From The Archives: Worrell holds own in Japan
WESLEY WORRELL on Sunday was again the top wheelchair athlete in the NATION Fun Walk, and this crowned a great month for the island’s top wheelchair man.
The determined Worrell, who was also the leader in last year’s Run Barbados Series and earlier this year competed in Manchester, England, recently returned from another international competition.
On his second trip to the Japanese circuit, Worrell ended the half-marathon in less than an hour at the Oita Series in Oita, Japan.
In the 21st running of the event, Worrell finished 73rd out of 221 paralympic athletes in a time of 59-minutes flat.
“I am proud of this achievement,” said Worrell. “I trained harder and was ready to go. The top guns came out this year and the race was a lot faster.”
Last year in a field of 226 people, he finished 87th in one hour, four minutes and 15 seconds.
“I feel good and even surprised myself when I saw these international men up against me and I held my own.”
Worrell is preparing for the Run Barbados Half Marathon and hopes to bring at least three other wheelchair competitors to compete in the race.
Next year he will take part in the 11th Daegu International Wheelchair Marathon Series in South Korea.
The event, slated for late March, will have two events – 21-kilometre and 42-kilometre races. They will form part of the preparation for the World Cup Football which will be hosted by Korea and Japan in May and June.