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Kenya-born Mexico-based Leah
Kigen yesterday successfully
defended her title at the 33rd annu-
al T&T International Marathon in
a time of 3:01:13, while her coun-
tryman Hilary Kipchirchir Kimaiyo
who resides in Mexico, emerged
as the victor in the men s division.
His time was 2:23:39, while Mark
Kipkosgei Chepses, another native
of Kenya secured the second spot
recording a time of 2:24:09.
Kigen made any challenge to her
title difficult. She established a 23-
minute lead between her closest
rival Karen Downey and the finish
line. Downey recorded a time of
Meanwhile, Kelvin Johnson of
Guyana, competing in the half
marathon, took home the men s
trophy in 1:15:17.
Was it not for Tonya Nero, how-
ever, T&T s hopes of securing a
medal would certainly have been
Competing in the half, she com-
pleted the race in 1:20:25, while sec-
ond place Celine Lestrade was 15
Except for Kigen, the TTIM
proved a difficult course for the
other three champions who admit-
ted to feeling unwell mere hours
before the start and during the com-
They all said it was their faith in
Almighty God that guided them
during the competition.
Kigen said, "Last year, it was so
competitive. The weather was not
bad like today. In the morning it
was raining. So that was a problem.
It was very humid. I used to train
two hours, three hour per day
because I was preparing to come
and run a good marathon in
Trinidad. You play good to reach
the destination because a marathon
in not a near thing. You have to go
so far. I want to encourage every-
body, not only the youths, even
grown ups, that running is for every-
body, as far as you love it. You have
to train, train hard and don t lose
hope and you ll get what you are
looking for at the end of your future.
I was not an athlete, but I thank
God for this."
Kimaiyo said he learnt about the
marathon on the internet and was
interested even though he had never
been to T&T before. He was on local
soil three days before the compe-
tition and declared he liked it here.
Ahead of yesterday s marathon,
his best time was two hours and
eight minutes, which he believed
was negatively impacted by the
He said, "It was good for me to
win. I will be back next year for this
marathon. The course is very nice.
It s a very fast course. My next race
is in Colombia. I am going to Mexico
for preparation for another
marathon. I want to see if I am going
to break my record on the 2nd of
He said the TTIM was a good
barometer for him in preparation
for his plans to compete in South
America in about five weeks.
"I have been running (in) Europe,
China, USA, (and) Brazil. Most of
the time I win, because I train very
hard! I used to have a coach, but
since I moved to Mexico in 2007,
I ve been training alone. I am train-
ing myself. Sometime I get injuries.
My friends fear my training. I train,
very, very hard," he said.
Guyanese-born Kelvin Johnson,
winner of the half marathon admit-
ted to feeling like a Trinidadian, cit-
ing his frequent travels here. He s
a member of the T&T Road Runners
"I do most of my training in T&T.
I am not a citizen or representing
T&T. I am not really 100 per cent,
but I am thankful that I came out
there and be positive and run to my
own pace and keep a momentum
going that was good enough to pull
off a victory," he said.
After the first three miles, Johnson
said he realised things were a bit
slow and stepped up competition.
"By the time I reach like San Juan,
I was comfortable. I just take it from
there. The weather for was perfect!"
Johnson said he had planned to
use the half marathon as condition-
ing for similar meets this year, such
as the 10K in Suriname this May.
Being employed in the construc-
tion sector made it difficult for him
to set lofty goals, but he made it
clear that his training, however, was
designed to ensure he remained eli-
gible to compete.
Yesterday s marathon attracted
participation from 60 visiting ath-
letes from sixteen countries.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 27, 2014
ST JOHN'S---Former West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) vice pres-
ident Clarvis Joseph has labelled
the WICB s "no comment"
approach to the draft presented by
the International Cricket Council s
(ICC) Finance & Commercial
Affairs committee as cowardly.
Joseph was quoted in the Antigua
Observer as saying that there are
wide implications for the develop-
ment of cricket in the region and
the WICB s silence on the issue has
done it no favour.
"We have lost the leadership role
that we used to play in ICC by
adopting the cowardly attitude of
not making it public. There are very
wide implications for the develop-
ment of cricket and that is all I
would say at this time because I
really don t want to get involved
for obvious reasons that you would
appreciate," Joseph said.
"But I find it disgusting that we
are not prepared to stand up and
declare out of hand and talk about
it when we should have gone to the
meeting and that is nonsense.
"There is too much investment
by government and the people in
the Caribbean in the development
of cricket. We have been let down
in terms of the standard of the play-
ers but that is no excuse to adopt
a cowardly attitude," he added.
The proposal, if adopted, gives
control of Test cricket to England,
India and Australia and also includes
the formation of a two-tier structure
of Test cricket, with those three
nations immune from relegation.
Joseph, who said he has seen the
draft in its entirety, warns that the
motive of the proposal hinges
largely on finances.
"My knowledge suggests that
the members of the West Indies
Cricket Board have not been pre-
sented with the full report but have
been presented with a power point
presentation of the report and if
you read the full report, there is
nothing to do with cricket," the
former VP said.
"It has everything to do with
money and distribution of revenue
and if you look at it from a purely
cricket perspective, the proposal
has no merit.
