Three medals for Guyana on day one of SA Championships
Guyanese athletes copped three medals on the first day of the competition at the Senior South American Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Those medals- one silver and two bronze- came from the exploits of sprinters Emanuel Archibald, Jasmine Abrams and Jenea McCammon on Saturday.
In the marque 100m event, Archibald got second with a time of 10.23s as Brazil’s Felipe Bardi won in 10.10s and Derick Silva got third with a time of 10.35s.
Archibald finished seventh in the long jump with a best leap of 7.75m, nothing close to his current season-best of 8.10m, which is currently 23rd in the world for 2021.
The event was won by Colombia’s Arnovis Dalmero (7.94m) followed by Uruguay’s Emiliano Lasa (7.94m) and Alexsandro de Melo of Brazil with 7.93m.
Guyanese Micaiah Washington (7.34m) finished ninth in the pool of 13 jumpers.
Abrams clocked 11.50s to secure bronze behind the hosts’ Marizol Landázuri (11.39) and Brazilian Vitória Rosa (11.31).
Likewise, McCammon got bronze in the100m hurdles with a time of 13.63s. Ketiley Batista (12.96s) of Brazil and Diana Bazalar (13.47s) of Peru finished second and third respectively.
Arinze Chance missed out on a podium spot in the 400m as he finished fourth with a time of 46.81s. Venezuela’s Jose Godfather clocked 45.82s, followed by Brazil’s Lucas Carvalho (46.31s) and Colombian Raúl Pedroza (46.58s).
On Monday from 09:30h, Chance will be back in action in the 200m since he and Akeem Stuart are registered for that event.
High-jumper Mark Jhalu produced 2.11 meters to finish sixth in the event which went ‘1-2’ to the Brazilian pair of Ferreira Fernando (2.29m) and Thiago Moura (2.23m), while Carlos Layoy of Argentina got third (2.17).
Quamel Prince and Devaun Barrington will compete in the 800m from 17:00h today along with Andrea Foster, who is tipped to win gold.