25 Famous Olympic Players in Guyana of All Time

Tom Kershaw

The Olympic Games are an international competition that has been held every four years since 1896. Athletes from all over the world come to compete in their chosen sport, and Guyana is no exception.

Over the years, many talented athletes from Guyana have competed in the Olympics, achieving great success. These athletes have proudly represented their country and made their mark on the world stage.

Here, we take a look at some of the best Olympic players from Guyana and the remarkable accomplishments they have achieved.

1. Aliann Pompey

Aliann Tabitha Omalara Pompey OLY is an incredible athlete from Guyana. She is a sprinter who specializes in the 400 meters and has achieved great success on the international stage.

She has represented Guyana at the Summer Olympics four times, showcasing her impressive abilities and dedication to her sport. Furthermore, she has competed at the World Championships in Athletics an impressive eleven times.

Her consistent presence on the world stage is a testament to her skill and determination to be the best she can be. She is an inspiration to athletes everywhere and a great example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.

2. Troy Doris

Troy Doris is an American triple jumper with Guyanese roots. He is from Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from Bolingbrook High School in 2007. Doris’ parents are both from Guyana, which makes him a unique athlete.

In 2016, Doris had the opportunity to represent the United States at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. His performance in the triple jump event was impressive, as he finished in seventh place with a mark of 16.90 meters.

This was a remarkable achievement for Doris, who had worked hard to reach this point in his career. Doris’ journey to the Rio Olympics is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the sport of triple jump. His Guyanese heritage only adds to the unique story of his success.

Doris’ parents must be immensely proud of the accomplishments he achieved in the 2016 Olympics.

3. Jennifer Innis

Jennifer Innis is a remarkable athlete who has achieved impressive feats in her career. She is a dual citizen of Guyana and the United States and is a former sprinter and long jumper.

Innis’ career highlights include representing Guyana at the 1979 Pan American Games and competing in both the women’s 100 metres and the long jump at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Additionally, she was a finalist in the 1983 World Championships long jump, where she finished in 11th place. Innis’ success as an athlete is even more impressive when considering the fact that she was able to compete for two different countries.

At the 2019 Pan American Games, she competed for Guyana, demonstrating her loyalty and commitment to her home country.

She was also able to qualify for the 1980 Olympics for the United States, showing her immense talent and dedication to the sport. Innis’ dedication to the sport is admirable, as she has continued to compete at a high level for many years.

Her impressive results in the 1983 World Championships long jump serve as a testament to her skill and determination.

Even after all these years, Innis is still remembered as one of the best long jumpers in the world.  Jennifer Innis is a remarkable athlete who has achieved impressive feats in her career.

Her dual citizenship of Guyana and the United States allowed her to compete for both countries at different events. Her dedication to the sport is evident through her impressive results, especially in the 1983 World Championships long jump.

Her accomplishments serve as an inspiration to many and will be remembered for years to come.

4. Richard Jones

Richard Jones is a Guyanese sprinter who achieved international recognition when he competed in the men’s 400 metres at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

This competition took place in Atlanta, Georgia, and was the first time that Richard had represented his country at the Olympic Games.

He was one of the few athletes from Guyana to have competed at the Olympics, and his performance was highly praised by the international community. His performance in the race was impressive, finishing in sixth place overall with a time of 45.30 seconds.

It was an exciting moment for Richard and his country, as it was the first time Guyana had made it to the finals of a major international event like the Olympics.

This was a great achievement for Richard and he received a great deal of recognition for his accomplishment. Richard’s success at the Olympics was also a source of pride for the citizens of Guyana and a testament to the country’s dedication and hard work in the field of athletics.

It is also a reminder of the importance of perseverance and dedication to achieve success. Richard’s success has inspired many other Guyanese athletes to strive for excellence in their respective sports.

5. Lancelot Gittens

Lancelot Gittens is an acclaimed Olympic athlete from Guyana who has competed in both the 400 metres hurdles and the 4 × 400 metres relay. He was selected to participate in the 1996 Summer Olympics in the men’s 400 metres hurdles event.

