Commonwealth Games: Guyana into men’s 4x100m final

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Guyana’s hope of landing a medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games is alive and well, after Emanuel Archibald, Arinze Chance, Noelex Holder and Akeem Stewart finished third in semi-final one of the Men’s 4x100m relay.

With another sold out crowd at the Alexander Stadium, 32,000-roaring fans witnessed the Guyanese quartet running 38.92s to finish behind Trinidad and Tobago (38.84s) and England (38.48s).

According to a press release from the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) through Press Attache, Rawle Toney, Stewart provided the perfect start for Guyana, running in lane two. His pass to Archibald, who ran a superb second leg, was out of a textbook.

Arinze did not leave things up for chance on the penultimate leg, as the National 400m Indoor Record holder was perfect on the turn.

Holder, receiving from Chance, powered down the last stretch as if there’s no tomorrow. He was greeted by his joyful teammates, who appropriately celebrated their historic run.

Saturday’s race marked the first time, in the history of the Commonwealth Games which started in 1930, that Guyana was participating in the relays.

“It was a good effort. Everybody did what they were supposed to do and we got the results we were hoping for” Chance stated after the race.

Flanked by his teammates, Chance said they executed according to plan, but, they will sit with coaches, Johnny Gravesande and Julian Edmonds, and review the race to see if changes are applicable.

However, Holder, chirping in the background, said “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

The Men’s 4x100m relay team will look to the podium at 07:40h on Sunday given the fact that they represent Guyana’s last chance of a medal at the former British Empire Games.

At the 1975 Pan Am Games, James Wren-Gilks, Dennis Collison (father of former NBA player Darren Collison), Clifton Schultz and Aubrey Wilson, ran a National Record time of 39.59s when they finished sixth in the finals in Mexico City.

 

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  1. Matthew says

    Go Team Go! You can do it……

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