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CariFin Champions continue their dominance

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Positions keep changing in the pack

Wendy D'arbasieCariFin Games continue to enjoy a very good season in terms course conditions athletes’ preparedness and competitiveness. From a sporting perspective, this season continues to live up to the high standards of past events. With three of the four events down, front runners Simon Kalechstein of RBC and Wendy D’arbasie of CBTT continue to have a firm grip on the Prize having won all three major events in the male and female categories respectively. They both conquered the climb of the chancellor hill to continue their dominance in the 4 part series of CariFin Games running and walking events. Meanwhile Deodath Harrikissoon continues to hold on to the walking title. 

This season the champions continue to hold off all challengers and the same was true last Wednesday during the Chancellor Challenge. The event which lived up to the expected excitement and rivalry saw Kalechstein, taking first place in the male category adding this title to the other two titles already in the bag namely the Green Mile and the One Lap Savannah. Kalechstein of RBC emerged as an outright winner in 13.54.

Following the highly charged and competitive race Kalechstein explained his motivation for winning saying, “I know I had to come out today and push for expectation was pretty high.”

In the buildup to the event speculation ran high as to who would emerge victorious. Competition favourite, John Donaldson whoKalechsteinCC placed 3rd last week in 15.39 in the ‘Green mile’ said, “I wasn’t sure what to expect in the race, and it seems that more or less the top three reflected the green mile.”

Donaldson was eventually beaten into 3rd place in the competition first major upset.  Rashad Blenman, who had previously finished 11th   in the One Lap Savannah, jumped ahead to join the group of front runners when he placed 2nd with a clear lead of 7 seconds over Donaldson in the green mile. On Wednesday he went on to maintain that position in the Chancellor Challenge with a finishing time of 16.18. After the Challenge it was a stunned Blenman said, “I surprise… It is like … I surprise… It wasn’t like I try out for this, but I accept it.”

Although beaten into third place past champion John Donaldson should not be counted out as he continues to put forward a reputable showing having placed 3rd in the three major events so far.

Meanwhile the female competitors also did not disappoint. As Wendy D’arbasie continues to be the person to beat as she went on to capture the Chancellor Hill title despite not being in the best of health. Finishing in an impressive 20.19, she went on to say “Today I was not well, so I was not really suppose to run, but what I came to do is take a cool run up.” This title makes it three out three for D’arbasie.

 In 2nd place was new comer to the Games Joanna Del Pino of Scotiabank. She finished in an inspiring time of 21.06. Also of note was the performance of Angel Barkley who was able to break into the top circle for the first time with an impressive run in 22.06.

In the walking event, last week’s 3rd place finisher in the Green Mile, Cherylin Cadogan regained her 1st position proving her endurance on the hill event. Ornella Knights of CBTT maintained her 2nd spot from the Green Mile and last week’s winner Marcia Pierre was relegated to 3rd place.

Meanwhile, as the action continues to heat up with the champions remaining steadfast in the goal to make a clean sweep, it is clear no one can be counted out.


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