Didimo Sanchez

SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE: Didimo Sanchez makes a successful defence of his First Citizens UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon men’s title, in St Augustine, yesterday. The Venezuelan won the race in one hour, seven minutes, 55 seconds. —Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR

For much of the journey along the Priority Bus Route, yesterday, the 2019 First Citizens UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon looked to be a competitive duel between defending champion Didimo Sanchez and Kenya’s Alex Ekesa. But three miles from home, Sanchez surged, opening up a huge gap on his rival to end the race as a contest.

Some 15 minutes later, a smiling Sanchez crossed the finish line—outside the UWI SPEC indoor facility in St Augustine—in one hour, seven minutes, 55 seconds to complete the formality. The Venezuelan runner was very satisfied with his successful title defence.

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