Gittens qualified to run the 400IH with an impressive time of 47.9 seconds. He was also able to clock a time of 54.79 seconds in the intermediate hurdles.

His outstanding performances have made him one of Guyana’s most successful athletes and an inspiration to aspiring athletes around the world. Gittens’ determination and commitment to excellence have made him an admirable athlete in the international sporting community.

6. Ian Roberts

Ian Andre Roberts is a remarkable figure in the world of sport and education. He is a former Guyanese Olympic athlete and educator who is now the superintendent of two school districts.

Originally from Guyana, Roberts achieved success through his hard work and dedication, becoming a celebrated athlete in his home country. He went on to become the superintendent of the Millcreek Township School District in Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Recently, he has moved to take up the role of superintendent of the Des Moines Independent Community School District in Des Moines, Iowa.

Roberts’ move to Des Moines was a major step forward in his career and it is likely that he will continue to be an influential figure in the development of education and sport in both Guyana and the United States.

His vast experience in both fields is likely to be an asset to the school district and to the local community. His commitment to excellence is clear and will no doubt be a major factor in the success of the school district in the years to come.

7. Adam Harris

Adam Harris is a professional sprinter who has competed in multiple international events. He represented the country of Guyana in the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2009 World Championships, the 2013 World Championships and the 2014 World Indoor Championships.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Harris competed in the 200 metres event but unfortunately did not reach the final round.

Despite not reaching the final round, Harris’ participation in the 2008 Olympics is a testament to his dedication and drive in the sport of sprinting. Harris has also competed in the 2009, 2013 and 2014 World Championships.

In the 2009 Championships, he was able to reach the quarter-finals in the 200 metres event. He was also able to reach the semi-finals in the same event at the 2013 Championships.

Finally, at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, Harris was able to reach the finals in the 200 metres event. These accomplishments showcase Harris’ talent and commitment to the sport and his ability to perform at the highest level.

Adam Harris is a remarkable athlete who has demonstrated his skill and determination through his participation in international sporting events.

His performance in the 2008 Olympics, and subsequent success in the 2009, 2013 and 2014 World Championships, demonstrate his commitment to the sport of sprinting and his dedication to achieving excellence.

8. Michael Anthony

Michael Parris, also known as Michael Anthony, is a retired boxer from Guyana who is remembered for his participation in the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, Soviet Union.

While in Moscow, he competed in the bantamweight division and earned Guyana’s first ever Olympic medal, a bronze.

He was born in Georgetown, Guyana and this historic medal marked a major milestone for the nation. Parris had a successful career in boxing, becoming a respected figure in the sport and a renowned athlete in his home country.

His bronze medal was a testament to his hard work and dedication to the sport.

He earned the respect of not only his peers but also the public and his fellow citizens. Parris’ bronze medal is still remembered in Guyana today, with his name still celebrated as the country’s first ever Olympic medalist.

His success in the Olympics has since inspired countless athletes in Guyana to pursue their dreams and strive to make their own mark in the world of sports.

Parris’ remarkable achievement is still looked back upon with pride and admiration, as a celebration of the nation and its athletes.

9. Andrew Fowler

Andrew Fowler is a Guyanese swimmer who recently competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics. This competition marked his debut appearance in the Olympic games and his first attempt at international recognition.

Born and raised in Guyana, Fowler has been swimming since he was a young child, learning technique and form from his father. He has worked extremely hard over the years to perfect his skills and has achieved great success in his home country.

He won multiple medals at the South American Games and other regional competitions. The 2020 Summer Olympics were the first time that Andrew Fowler had the opportunity to compete on a world stage. He put forth a valiant effort, but unfortunately he did not bring home any medals.

Despite the outcome, Andrew Fowler’s dedication and commitment to swimming have been inspiring, and he has proven that he is capable of competing with the best swimmers in the world.

His performance in the Olympics has been a remarkable achievement and a source of pride for the people of Guyana.

