Guyana’s Doris strikes his­toric gold on the Gold Coast

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

Troy Doris hopped, skipped and jumped his way to a Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal and leaped into the record books af­ter win­ning the Men’s Triple Jump event yes­ter­day in Aus­tralia.

On the penul­ti­mate day of the 21st edi­tion of the pres­ti­gious Games be­ing held on the Gold Coast, Doris pro­duced the most mem­o­rable jump of his ca­reer, a sea­son’s best 16.88m to cat­a­pult his name into the an­nals of his­tory.

His win­ning per­for­mance earned Guyana its first global gold medal in a field event.

Guyana’s flag bearer at the open­ing cer­e­mony bested a field of 10 other elite Com­mon­wealth jumpers in­clu­sive of Do­minica’s Yor­danys Gar­cia (16.86m) and Mar­cel May­ack (16.80m) of Cameroon who joined him on the podium.

The USA based na­tional triple jump record holder (17.18m) joins Phil Ed­wards, Win­field Braith­waite and Aliann Pom­pey as the only gold medal per­form­ers for Bri­tish Guiana/Guyana at the Games which was first held in 1930.

Ed­wards won the 880 yards event in Lon­don, Eng­land in 1934. Forty­four years later, Braith­waite boxed his way to a gold in the light wel­ter­weight class in Ed­mon­ton, Canada and Pom­pey won the 400m event in 2002 in Manch­ester, Eng­land.

Doris’ gold medal win­ning per­for­mance yes­ter­day in the triple jump at the Com­mon­wealth Games could po­ten­tially have pos­i­tive rip­ple ef­fects for Guyana’s ath­let­ics.

This is ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent of the Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hut­son who con­grat­u­lated the 29 year-old for earn­ing the first global gold medal for Guyana in a field event.

“His per­for­mance is re­ally ad­mirable and I want to con­grat­u­late him and his coach and the peo­ple around him for bring­ing such glory to Guyana,” said Hut­son yes­ter­day.

“What he would have done is put Guyana a bit more on the map in the se­nior com­pe­ti­tions. This is go­ing to make our work a lit­tle eas­ier for spon­sors to come on board to help in the de­vel­op­ment of track and field be­cause of our per­for­mances on the big stages.”

On the penul­ti­mate day of the 21st edi­tion of the pres­ti­gious Games held on the Gold Coast, Doris pro­duced the most mem­o­rable jump of his ca­reer, a sea­son’s best 16.88m to cat­a­pult his name into the an­nals of his­tory.

Guyana’s flag bearer at the open­ing cer­e­mony bested a field of 10 other elite Com­mon­wealth jumpers in­clu­sive of Do­minica’s Yor­danys Gar­cia (16.86m) and Mar­cel May­ack (16.80m) of Cameroon who joined him on the podium.

The AAG head con­cluded by stat­ing, “We are show­ing progress now and I hope that the ju­niors at the CARIFTA Games level can tran­si­tion as good to the se­niors like Troy has.”

DORIS DE­LIV­ERS! Troy Doris’ win­ning per­for­mance in the men’s triple jump was the first global gold medal for an ath­lete rep­re­sent­ing the Golden Ar­row­head in a field event.

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