Guyanese perform well at Hampton International Games

Guyana’s Andrea Foster at the Hampton International Games

GOLD medal wins by CARIFTA Games bronze medallist Andrea Foster, along with Natrena Hooper, and a second-place finish by the Guyana Defence Force men’s 4x100m team, were just some of the medal wins by Guyanese at the 39th Hampton International Games held last weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.Along with Foster and Hooper GDF’s Doman Williams landed gold with his 14.18m distance in the men’s triple jump.
Foster, who earlier this year won bronze in both the Girls’ Under-20 800m and 1500m at the CARIFTA Games, took gold for these events at the Hampton Games.
Foster did 2:19.04s in the women’s 800m for an easy win over Trinidad’s April Francis, who finished on a time of 2:25.13s. Foster was at it again in the 1500m championing the race in a time of 4:55.92s.
She once again ended ahead of Francis who clocked 5:14.39s, while Caryl Hamilton took third in a time of 6:42.81s.
Hooper fared well in the field events securing gold in the women’s triple jump and high jump. In the triple jump Hooper made it across 12.62m for the win, and in the high jump she cleared 1.78m. Jeanelle Ovid made it to 1.65m to take second place.
Hooper is one of several Guyanese athletes who attended the event hoping to make Olympic standard to qualify for the upcoming Rio Olympics in August. Her high jump, however, is still just short of the 1.93m qualifying mark.
Apart from the jumps, Hooper also ran the 200m where she placed fourth on a time of 24.22 secs. The race was won by Kamaria Durant in a time of 23.19 secs.
After a gaping win in their heats, the GDF men’s team, anchored by Davin Fraser, ended with a second place in the 4x100m relay after clocking a time of 41.86 secs. The relay was started by Rupert Perry, while Rodney Eion and Akeem Stewart were the middle men.
Outside of his win with the team, Stewart also celebrated a silver medal win from his performance in the men’s 200m finals.
Stewart touched the finish line in a time of 21.45 secs, beaten only by the 21.37 secs run by Trinidad’s Kevin Haynes.
Also landing some of that hardware up for grabs was Men’s javelin record-holder Leslain Baird who placed third in that event.
Baird’s key throw covered a distance of 62.12m. The win for the event went to Trinidad’s Shaquille Waithe who managed to cover a distance of 77.17m. Grenada’s Anderson Peters was second with a 76.75m throw.