Aliann Pompey is a Guyanese sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. She has represented Guyana at the Summer Olympics on four separate occasions (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). She has competed at the World Championships in Athletics five times. Born in Georgetown, Guyana, she moved to the United States at the age of 14 and graduated from Cohoes High School, and then Manhattan College in The Bronx, New York City. Initially uninterested in track and field, she began to take running seriously in 1995.
She won the 400 m at the 2000 NCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship, becoming the Manhattan College Jaspers’s first ever female national champion.She received her bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in 1999. Pompey won the gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and also won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. She holds the South American indoor record for the 400 m. She participated at the World Championships in Athletics in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 as well as the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2001, 2003 2006 and 2010 and the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008 without reaching the final.
Her personal best time is 50.71 seconds, achieved in August 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin. Although she didn’t bring home a medal from the 2012 Olympics, Aliann is still a champion in our eyes!