NATIONALS: Four records tumble on day three
- Bright leads way with brilliant Long Jump record - Williams jumps for over seven metres
Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) athlete, Chantoba Bright, broke the Female Under-18 Long Jump record when the National School Championships continued on Tuesday at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.
Bright, one of the top athletes on the local circuit, did not just break a record she held in the Under-18 category, but she also recorded the biggest female jump across all age groups in the history of the championships with a leap of 5.89 metres to erase her old record of 5.40 metres.
Funny enough, the Female Under-20 record was also broken on Tuesday and Toyan Raymond (East Coast; District 4) set the new mark at 5.73 metres, erasing the old mark that stood since 1996 by Michelle Vaughn.
Meanwhile, West Demerara’s (District 3) Carl Williams probably had the most impressive performance so far at the event, jumping 7.11 metres to erase the Under-20 record that was held by Rickford Deane (West Demerara) since 1991 at 6.90m.
What makes Williams feat impressive is the fact that he is the first student/athlete to go over the seven-metre mark and is the only the second athlete to go over the seven-metre mark with his jump being the biggest in the history of the event.
The other seven-metre jump was by a teacher; Kevin Bonnet, who holds the 21-30 age category teacher’s record at 7.04 metres. Wesley Tyndall of South Georgetown (District 13) broke the fourth record of the day and erased one of Daniel Williams’ seven records.
Tyndall flew around the track to record a time of 54.50s in the Under-14 Boys 400 metres to top Williams’ record of 54.9s. The Championships will continue for the remainder of the week at the synthetic facility at Leonora.