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Aliann T. O. Pompey
  • October 3rd, 2005

Aliann T. O. Pompey

Aliann T. O. Pompey is the first Guyanese women athlete to ever won a medal and the second person since Phil Edwards 1934 880-yard to win gold in the Ladies 400m at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. She has a small dimunitive frame who looks more of a distance athlete but what lacks in her outlook, she makes-up in her speed and power over the 400m where she reigns supreme in the NCAA and the international track scene. We at Singapore Athletics talked to this caliber athlete

Height: 5 feet, 6 inches

Weight: 110 pounds

Date of Birth: 9 March 1978

Coach: Joseph Ryan, Ireland

Personal Best: 23.30 (200m), 50.93 (400m), 1:09.23 (500m)


  • 2003 Pan American Games 400m Bronze Medalist
  • 2002 Commonwealth 400m Champion
  • 2000 Indoor NCAA 400m National Champion
  • Guyanese 400m National Record Holder 50.93
  • Guyanese 200m National Record Holder 23.30
  • NCAA & Guyanese 500m National Record Holder 109.23

Aliann T. O. Pompey at the 23rd International Citta 2009

  1. From your website, you were disappointed of your performance at the Olympics but you wrote “it just wasn’t our time. YET”. You picked yourself up from there. Now in 2005 and 5 months later, where are you now and what are you doing currently and have been doing since then?

    Well I’ve been training and doing rehabilitation since then. I’m stronger in some areas. I haven’t done much speed work. In the next few weeks that’s all going to come together.

  2. What are your future plans and long term goals?

    When it comes to track, I think you can only plan so far ahead. I can’t say where I’ll ben in two years. But for now, I plan on working on my weak areas, mainly the first 200m of my race. See where this year takes me and decide from there. I recieved my Masters Degree in Finance last year, so it’s a matter of considering what I like doing more. Being in sports has opened so many doors and I’m just keeping all my options open.

  3. How did you get started in Track

    When we were in high school, my sister (Allison) was the track star. We were very very close and I just did it so we can spend more time together. I was never as good as she was. But I liked it a lot and eventually decided to stick with it.

  4. Tell us of Guyana & a glimpse of your life at Manhattan College

    Well, Guyana is in south America. It’s usually a very nice place to visit. Recently there has been severe flooding due to incessant rain. I graduated from Manhattan College May last year. At the moment I train there but that’s all.

  5. How important is nutrition and recovery in your training

    Very important. I think they’re as important as training itself. Sometimes I get a little careless with my nutrition and my body lets me know. If you don’t pay close attention to you diet and recovery, your training suffers.

  6. What’s your training daily routine like? … an example perhaps

    Well today for example, I have interval work and then some plyometrics. I had to lift weights earlier today. tomorrow I will work on strength and endurance. Thursday Most likely longer intervals. I take the weekends off.

  7. Winning the Commonwealth Games 2002 in the 400m, tell us of that race. Do tell us!

    Well to date it’s been my most memorable race. I remember saying to a close friend, If only I could win this. I worked so hard getting ready for that competition. I memorized my schedule a month before. I planned out my sleep a meals. It was unusual because in the span of 48 hours we had four rounds. I thought my strength and ability to recover would be a bog factor, but when it did happen it still was an unbelievable experience. I was walking on air for a long time after that. I was the first Guyanese female Commonwealth Champion. The last perwon to win was Phil Edwards and that was 68 years earlier. It was good on so many levels.

  8. How do you balance studies and track training?

    It was difficult. I took a total of 3 semesters off before I finally finished my Masters Degree. Traveling made it really difficult. It’s not like I was taking a week here and there. I was gone for weeks/months at a time.

  9. Who are your inspiration to train harder and go the distance. Any role models?

    When I was in college, there were these three girls. Ameera Bello (she went to Morgan State University), and Beverly Piere, and Althea Tyndal (both of Seton Hall University). We were in the same conference and they dominated it. THey were hard workers, and good athletes. It sounds bad, but I didn’t like running races against them because I’d rather be on the side lines watching them run.

  10. Any advice for young athletes? Any last word for your fans in Asia?

    I think the best advice I was given was never to underestimate myself. I sounds simple and obvious, but it’s key. You get nervous and there’s always someone who’s done better, but in your heart, you have to be ready for great things before they can happen. If you don’t think it could happen to you, most likely it won’t.

Thank you Aliann for participating in this interview!


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