George, Hooper grab bronze in Baku


By Treiston Joseph 

Olympian Winston George ended his campaign in the 2017 edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games with a bronze medal on Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

George, who one day earlier won silver in the Men’s 400m, took bronze in the Men’s 200 metres with a time of 20.62s. Ramil Guliev of Turkey won the event in a time of 20.08s, while Salim Eid Yaqoob of Brunei Darussalam took silver in 20.56s. 

Meanwhile, overseas-based athlete, Natrena Hooper, got Guyana’s third medal at the Islamic Solidarity Games during her High Jump event. Hooper, who finished sixth a day earlier in the Women’s Triple Jump, made amends by grabbing bronze in the Women’s High Jump, which is her favoured event of the two.

The tall and lanky jumper recorded a height of 1.77 metres to take the bronze, while Nadiya Dusanova of Uzbekistan took the gold with a leap of 1.80 metres. Yousra Arar of Algeria took silver with a jump of 1.77 metres as well, clearing the bar one jump ahead of Hooper.

While both Hooper and George have ended their campaign, Guyana’s Alita Moore will compete in the Women’s 400 metres final on Friday, as well as Emmanuel Archibald in the Men’s Long Jump.

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