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Jeremy Bascom

Bascom basks in fastest Guyanese sprinter tag
By Tamica Garnett
Stabroek News, Guyana
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Despite being selected by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) to represent Guyana at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the grounds of his multiple leading accomplishments in the athletics department, the name Jeremy Bascom is not one that is well known among most Guyanese sporting fans.

Dedicated to athletics from a very young age, the New York-based Guyanese sprinter earlier last month became the last to be confirmed on the athletics team representing Guyana at the Games that will be held in New Delhi India from the 3 – 14 October, replacing middle distant runner Marian Burnett.

The 26 year old currently stands with a pinnacled performance in the 100m displayed at the New Jersey Open and Masters Outdoor Championship at Ramapo, New Jersey in June of this year.

There, running a time of 10 seconds flat in the 100m Bascom became Guyana’s newest record holder of the male 100m title, in the process breaking the longstanding 32 year old 10.19 seconds record that was held by James Wren-Gilkes.

Bascom clocked his 10 seconds running in the heats of the 100m, before pulling a hamstring that had him unable to finish in the final.

Nonetheless, his time in the heats was accredited by the International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF), and rules as his personal best.

Speaking with Stabroek Sports via telephone, Bascom divulged that while his achievement in June had him surprised at how well he did, he had never doubted that he was going to be doing well that day.

“I knew on that day that I was going to run fast, I just didn’t know how fast I was going to run. So when I found out my time I was surprised. Yea! I was surprised.

“Since earlier that week I was saying to my coach that I was feeling good this week. And the track that I was running on was brand new track, and it was a very fast track,” Bascom disclosed.

“But then I went back and I caught a cramp in my hamstring, because I think I hadn’t drunk enough water that day and the place was pretty hot and so I was dehydrated and I couldn’t finish the race, but this is not like in Guyana where the heats don’t count, so the IAAF confirmed it.”

However, all things considered, the athlete declared that he was very proud of his performance as it illustrated a reward for all the inputs he made into producing such an accomplishment.

“Well, I feel very proud of my performance. I’ve worked very hard over the years and made a lot of sacrifices, so it’s just wonderful to see that those sacrifices and hard work paid off,” Bascom said.

At one point during this year, Bascom was ranked 11th overall for the best performances of the season, while in June his 10 seconds run had placed him as the 13th fastest, at that time placing him only five places behind world 100m sensation Usain Bolt.

Born October 15, 1983 to Glynis Fraser and Wilbert Bascom, Jeremy was born in the town of Linden, but grew up in Georgetown.
Bascom attended Richard Ishmael Secondary School, where his athletics aspirations developed, before migrating to the United States of America in the year 1997.

Opening his athletics participation in America, Bascom began by representing his high school, Erasmus Hall High, before moving on to the Long Island University. It was there, Bascom said, that his proudest athletic memories were born as he and other athletes that year, played an influential role in putting his University “on the map.”

“I’d say my proudest time was playing an instrumental role in putting my University on the map. The year I came in, me and the others that came in that year, we really stepped it up. We let others know that our University was a power house in athletics. So I’m glad that I can always look back and have that,” Bascom said.

Throughout his attendance at the University, Bascom represented the institution in several sprint distances ranging from the 55m to the 200m inclusive of the 60m and 100m, at several meets.

Participating since 2003 as a junior, Bascom represented the University at the North East Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships, as well as the IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Bascom was also apart of two relay teams that copped wins at the prestigious Penn Relay Games. He subsequently graduated from LIU with his college degree in Business Management in 2006.

Questioned on how he managed his athletic and academic development, Bascom told Stabroek Sports, that for him the road of managing athletics while pursuing academics had been a very harsh journey.

“Dealing with athletics and school… that was probably one of the toughest things to do, especially in College when you have papers to write and stuff, and then if you want to have a social life it’s even more challenging, so you really need to be disciplined and have dedication.

“It’s a dedication that you must have for the sport, if you’re not dedicated and disciplined enough you can’t make it, You have to let the love and passion for the sport come first,” Bascom said

While acknowledging that there were those moments when pursuing athletics was challenging, Bascom established that he was always determined to go the full length never seeing giving up as an option.

“There will always be challenges, it’s a sport that you have to participate in all year round to keep up. “Last year I sprained a hamstring I was ready to give up, and then I had lower back surgery, but I don’t want to have live with the thought of what if, I don’t want to have to give it up and then have to say what if I had continued. I have to give it my all, I just can’t see myself walking away,” he declared.

He said that at times his persistence to continue rode on encouragement from his mother and coach, Kenrick Smith, a former coach of the Police Sports Club athletics club, as well as the support from his friends I’ti Bearam and training partner Lloyd Cummins.

Bascom, who in 2006 earned his college degree in Business Management, said he hopes to inspire other athletes in Guyana to be persistent with their love for the sport, and continue in their aspiration no matter what tribulations come their way.

“To athletes in Guyana I would say just never give up, no matter what people say, just continue. So long as you love what you do, and what you do isn’t hurting anyone then just do what you love. This is a sport of chances you never know when your body will just be at its peak and you’ll be able to go out and run really good, but you have to be willing to put in the pains, you have to put in the work and the sacrifices.”



