Mahadeo, Adonis ace Kares Caribbean Fitness Challenge

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By Akeem Greene

Dillon Mahadeo produced yet another herculean performance to win his fifth consecutive title at the sixth Kares Caribbean Fitness Challenge at the National Park Tarmac on Sunday.

Likewise, Delice Adonis also came back strong from injury to regain her crown as the fittest woman in the Caribbean.

Both athletes endured over 12 hours of rigorous activities which truly tested their mental and physical fortitude. In the end they aced it, but it was by no means easy.

Pure strength as Mahadeo perfects the thrusters

Unlike the past where Mahadeo most times took a clean sweep of the events, he was pushed to until the final event where he produced a ‘Man of Steel’ performance when others slightly laboured.

Event five for the men comprised 54 Double Unders, 27 Pistol Squats, 21 Ski Erg, 15 Handstand Push-ups, nine Bag Cleans 150lb, six Muscle-Ups, three Deadlifts of 365lb and 24 ft Handstand walking.

Even after competing since 06:00h, the CrossFit 592 athlete bested the routine in under six minutes of the 15-minute cap, letting out a loud hurrah under the floodlights of the National Park, cementing his status ‘King’ of the Caribbean.

Despite only placing first in two of the events, the 24 year-old accumulated 485 points to finish ahead of Omisi Williams (460 points), Shane Hamel- Smith of Trinidad and Tobago (442 points), Kellon Reids (414 points) and Mark Mark Tawjoeram of Suriname (400 points).

The top five for both men and women were rewarded $500,000, $400,000, $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Delice Adonis during her routine

Adonis back with a bang

After placing third last year, Adonis won her second national title, in a most calculated performance. Adonis mentioned on her Facebook page she was returning from a partial rotator cuff tear suffered in November and did not go full throttle but kept apace to win the title.

She too only won two events, but managed to score 456 points which was enough to pip Kim Pinas of Suriname (445 points), former champion Semonica Duke (440 points), Tonnica Archer (416 points) and Lieke Verwoerd of Suriname (410 points).

The women had a similar Event Five as the men, but no one was able to complete within the time cap.

Guyana Fitness Games, organisers of the event, earmarked this year was the toughest and it will only continue to get tougher since they want to raise the CrossFit mark in the Caribbean.

Each athlete outside of the top five were given $15,000, while cash prizes were also given to the Over-30 top performers and the Under-17 competition.

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