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Missenger outsprints Thomas to win Oasis 5k

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By Treiston Joseph

Winston Missenger is the inaugural winner of the Oasis 5k race that was completed Sunday afternoon at the Children’s Monument inside of the National Park. Missenger was able to sprint away from his rival Cleveland Thomas in the last 100 metres to pull off the win.

Missenger clocked a time of 15:45.26s to win the event, while Thomas clocked 15:46.43s for the second position. The race, from the get go was between the two, despite Anferenee Headecker giving them some trouble in the first three kilometres.

The trio separated from the pack by the 2k mark and by the 4k mark it was a two-man race until Missenger made his move at the end to win.

Joanna Archer was the first female to cross the line

Headecker, who finished third overall in 16:01.84s, opted to take the junior first place instead of the overall third that allowed Jonathon Fagundes to place third in the senior category with a time of 16:34.53s. Royston Fordyce finished fourth in 16:58.63s and Tyshon Bentick fifth in 17:07.15s.

“It was a fast race; I made an early move to try and take the sting out of the legs of Cleveland, but it’s been a tough couple races for me because I’m now coming off an injury which has hampered my preparations but all in all it was a good race and I must say thanks to my coach and to God,” Missenger noted.

Meanwhile, Joanna Archer finished first for the females in a time of 20:53.08s, while Shquka Tyrell finished second in 2:33.0s. Atoya Harvey was third in 2:39.0s. Llewelyn Gardner won the 55 and Over Masters, while Gary Hartog won the 46-55 category and Carla Adams the Female Masters.

Some prizes were handed out at a presentation ceremony after the race, while Commercial Manager of Guyana Beverages Inc., Samuel Arjoon, congratulated all participants and winners.

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