GDF takes first jump on day one of Athletics Championship

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Natasha Alder launches a throw into the air. [iNews' Photo]
Natasha Alder launches a throw into the air. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is looking strong after nine finals on the first day of the Inter Services Athletics Championship (ISAC) on Tuesday, October 14 at the GDF Sports Club Ground, Camp Ayanganna.

GDF accumulated 138 points while the Guyana Police Force (GPF) sits in second 130 points, the City Constabulary ended the day with 22 points while the Guyana Fire Service is stanza at fourth with 19 points. The Guyana Prison Service is dead last with 11 points.

In track and field action, Patrick King was in top form with a jump of 6.95 metres to win the men’s long jump event for GDF while Yoel Benjamin was second with a leap of 6.61 metres. Carlos Haynes was third with 6.57 metres.

GDF’s Cleveland Forde won the men’s 5000 metres event in a time of 15:52.2s. Tyshon Bentick was second with 16:02.4s and Nathaniel Giddings third with16:34.2s.

Tracey Moses of GPF delivered in the female long jump with a leap of 5.57 metres while Letitia Myles finished second with a jump of 5.26 metres. Aniqua Powley was third with a jump of 5.01 metres.

In the women’s 3000 metres GPF’s Jonella Jonas stopped the clocked at 11:14.2s to finish ahead of Carlissa Atkinson who clocked 11:18.8s. Alicia jack was third with a time of 12:30.3s.

GPF’s Natasha Alder was her usual dominant self, winning the women’s discuss with a massive throw of 30.72 metres while Sophina Vanderstoop was second with 28.28 metres. Wonnetta Wayne was third with a throw of 27.45 metres.

Meanwhile, in preliminary action Olympian and GPF athlete Winston George was thrown out of the men’s 100 metres due to a false start but rebounded in the 400 metres heats to win heat one.

However, GDF’s Davin Fraser looked in top form with a 10.4s run to win heat one while a former ISAC champion Rupert Perry returned to the track with a 10.7s run to finish second behind Fraser.

GDF’s Akeem Stewart was the winner of heat two in 10.5s while Shawn Semple finished second in 10.5. Semple who competes for GPF was able to win heat two of the men’s 400 metres prelims.

The ISAC championships also known as Joint Service Sports will continue today at the said ground from 10:30hrs.

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