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London is NAAA one-lap king

Rachael Thomspon-King :: Trinidad Guardian :: 11.10.2018

Mark Lon­don raced away as the win­ner of the Na­tion­al As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NAAA) Sa­van­nah One Lap road race at the Queen's Park Sa­van­nah in Port-of-Spain on Sun­day.

"I came out to­day with the in­ten­tion of win­ning the Sa­van­nah One-Lap and I was suc­cess­ful," said Lon­don af­ter the race which start­ed op­po­site Queen's Roy­al Col­lege. 

The Zenith Ath­let­ic Club (To­ba­go) ath­lete crossed in 11 min­utes and 29 sec­onds to beat Matthew Ha­gley of De­fence Force (11.31) in a com­pet­i­tive race. In third place was Kelvin John­son (Un­at­tached) in 11.38. 

"I knew it would have been an in­tense race," said Lon­don, a five-time Carif­ta Games track and field gold medal­list. "I was con­fi­dent in my train­ing and prepa­ra­tion to­wards this race so I knew mid­way through the race once I was on pace over the last 600m to go, I would have the sprint fin­ish to take home the vic­to­ry."

Fill­ing the oth­er two spots among the top five fin­ish­ers in the Men's Open cat­e­go­ry and over­all were Sher­wyn Sta­ple­ton of Mem­phis Pi­o­neers (11.45) and Nicholas Ro­many of the T&T Road Run­ners Club (TTR­RC ) in 11.49, re­spec­tive­ly.

"I'm known for track so I know any time I was with the pack with 200/300 me­tres to go, my track speed would kick in and even­tu­al­ly get the win.

"I want to thank my fa­ther back at home for the help, coach Ger­ald Franklyn, the head coach at Zenith Ath­let­ics, my friends and fam­i­ly, every­one who came out to sup­port me and have been sup­port­ing me thus far, I want to say thank you to all of them.

"To­day my body felt great. I re­spond­ed well to all the at­tacks against me and I just kept the faith and came out vic­to­ri­ous to­day (Sun­day)," said Lon­don, who al­so had suc­cess at the To­ba­go Cy­cling Clas­sic on the week­end, win­ning three legs in di­vi­sion three.

In the women's Open cat­e­go­ry, amaz­ing Saman­tha Shuk­la (Un­at­tached) was a com­fort­able win­ner, cross­ing in a time of 13.16 and placed 16th over­all. This af­ter win­ning the RBC 15K ear­li­er that morn­ing.

"The time is my best time but if I didn't run this morn­ing I could have beat up some more guys," said a smil­ing Shuk­la, a first-time cham­pi­on of the event. 

She fin­ished ahead of Abi­lene Wild­cats's April Fran­cis, who was sec­ond in 15.27 and third was Chantel Le Maitre (Un­at­tached) in 15.36.

Shuk­la said, "I'm work­ing to­wards the UWI Half marathon. My goal is to place in the top two among the women and to run my best time."


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