Intl’ track and field athletes all set for Aliann Pompey Invitation
- Kirani James, Troy Doris, Winston George, Donald Scott among top names
DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 29, 2018
Fans are encouraged to come out and witness a day of exhilarating track and field sports as Kirani James and Troy Doris compete against other world-class athletes in the third Aliann Pompey Invitation tomorrow.
The much-anticipated track and field event will see 400-metre Olympic Gold Medalist Kirani James and other athletes gracing the Leonora Track and Facility. James will compete in the much-anticipated 400-metre race and is calling on fans to come out and support the meet.
“It is exciting to compete, to see the crowd, the fans, everybody; to learn about the Guyanese culture. So, I hope everyone comes out to the meet and supports all of the athletes because we are really going to need your support out there and I know as long as you are out there, it is guaranteed that we are going to put on a good show for all of you.”
Guyana’s 400metre Olympian and South American Senior Championship Gold medalist, Winston George said he’s looking forward to the stiff competition. He will be going head to head with James.
“It is going to be a tough race. I am willing I am ready, I am looking forward to a good race, it is not only Kirani but there also have a lot of other good 400 runners, looking to drop this national record, get into that 44 and be happy” George explained.
Feature athletes for the triple jump event, include Guyana’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Troy Doris and Donald Scott of the US are both looking forward to putting on a show for the fans. While this is the second time Scott will be participating in Guyana, it will be a first for Doris.
Doris said that he is happy to be home and finally have the opportunity to compete in front of home crowd. He added, “all the support is needed for everybody that is watching, come to the meet, have fun, enjoy yourself and just have a good time.”
As for Scott, he is looking to give the homeboy a “jump” for his money. “I just cannot wait to compete against Troy in his hometown, so it is going to be a good competition and I am ready for it, so just go out there and have a good time.”
The Aliann Pompey Invitational starts tomorrow at the Leonora Track and Field Centre where over 100 athletes representing 25 countries will be competing. Gates open at 3 pm, general admission $1,000 and VIP, $5,000.
By: Isaiah Braithwaite.
Images: Kawise Wishart.