Trinidad and Tobago runner Richard Jones won yesterday’s T&T International 5K, around the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.
Jones, running with team Hope/SPORTT, led throughout the race, crossing the finish line in front of White Hall in a time of 16 minutes, ten seconds.
Kelvin Johnson trailed Jones home in 16:29, while his fellow-Guyanese, Lionel Dandrade finished third in 16:32.
Jules La Rode was fourth in 16:40, while Clifton Sylvester rounded out the top five with a time of 17:22.
The race was close when it started at the top of Woodford Street, but Jones, Johnson, Dandrade and La Rode found themselves in front of the pack as the quartet ran through St Clair.
The four men were close as they exited St Clair and proceeded to make a lap of the Savannah. That is when Jones made his move. The others could not keep up as the T&T runner made the turn for home.
Jenelle Nedd was the first woman to cross the finish line, in 20:51, with Sara Ouelette Subero a distant second in 21:58 and Thais Gutierrez third in 22:02.
Missing from the women’s race this year was last year’s champion Tonya Nero.
1. Richard Jones—16:10
2. Kelvin Johnson—16:29
3. Lionel Dandrade—16:32
4. Jules La Rode—16:40
5. Clifton Sylvester—17:22
1. Jenelle Nedd—20:51
2. Sara Ouelette Subero—21:58
3. Thais Gutierrez—22:02
4. Emily Fitzpatrick—22:16
5. April Shanece Francis—23:03