10. Aleka Persaud

Aleka Kylela Persaud is a Guyanese swimmer who has made history by becoming the first athlete in her country to qualify for the Olympics. She was chosen to represent her nation in the women’s 50 metre freestyle during the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Aleka is an incredibly talented swimmer who has achieved great success in her sport. She has won multiple medals in international competitions and has set multiple national records.

At the 2020 Summer Olympics, she competed against the best swimmers in the world and did her country proud. Although she did not win any medals, Aleka’s performance and resilience in the face of such a competitive field was admirable.

She has inspired many young Guyanese athletes to aim higher and strive for their dreams. Aleka Kylela Persaud is a true inspiration and a role model for many.

11. Keevin Allicock

Keevin Allicock is a professional boxer from Guyana who competed in the men’s featherweight event at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He was up against Alexy de la Cruz from the Dominican Republic in the first round of the competition.

Unfortunately, Allicock was unable to secure the win, and de la Cruz advanced to the next round. This was a huge disappointment for Allicock, who had worked hard to train and prepare for the Olympics.

Despite the loss, Allicock’s participation in the event was a major accomplishment, and he should be proud of his efforts. He has shown great sportsmanship and determination, and his presence at the Olympics is a great source of pride for the people of Guyana.

12. James Gilkes

James Gilkes is a former sprinter from Guyana who was best known for his success in the 200 metre race. He began his career in athletics in 2004, competing in regional championships in his home country.

His talent in the sport was quickly recognised, and he was chosen to represent Guyana in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. There, he won the silver medal in the 200 metre race.

Throughout his career, James Gilkes consistently performed well in the 200 metre event, earning medals in various regional and international competitions. He went on to represent Guyana in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he ranked twenty-sixth in the 200 metre race.

He also competed in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, where he placed sixth overall in the 200 metre event. James Gilkes’ impressive achievements in the 200 metre event earned him recognition in Guyana and beyond.

He was named Sportsman of the Year in Guyana in 2009, a recognition of his hard work and dedication to the sport. After retiring from athletics in 2011, James Gilkes became a coach and mentor for aspiring athletes.

He continues to inspire and motivate young athletes to pursue their dreams in the sport.

13. Harry Prowell

Harry Prowell A.A. was an iconic Guyanese long distance runner who represented his home country of Guyana in the Marathon at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico.

He was one of the most successful long distance runners Guyana had ever seen, and was recognized as one of the greatest long distance runners the Caribbean had ever produced. In 1968, Harry Prowell set the national record for a long distance runner in Guyana.

He achieved this feat while competing at the Olympics in Mexico, showcasing his immense talent and skill as a long distance runner. His performance at the Olympics cemented his legacy as one of the best long distance runners to ever come out of Guyana and the Caribbean.

Harry Prowell’s accomplishments are still remembered and celebrated today, and his name is associated with the highest level of excellence in long distance running.

His impact on the sport can still be felt and he is remembered as a role model and inspiration to generations of long distance runners in Guyana and the Caribbean.

14. Laddie Lewis

Laddie Lewis was a Guyanese cyclist who was a part of the Olympic Games in 1948. He was the first Guyanese athlete to ever compete in the Olympics. Lewis competed in three events at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England.

His first event was the men’s individual road race, where he finished in 64th place out of 73 competitors. His second event was the men’s team road race, where he finished in 17th place out of 21 teams.

Lastly, Lewis competed in the men’s individual time trial, where he finished in 27th place out of 30 competitors. Despite not placing well in these events, Laddie Lewis was an inspiration to many people in Guyana and around the world.

He showed that it is possible to reach great heights, no matter where you come from. His legacy still lives on today, as he was a pioneer for Guyanese athletes in the Olympics. He was a symbol of hope and perseverance, and a reminder to never give up on your dreams.

15. Byron James

Byron James is a former professional cyclist from Guyana. He is best known for competing in the road race at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

James was one of only two cyclists from Guyana to qualify for the Games that year, and his participation in the race was seen as a tremendous accomplishment for his home nation.

He finished the race in 37th place overall, a remarkable accomplishment considering the level of competition he was up against. James began his cycling career in his native Guyana, where he quickly established himself as a strong rider.

