.
The 5K attracted 3,741 athletes while the 18-mile event attracted 4,571 athletes. The half marathon on the other hand saw
3,963 athletes facing the starter.
In his age group (20-29) category, Johnson finished third in the 5K, first in the half marathon and fifth in the 18-mile.
He returned 16 minutes 12 seconds (16.12) in the 5K, averaging 5.13 minutes per mile, while in the 18-mile event he returned
1.44:38 an average of 5.48 a mile.
In the half marathon, Johnson returned 1.13:53 with an average of 5.38.
The 5K was won by Matthew Dipretore in 15.58 while the second place finisher - Christopher Malynowski returned 16.04.
The half marathon was won by Kays Kototsa (1:08.42) while Jorso Eliecer Real was second and Joaannes Ndla placed third.
All three are from Africa.
Real also won the 18-mile event. He returned 1:38.05. Second place went to Edward Gapax. Johnson said all three races were
very tough and he used them as a warm-up for the South American 5k which is scheduled for Sunday, here in Guyana.
The one-time local champion said he is very optimistic that he can win Sunday's race.
Burnett sows for what she's reaped
.... Olympian gives back to alma-mater
Monday, October 18th 2004
Guyana's 2004 Olympian Marian Burnett has again come from the heart to show her support for and interest in the development
of sports locally.
In another demonstration of what she labelled, "giving back to her compatriots", Burnett presented a plaque to her alma
mater - Mackenzie High School (MHS) - to be won for at the institution's annual inter-house athletics championships. The presentation
was made two Fridays ago to the headteacher, Janice Gibson shortly after this year's meet in Linden.
Burnett said she had arranged to witness some of the day's events and personally present the plaque during the proceedings.
The plaque is valued at US$237, and was custom manufactured in the USA by the internationally renowned Awards Express, Inc.
(makers of the symbol of movie making excellence - the prestigious Oscar Award), and arrived in Guyana on Thursday morning.
It has a notch-edged base made of lustrous piano-finish mahogany and rosewood, and measures 101/2" x 13". On the base is an
antique gold and black main plaque inscribed with the MHS emblem and the words "The Marian Burnett Award for the Most Valuable
Performer, Annual Inter-house Athletics Championships, Mackenzie High School, October 8th, 2004." There are six 1"x3" cast
metal and resin plates for inscription of the winner's name, house and year.
Speaking to this newspaper, the Sportswoman of the Year said the plaque is intended to be competed for annually. She added,
"after six years I will replace it with another but during that time I might give some other stuff."
Expressing gratitude for the gesture, headteacher Janice Gibson praised Burnett, "not only for this wonderful show of interest
in her former school, but also for what she has personally achieved around the world in such a short space of time, especially
this year." Gibson who had written glowingly of Burnett's underlying qualities and potential in a letter of reference five
years ago, thanked her ex-student for widely expanding the success story of the school, and supplying "such immense pages
in MHS's annals."
She said Burnett is an image of pride for students of the school who see her triumphs as extremely worthy of emulation.
"Her diligence, perseverance and humility have impressed everyone. We are happy we played a part in her foundation and
most excited about how she regards us." Gibson said the school will make the inaugural presentation of the award at this year's
speech night exercises in early December.
The policewoman who left Guyana last weekend after a 3-week visit, also took time to present NIKE-made sports apparel to
young athletes at the Police Sports Club, the Amerindian community at Madewini and in Linden. Last year, Burnett had sent
three pairs of NIKE running shoes to Nyota Peters, Jennifer Chichester and another female athlete. Since studying and training
in the USA four years ago, she has made personal donations to the Guyana Police Force's athletic championships and Fitness
Paradise gym, among others.
Burnett also thanked Caribbean Cargo & Package Services Inc. (owned by Guyanese entrepreneur Bobby Vieira) for "their
extremely reliable service in getting the article here."
Burnett says she plans similarly, to assist other organizations and individuals in the near and foreseeable future. "There
is an athletic meet coming up in November, a powerlifting championships, then the Kashif and Shanghai that I want to contribute
something tangible," she contended.
