All systems in place ahead of Boyce and Jefford Classic
By Michelangelo Jacobus
All systems are in place, we’ve been having good weather all week, the (Mackenzie Sports Club) ground was marked and rolled and this year’s edition will be one of the best in years.”
This was revealed to Guyana Times Sports by organizer of the Boyce and Jefford Classic, Edison Jefford during an exclusive interview.
The eight edition of the Classic is slated to run off on Saturday, August 12 and will conclude on August 13 at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden; the premier athletics event of the year for Linden boasts an incredible lineup of international athletes from eight different countries thus far.
“With guys like (Kevin) Bayley, (Julius) Mutekanga and (United States Virgin Islands) USVI’s Malique Smith things are looking up; fans can look forward to an 800m race packed with quality athletes. Bayley who is the defending 800m champion has said that he is not taking anything for granted, we have the local boys (Samuel( Lynch and (Anfernee) Headecker who will also be looking to stamp their names on the event” Jefford noted.
The organizer pointed out that 800 metre race will be the signature event of the meeting.
“While most athletics meets are headlined by the sprint events, the 800m will be the marquee race of the Boyce and Jefford Championships, it will be a classic; that’s what the Boyce and Jefford Classic is all about, bringing fans classic races.”
While the current 800m meet record stands at 1:55.90s, fans might just see a race under 1:50s, the likes of which has never been seen on local shores.
Meanwhile Linden’s international standouts, Daniel Williams and Chantoba Bright will carry the community’s challenge this weekend.
The two athletes among others will be representing the Upper Demerara Club under Coach, Johnny Gravesande, and will be performing for the first time since their rise to international glory after winning several medals.
Williams is an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior silver medalist, which he claimed in Kenya recently.
However 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