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Japanese, British rule at Reggae Marathon

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The two top marathon runners in the 19th staging of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K are Japanese Daichi Hosada and British Rosemund Ponder, who were first across the line in the men's and women's marathon event held on Sunday in Negril.

Hosada clocked 2:37.37 hours to beat first runner-up, Jamaican Gregory McKenzie, who reached the finish line at 2:45.36 hours. Thirdplaced was Jamaican Winthrope Wellington.

Ponder, the top female marathoner, clocked 3:13.06 hours to beat Amandao Nadeau of Canada, whose time was 3:33.49 hours. In third place was Midori Iwata of Japan with 3:40.25 hours.

Top prize in the men's Half Marathon went to Henry Thomas of UCC Steppas, who recorded a time of 1:12.20 hours to place first, while Kevin Campbell, who ran independently, came second in 1:21.57 hours, and Dale Morgan of MoBay Movers took third place in 1:25.54 hours.

In the women's section of the Half Marathon, Franziska Fallman of Germany burst the tape at 1:36.17 hours, while Elizabeth Mondon of Jamaica came across the line next at 1:37.23 hours, and Arieta Martin of Jake's on the south coast was third in 1:44.51 hours.

In the men's section of the 10K race, Garfield Gordon of UCC Steppas took the top prize in a time of 32.59 minutes. Last year he won as a representative of G C Foster College.

Behind him at the finish line was Romoy Grant of Bellfield High School, who came in at 34.29 minutes, while Dontae Hudson, also of Bellefield High School, came in third in 36.35 minutes.

A 13-year-old student of St Jago, Nikeisha Henry, took first place in the women's 10K race in 39.51 minutes, ahead of her teammate Rushell Johnson, who clocked 40.51 minutes. Samantha Pryce of Holmwood Technical High School came in third with 42.16 minutes.

The annual event ended on a high at Negril's Long Bay Beach Park with runners enjoying performances from Warrior King, Digicel Rising Stars Short Boss & Sherlon Russel in addition to Indie Allen and DJ Steamaz.