In photo, Dianne Munroe (left) accepts the Spike running shoes and the Nike track suit from Marian Burnette
at the Police Sports Club Ground yesterday.(photo by Michael Da Silva)
Munroe rewarded by Olympian Burnette
Tuesday, October 5th 2004
United States-based Guyanese athlete Marian Burnette yesterday rewarded Police athlete Dianne Munroe for her efforts, discipline
and determination to do well.
At a simple ceremony yesterday at the Police Sports Club ground, Burnette presented Munroe with a pair of Spike running
shoes and a Nike track suit for her performance during the year.
Munroe recently won a bronze medal in the girls' 100-metres at the South American Junior Championships in Ecuador. She
clocked 11.90 seconds for the distance.
"I think she is a good prospect for the future" the 2004 Olympian stated, adding, "Over the past week that I've been here,
I saw the discipline in her. She's one of the athletes that approached me for advice and assistance and I personally think
she can do 11.4 for 100 metres and maybe 24 for the 200 metres and that way , with her academics, I think she might be able
to secure an overseas scholarship."
Munroe who just finished school (Cummings Lodge CHS) secured five subjects at the CXC examinations with grades two and
three and plans on continuing her education at a school that has a sixth form.
According to Burnette, an athlete must pass five subjects and the SAT examinations as well as excel in their respective
events to secure a scholarship.
Burnette opined that an athlete does not have to train on a synthetic track to achieve good timings "When I did my personal
best, it was at the CAC Games in 1999 and at that time I was based in Guyana, training on grass, and I got my scholarship
then, so I don't see a problem with not having a synthetic track prevents an athlete from excelling" Burnette stated.
Burnette, a former Police Sports Club athlete who will be returning to the US on Saturday, said she is impressed with the
work Lyndon Wilson (Police coach) is doing with his charges and called on him to continue the good work.
In thanking Burnette for the gift, Munroe said she will put the shoes and suit to good use and "I would make her (Burnette)
Police successfully defend Inter-club title By Leeron Brumell POLICE Track and
Field Club successfully defended their Inter-Club title when they dominated events yesterday on the Police Sports Club Ground,
Eve Leary. At the end of the day, they had totalled 306 points to come out well clear of Bygeval Multilateral (BM)
with 131, Silver Fox third with 74 points (SF) and Bedford Track Club (BTC) in fourth position with 51 points.
These were the only four clubs affiliated to the Amateur
Athletics Association (AAA) that competed on a hot sunny day.
Apart from the win, there were notable performances from
Leota Bobb who claimed the women's 100m and 200m sprint double and Lionel D'Andrade who won the men's 1500m and 5 000m races.
Randy Chance who won the men’s javelin and shot put and placed second in the discus and Trishel Thompson (Police) claimed
the women’s discus and shot put events.
The race of the day however was the 4x400m men’s relay
between the Police and Silver Fox.
From the opening gun, Police went ahead and led the first
two legs, however the momentum of the race changed during the third leg when Police athlete Colin Mercurius was out-sprinted
to the line and former national junior sprinter, now senior, Keith Roberts, cruised home in the fourth leg by some 30 metres
to register an overall time of 3:30.3.
The female 4x400m relay was taken by Police with Bygeval
Bobb, representing the Police Sports Club, sprinted to victory
in the women’s 100m in 12.4 seconds with Charmane Clarke of Police second and Abiola Gordon (BM) third.
She then won the 200m ahead of Monica Roberts (BM) in 27.2
seconds with Tiffany Bynoe (Police) third.
Lionel D'Andrade (BTC) capped a good day with victory in
the 1500m early in the day in 4:19.3 ahead of Colin Mercurius and Dwayne Walcott both of Police, in that order, while he had
more of a commanding victory in the 5 000m race winning by at least 40m.
From the outset, the tall D'Andrade went to the front and
was closely trailed by Cleveland Thomas (SF) for the entire race and it was not until the penultimate lap that D'Andrade began
to pull away, leaving Thomas behind to take second position while the veteran Llewellyn Gardner (BTC) finished third and Damon
The winning time was recorded as 17:59.0.
