Linden’s international standouts, Daniel Williams and Chantoba Bright will carry the community’s challenge this weekend at the Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic VIII scheduled for the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground.
The two athletes among others will be representing the Upper Demerara Club under Coach, Johnny Gravesande, and will be performing on the biggest stage at home since their ascendancy to international stardom after winning several medals.
The athletes have never performed against Guyana’s best senior athletes in Linden since gaining acclaimed medals at varying regional and international meets. The Linden community is eager to see their star athletes on show at home against Guyana’s best athletes.
Williams is an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior silver medalist, which he claimed in Kenya recently. Apart from that Williams has silver medals from the South American Youth and Junior Championships on separate occasions.
He would have also had a CARIFTA Games silver medal if he had not stepped on the line in the race, which forced a disqualification. Williams showed huge character when he rebounded from that misfortune to ascend to being the second best junior quartermiler in the world.
Linden will have their opportunity to see this outstanding athlete against some of the country’s best on home soil for the first time since his global ranking. Williams is expected to compete in the International Men’s 200m and the 400m at the Boyce and Jefford Classic this weekend.
He will have a stern test from the Police and Soldiers, who are registered in full force for the events with their top athletes, including Davin Fraser, Akeem Stewart among others. However, Williams has proven to be a strong competitor under pressure.
In addition, jumps ace, Bright has emerged as a top candidate in the International Women’s Long Jump and the Triple Jump events in Guyana. Her performances internationally has so far landed her four CARIFTA Games medals, one gold, two silvers and a bronze.
Bright also has medals from the South American Junior Championships and was the other athlete on the two-member team to Kenya with Gravesande as Coach. Linden gets the opportunity to see Bright attempt to shine among her senior counterparts.
With scholarship offers at colleges in the United States on the table for both athletes, it could be the last time they perform at home at a mega meet. What is certain is that the duo, among others, are expected to hold their own at the MSC Ground this weekend.Add to Favorites