If there was to be a top competitor award for the Run Barbados weekend, it would have without a doubt gone to Michael James of St. Lucia, who finished first in the 5k run yesterday to complete a hat-trick of victories over the weekend.
James ran a time of 16: 28, to finish ahead of fellow St. Lucian, Neville Dupris, who clocked a time of 17:04.
On Friday and Saturday, James recorded respective victories in the Mile and 3k and in so doing ensured that the 2012 tournament was as successful as it was for him in 2009 and 2011.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY immediately after his 5K victory, James, who looked like a person who had just taken an afternoon stroll rather than a distance run, explained that he has been training very hard in recent times and was happy that his efforts had paid dividends.
“It feels really good and I feel as if I am in fine form, I have been training really hard for this event and it feels really satisfying that I came here and did my best. I am a very dedicated athlete and I am considered one of the best in my country, so I always give of my best,” James said.
Local runners also had a good showing in the 5k race with Kion Joseph running a time of 17: 20, closely followed by Hakeem Newton for the third and fourth place respectively.
Richards Kessio of the United States won the 10k race with a time of 1:10:23. He was followed closely on the home stretch by Matt Loiselle of Canada with a time of 1:10:36. Rupert Green and Kirk Browne of Jamaica finished third and fourth respectively with times of 1:10:56 and 1:14:39.
Jerome Blackette was the first Barbadian to cross the line in this race. He clocked a time 1:18:53 to take the 7th position.