Guyana’s medal count continues to rise at SA Juniors
– Caesar doubtful for 200m final
By Treiston Joseph
Before the South American Junior Championship started this weekend, Guyana had only eight medals in total after 41 editions, but as the 42nd edition continues to roll on Guyana has doubled that amount and the medals kept coming during the morning session on Sunday at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.
While the host nation ended day one with a total of 11 medals, Sunday morning’s session yielded another six. While Guyana did not manage to get a gold medal Sunday morning, silver and bronze were the order of the period.
Kenisha Phillips added to her bronze in the Girl’s 100m with another bronze in the Girl’s 200m finishing with a time of 24.26s. Lorraine Barb Martins of Brazil won the event in 23.89s to take her second sprint gold after winning the 100m 24 hours earlier. Ecuador’s Romi Cifuentes Gonzalez finished second in 24.20s. Onasha Rogers who got silver for Guyana in the 100m on Saturday finished fifth.
Chantoba Bright returned to take bronze in the Girl’s triple jump after landing gold a day earlier in the female long jump. Bright had a leap of 12.19m for her bronze medal, while Mirieli Estaili Santos of Brazil won the event with 12.71m and Monifah Djoe took the silver with a leap of 12.33m.
Joanna Archer got her first medal of the competition, winning Guyana’s first silver of the morning with a 2:19.43s 800m run. Johana P. Arrieta Madera of Colombia won the event in 2:10.41s.
Terrence Fraser won bronze for Guyana in an unfamiliar event, the 400m hurdles, with a time of 58.07s. Caio Giovani D. Martins of Brazil won the event in 54.78s, while Ehar Al Romana Mosquera of Colombia took second in 55.65s.
Tramaine Beckles and Timothy Sealy took silver and bronze respectively in the Boy’s Javelin with throws of 53.41m and 48.93m to close out the morning session for Guyana. Pedro Henriqu Rodrigues of Brazil threw 69.71m to win the event.
Meanwhile, Compton Caesar, Guyana’s 100m South American Junior gold medallist, pulled a leg muscle at the end of the 200m preliminaries, but still qualified for the final. The final, which was supposed to be part of the morning session, was postponed to the afternoon session in an effort to give the sprinter some time to recuperate.