He represented Guyana in numerous international competitions and competed in the South American Games multiple times.

His Olympic appearance in 1988 was the highlight of his career, and he was seen as a major source of pride for his home nation. Since retiring from professional cycling, James has been involved in a number of charitable projects in Guyana.

He is committed to helping the youth of his country succeed and works to provide them with the same opportunities he had as a young cyclist.

He has also become a vocal advocate for cyclists’ rights and is an active member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.

16. Colin Abrams

Dr Colin Winston Abrams is a former Olympic cyclist who has a unique dual heritage. He was born in Guyana but also holds American citizenship, allowing him to compete for Team USA at the Olympic Games.

Abrams is well known in the cycling world for his impressive achievements, particularly in sprint events. He put in a particularly impressive performance at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he represented the United States in the sprint competition.

Despite the fact that he did not take home any medals, his impressive performance cemented his place in Olympic history. Abrams is remembered fondly by the cycling community for his courage and determination on the track.

17. Jamila Sanmoogan

Jamila Sanmoogan is a Guyanese swimmer who had the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. At the 2016 Olympics, she took part in the women’s 50 metre freestyle event.

She finished the race in an impressive 28.88 seconds, but unfortunately did not advance to the semifinals. Despite this, Jamila was determined to not let her Olympic experience be her last.

She returned to competitive swimming two years later, taking part in three events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This showed her dedication to the sport and her determined spirit to reach her goals.

18. Hannibal Gaskin

Hannibal Gaskin is a highly accomplished Guyanese swimmer who has represented his country in a variety of competitions. Most notably, he competed in the men’s 100 metre butterfly event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Unfortunately, his time of 58.57 seconds in the heats was not sufficient to qualify him for the semifinals. However, his country still recognized his efforts and made him the flag bearer for Guyana during the Parade of Nations.

This honor is a testament to Hannibal Gaskin’s dedication to the sport of swimming and to his country. He is an exemplary athlete who has worked hard to bring pride to Guyana in the international arena.

19. Neville Hunte

Neville Hunte is a renowned former Guyanese cyclist who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is best known for his participation in the sprint and 1000m time trial events during the Olympics.

His impressive athletic career has earned him the respect of many in the cycling world. In addition to his own accomplishments, Neville has also dedicated his life to helping the next generation of cyclists.

He is the president of the Guyana Cycling Association of North America, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide equipment and training to underserved Guyanese cyclists.

Through the association, Neville has been able to make a lasting impact on the cycling community in Guyana by helping to train young and aspiring athletes.By providing these essential resources to the cycling community, Neville has been able to ensure that the next generation of Guyanese cyclists have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Through his efforts, he has helped to create a strong foundation for future cyclists to build upon. Neville’s commitment to promoting and advancing the sport of cycling in Guyana is an inspiration to all who aspire to reach the highest levels of the sport.

20. Winston George

Winston George is an outstanding athlete from Guyana. He is a sprinter who achieved international recognition when he competed in the 400 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

This prestigious honor was further accentuated when he was chosen as the flag bearer of Guyana during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

His outstanding athletic accomplishments have been recognized by the Athletics Association of Guyana, which named him Guyana’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

Winston George is a prime example of the positive impact that athletics can have on an individual and his home country. He has served as an inspiration to athletes all over the world, and his successes will continue to motivate others to strive for excellence.

21. Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson was a sprinter from Guyana who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics. He was a part of the men’s 100 metres and men’s long jump events. Thompson was a highly talented athlete and was considered one of the top contenders in his respective events.

He trained hard to prepare for the Olympics, and his hard work paid off as he performed well in the events. He managed to reach the finals of both the 100 metres and long jump events and finished in the top 10 in both categories.

Charles Thompson was an impressive athlete and an inspiration to many, as he was able to compete in the Olympics despite the many hardships and obstacles he faced. He was a true competitor and a shining example of the power of determination and hard work.

