Saturday, January 20, 2018

Nero secures NACAC Half Marathon silver

...combines with Hagley for 2nd spot in team event

PODIUM FINISH: Tonya Nero, left, celebrates her North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Half Marathon Championship silver in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday November 19. The Trinidad and Tobago runner got home in one hour, 16 minutes, 54 seconds to finish behind Cuban Dailin Belmonte, centre, and ahead of Puerto Rico's Paola Lizbeth Rivera, right.

Trinidad and Tobago's Tonya Nero returned a time of one hour, 16 minutes, 54 seconds to secure silver at the 1st North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Half Marathon Championships in Havana, Cuba, two Sundays ago.

Nero squared off against Cuban Dailin Belmonte, the hometown athlete emerging victorious in the women's race in 1:16:44. Puerto Rico's Paola Lizbeth Rivera clocked 1:23:54 to finish a distant third.

Cuba also struck gold in the men's race, reigning Pan American Games marathon champion Richer Perez topping the field in 1:06:18. American Jeffrey Eggleston picked up silver in 1:06:27, with bronze going to Canadian Patrice Labonte (1:08:24).

Last month, Perez and Nero were crowned First Citizens UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon champions.

Nero's T&T teammate, Matthew Hagley was the 10th man to complete the 13.1-mile course at the NACAC Championships, the soldier getting home in 1:13:27.

Hagley and Nero earned second spot for T&T in the team competition. A combined clocking of 2:30:21 gave the T&T pair a comfortable cushion on third-placed Puerto Rico (2:38:50). Perez and Belmonte produced a 2:23:02 combination clocking to hand Cuba the easiest of wins in the team event.