Caesar, Bright strike gold for Guyana


-Guyana end day one with 11 medals

By Treiston Joseph

Compton Caesar is just another level at the moment. The Lindener proved to be the best sprinter in the South American region on Saturday evening when the first day of the South American Junior Championship concluded at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.

Caesar clocked a fast 10.37s to out run race favourite Derick De Souza of Brazil, who clocked 10.45s, while Argentina’s Daniel Londero finished third for bronze in 10.70s. Guyana’s Tyrell Peters missed out on bronze finishing fourth in 10.77s.

Caesar noted that his coach emphasized getting a “good start” and that’s what happened as he held off the Brazillian.

“He had a faster time in the heats but my coach told me not to worry just get a good start and run the race and I felt him coming but I kept going,” Caesar stated.

Meanwhile, Chantoba Bright continued her run of form with a huge jump of 6.30 metres which was her personal best and the gold medal leap at the championship.

“I was shocked, I didn’t expect such a huge jump, and I’m truly amazed and overwhelmed… so proud of myself,” Bright stated.

Ruth Sanmogan also grabbed a bronze with a leap of 5.59m, while Victoria Alves 6.18m was second.

In the Women’s 100m, Guyana picked up two more medals with silver and bronze medal runs by Onasha Rogers and Kenisha Philips respectively. Rogers clocked 11.71s and Phillips clocked 11.78s in their races, while Brazil’s Lorraine Martins with a run of 11.56s was the winner.

Anferenee Headecker added to his tally by grabbing his second bronze of the meet in the Boy’s 800m final, while team mate Samuel Lynch took silver. Lynch clocked 1:57.26s, while Headecker clocked 1:57.87s in the event that Jeferson Alb Dos Santos of Brazil won in 1:56.35s.

Claudrice McKoy also took bronze in the Girl’s 1500m with a time of 4:38.70s to take Guyana’s day one medal tally to 11. The championship wraps up on Sunday (June 4).

[10:14, 6/4/2017] Avinash Ramzan: Caption for feature image (photo of boys): Guyana’s Compton Caesar leading the competition in the 100m

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