Guyanese student-athletes cop six medals in Jamaica

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A remarkable display of athletic prowess at the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona last weekend landed three Guyanese student-athletes six medals, which include three gold, two silver, and a bronze.

The three athletes cemented their place among the University’s elite athletes when they participated in UWI Mona’s 62nd annual intramural sports over the weekend.

Newcomer Domon Williams, who commenced studies at UWI this semester, walked away with the Champion Athlete award after his impressive performance in three field events.

Williams is currently Guyana’s Senior National triple and long jump Champion.

In the triple Jump, he secured gold with a leap of 15.63m ahead of Jamaica’s Leroy Page whose best jump was 14.48m. His person best in the event is 15.80m.

The student-athlete then stepped into the javelin arena where he managed to secure a silver medal with a throw of 51.61m, just behind Jamaica’s Zavaan Richards who threw 56m.

In his pet event, the Senior Champion bagged another silver medal with a jump of 7.36m, after being denied gold by fellow countryman, Emanuel Archibald whose leap of 7.85m proved superior.

Archibald is Guyana’s national long jump record holder. That record is 8.08m.

Archibald, who has been described as a “sprinting sensation” in Guyana and Jamaica over the last few years, also retained his 100m title at the event, while another Guyanese, Owen Adonis walked away with a bronze in the event.

Adonis, who specialises in the 200m has recently been focusing on the shorter distance.

Williams, Archibald and Adonis are national athletes who compete for Guyana, but attend school and train in Jamaica. Currently they are being trained by internationally recognized jumps coach Kerry-Lee Ricketts.

Ricketts’ camp attracts national athletes from more than seven different countries.

The coach shared with News Room Sport that the young athletes have tremendous potential and he is happy to be working with them in pursuit of realising their true potential.

At the same time, he noted that his training and mentorship is not limited to sports, but that it is a requirement for his athletes to perform well in school.

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