Guyana fail to add to medal tally
...at Commonwealth Games
By Michael DaSilva
August 3, 2002
Guyana's Commonwealth Games team has settled for a single medal (gold) in Manchester, England, as local athletes fail to reach the medal rounds in the other squash and weight lifting events they were down to contest yesterday.
Reports from England indicate that Shondell King placed eight in the 69Kgs division of the women's weight lifting competition, while squash players Luke Fraser, Regan Pollard and Nicolette Fernandes failed to get past the pool round of the men's doubles and mixed doubles competition.
In her attempt to secure a medal, King snatched 68Kgs and clean and jerked 87.5Kgs for a total of 152.5Kgs, but that could have only managed her the eighth place. Ten lifters contested the division.
In the men's doubles of the squash competition, Fraser and Pollard lost two of their three Pool `A' matches, while Fraser and Fernandes lost all four of their Pool `A' matches in the mixed doubles competition.
Fraser and Pollard contested Pool 'A' along with pairs from Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while Fraser and Fernandes contested the mixed doubles along with pairs from New Zealand, England, Wales and Malaysia.
The 69Kgs division of the women's weight lifting competition was won by Madeleine Yamechi of the Cameroon who set a new Games record of a total 230Kgs. Yamechi snatched 100Kgs and clean and jerked 130Kgs.
The silver medal went to India's Sethi Neelam Laxmi who totaled 205Kgs, while Nauru's, Sheba Deire Rajea copped the bronze (200Kgs).
Track athlete Aliann Pompey secured Guyana's lone medal at the Games by winning the women's 400-metre in 51.63 seconds. She qualified for the final after clocking a personal best time of 51.34 seconds in her semi-final round.
Rifle shooters Ransford Goodluck and Mahendra Persaud placed 12th in the Open Fullbore Pairs competition, while Persaud finished 30th and Goodluck 31st in the Open Singles Fullbore shoot.
Heavyweight boxers Theophilus Blue as well as featherweight Rudolph Fraser failed to get past the first round in their respective divisions.
Marian Burnette, Guyana's other track athlete at the Games reached the semi-final round of the women's 800-metre, but failed to qualify for the final, though she placed fourth in her heat which included world champion Maria Mutola.
Fraser, Pollard and Fernandes failed to get past the first round of the squash competition.
Weight lifters William Langford, June Belle, Julian McWatt and Shondell King all placed eighth in their respective divisions while Sean Cozier, who, like McWatt, contested the 85kgs division, placed 10th.