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Shukla takes Sea to Sea title

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Local runners Curtis Cox, Sjaelan Evans and Samantha Shukla excelled at the third annual international Sea to Sea event in Tobago on the weekend.

Cox placed third in the marathon on Sunday in a time of three hours, two minutes and two seconds behind the winner, Venezuelan Pedro Mora in 2:39.03. He was followed by Jose Elmer Ararat Diaz of Columbia in second place with a time of 2:45.43.

Runners started the course at the Main Ridge Forest Reserve near Bloody Bay, proceeded through the forest to Roxborough then ran south along Windward Road through villages to the capital Scarborough and on to the 26.2-mile distance finish line in Lambeau Beach.

Evans finished third among the women and ninth overall in the marathon in 3:19.55. Colombian Palmenia Raquel Berrio Agudelo was the best in the women’s category, winning in 3:03.08 with Mary Akor (USA) third in 3:09.14.

Agudelo, the day before, had success in the 10-kilometre contest, winning the women’s race in 35.56 to place 10th overall. Akor again finished as the runner-up to Agudelo in 36.18 to be 11th overall while Kenya’s Queen Chenge (16) was third in 40.03.

Shukla of Richard Jones Racing (RJR) Club placed fourth in this race in 40.11 but returned the following day to dominate among the women in the half marathon, winning in 1:29.53 for 14th place overall.

Chenge (Kenya) followed her to the line in 1:30.22 with Celine Lestrade also of T&T in third in 1:37.32.

The overall winner was Alene Reta of the US, who had also crossed the finish line first in the 10K on Saturday. Reta completed the course from Bacolet to Lambeau beach in 30.29 to claim the top prize of $8,000.

Didimo Sanchez of Venezuela was second in 31.09, and Richez Perez crossed in 32.21 to secure third place.

Anthony Phillips of RJR, who placed eighth overall, was the first national to complete the race course in a time of 34.19. Kade Sobers of Signal Hill was the first Tobago athlete, crossing in 36.59 for 13th position overall and first in the 50-59 age-group.

Lionel Dandrade of Guyana took first place in the 5km, which started at Sangsters Hill entrance, in 16.31, ahead of Tobago’s Jedial Walters of Hope, who was second in 16.39 and in third was Kriston Charles of RJR.

Janiel Bailey also of RJR was the winner among the women in a time of 22.05. Beyonce Moses of Lambeau was the runner-up in 23.09 and Khrystanne George of Belmont was third in 23.42.


1 Pedro Mora (Venezuela) 2:39.03 (Men)
2 Jose Elmer Ararat Diaz (Columbia) 2:45.43 (Men)
3 Curtis Cox (T&T) 3:02.02 (Men)
4 Palmenia Agudelo (Columbia) 3:03.08 (Women)
5 Mary Akor (USA) 3:09.14 (Women)
6 Thomas Adams (Mora) 3:10.18 (Men)
7 Godffrey Mbihia (Kenya) 3:13.12 (Men)
8 Leah Kigen (Kenya) 3:18.55 (Men
9 Sjaelan Evans (T&T) 3:19.55 (Women)
10 Nigel Simon (T&T) 3:25.00 (Men)
1 Alene Reta (USA) 1:07.45
2 Didimo Sanchez (Venezuela) 1:08.10
3 Richer Perez Cobas (Cuba) 1:17.50
4 Junior Ashton (St Vincent & Grenadines) 1:18.12
5 Sharlun Williams 1:18:41
1 (14) Samantha Shukla (T&T) 1:29.53
2 (15) Queen Chenge (Kenya) 1:30.22
3 (19) Celine Lestrade (T&T) 1:37.32
4 (23) Chantel Le Maitre 1:41.15
5 (27) Salina Scott (T&T) 1:44.06
1 Alene Reta (USA) 30.29
2 Didimo Sanchez 31.09
3 Richez Perez 32.21
4 Pedro Mora 32.26
5 Oshane Archibald (Jamaica) 32.37
1 (10) Palmenia Agudelo (Colombia) 35.56
2 (11) Mary Akor (USA) 36.18
3 (16) Queen Chenge (Kenya) 40.03
4 (17) Samantha Shukla (RJR) 40.11
5 (27) Alexandra Adams (Mora) 49.59
1 Lionel Dandrade (GUYANA/T&T) 16.31
2 Jediael Walters (Hope) 16.39
3 Kriston Charles (RJR) 16.53
4 Terron Francis (GEB) 17.15
5 Nbrian Maynard (GEB) 17.42
1 (24) Janeil Bailey (T&T) 22:05
2 (31) Beyonce Moses (Lambeau) 23.09
3 (39) Khrystanne George (Belmont) 23.42
4 (41) Atiya Croal (Arouca) 24.04
5 (42) Monique Moore (Cascade) 24.12


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