Guyanese ath­letes sweep South Amer­i­can 10K podium places

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT -

The sunny, hot con­di­tions both­ered most mor­tals run­ning the first leg of the annual South Amer­i­can 10k Clas­sic on the streets of down­town Para­maribo, Suri­name yes­ter­day.

Mor­tals not named Cleve­land ‘Lit­tle Kenyan’ Forde, Cleve­land Thomas and Win­ston Mis­sigher. The three Guyanese fin­ished 1-2-3 to sweep the podium spots as the Golden Ar­row­head was on full dis­play in the neigh­bor­ing Dutch speak­ing ter­ri­tory.

Forde, win­ner of the Courts’ 10k ear­lier this month, rode the mo­men­tum on his way to vic­tory in 34 min­utes and five sec­onds. Thomas fin­ished in 34 min­utes and nine sec­onds to snare the sil­ver while Mis­sigher com­pleted the event 12 sec­onds be­hind to fin­ish on the podium.

Guyanese, Ashanti Scott fin­ished fourth over­all on the distaff side in 47 min­utes and 22 sec­onds. Fin­ish­ing ahead of her were Lysanne Wilkens (39m.19s), Ken­isha Pas­cal (40m.20s) and Carolien War­lett (45m.33s).

Ju­nior ath­lete, Rickie Wil­liams fin­ished eighth over­all and sec­ond in his cat­e­gory in 38 min­utes and two sec­onds. The top ju­nior fin­isher was Jonathan Bak­to­war in 37 min­utes and five sec­onds.

The event shifts to these shores on Sun­day for the sec­ond leg where Forde is a 10-time win­ner be­fore head­ing to Panama next Sun­day for the fi­nale.

As cus­tom­ary, the win­ners of the event pock­eted US$1000 while the first and sec­ond run­ners-up took home $US600 and $US400 re­spec­tively.

(Or­lando Charles photo)

Team Coco’s Ja­mal John re­ceiv­ing his first place tro­phy from Er­rol Nel­son, Brand Man­ager of Banks DIH Lim­ited yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the Pow­er­Ade 40-mile road race at West De­mer­ara.

Cleve­land Forde

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