US-based Brenessa Thompson & Aaliyah Abrams will be representing Guyana at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. The Olympic games will run from August 5 to 11 and Brenessa and Aaliyah are the two female athletes who make up Guyana’s 4 member Track Team.
Brenessa Thompson (born 22 July 1996) is a Guyanese-American sprinter who specializes in 100m and 200m. The Four-time All-American of Medgar Evers college is one of the most prolific sprinters in the State of New York.
Brenessa represented Guyana at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She made the semi finals with a time of 11.60 in the 100m, and 23.91 in the 200m. In May 2016, she ran her personal best time of 22.99 in the 200m at the NCAA West Prelim in Kansas City, and 11.14 in the 100m at the Aliann Pompey Invitational on June 18th in Guyana.
Aliyah Abrams, a freshman at South Carolina, finished fourth in the 400-meter run at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 52.04 seconds, a time that betters the Olympic qualifying standard of 52.20. By reaching that mark, she joins three other Guyanese track athletes who qualified for the Olympics.
Born April 3, 1997 in Brooklyn, NY Aaliyah is the daughter of Guyanese parents Claudia Lloyd-Abrams and Denzel Abrams. She has two older siblings, Jasmine and Christopher and plans to major in Exercise Science.
CONGRATULATIONS LADIES! Guyana will be rooting for you!
IN OTHER NEWS:
Four athletes from Guyana have earned spots on the South American country’s 2016 Olympic team, and one is a Grayson grad. Aliyah Abrams, a freshman at South Carolina, finished fourth in the 400-meter run at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 52.04 seconds, a time that betters that Olympic qualifying standard of 52.20.