Kingston, JamaicaJamaica’s Wainard Talbert and Tamica Thomas claimed the top honours at the inaugural Central American and Caribbean Half Marathon Cup, held in conjunction with the 5th Reggae Marathon in Negril, Jamaica on Saturday 3 December.
Talbert completed the race in a new national record of 1:09:10, more than three minutes faster than the previous mark of 1:12:59), set by Rupert Green during the 2005 World Half Marathon Championships, which were held in Edmonton, Canada on 1 October.
Jamaica’s Shawn Pitter was also well under the former national standard to finish second in 1:09:37, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Jones (1:10:18), while former national record holder Rupert Green improved his personal best, too, clocking 1:11:34, but missed the podium in 4th place.
In the women’s race, Merecia James and Tamica Thomas ran two minutes faster than the previous national best of 1:31:41, set by the latter in Edmonton. Tomas emerged victorious after a 1:29:25-hour effort, closely followed by her team-mate James (1:29:37) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shermain Lasaldo (1:31:45).
Only athletes from Trinidad & Tobago and the host country took part in the race. Other nations with a richer long distance tradition in the region like Mexico, Guatemala and Cuba did not send delegations. The 2006 CAC Cup is also scheduled to be held in Negril.