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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 20, 2013
Curtis Cox of Simplex stopped the clock at one hour,
nine minutes and 58 seconds at the Charlie King Junc-
tion finish line in Fyzabad to win the 31st running of
the OWTU Butler 20K, underlying his status as one
of the leading local exponents of road running in spite
of his 45 years.
He took charge of the Labour Day race after only 5K
and if his speed, energy, and endurance are anything to
go by, then it can be concluded that age is but a number.
Having to settle for second in 1:12:34 was Kelvin John-
son, who came into the race on the back of victory in
last Saturday's Ministry of Works 5K, a second place
finish in the Guyana Independence Half-Marathon and
two second places in two Suriname TeleG 10Ks.
Kennis Bullard finished third in 1:14:33 doing well to
separate the two strong Guyanese contenders, with Lionel
Dandrade (1:15:11) in fourth.
In recent international races and the Works Ministry
5K, Dandrade finished one place behind his training
Veterans Cantius Thomas (1:20:47) was fifth and Dexter
Kanhai (1:21:31) was sixth. Nelinho Mierez (1:22:22) was
seventh and Anthony Roster (1:22:51) was eighth.
Tonya Nero of Athletics Central continued her winning
ways clocking 1:23:42 to wow the colourful Fyzabad
crowd. The battle for second place was won by Christine
Regis in 1:36:10. Sara Oullette (1:37:43) was third, Wendy
Shallow (1:42:49) was fourth and Paulette Lucess (1:49:53)
was fifth. In sixth place was Candice Bekaroo (1:51:28)
with Rosamund Jolly (1:58:20) in seventh and Josanne
Rojas (2:01:38) in eighth.
The OWTU Butler 20K Walk was won by Brian Francis
in 2:04:55, Eustus Weekes (2:20:29) placed second with
Ignatius Alvarez (2:21:43) third. Among the women,
Gemma Thompson was the winner in 2:31:30, Karen
James-Begg (2:40:43) finished second and Joanne Dyette
(2:42:22) third. The Butler 20K races started about one
hour after the advertised 5 am start-time due to the late
arrival of the police.
In the Butler 4.5 kilometre race for juniors 15-and-
under, the winner was Matias Nero of Maracas- St Joseph
in 15 minutes 29 seconds. Kriston Charles was second
in 15:56 and Jordan Hills claimed third in 16:35. Among
the girls, Shania Francois triumphed in 19:51, Ashakie
Hagley took the second spot in20:27 and Khadiyah
Kellawan copped third in 21:12.
T&T Golf Association s (TTGA)
director of golf Chris Harries says
he is optimistic about the future
of local golf after the youngest
national men s senior team in his-
tory was selected on Sunday to
challenge for the Caribbean Ama-
teur Golf Championships (CAGC).
The event is set for St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands from August 6-
12.Sachin Kumar is the baby of the
team at 14 with Talin Rajendranath,
20, the most senior member of the
"There are a lot of good young
players coming up and we hope
they develop more and more. I'm
looking forward to better things in
the next few years," said Harries.
The "young brigade" of the
national senior golf team includes
the likes of Wan Joo Lee (16),
Matthew Marquez (17) and Andrei
The director said that the TTGA
has made a push during the last
six years to get more juniors playing
golf and that has resulted in more
opportunities to play abroad.
"Through the TTGA, through
sponsors, through the SPORTT
Company and their parents, who
have been sending them away, they
are getting the exposure that other
juniors in the past have not had,"
Harries believes this development
augurs well for the overall devel-
opment of the sport locally at all
"The older guys have to put in
a lot more work if they are to put
any of these youngsters off the
team," said Harries.
A relatively young ladies team
has also been named to defend the
George Teale Trophy. Monifa Sealy
(20), Christina Ferreira (17) and
Ysabelle Lawrence (15) make up the
Harries says that with younger
golfers rising to the top of local golf
in such numbers, the image of golf
as an "old man's sport" should
finally be torpedoed.
"It is showing that golf is a young
man's (and woman's) sport. They
have to be younger and fitter and
they have to be dedicated like any
other sport," said Harries.
He added: "Dedication gets you
that extra distance, where talent
alone will not."
Harries: Local golf on the rise
HOERMAN CUP: Andrei Collins,
Wan Joo Lee, Sachin Kumar,
Matthew Marquez, Talin
Rajendranath. Reserve: Dinesh
GEORGE TEALE: Christina
Ferreira, Ysabelle Lawrence, Monifa
Sealey. Reserve: Tori Baptiste.
MID-AMATEUR: Clint Alfred and
Dave Rajkumar. Reserve: Wayne
SENIORS: Carlos Baynes and
Michael Commissiong. Reserve:
SUPER-SENIORS: Arjoon Samlal,
Month Chapman. Reserve: Tyrone
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