FLYING THE FLAG: Tonya Nero, en route to victory in the Caricom 10K, in Antigua on Sunday. The Trinidad and Tobago athlete got home in 38 minutes, 36 seconds to complete a hat-trick of victories in the event. —Photo courtesy PAUL VOISIN

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Nero completes Caricom 10K hat-trick

 Tonya Nero successfully defended her Caricom 10K women’s title, returning a time of 38 minutes, 36 seconds to place ninth overall in Sunday’s race in Antigua.

The triumph was Nero’s third in a row, the Trinidad and Tobago athlete completing a hat-trick of victories.

According to a press release, Nero “was elated for the victory and thanks the Ministry of Sport, NAAA (National Association of Athletics Administrations) and coach Paul Voisin for giving her the opportunity to represent Trinidad and Tobago.”

Nero’s teammate, Jenelle Nedd was second for most of the race. However, she went off course, allowing Guyana’s Euleen Josiah to move into second spot. The distance was too much for Nedd to recover, and she had to settle for third in 42:03.

Guyana’s Cleveland Forde captured the men’s title in 34:52, with local runner Elliot Mason second and Grenada’s Radix Reon finishing third. St Vincent and the Grenadines runner Pamenos Ballantyne was fourth, while seventh spot went to T&T’s Nicholas Landeau in 37:26.


RESULTS

Men

1 Cleveland Forde (Guyana) 34:52

2 Elliot Mason (Antigua) 34:59

3 Radix Reon (Grenada) 35:17

4 Pamenos Ballantyne (St Vincent & the Grenadines) 36:13

5 Meshach Bublin (St Vincent & the Grenadines) 36:29

6 Kamar Thomas (Antigua) 37:17

7 Nicholas Landeau (T&T) 37:26

8 Darison Joseph (Dominica) 38:32


Women

1 Tonya Nero (T&T) 38:36

2 Euleen Josiah (Guyana) 40:48

3 Jenelle Nedd (T&T) 42:03

4 Linda McDowall (St Vincent & the Grenadines) 42:54

5 Kernisha Pascal (Grenada) 43:26

6 Arieta Martin (Jamaica) 44:45

7 Dinnal Julite (Jamaica) 45:14

8 Abbe Davis (Antigua) 49:19

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