Forde continues South American 10k dominance
– Morgan drops out, Josiah-Tanner finish second
By Edison Jefford
A change in strategy and a clear race plan were evident yesterday afternoon on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) South American 10km Road Race course that aided Cleveland Forde in an extension of his dominance in the event.
Forde, who is the most successful IAAF South American 10km runner, broke from a small pack that included Trinidad and Tobago’s Curtis Cox and Richard Jones and Brazil’s, Eliesio Mirando DaSilva around the 8km mark, just before he turn onto Thomas Road, to run the remainder of the race unchallenged.
It was a definite shift in tactic for Forde who usually uses his speed in the last 400m of the race to outsprint his opponents. With the momentum of placing second in the first stage of the three-stage race in Panama last Sunday in a personal best 30:38, Forde was the man to beat.
He ran 32:39.7 to win yesterday and explained that course was a bit longer than 10km based on the recording of his distance watch, which measures the distance. He said that, notwithstanding, he was satisfied with the result from the second stage of the race.
“It was a good race. I felt really comfortable; no one was stepping up so I decided to make my move. I saw the Brazilians move and it was sudden so I decided not to give them a chance just in case they were planning to jump me,” Forde told Kaieteur Sport.
He said that he wants to continue to lower his time and has 29 minutes in his mind. He expressed disappointment over the alleged inaccurate course and over the fact that Suriname has decided to cancel the third stage of the race. Forde was second in Panama.
DaSilva was second in 32:53.2 while Cox was third in 32:58.3. Jones took fourth place as Kelvin Johnson rounded off the prizes with 33:24.8 and 33:38.7 respectively. The race awards financial prizes and trophies to the top five finishers in the senior open categories.
Guyana’s Alika Morgan, who has been a consistent performer in the South American 10km race, dropped out of the race for the first time in her career yesterday. This newspaper was unable to ascertain the reason since Morgan did not turn up at the Police Sports Club Ground following the incident. The race started and ended at the Eve Leary-based venue.
However, United States-based Euleen Josiah-Tanner (39:57.6) ensured that Guyana was in the top fray among the women with her second place finish behind Brazil’s, Antonia Lins DaSilva, who won in 38:26.5. Trinidad’s, Ayana Celine Lestrade was third in 40:56.6 while team-mate, Kema McShine was fourth in 42:26.3. Guyana’s Ashanti Scott (43:51.5) was fifth.
Josiah-Tanner is the current CARICOM 10km champion and had won the female category at the resumption of the Courts 10km race two months ago. She briefly told this newspaper that as long as she is available, she will continue to represent Guyana with distinction.
Nathaniel ‘Brother’ Giddings won the junior male race in 36:01.7 with Colvis Saul (36:06.5) and Grivon Grant (36:54.5) second and third respectively. Chavez Sital was fourth in 38:25.7, barely escaping the open female winner who was pacing to catch him.
In the junior female race, Jevina Straker came out on top in 46:13.9 with Adama Roberts second in 49:02.0. Both athletes are fresh off outstanding individual performances at the just-concluded National Schools Track and Field Championships. Onecia Bacchus was third in 49:19.6 with Alexis Williams (52:24.8) fourth.
Eon Archibald won the male masters race in 39:48.6 while Llewellyn Gardner was second with a time of 40:44.6 as Silas Brummell came in third in 44:18.8. Alisha Fortune won the women masters in 51:35.9 with Cyrleen Phillips second in 54:27. President of the Athletics Association of Guyana, Colin Boyce said that plans are afoot to continue to improve the race.