Off the track and in the field department, Chance (BM) had
a good day with the throwing events.
He claimed victory in the men’s javelin with a throw
of 43.74m ahead of Winston Sutherland (SF) and Larry Josiah (Police) third, while he also won the shot put with a distance
of 11.02m, followed by team-mates Royston Ross and Terrence Jackman.
Ross, however, turned the tables in the discus with a release
of 37.84m, Chance second and Earl Keizer (Police) third.
Thompson won the discus with a distance of 31.60m from Bynoe
and the shot put in 11.50m again ahead of Bynoe.
In other events, Rawle Greene (BTC) won the men’s
100m ahead of Andre Blackman and Brennon Thompson (Police) in 10.5 seconds. Blackman rebounded to take the 200m in 21.4 seconds,
with Keith Roberts (SF) second and Christopher Joseph (BTC) third.
Derwin Eastman won the men’s 400m with a time of 52.9
seconds followed by Edison Jefford (BTC) and Devon Younge (Police) third, Sherma Mentore the women’s 400m in 1:03.2
from Monica Roberts (BM) and Marcia Mentore (Police).
Marcia Mentore claimed the women’s 3 000m race later
in the day from team-mate Wileth Reid.
Reid earlier in the day had won the 1500m ahead of Marcia
Mentore and Saul (BM).
Dwayne Walcott (Police) was the men’s 800m winner
with Chaitram Seeram (BM) second, Carla Benjamin (Police) the women’s winner with Sherma Mentore (Police) second and
Arnetia Saul (BM) third.
Police won both 4x100m relays with Silver Fox second in
the men’s division and Bygeval second in the female class.
In the remaining field events Brian Bristol (SF) won the
men’s long jump with a leap of six metres, with Brennon Thompson (Police) second and Bruce Elen (SF) third, and Stacey
Wilson (Police) won the women’s event with a leap of 4.90m from Charmane Clarke (Police) and Marcia Sealey (BM) third.
Stacey Smith (Police) won the women’s javelin with
a release of 26m, Monica Roberts (BM) second and Latoya Bynoe (Police) third.
Meanwhile, the Champion of Champions meet, scheduled for
Saturday October 2, has been shifted to 2005.
FLASHBACK: Marian Burnett is hugged by US President George Bush during a visit to the White House.
Marian Burnett is a rounded role model
- promotes Guyana on track, in class, all over
by Lawrie Lockhart
Monday, September 27th 2004
Media houses have a way of showcasing the ups and downs of athletes before and during coverage of major sports events.
The Athens Olympics was another prototype a month ago.
Some of the featured personalities walked the champions' podium whereas others with their plain attendance were champions
of a cause, whether national, religious or otherwise. But, beneath the hubbub in editing rooms and studios, a Guyanese athlete
silently and painfully added another chapter to her stimulating storyline that makes fora full-length movie.
Track star Marian Burnett endured a long hard road to Athens amidst bumps and grinds that would fell a thoroughbred in
a Kennard Memorial. Once again, not only did she defy the pains of planta faciitis and dental defects in Athens, but her entire
story over the past four years in the US is one of clenching fortitude to attain a role model status for Guyanese women.
Her appearances at major meets seem to tag along a jinx. Last year, in Santo Domingo, the diminutive half-miler was tossed
around in the semifinal at the PanAm Games, then being caught up in a tactless three-person bumping in the final for her silver
medal. When she won the US collegiate 800m title in 2002, she had to be subjected to intense physiotherapy to reverse the
doubtfulness over her participation just hours before her run. In 2001 she arrived in high altitude Guatemala City mere hours
before her races. She placed fourth, but suffered dehydration and lung collapse at the finish and got emergency intravenous
medication and treatment.
