The Trinidad and Tobago Marathon did not end with a record time yesterday although weather conditions were ideal-cool for the 26.2 early morning mile run from Central Trinidad towards East and into north for the finish outside the western side of the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
Kenyan Mexico-resident Mark Chepses won the race – Kenyan also Mexico-resident Leah Kigen the women’s division winner – Chepses timed at 2 hours 28 minutes 5 seconds, Kigen clocking 2 hours 58 minutes 42 seconds.
Vincentian Pamenos Ballantyne’s 1998 record time of 2;15.37 stayed intact as did the women’s 2;52.05 posted in the 2002 edition by an Austrian runner.
Chepses reacted to his victory which numbered the 2015 winner Juan Carlos Cardona of Colombia into second , Guyanese Kelvin Johnson third and Trinidad and Tobago national Curtis Cox, fourth,
Finishing second in the women’s segment of the race was TT national Christine Regis.
The records were churned over in cricket and football on the international sporting front with West Indies winning streak of 16 consecutive one-day international victories from 1986 to 1990 surpassed by Australia who beat India in the third match of their ODI Series yesterday.
Sri Lanka also jointly held the win-streak with the West Indies – the Sri Lankans feat achieved between 1996 and 1998.
In the Australia/India match, India’s Virat Kohli completed 7000 runs in ODIs – taking 161 matchesto do so, the least by any batsman, beating AB de Villiers who achieved it in 166 innings in November 2014. Kohli is the 36th batsman to score 7000 ODI runs and eighth from India. Kohli’ 161 innings are also the fewest by any batsman to make 24 ODI centuries, and by a distance too; Sachin Tendulkar took 219 innings to score as many tons. Only four batsmen have scored more centuries than Kohli in ODIs.
Also in the match India’s capatin MS Dhoni was leading the side for the 300t time. Only Australian Ricky Ponting (324) and Stephen Fleming (303) have captained in more times than Dhoni. He has led India in 60 Tests, 189 ODIs and 51 T20Is – only player to lead his side in 50 or more matches in all three formats of the game.
In football England’s Wayne Rooney became the highest goal-scorer in the club game – his lone goal for Manchester United’s 1-nil win over Liverpool yesterday taking his tally to 176 and past Frenchman Thierry Henry who played for Arsenal.