Monday 21st November 2016
Trinidadian Curtis Cox picked up the men's title while Tonya Nero successfully defended her female title in the South American 10K Classic which concluded at the National Park yesterday. Capitalizing on the absence of some of the key competitors in the competition, Cox took the win in a time of 32 minutes 48 seconds, while Nero had an effortless win in 36 minutes and 14 seconds.
Guyana's Cleveland Thomas and Winston Missigher were in just behind Cox, while Trinidad's Matthew Hagley was fourth and Guyana's Ornesto Thomas rounded out the top five in the men's category.
The race got off to a brisk start, much like what played out last year when the race eventually ended in 31:08 won by Peruvian Yerson Orellana.
Cleveland would become the second person to cross the finishing line clocking 33 minutes and 24 seconds. Missigher was another 24 seconds behind him. Hagley had a time of 33 minutes 58 seconds, while Ornesto finished in 34 minutes 29 seconds.
Speaking after the race Cox shared how happy he was with his win. The 49 year old noted that he was pleased with his performance particularly because he still chose to participate even though he was still suffering from an injury. "I ran a race last Sunday which I won but I fell in the race and damaged my toe, so with the pain it was like I was running on one foot. I just tried to bid my time... and about the last 3km I tried to make my move," Cox said. This was Cox second time participating at a 10km road race in Guyana for this year, as was here earlier in July for the Caricom 10K. In that race he placed second to Guyana's Cleveland Forde3.
Forde did not participate in this Classic because he was suffering from an injury.
For the female competition, Nero was in the lead of the race from the start and received little challenge from her adversaries. Guyana's Ashanti Scott finished in second place off a time of 43 minutes and 15 seconds.
For third place Canada's Caroline Macisaac had a time of 47 minutes and 17 seconds. Guyana's Alicia Jack was fourth in 49 minutes 10 seconds and Cassie Kirton was fifth with a time of 50 minutes and 38 seconds.
The event also had a junior category with Odwin Tudor and Matthew McKenzie taking first and second place, respectively, for the boys, while Delicia Tinnis won the girls. There was also a 3000m and 1500m opened to the younger athletes. Alex Hartog won the boys' 1500m and Tonya Smith won the girls. Kennard Hartog won the boys' 3000m and Alliyahy Headley won the girls