For the Olympics, it was felt Burnett might have been slapped a disservice by her national body and "peaked too early"
when she made the `A' standard qualification in May, in an almost direct response to arguments over what standard she should
be allowed to use. "Remember she was in the midst of exams and graduation arrangement when that stone was thrown her way,
so being the fighter she is, she was determined to make good and may have pressured herself from all angles," IAAF Athlete
Representative Keith Basdeo had said.
Incidentally, her meteoric rise started in much the same way. At the Central American and Caribbean Champion-ships in Barbados
in 1999, a `green' Burnett recorded the second fastest time going into the finals. However, she got a taste of the tactics
of international middle-distance running, and was severely tossed around ending just out of the medals. The next day she ran
the 1,500m and secured the only medal for the eight-member team of locally-based athletes. That was in spite of doctor's advice
that "her legs wouldn't withstand the rigours."
But that was the gritty performance that prompted Neville Hodge, a coach at Washington's Morgan State University, to recommend
her to colleague Michael Smart at Essex County College in New Jersey.
With a full scholarship in hand, she ventured to the US where an impact was immediately evident on the track, in the classroom
and socially. Her former coach had stated "she was well prepared when she got to me, so it was a joy to deal with her from
the inception." In the first of her two years, Burnett met the challenges of school and sports, as well as the environmental
and cultural differences with such aplomb that Smart said "she was destined to have a story worth documenting someday."
The former Mackenzie High School student maintained a GPA of 3.24 going into her second year.
Her outstanding, record-breaking champion athlete status, academic achievements, personal demeanor and leadership qualities
propelled her to become the first non -American to captain the college's track team for the year 2000-01.
Responding to her new honour, Burnett led her college to second position in both the indoor and outdoor championships in
2001, and once again giving a proud Smart the Coach-of-the-Year award.
In the classroom, she demonstrated an extraordinary ardor to excel and received the United States Postal Service Award
of Excellence given to outstanding student-athletes for sportsmanship and academic brilliance.
The Guyanese lass spoke loudly of her country as she accepted the honour at a showy ceremony attended by executives from
a plethora of American conglomerates.
Prior to her graduation, some professors got together and recommend her to be a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship
given to students whose all-round excellence best promotes the virtues of the college. Whilst accepting her Associate degree
in Physical Education Science, Burnett was announced as one of only two graduands among the 982 students of the Class of 2000
to get the prestigious accolade. "We knew she was going to get it. It's a just decision for a just reward for such a just
person Marion is an epitome of the kind of students we strive to admit and turn out," boasted a proud Gerald also known as
Professor Pateesh, who recommended her.
A few weeks before she was a special guest at the Guyana Independence Gala and Awards Ceremony at New York's City Hall
put on by the Tri-State Alliance grouping.
Before going off on her scholarship at Louisiana State University (LSU), the Guyana Ex-Police Association of New York also
honoured her at a special farewell. "We thank you for unswervingly upholding the name of the Force and Guyana as a whole,"
Edwin Solomon had said in the presence of several well-wishers and other nationals, including Consul General to New York Brentnol
Evans. Evans, who also hails from Linden, has always been accommodating to Burnett and congratulated her at a courtesy call
she paid on her return from the Olympics.
According to the LSU fact file on Burnett, "she was one of the most sought after recruits in the nation." Some 15 universities
were ready to get her on their rosters. But, LSU won her heart because of the advantageous climatic conditions, the environment
and its outstanding legacy of being a track and field powerhouse. With a role call of over 35,000 students and an 8,000-plus
faculty, the college is literally an unspoilt town. Burnett figured that out quickly and used it in her decisions. "Coming
here has paid dividends more than I expected, and that's why it's my base for professional training and graduate school in
Instead of shacking in a dorm, the mature Burnett took an apartment just off campus, thus providing conditions to further
instill her independence and mental focus for school and sports.
With an ideal locality, she is `a stone's throw' from the college's world-class tracks, basketball, baseball and football
stadiums, tennis courts, swimming pools, Atheltic Centre and gymnasium. "The golf courses are right around there also and
that's where I do my long runs morning and afternoon," she quipped. "I'm next to everything, and still not more than ten minutes
from my classes, libraries, clinics, rehabilitation centres, so I walk, use my bike or the campus bus, often."
