Daniel Williams back with a bang; Archibald wins Long Jump
By Akeem Greene
Daniel Williams looked in sublime form on his return to the track as he dominated the Men’s 200m final at the National Senior Athletics Championship, which concluded on Sunday at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.
The 21-year-old Williams, back on the track after injury, produce a silky-smooth race in a time of 21.06 seconds to finish ahead of Akeem Stewart (21.35s) and Noelex Holder (21.46s).
The Lindener had a good transition out of the blocks and ran a solid turn before distancing himself from the rivals in the final stages of the race.
The 2017 World Under-18 400m silver medallist is on scholarship at Hinds Community College in the United States of America, and expressed he is just happy to be back on the track after recovering from numerous injuries and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
The Women’s 200m was won by Juvonna Cornette of Tytans Athletics in a time of 24.85s ahead of Ruth Sanmoogan (25.13s) and Keliza Smith (25.24s).
Devaun Barrington of the Guyana Defence Force produced a time of one minute and 53.02 seconds to win the 800m ahead of teammate Nicholas Daw (1:55.84s) and Anfernee Headecker (1:55.94s).
Joanna Archer dominated the female event in a time of two minutes, 12.62 seconds, way ahead of Shaquka Tyrell (2:19.30s) and Tia Azore (2:32.34s).
Cleveland Thomas won the 5000m in 16 minutes, 01.72 seconds to exact revenge on the young Sir Kennard Hartog, who defeated him in the 10,000m on Friday evening. Hartog clocked 16:29.28s for second and Marlon Nicholson (16:40.05s) was third.
Meanwhile, Emanuel Archibald, the national record holder in the Long Jump, had the best leap of 7.82m, which is not close to his season-best of 8.10 meters, produced earlier in the year at Leonora.
Archibald said he is happy with the performances in the 100m and Long Jump as he builds to the high possibility he will attend next month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo due to his ranking points.
Additionally, he revealed he is still eying other meets to complete the achievement of qualifying via entry standard time.
Damon Williams (7.57m) and Micaiah Washington (7.57m) were second and third respectively in the Long Jump.
Battling a toe injury, Chantoba Bright completed the ‘double’ as she won the female event with a best leap of 6.28m; on Friday she produced a personal best to win the Triple Jump.
Sanmoogan (6.02m) and Toyan Raymond (5.82m) completed the podium spots in Sunday’s Long Jump.
The Women’s Shot Put event was comfortably won by Anneisa DeAbru (10.30m) while Teniesah Cort (9.82m) and Main McPherson (9.16m) were the other top three finishers.
Julio Sinclair had the best throw of 16.12m, which easily gave him the Men’s title as Osafo Dosantos (15.83m) and Jermain Simmons (15.56s) were second and third respectively.
President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson, hailed the three-day event as a success and earmarked July as the tentative period for the hosting of the National Youth and Junior Championships.