Top female Trinidad and Tobago long distance runner Tonya Nero finished third among the women in the Run Barbados 10K 2012 Saturday in Bridgetown.
On a flat and traffic free course, Nero, this year's female UWI SPEC Half Marathon champion, finished behind eventual champion Kenya's Leah Kigen (34 minutes, 46 seconds) and Canada's Megan Brown (34:53). The T&T national half marathon record holder posted a time of 35:36.
Overall winner Silas Kisorio of Kenya made a winning debut, raising his arms as he approached the finish line and hundreds of Barbadians and visitors cheered until the 29-year-old stopped the clock in 30:58 minutes. Canadian Matt Loiselle, who had been among the leaders from the start, finished in the No. 2 slot for the second consecutive year in 31:06 and Jamaican Shawn Pitter, who did not feel well at the start, stuck it out to the end, moving up one spot to take third in 31:20.
Defending champion Richard Kessio of Kenya did not finish, dropping out at Fontabelle.
Two of Pitter's compatriots-Kirk Browne and Rupert Green-rounded out the top five in 31:37 and 32:13 respectively, while Guyana's Kelvin Johnson (33:07) and Cleveland Forde (33:48) took the next two places.