While other student-athletes were faltering at her college and elsewhere, the young police officer kept up her commitment
to studies, in spite of a hectic schedule travelling to meets around the US and overseas, almost on a weekly basis.
"At times, I would miss some important sessions and exams, but I would have to make up later with really high scores that's
why at the airports and in the planes you'd see me reading and doing assignments because books were an important part of my
That value was underscored in 2002 when she was awarded the Director's Cup and Medallion for academic excellence at an
auspicious ceremony hosted by media giant Cox Communications. Here she was the only NCAA national champion to be so honoured.
The following September, Burnett was at the White House in Washington to be honoured by US President George W. Bush at the
first-ever Champions' Day Ceremony. She told this newspaper of her personal chat with the American leader and other members
of staff. "I also got the chance to get the President to pose for the only individual photo after I gave them a schooling
'cause they didn't know much about Guyana, duh!" she impishly recalled.
As fate would have it, it was Bush again whose propitious presence graced Burnett's graduation last May at the Baton Rouge-based
university. "If I had been an American citizen, I could have taken this coincidence to mean Bush is sending a message for
my vote, or is it something else?" she inquired in reference to the current American political scenario. Bush is the first
serving leader to address an LSU commencement, and had passed up appearances at his daughters' graduation the same week.
Burnett graduated with a Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Social Work and Corrections. In December,
she would be bestowed with another Bachelor's degree. This time in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice.
The Guyanese has set a standard for other student-athletes to emulate. She pursued her studies for both degrees simultaneously.
Her achievements are remarkable, for they were realized alongside the demands of athletic training and competition in which
she set national, meet and stadium records.
Burnett's proud coach said she did all these things while maintaining herself by cooking, cleaning, shopping and attending
to other welfare matters, all for herself. "Marion was still able to find time to socialize, and is a favourite with my family,"
Mark Elliott added. "She has been an asset to our programme and school and that sure augurs well for any other Guyanese coming
here for any sport or course. She has built a legacy all by herself. Her family and country have a champion on all fronts."
Her passports attest to the nature of her ambassadorship as a role model Guyanese sports figure. She has stepped on the
soil of 41 of the US' 52 states. International travel has taken her to 38 countries from Hungary to Morocco, Poland to Venezuela.
"Everywhere I go, it's all about getting Guyana more recognized," she contended.
Burnett remembered when she placed a surprising second in a world class field at a Grand Prix meet in Croatia. "That was
in front of thousands of people, and after the race people were, like, where are you from, you're good. When I finished with
them I knew they were going to read up some more about me and my country."
Algeria held another occurrence of national promotion for the straight-talking Guyanese. She said her extreme athletic
appearance stuck out everywhere she went in the African state, and developed stares that turned into approaches for acquaintance.
"There was this family that I had a conversation with. We talked a little in English and Arabic which I studied at LSU.
Afterwards, they were curious as to whether Arabic is spoken in Guyana."
While displaying a few photos, the young police officer explained that "even in the US some people don't believe that I
am a police back in my country. Take a look at these, these are some New York (NYPD) cops who were moved by the fact and said
"Hey let's have a snap, officer'," she laughingly related. "Look this one even said that he's dating a girl from Guyana,"
she said, pointing to a caucasian cop in a photo that shows her in casual attire with the Golden Arrowhead colours on her
visor and arm bands, surrounded by the officers.
Burnett says she loves what she does in promoting her country "whenever I get the chance to do so." This nation will be
a force to be reckoned with in a short while, we just need to streamline a few things and give our youths the opportunities
we are just as talented, skilled and bright as others," she assured. "I been out there, I know it, I can feel the day coming,
soon believe me." She is a member of the famous Pace Sports Management organization of the United Kingdom where she is based
in the summer, and is probably the first Guyanese athlete to have a `shoe contract' with sports apparel manufacturing giant,
Asked about her future plans, Burnett said that she would be taking a few weeks off in Guyana for some business and relaxation.
