Leal crowned champion after Ospina refuses to take WADA test
Raul Leal of Gillette Evolution was crowned the overall champion of the National Sports Commission tour of Guyana 5-stage cycle road race which concluded on Sunday. This was after Team’ Coco’s Carlos Ospina was disqualified for refusing to take the World Anti Doping test conducted by the Guyana Olympic Association after the race.
Leal who pocketed $US1, 000; overall time was 10 hours 03 minutes 31 seconds. Hamza Eastman of Coco’s (10:03:43) took the runner up spot followed by Marlon Williams of Gillette Evolution (10:03:54). Jamal John of Coco’s (10:04:08), Alonzo Greaves of Roraima (10:05:15), Geron Williams of Continental (10:05:18), Paul De Nobrega of Alanis (10:05:44), Darren Matthew of Coco’s (10:06:15), Marloe Rodman of Heatwave (10:06:15) and Jamal Eastman of Heatwave (10:06:42) completed the top ten.
Following Ospina’s disqualification, the final stage a distance of 64.5 miles, which was contested from Kara Kara Linden Highway to Homestretch Avenue, was awarded to Barbadian Jamol Eastmond of Heatwave who clocked 2 hours 36 minutes and 54 seconds. He was followed by Raynauth Jeffery, Jamal John (Coco’s), Marlon Williams (Gillette Evolution), Jornell Yearwood (Bauxite Flyers) and Andre Simon (Cure 8 S11).
The junior category was taken by Jamal John (Coco’s), Andre Hicks placed second and Chris Griffith (10:15:25) of Alanis third. Paul Choo-Wee-Nam (Coco’s) won the veterans division in 10:17:51, Junior Niles (Coco’s) finished second in 10:21:01 and Rockwell Seecharran (Grenada) third in 10:26:23.
Due to the delay in the presentation due to the testing, Kaieteur Sport was unaware of Ospina’s disqualification up to press time on Sunday; this was due to its reporter being involved in other assignments. We apologise for any misconception our previous story had caused.
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