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Ryan O Neal and Susan Russell won the
men s one lap and women s one lap events
respectively when the CariFin One Lap Savan-
nah Event took place at the Queen s Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday.
O Neal of Guardian Group couldn t ask for
a better opening event. As a first timer in the
CariFin Games, he headed out of the main
pack and when he got into stride no one was
able to stay within striking distance. O Neal
crossed the finish line in 14 minutes and 28
seconds (14.28), improving on last year s win-
ning time. Jedidiah Benjamin won last year in
15:07, but had to settle for third place on this
occasion in 15:56. O Neal was happy with his
win saying, "It felt good winning but it wasn t
anticipated, my team captain (Joella Richard-
son-Griffith) motivated me. It was a fantastic
experience, also being my first time in CariFin
John Donaldson, who finished second in
15:12, felt that the time he took to navigate
through the mass of people at the start would
have cost valuable time. After the race Don-
aldson stated: "I felt a little bit disappointed
because I got caught badly in the pack, I don t
know how I would of done exactly. I am looking
forward to the Chancellor and Sevilla Cross
country, because these have more pace from
Among the women, Russell of RBC won
comfortably in 17:41, finishing 22nd overall.
Russell gave kudos to her club the T&T Road
Runners Club. Russell finished ahead of Sagi-
cor s Adona Joseph in 18.19 and Jillette Landeau
of team Guardian Group in 18.44.
In the women s walking category, Aliyah
Henry representing Republic Bank showed that
she had the will, passion and determination
returning after winning this race last year. Tessa
Weekes of Republic Bank was second in 27:12,
while Gillian Ince-Williams of Guardian Group
was third in 28:39.
Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens made
it four in a row in the men s walk. Harrikissoon
who won in 23.28 said, "It was an overwhelm-
ing feeling winning for yet another year making
it four in a row." Clem Jubrasingh of RBC fol-
lowed in second place in a time of 23.32, and
Christopher Reid of Guardian Group in 24.49.
The sponsors of the CariFin Games include
Bluewaters, Subway, Brixel Design Studio, Uni-
com, Lezama Electrical, TATEC Limited and
The nine teams participating in CariFin
Games this year are First Citizens, Grace
Kennedy, Guardian Group, IBL Bank, Republic
Bank, RBC, Sagicor, Scotiabank and Unit
Trust Corporation. The next event of the
CariFin Games is the sand track one-mile
event at the Queen s Park Savannah, from 5
O'Neal, Russell capture
one lap CariFin event T&T Carifta middle distance record holder and bud-
ding local cyclist, Gavyn Nero of Team DPS, took Sun-
day s T&T Triathlon Federation-hosted National
Duathlon Championships by storm winning the overall
event in 2:03:27, over four minutes ahead of the run-
Nero, who broke the Men s Under-20 1500m record
(3:47.56) at the Carifta Games in St Lucia six years ago,
was most impressive on the 10-lap bike ride, which he
used to build an insurmountable lead.
The 24-year-old athlete cleared the first run (10k) in
37:56, 10 seconds behind Avinash Anamalay. Nero, how-
ever, went from trailing narrowly, to leaving all others
far behind at the end of the 40k ride, which he completed
Nero then completed the event with another solid
run in the 5k.
In that leg, he recorded 23:03, which was the third
best run behind eventual runner-up Clarence Tobias
and Anamalay, who finished seventh overall.
In the end, Nero s prowess in multiple events showed
with the comfortable victory. Tobias, 41, of OAW also
produced consistent efforts in all three segments clocking
39:52 (10k run), 1:05:40 (40k bike ride) and 22:11 (5k
run), and 2:07:41 at the end of the duathlon.
Finishing third was 49-year-old Raymond Ramcharan,
who clocked 2:10:21, while 2013 national champion,
Ancil Greene, finished fourth in 2:15:52.
The women s division also found a clear winner in
Maria Gooding who stood out with the two strong runs.
After a 56:57 effort in the 10k, Gooding rode 1:21:18
in the ride and then ran 32 minutes flat in the final 5k.
She finished in 2:50:13.
Up next on the agenda for the TTTF are the Swimming
Symposium and the Children s Duathlon scheduled for
May 17 and 24, respectively.
Nero takes National Duathlon
Championship by storm
Ryan O'Neal, winner of the CariFin
Games One Lap event at the Queen's
Park Savannah on Wednesday.
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