"It is not today that England has
sought to dominate the decision-
making in ICC and if you go back
as far as when Alan Weir was pres-
ident, the ECC requested a veto
on ICC matters as far as that," he
WICB has reserved comment on
the draft proposal until they have
made a presentation to the ICC at
its Board meeting scheduled for
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next
Tuesday and Wednesday.
Adrian Barath is planning to
use the upcoming Nagico Super50
to regain a spot in the West Indies
team. The diminutive T&T opener
believes the big scores will come
in the limited-overs series as well
as in the WICB Regional Four-
day championship to follow.
The tournament will be played
at Queen s Oval in Trinidad and
Shaw Park in Tobago from Thurs-
day to February 15. The home side
have been drawn in Zone B along-
side Barbados, Combined Cam-
puses & Colleges and Leeward
"I am obviously setting my
goals, we have the World Cup in
Australia, and I have good mem-
ories in Australia," said the 23-
year-old. "My goal is to get into
that West Indies team in 2015
(World Cup in Australia and New
Zealand). I know I have to perform
in the NAGICO Super 50 tourna-
ment. I have done a lot of work
on my game."
Barath spent last year at the
Sagicor High Performance Centre
where he made some changes to
his game. Back in 2009 the right-
handed opener had an amazing
Test debut in Australia, where he
made a blazing century in his sec-
ond Test innings at the Gabba.
"I want to take what I did at the
Sagicor HPC camp and apply it
so I can have a good regional series.
It is not going to be easy because
we have a lot of good West Indies
players in terms of opening bats-
men," Barath said.
"So I am looking forward to the
2014 season -- both in one-day
cricket and four-day cricket. I want
to use my performances as a plat-
form to get back into the West
Indies team once I perform well."
He added: "We have been work-
ing really hard and the preparation
is coming along really well. We are
confident, playing at home...this
is a big tournament and everyone
is aware of what they have to do.
We aim to go out there and win."
The Nagico Super50 tournament
will run from January 30 to Feb-
ruary 15 and will be broadcast live
on ESPN and on Caribbean Super
Matches at Queen s Park Oval
will be day/night fixtures while
matches at Shaw Park, Tobago will
be day games.
Joseph slams WICB silence
Thursday: Windwards vs Jamaica
Friday: Guyana vs Ireland
Saturday, 1: Leewards vs CCC
Sun 2: T&T vs Barbados
Mon 3: Jamaica vs Ireland
Tues 4: Guyana vs Windwards
Wed 5: Leewards vs T&T at Shaw
Thurs 6: CCC vs Barbados at Shaw
Fri 7: Ireland vs Windwards
Sat 8: Guyana vs Jamaica
Sun 9: CCC vs T&T
Mon 10: Barbados vs Leewards
Wed 12: Semi-final 1 -- Zone A
winner vs Zone B second
Thur 13: Semi-final 2 -- Zone B
winner vs Zone A second
Sat 15: FINAL -- Winner of Semi-
final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2
Barath ready for Nagico Super50
Kigen repeats in marathon
HALF MARATHON---MALE OVERALL
1 1:15:17 KELVIN JOHNSON
2 1:17:23 LIONEL DANDRADE
3 1:17:58 ELVIS TURNER
4 1:20:05 KADE SOBERS
5 1:20:37 SHAYNE BARRAN
6 1:23:26 SHIRVAN BABOOLAL
7 1:23:47 AKIL MELVILLE
8 1:25:39 NEIL STEWART
9 1:26:32 OWEN HENDER
10 1:28:02 NELINHO MIEREZ
Half Marathon---Female Overall
1 1:20:25 TONYA NERO
2 1:35:04 CELINE LESTRADE
3 1:35:32 CHRISTINA LAURENT
4 1:37:29 LINDSAY MIES
5 1:43:29 SARAH OUELLETTE
6 1:47:14 SALINA SCOTT
7 1:47:51 DANIELLE GABAY
8 1:51:15 WENDY D'ARBASIE
9 1:52:50 SJAELAN EVANS
10 1:54:34 ELIZABETH MASSY
1 2:23:39 HILARY KIPCHIRCHIR
2 2:24:09 MARK KIPKOSGEI
3 2:26:51 JUAN CARLOS CARDONA
4 2:27:39 PHILIP LAGAT
5 2:47:47 JEFFERSON RIVAS
6 2:55:54 CANTIUS THOMAS
7 2:56:34 DEXTER KAWHAI
8 3:01:11 GUILLERMO UDENHOUT
9 3:05:36 JUNIOR BRISTOL
10 3:08:47 CURTIS COX
1 3:01:13 LEAH KIGEN
2 3:23:11 KAREN DOWNEY
3 3:31:19 ARIETA MARTIN
4 3:50:08 WENDY SHALLOW
5 3:51:57 CHRISTINE REGIS
6 4:09:42 CHELSEA WHITLEY
7 4:09:52 ROSAMUND JOLLY
8 4:23:53 CANDICE BEKAROO
9 4:37:50 AMY PINE
10 4:59:23 SUSANNAH JOEFIELD
Medical personnel assist Kenya's Leah Kigen as she hits the finish line at
yesterday's 33rd Annual T&T International Marathon which ended at
Whitehall in St Clair, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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