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Collins to headline AP Invitational’s Men’s 100m

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The Banks DIH Men’s 100m at the Aliann Pompey Invitational slated for July 15 at the Lenora Track and Field Centre has a famous headliner. One of several premier events at the competition, the race is headlined by World Champion the famed Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The event will be run with a qualifying round at approximately 16:15h, with the finals at 17:35h.  Emmanuel Callender, Trinidad and Tobago’s 2017 national champion and two-time Olympic bronze medallist, is expected to pose a serious threat to Collins.

Callender’s time of 10.10s was good enough to win Trinidad’s recently concluded Senior Championships. Other notables in the race are Levi Cadogan of Barbados and Chavaughn Walsh of Antigua and Barbuda.

The list of Guyanese who will start the race depends on the outcome of the Senior National Champs slated to be held on July 2 and 3 at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.

The race is named for one of the major contributors to the success of the competition, Banks DIH – specifically the brands Powerade, Malta Supreme and Rainforest Waters.

Director of the Aliann Pompey Invitational, Guyana’s four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey, said of the partnership with Banks DIH Limited.

“I’m thrilled about this partnership. Banks from the beginning understood the vision of this competition, what it could do for our athletes, what it meant for Guyana on the international track scene, and bought in right away. I’m glad it wasn’t a one off situation, as they are back in a much bigger way to support the the event, particularly the Men’s 100m dash,” Pompey said.

She continued, “I thank Banks from the bottom of my heart for working so hard to make this happen. It costs a pretty penny (laughs), but I believe it’s worth it, and I’m glad they do as well. Mr. Mortimer (Stewart) has been behind the scene making sure the pieces come together and that athletes will be well hydrated with Banks products. I want to thank Clive Pellew for making the important introductions and seeing it through. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to Mr. Carlton Joao for trusting us to do a great job while aligned with the Banks DIH brand.”

The international field, as well as the field of Guyanese runners to start the Banks DIH Men’s 100m dash, reads: Kim Collins (SKN), Emmanuel Callender (TRI), Tre Houston (BER), Chavaughn Walsh (ANT), Jaqouhne Hoyte (BAR), Virjillo Griggs (PAN), Levi Cadogan (BAR), Tahir Walsh (ANT) and Ramona Hill (JAM). 

Potential Guyanese starters (list to be finalised after the Senior National Champs on July 2 & 3): Adam Harris, Andel Perry, Jeremy Bascom, Lloyd Cummings, Chavez Agedly, Compton Caesar, Stephon Boodie, Emmanuel Archibald, Deandrew Denny, Salish Nauth, Tevin Garraway, Davin Drawers, Akeem Peters, Carlos Trinidad, Terron Montford, Tyrell Peters, Quason Anthony and Owen Adonis.

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