Thomas takes Courts 10k in Forde’s absence

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Cleveland Thomas holds off Kelvin Johnson (left] before making his move. [iNews' Photo]
Cleveland Thomas holds off Kelvin Johnson (left] before making his move. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Distance star, Cleveland Thomas easily ran away with the fourth edition of the Courts 10k event on Sunday morning.

The race, which ended in front of the furniture store’s Main Street Branch saw Thomas clocking 32 minutes 56 seconds to win the event ahead of Trinidad based Guyanese, Kelvin Johnson, who clocked 33 minutes 31 seconds while Tyshon Bentick was third with 33 minutes 35 seconds.

Thomas won the top prize of $100,000 in the absence of Guyana’s number one distance athlete, Cleveland Forde, who was suffering from Chikungunya like symptoms.

Thomas ran a well executed race, following the early leaders before upping the pace of the race.

With Johnson trying to take on the running brave athlete with about three kilometers to go, Thomas opened his stride and pulled away from Johnson at Camp and Lamaha Streets before cruising to the finish line.

All the winners of the event pose with their trophies. [iNews' Photo]
All the winners of the event pose with their trophies. [iNews’ Photo]
Meanwhile, on the distaff side, Euleen Jossiah-Tanner won her fourth straight title at the event clocking 38 minutes and 30 seconds to win the event ahead of Andrea Foster, who finished second in 41 minutes and 40 seconds.

Alika Morgan was third with 42 minutes 57 seconds. Matthew Mckenzie won the boy’s junior category while Shantel Hinds won the female side of the category.

Alisha Fortune topped the field in the women’s masters event while Ian Archibald won the master’s men 40-55 and Llewelyn Gardner the men’s masters 56 and over.

Euleen Jossiah-Tanner. [iNews' Photo]
Euleen Jossiah-Tanner. [iNews’ Photo]
President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson as well as Marketing Manager of Courts, Pernell Cummings noted that the event was a success and congratulated the athletes on their performances.

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