"Down the road I want to set up a few things to benefit young Guyanese women and other youths who need a break, one like I
Just before ending our discussion, she paused for a moment and said that she intends to make approaches to seek a diplomatic
Asked why?" She responded, "it would help a tremendous lot whenever I have to travel to all these countries to compete.
I am so embarrassed and spent at times when making travel arrangements like visas and so. Everyone is doing that now. I have
athlete friends from Grenada and Bahamas who got theirs early this year and they can sit back and focus on training and competition
while I run up and down. It is a tiring thing that can defeat your purpose." Let's initiate our champion role model's cause.
Nine and murdered
Monday, August 30th 2004
Saturday's murder of nine-year-old Christine Sukhra by bandits and the terrorising of Coldingen require Police Commissioner
Winston Felix to hold himself and his force accountable. There must be an all-out attempt to apprehend the criminals behind
these attacks and to bring them to justice. Coming in the wake of the brutal stabbing murder of a Non Pariel businessman,
the shooting to death of a policeman in Buxton and a chilling armed challenge to the police by gunmen in that village, the
killing of this girl cannot go unpunished. When sworn in as Commissioner earlier this year Mr Felix had said that he should
be held accountable. This is exactly what he is now being required to do.
With the Olympics over and only the heart-warming memories of great contests left in its wake, we here in Guyana are left
to rue another shutout for local athletes. Despite their heroic efforts, Aliann Pompey, Marion Burnett and the rest were unable
to make the medal standard and it must force those at the helm of sport in this country to contemplate how our athletes can
succeed in making ripples in the waters of international competition. It is not that the medals, accolades and records should
become an obsession. But for a country choking on a poisonous diet of political diatribes, criminal violence and ethnic tension,
winning would not only put the country on the map, it would lift the spirits of the country, provide a reason to celebrate
together and motivate budding athletes to emulate.
However, our athletes won't win unless we invest in them, afford them the facilities to hone their skills and offer them
exposure to international competitions so that when prestigious tournaments come around they won't be so unnerved by the occasion
that they couldn't perform. We haven't made a big enough effort and this is clearly shown in the fact that most of our representatives
at recent Olympics are based abroad because they know they have a better chance of success there.
Why can't our Minister of Sport, the various sports associations and the business community get together and make a determined
effort to identify young talent and make a serious investment in them? There is still a lot of money around once a persuasive
case is put together for talented sportsmen and women. Not many would object to allotting some of the state's lotto proceeds
for an athlete with potential.
We are also going to be spending at least US$20M on the stadium for the cricket world cup. On the face of it, US$20M is
an extravagance for a country in a tight spot especially when there is no obvious payback from a stadium which will also have
high maintenance costs. As of now it is difficult to see how the stadium will make money especially when it will have to compete
with a number of new facilities in more politically stable parts of the Caribbean. And where cricket is concerned, Bourda
will remain the No.1 choice for the cricketing cognoscenti. It exudes history, tradition, memories and drama. Were it to strike
an arrangement with the neighbouring sports club it could be even more attractive.
So when Cricket World Cup 2007 is done with we will have a vast cricket stadium frequently silent unless there is some
future plan to turn it into a truly multi-purpose facility with provisions for cyclists etc. A fraction of the stadium costs
could have done wonders for the country's Olympic dreams and our aspiring athletic stars.
Every four years we seem to confront the same disappointment with the silent promise of doing better in the next round.
Couldn't we start planning this year to identify our best potential for Beijing 2008 and to start working with them? Maybe
instead of the endless stream of brainless "beauty" pageants we could try something else.
As of now, we have to be content to revel in the success of our fellow Caribbean athletes; three-medal Veronica Campbell
powering to victory in the 200 metres and in the 4x100 relay where the US had been the overwhelming favourite, Tonique Williams-Darling
of the Bahamas island chain and the others from the region who made it onto the medals podium. If we want our athletes in
the medals come 2008 we have to be prepared for the hard work.