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|Forde retains COURTS 10k Road Race title : -Josiah takes female version|
|Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:40|
REIGNING South American and defending COURTS 10km champion Cleveland Forde stamped his authority on the opposition yesterday morning, to easily take back home his Road Race title in cool conditions.
Forde’s winning time of 32:10secs did not only earn him the $100,000 first place prize and trophy that came along with it, but also highlighted his dominance on the field, completing the distance a confident 46 seconds ahead of the second place Dennis Horatio, with Cleveland Thomas a further 14 seconds adrift in third place.
Kelvin Johnson and Winston Messenger completed the top five positions in the Male Open category, with Johnson stopping the clock at 34:17secs and Messenger four seconds behind, while the other top four finishers behind Forde receiving a trophy and $80,000, $60,000, $40,000 and $20,000 respectively
The United States of America based Euleen Josiah-Tanner took the female version with a time of 39:53secs, leaving in her wake Alika Morgan (40:58secs), Ashanti Scott (41:5secs), Eva Harry (45: 54) and Carlisa Atkinson (48:31secs), even as they collected the similar prizes to their male counterparts.
Forde, Horatio, Thomas and top male junior Nathaniel Giddings broke away from the field of competitors- which numbered 81 at the start of the event- as they approached the 3km mark and held their own all the way to the turn back point at Conversation Tree, on the East Coast of Demerara.
Forde and Horatio made a move to front as they passed Sheriff Street, while Forde made his final and what turned out to be unchallenged move to the front, as he passed the building which once housed the Russian Embassy, on his way to retaining his title in the event.
Giddings finished fourth behind Forde, Horatio and Thomas in a time of 33:55secs, with Devaun Barrington (35:21secs), Colvis Saul (36:49secs), Ernesto Thomas (36:57secs) and Givon Grant (38:34secs) completing the top five positions in that category.
As she has been doing for the past two years, Jevina Straker maintained her stranglehold on her opposition when she took the top podium spot with a time of 43:03secs away from Adana Roberts (44:18secs) and Shadiqqua Shabazz who stop the clock at 53:06secs.
Cyrleen Phillips took the Women’s Master’s division in a time of 53:04secs over Simone Baburam (56:23secs) and Lorrie Ann Adams 9(1:01:20secs), with Eon Archibald taking the Men’s Master’s division from Hosea Redna and Linden Harrison, doing so in a time of 38:44secs, in comparison to Redna’s 39:16secs and Harrison’s 42:26secs respectively.
The Master’s 56 and Over category was won by Llewellyn Gardner who did so in a time of 40:16secs over Ivelaw Henry (55:24secs) and Franklyn Archer who completed the journey in a time of 1:03:15secs, amidst a round of applause from the spectators, which included Courts Managing Director Clyde De Haas and president of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) Colin Boyce.
Defending champion Joel Hunte and Camille Crandon were the top male and female finishers in the Employees’ category of the sponsor who is presently celebrating their 19th year of service to the Guyanese population, for which they received $10,000 and a trophy for their efforts.
Prior to the presentation of prizes, De Haas showered praise on the competitors whom he described as the fittest of people in Guyana, saying how proud he felt to be standing amongst such a gathering.
“It is our second 10k and I have to say, we are seeing a significant increase in the participants which means we are heading in the right direction. At the same time, I am proud to be standing amongst the fittest of people in Guyana here today.
Next year, I wish to see more participants in the event along with the 3km Walk/Jog as well, while I take this opportunity to extend congratulations to everyone and also to the senior athletes who participated in the event this morning. Once again thank you” stated De Haas.
In his brief remarks, Boyce offered his congratulations to the sponsor for joining forces with the AAG, calling it a union that can be compared to a marriage, while informing his audience that next year’s event will see bigger prizes being offered to the respective categories and if negotiations go well, a few athletes from the Caribbean being invited to compete.
Next on the agenda for the athletes is the South American 10km event, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday October 21, with registration expected to get underway later this week.
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