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Port of Spain, Bullard share Relay Carnival spotlight

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

The Port of Spain and Environs district won four of the primary school 4x100 metres races on the opening day of the Trinidad and Tobago Relay Carnival, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, yesterday, sharing the spotlight with men’s 5,000 metres winner Kendis Bullard.

Port of Spain opened the meet with a dominant performance in the primary school girls’ under-11 sprint relay, returning a time of one minute, 01.55 seconds to finish well ahead of second-placed North East (1:07.95). Third spot went to St Patrick (1:08.60).

Port of Spain followed up with 4x100 victories in the boys’ under-11, girls Under-13 and boys Under-13 categories, clocking 58.47 seconds, 54.47 and 51.76, respectively.

A team from Canada produced an impressive 46.96 seconds run to strike gold in the high school girls Under-20 sprint relay.

A miscalculation from Jules La Rode cost him victory in the men’s 5,000m event. With two laps to go, La Rode stepped up a gear, opening a sizeable gap on his rivals. But when he crossed the finish line, he thought the race was over. There was still one lap to go, and La Rode was a spent force.

Both Bullard and Matthew Hagley ran past La Rode on the last lap, Bullard grabbing gold in 16:03.79, and Hagley silver in 16:06.87. After leading for most of the 12-and-a-half-lap race, La Rode (16:18.79) had to settle for bronze.

The Relay Carnival continues from three o’clock this afternoon, at the Crawford Stadium.

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