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Pipe, Stuart win 5 000 metres

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Pipe, Stuart win 5 000 metres

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BRIDGETOWN – Elite Distance Programme’s (EDP) athletes Micah Stuart and Carlie Pipe won the first two finals of the National Athletics Championships at the National Stadium here Friday night.

Teenager Stuart triumphed in the men’s 5 000 in a time of 17.33.40 minutes as he easily prevailed over his lone competitor and EDP clubmate, Rick Williams (18.37.87).

The experienced Pipe, running against the clock as she was the only woman in the race, finished in a respectable 18.55.04 minutes.

The heats of the men’s 400-metre hurdles and 100 metres as well as the men’s and women’s 400 metres were also contested Friday night.

The finals of the 100 and 400 featuring United States-based Mario Burke and new national record holder Jonathan Jones, respectively, will highlight Saturday’s programme when the Championships continue.

Jamaica-based Sada Williams will also be going after Lorna Forde’s long-standing 1978 record of 51.04 seconds when she faces US-based trio Tia-Adana Belle, Sonia Gaskin and Lisa-Ann Barrow in the women’s 400 final.

World Championships’ qualifiers, Shane Brathwaite and Greggmar Swift will also clash with U.S. Virgin Islands’ Olympian Eddie Lovett in the men’s 110-metre hurdles. (EZS)