First timer Simon Kalechstein of RBC steals the show; Wendy D’arbasie of Central Bank maintainsthe spotlight. Cheryl Cadogan of RBC tastes victory and Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens retains his title.
The anticipation and excitement at CariFin(Caribbean Financial Institutions) Games One Lap Savannah, on Wednesday April 17, 2012 was overwhelming. Its first competitive event at the Queen’s Park Savannah was running high as spectators waited in bated breath to see who would win this event. The race started around 5.15 pm, and after 13.19 minutes first timer Simon Kalechstein of RBC, came bursting through the tape to cross the finish line first. Wendy D’arbasie of Central Bank took the crown for the second time in 17.02 minutes, having won in 2012 also. “I felt good to know that I still have that winning touch in this event,” said Wendy as she celebrated her victory.
Among the walkers Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens retained his title for yet another year. After making light work of the men’s field, Harrikissoon felt that the completion was not so high for him, “Actually I was expecting the more experience walkers to come out, that would of given me a better challenge, but I just wanted to beat my time.”
First timer, Cherilyn Cadogan of RBC, also got the chance to experience what it was like, and tasted victory at CariFin Games. Bursting with excitement she said, “I am glad I was able to go under 27 minutes for this event”.
In 2nd spot for the runners was Richard Avey of Guardian Holdings Limited in a time of 14.19. John Donaldson of First Citizens took 3rd in 15.05, Clint Adiah of RBL 4th in 15.50 and 5th position in 15.55 was Michael Lucess of Central Bank.
Simon Kalechstein of RBC who ran the race for the 1st time, had little or no competition and finish 1 minute ahead of the field.
Among the female another Central Banker was in 2nd place Esla Anthony in a time of 17.48. Lavern Evelyn of Scotiabank took 3rd spot in 18.12, 4th place went to Angel Barkely of Repblic Bank in 19.04, and Simone Frazer also of Republic Bank finished 5th in 19.20.
D’arbasie was comfortable all the way and the competition didn’t bother her in anyway, which showed by her 40 sec distance between her and the competitors.
2nd place walking went to Ornella Knights of Central Bank in 28.44, Claudette Durham of Scotiabank took 3rd position in 29.24, RBC’s Abena Hall in 29.30 was 4th and AliyaSinnette of Guardian Holdings was 5th in 29.33.
The next event in the series is schedule for Wednesday April 24, 2013 at the Sand Track in the Queen’s park Savannah. We would like to thank our sponsors, “Our Official Water of the Games” – Blue Waters, and also GNC for their support.