James clocks fastest 200m on local soil

Stephan James clocked the fastest 200 metres time on local soil yesterday when the Guyana Police Force held its fun day yesterday at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.

Joseph competing in one of the invitational track events at the meet ran a brilliant final 70 metres to separate himself comfortably from the rest of the field.

Stephan James crosses the line unchallenged in the men’s 100 metres yesterday at the Police Sport Club invitational event. (Orlando Charles photo)

His 21.7s run was easily the fastest 200 metres time of the season and he duly claimed the sprint double by winning the 100m.

Akeem Stewart 22.2s and Quacey Henry 22.6s were second and third respectively in the 200 metres.

Earlier in the day, James clocked 10.8s to win the 100m event in the absence of his sprint rival Chavez Ageday whom he lost to a week earlier.

Leslain Baird 11.1s and Akeem Stewart 11.4s were second and third respectively.

The 100 metres event was also missing Guyana’s top three sprinters in Winston George, Rupert Perry and Quinse Clarke who are currently in Jamaica on a training stint in an effort to realize their dreams of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Letitia Myles won her second straight 100 metres of the season equalling the 12.2s she ran last weekend.

Second was Jevina Sampson, who ran slower than at last weekend’s meet when she clocked 12.3s.

Yesterday she turned in a time of 12.5s in the event which saw junior athlete Tiffany Carto taking third in 12.8s.

Myles was prevented for the second straight week from claiming a sprint double in the women’s 200m by Neisa Allen, the runner-up Sports-woman of the year.

Allen ran a superb curve that saw her taking the lead to finish the race in a season leading time of 25.00s while Myles finished second in 25.2s. Sampson was third in the event with a time of 25.5s.

Two time 1500 metres gold medalist at the Carifta Games Jevina Straker looked to be returning to her old dominant self in the early part of the season as she secured yet another 800 metres win in a relatively fast time of 2:23.5s.

The Carifta medalist showed shades of her former self when she controlled most of the 800 metres before sprinting away with the event in the final 150 metres.

Her club mate from the Running Brave Athletic club Andrea Foster finished second in 2:27.9s while Adama Roberts, who was seemingly unprepared for the event, failed to complete the race.

In the men’s 800 metres, Cleveland Thomas was unstoppable as he led from start to finish securing the top position in a time of 1:59.2s for his second straight 800 metres victory of the season.

Devaughn Barrington was second with a time of 2:01.9s while Inter Guiana Games 800 metres silver medalist Ornesto Thomas finished third in  2:07.6s.

In 400 metres action, Selwyn Foster claimed glory in 52.2 ahead of Neil Barry Jr., in 53.1s while Neil Gordon was third in 55.5s.

In the female 400m, Shomaine Daniels hung on to narrowly defeat Straker – an unfamiliar face to the flat 400 metres event – in 1:02.6s while Straker clocked 1:02.9s. Natrena Hooper was third in 1:03.2s.

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