Guyanese duo burn course records in Telesur 10k
Guyanese distance running duo, Lionel D’Andrade and Alika Morgan, burned the course records en route to winning the Telesur 10km Road Race in Suriname on Sunday.
D’Andrade ran 33:50 to win the male race, setting a pace that was faster than the previous record of 34:06 on the same course in Suriname. Syveryo Simison was second in 34:02, which was also under the record, while Croles Maubo (36:08) was third.
On the other hand, Morgan ran 41:01 to completely obliterate the previous record of 41:47. She finished ahead of llside Toemere (41:42) and Jama Dickman (48:01) in that order. Morgan stated that she was elated with the result in the race.
“I am feeling well and strong. I am fully fit again but I wasn’t too comfortable with the road race because I’m doing a lot of track work. I didn’t really practice for the road,” Morgan told Kaieteur Sport yesterday, following her return to Guyana Monday.
Morgan has had a consistent battle with injuries over the last six months that has resulted in her being unable to compete at her best. However, her timings suggested that the multiple CARIFTA Games medallist is returning to her usual dominance.
The Trinidad and Tobago-based, D’Andrade, who is among the leading distance athletes on that Island, believes that he could have done. He said that severe cramping of his abdominal muscle is one of the reasons he did not run around 32 minutes.
“I wasn’t feeling well at all in the race, but I had a good lead so I just decided to tuck in, hold my form and finish with the pace I had already. It was a good race though,’ D’Andrade said, adding that he anticipates running faster 10ks later this season.