West Indians doing well in sports fiesta

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Jamaica Gleaner

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct. 7 (Reuters)

GUYANESE and West Indian competitors were taking top honours at the sports fiesta now being held in Surinam, officials returning to Georgetown said today.

The games were opened last weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the Surinam Football Association, and will continue throughout the week at the national stadium there.

The festival involves athletics, lawn tennis, volleyball, basketball, cycling, football and hockey with participating countries including Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Surinam, (Belem) Brazil, and the Netherlands Antilles.

In the field events, Trinidad's Hasley Crawford, Commonwealth games 100 metres bronze medallist, sped to victory in the 100, 200 and 400 metres, with Guyanese William Porter and Ulric Benjamin taking seconds in the 100 and 400 metres, respectively.


In football, Surinam's national game, which is said to be drawing the biggest crowds at the stadium in Paramaribo, the Surinam team last night defeated the Trinidadians by 3 goals to 2.

The homesters' first goal came from a powerful shot by right link Brundsen from 30 yards out, and at halftime the Trinidadians were still trying in vain to equalize.

The equalizer came after the resumption through Haynes who outran several defenders and then shot past the goalie, an eye witness account of the game revealed.

After Brundsen had taken his second goal with a shot from inside the penalty area, Trinidad's leftwinger Brewster made it two-all with a mighty right-footer from 20 yards away, but just a few minutes before the final whistle the Surinamers got a penalty from a foul against Scall and Damon scored.