John dom­i­nates Pay­less Va­ri­ety Store cy­cle event

Stabroek News Sunday - - SPORT -

Bri­ton John made hay in the bril­liant sun­shine yes­ter­day dom­i­nat­ing the ju­ve­nile 10-lap and the fea­ture 35-lap event of the sev­enth an­nual Pay­less Va­ri­ety Store mul­tirace pro­gramme.

In per­fect con­di­tions for rac­ing at the Na­tional Park, the 18-year-old won in 1:17.44s.

He led break­away mate, Paul DeNo­brega in a thrilling photo fin­ish in the mar­quee event.

Ju­nior Niles out-sprinted the rem­nants of the pelo­ton to join the duo on the podium while Chris Grif­fith, Alex Men­des and Paul Choo-Wee-Nam com­pleted the top six po­si­tions.

John and DeNo­brega broke away from the field with 11 laps to go and never re­lin­quished their ad­van­tage.

The pair watched each other closely all the way to the end and many thought DeNo­brega, who won the Dig­i­cel Can­cer Aware­ness Road race last week, would once again fin­ish at the top of the podium.

But John, who fin­ished sec­ond in the said event, turned the ta­bles on the more sea­soned cam­paigner.

As the two sprinted to the line, DeNo­brega, the su­pe­rior sprinter seem­ingly had the edge, but it was the tire­less John who had enough left in the tank and earned his first sig­na­ture win of his young, promis­ing ca­reer at the mecca of lo­cal cy­cling.

Be­fore win­ning the main race, the United Club stand­out bested Adelie Hodge and Sher­win Samp­son in the ju­ve­nile 10-lap event.

Other win­ners yes­ter­day in­cluded: Jose Ro­drigues (BMX 6-9), Tav­isto Per­saud (BMX 9-12), Sher­win Samp­son (12-14 Boys and Girls), Ju­nior Niles (Vet­er­ans U-50), Lin­den Black­man (Vet­er­ans O-50) and Ja­mal Cap­pel (Moun­tain Bike).

The Pay­less Va­ri­ety Store spon­sored event was or­ga­nized by Has­san Mo­hamed who will cel­e­brate his 73rd birth an­niver­sary to­day.

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