Alika Morgan has been one of the most dominant female road race runners in Guyana, until US-based,
Euleen Josiah-Tanner started coming home to compete. Since then, the women road race title has been a straight fight between Josiah-Tanner and Morgan.
Tanner is the defending women’s champ at Courts’ 10km Road Race set for Sunday, but Morgan is always the one to beat, and poses the biggest threat to Josiah-Tanner retaining her title. Josiah-Tanner has already started the local road race season with a win at the AINLIM race a few weeks ago.
Morgan, who has won the prestigious CARICOM 10km Road Race and has placed second at the IAAF South American 10km Road Race on several occasions, is one of Guyana’s renowned and celebrated athletes. Josiah-Tanner has her accolades to boast as well.
The initial question is: will it be just another win for the eminent Morgan on Sunday, barring her US-based rival does not make the trip to Guyana? The second question as a tributary to the main is: will Josiah-Tanner continue to restrict Morgan to second when in races together? Then a third, who will challenge the two top female distance athletes?
Analysis can be offered here, but answers to those questions will only surface following the race on Sunday, which is expected to attract a full field of local distance athletes aiming for the top of the prize chart. It will, as expected, be a ding-dong battle.
Morgan has run out of competition in the race over the years, which is not her fault. The 10k race is not an easy event to compete in and athletes like Morgan, who pounds the road for all its worth just makes it more difficult for the ambitions of unassuming athletes.
Josiah-Tanner has provided the right competition for Morgan, and it is hoped that out of this new rivalry will emerge better times for both athletes; in that context, while one athlete loses, both are in a position to win with ever improving times consistently.
From the most recent 10km race, Carlissa Atkinson and Andrea Foster seem to be in form on the road. The road race will also feature a host of other women competing for the five cash prizes up for grabs. Trophies will also be offered to the top five winners.
The winners of the 10km Road Race in the male and female senior categories will run away with a whopping $100,000. The second place finisher will get $75,000; third place $50,000; fourth get $30,000 and $20,000 for fifth place. The race starts at 6am Sunday.
Oct 23, 2018Two helmet-tricks, three hat-tricks and an equal amount of doubles were recorded on an eventful opening day of the Third edition of the East Bank Football Association / Ralph Green Under-11 League...
Editor’s Note, If your sent letter was not published and you felt its contents were valid and devoid of libel or personal attacks, please contact us by phone or email.
Feel free to send us your comments and/or criticisms.
Contact: 624-6456; 225-8452; 225-8458; 225-8463; 225-8465; 225-8473 or 225-8491.
Or by Email: [email protected] / [email protected]