Forde is king of Caribbean Community
- win CARICOM 10k in blistering pace
CASTRIES, St Lucia — Cleveland Forde of Guyana and Tonya Nero of Trinidad and Tobago copped the male and female titles at the 8th CARICOM 10k event run in Saint Lucia on Sunday.
Forde ran a blistering 30:49.45 to edge long-time Trinidadian rival, Richard Jones, who was second in 30:55.73. St Lucia’s Zepherinus Joseph was third in 31:09.92 with Grenada’s Sherwin Paul fourth in 31:28.47. Guyana’s Lionel D’Andrade rounded off the top five with 32:43.25.
In the female race, Trinidad’s Tonya Nero won in 34:52.44 with Guyana’s Euleen Josiah-Tanner finishing second in 36:57.91 and Grenada’s Kenisha Pascal third in 39:18.53. Guyana’s Alika Morgan was fourth in 41:05.42.
Saint Lucia’s Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Shawn Edwards, in congratulating the winners and the participants at the prize giving ceremony after the race, said that he would work with everyone concerned to make the CARICOM 10k a major event on the regional sporting calendar.
In the male category, Richard Jones of Trinidad and Tobago finished second while defending champion Zepherinus Joseph of Saint Lucia was third. Among the ladies, Euleen Josiah-Tanner of Guyana was second while Kenisha Pascal of Grenada was third.
Edwards presented the Chairman’s trophy and a cash prize to Forde while secretary-general of the Caribbean Community, Irwin LaRocque, presented the Secretary-General’s trophy and a cash prize to Nero.
More than 70 runners from including athletes from Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago took part in the event.