The International Men’s 800m race at this weekend’s Kares Engineering Inc. Boyce & Jefford Classic has been injected with excitement with the confirmation of United States Virgin Islands (USVI) middle distance Phenom, Malique Smith.
Smith has a personal best time of 1:51.90s, which is better than all Guyanese 800m athletes this year. The USVI athlete ran the time at the Aliann Pompey Invitational, winning the 800m title. He will face keen rivalry from Uganda’s Olympian Julius Mutenkanga.
In addition to Mutenkanga, Smith will clash with defending champ, United States-based Kevin Bayley and Trinidad and Tobago’s Ashton Gill in what promises to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Boyce/Jefford Track and Field Classic.
Mutenkanga boasts a personal best time of 1:46.30s which he ran at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in 2011 in Daegu.
The loaded 800m final scheduled for Sunday also features Samuel Lynch, Quincy Morian and Afernee Headecker among others. The race is also likely to include Desmond Amsterdam and Daniel Melville.
Smith is a member of the St. Croix Track Club and an honor student/athlete of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB). He earned all-conference honors on the track and in cross-country at UAPB.
The line- up for the 800 metres final is expected to put the event’s six year old record under threat.
in the Boyce/Jefford International 800m Men is that the 2011 record of 1:55.90s is definitely under threat.
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