22. Gordon Carew

Gordon Carew is a Guyanese boxer who made history by competing in the men’s lightweight event at the 1984 Summer Olympics. This was a major accomplishment for the nation of Guyana, as it was the first time a boxer from the country had competed in the Olympics.

Carew not only represented his country with distinction but also inspired his younger brother Dillon Carew to follow in his footsteps. Dillon represented Guyana at the 1992 Summer Olympics, competing in the light welterweight division.

This was a further testament to the success of the Carew brothers, and a source of great pride for the nation of Guyana. The Carew brothers have become an important part of Guyanese history, and an example of how hard work and dedication can lead to success.

23. Michael Swain

Michael Swain is a weightlifter hailing from Guyana, a small country in South America. Swain was an impressive weightlifter in his prime, as he was able to compete at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

This was a remarkable feat, as the Olympics is the premier international sporting event and the pinnacle of achievement for any athlete. Swain competed in the men’s bantamweight event, meaning he was competing against the best weightlifters in the world in the bantamweight division.

This division is for athletes who weigh less than 56 kg, making it one of the lightest divisions at the Olympics. Swain’s talent and hard work earned him an opportunity to compete on the world stage.

Unfortunately, the details of Swain’s performance at the 1956 Summer Olympics are not known. He may not have won any medals, but that does not detract from his accomplishment of qualifying for and competing at the Olympics.

Swain’s hard work and dedication to the sport of weightlifting are an inspiration to many athletes.

24. Onan Thom

Onan Orlando Thom is a former swimmer from Guyana who specialized in sprint freestyle events. He earned a spot at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens through a Universality place from FINA, a governing body for international aquatics.

This allowed him to enter the men’s 100 m freestyle event with an entry time of 54.14.

Thom’s qualification was impressive, as the Universality place is usually given to athletes from countries with a limited swimming program or who have not yet achieved the qualification standard.

As a result, Thom was able to compete at the highest level of competitive swimming, marking a great accomplishment in his sporting career.

25. Mark McKoy

Mark Anthony McKoy is a Canadian retired track and field athlete who achieved great success in his competitive career. He was most notably known for winning the gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

This was an incredible accomplishment which earned him great recognition and praise.McKoy also won the 60 metres hurdles title at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships. This was a remarkable achievement given the level of competition that he faced.

Furthermore, he won the 110 metres hurdles titles at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and 1986. These victories solidified his status as one of the premier track and field athletes of his time. Overall, McKoy’s accomplishments speak volumes to his remarkable athleticism and skill.

He was an inspiration to many and a testament to the power of hard work and dedication. His legacy will live on forever as a reminder of what can be achieved with the right combination of talent and determination.

Conclusion

Guyana has produced some of the most talented Olympic athletes in the world. From the legendary sprinter Michael Anthony to the more recent star, Alika Morgan, these athletes have all achieved greatness in their respective sports.

With a wide range of sporting events and disciplines, Guyana has become a major force in the international sporting community. The presence of such remarkable athletes has been a major contributor to Guyana’s success in the Olympics.

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Tom Kershaw

As a sports reporter at The Times & The Sunday Times, my passion lies in covering Olympic sports. With years of experience in the field, I have had the privilege of witnessing and reporting on some of the most thrilling moments in sporting history. From the adrenaline-pumping races on the track to the intense battles in the pool, I strive to capture every moment with accuracy and enthusiasm. My goal is to provide readers with comprehensive coverage that goes beyond mere scores and statistics, delving into the stories behind each athlete's journey and showcasing their triumphs and challenges. Having covered multiple Olympic Games, I understand the importance of delivering timely and engaging content that keeps readers informed and entertained. Whether it's a feature article highlighting an underdog's remarkable rise or a live blog capturing the excitement of a nail-biting final, I am committed to delivering top-notch reporting that brings the Olympic experience to life. With my deep knowledge of various Olympic sports, coupled with my strong storytelling skills, I aim to provide readers with a unique perspective on these incredible athletes and their pursuit of greatness. As a sports reporter at The Times & The Sunday Times, I am dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, insights, and memorable moments from the world of Olympic sports.