The 100m record that wasn’t
By Orin Davidson
Stabroek News, Guyana
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Not too long ago it was the national cricket, now athletics is being saddled with unrealistic expectations before a major competition.

The Amazon Conquerors flattered to deceive in South Africa and less than a month later a similar fate awaits at least one Guyanese athlete when the Commonwealth Games showpiece segment, kicks off today in New Delhi, India.

Much is expected from Aliann Pompey, who streaked to 400 metres gold in the last staging of the Games in England, four years ago. Also Cleveland Forde, the poster boy for local track and field will be aiming to continue his golden run in the 5000m as he did at the CAC Games two months ago.
And now without warning, another name was thrust into the limelight.

No one knew much about Jeremy Bascom before an intense lobbying campaign started for recognition of a supposedly national record he broke in a race in the United States.

Out of nowhere Bascom became another Guyana medal prospect after it was touted that he clocked 10.00 seconds to erase the 100 metres record of 10.19s set 32 years ago by Guyana’s most celebrated athlete James Wren Gilkes.

Bascom was instantly selected for the Commonwealth Games and left his New York base bound for India, on a wave of high expectation.

But unless a miracle unfolds at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, those hopes will vanish like those invested in that inexperienced Guyana cricket team.

Whether intentional or not, Bascom is being made out to be much better than he actually is and when the dust has settled more likely after the Games, questions are sure to be raised.

The reality is that Bascom is nowhere near capable of matching Gilkes’ feat, much less surpassing it.
If the factors surrounding his 100m run at the United States Track and Field (USATF) New Jersey Masters meet on June 19, are examined, it would be easy to conclude he is not the new national 100m record holder.

Apart from the fact that the world ruling body for athletics —- the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) has not recognized Bascom’s time, any seasoned follower of the sport viewing the video of the race would instantly conclude it was much slower than 10.00s.

The event was a qualifier, known as a Heat in athletics jargon, and according to Lee Powell, another Guyanese sprinter who competed, there is no way it could’ve finished in 10.00s.

Powell explained that the judges initially made a mistake by determining him as the winner, after Bascom finished in first place. “They gave me a time of 10.76 and him (Bascom) 11.00 and after he protested they rightly switched the positions around”, Powell stated. “I drove away from that meet with the results (hard copy) having him at 10.76 and me 11.00 and I was surprised afterwards to see him listed at 10.00s on the website, when I checked after all this talk started”. Powell who competed at the CAC Games feels another error was made in the compilation of that specific race time on the website. Curiously, the time for the meet’s 100m final is listed at 10.44s and in the video Bascom, dropped out midway, jogging to the finish line after a poor start. These factors would explain why the IAAF has ignored Bascom’s purported record feat.

For this year, all of the 100m men’s times done in 10.31s or faster are listed in the top lists section of the IAAF’s website and none of six 10.00s recorded are credited to Bascom.

And there is no chance the world body could’ve overlooked the Guyanese’s performance because it has meet managers throughout the United States, and the USATF NJ Open Masters is recognized by the country’s federation, as the name suggests.

The only Guyanese listed in the IAAF’s men’s 100m compilation this year are wind assisted performances by Adams Harris at 10.23s in Florida and Dax Danns at 10.30 in Texas.

In Bascom’s case it is not the responsibility of the Guyana Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) to inform the IAAF about a performance that it has no jurisdiction over, as is the impression being peddled around.

It was an event conducted in a different country where the world body has its resources to liaise for matters relative to performances.

Also, when it is taken into account Bascom has never done any time close to 10.00s in his career, and is listed as clocking 10.76s in a 100m at the New Jersey Invitational Track and Field meet, 12 days prior to his alleged record breaking run, it is understandable why the claim is dubious.

Yet if the Guyana ruling body was a better run organization, the false hopes being raised about a new national record holder would’ve never gotten further than the lips of the lobbyists.

One wonders how the AAG expects to be taken seriously by remaining silent and not taking the time investigate the issue and clear the air via a media conference.

In the fiercely competitive world of modern-day sport, sportspeople, more so, ones from poor countries like Guyana, need massive support to succeed, but not through misinformation as is the case here.

Bascom did himself no favours by embellishing the charade in his Stabroek News interview.

He has placed a serious burden on his young shoulders as a result.



And how did he go.....

Commonwealth Games 100m Heats
Wednesday 6th October
Round 1 Heat 1

1 LEWIS-FRANCIS Mark Anthony ENG 0.150 10.15 Q SB
2 GRIFFITH Adrian BAH 0.123 10.19 Q PB
3 ZAKARI Aziz GHA 0.172 10.37 Q
4 BASCOM Jeremy GUY 0.187 10.55 =PB
5 BIN JAMAL Muhammad Amirudin SIN 0.172 10.63
6 GOBBARGUMPI Nagaraj IND 0.163 10.69
7 BRASSE Jean Baptiste Joel MRI 0.222 10.71 PB
8 GUNASINGHE Ruwan PNG 0.180 10.88 PB

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