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Maharajh shines at Southern Games cycling
Varun Maharajh emerged the most outstanding cyclist at the Southern Games at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre on the weekend.
After being beaten into second place in his three races on Saturday, Maharajh came through strongly the following day, to take the “Devil take the Hindmost”, the 3,000 metre and ended the meet on a high capturing the 5,000m points race and final race of the meet, the 10,000m.
The 2012 President Cup winner trailed, Jamaican Marloe Rodman in the 1,500m and 4,000m invitationals and was runner-up to USA’s Zak Kovaleik in the 8,000m event.
On the second day, Rigtech Sonics rider stepped up a gear and outlasted Rodman. With some help from his team-mates Azizar Kellar and Ruddie Ashton, he blazed by the Jamaican to win the “Devil” race, passing him just before on the line. Kellar and Ashton did well to pull Rodman early in the race taking the wind out of his legs. Maharajh made his move in the final two laps and triumphed over his rival.
In the 3,000m event, the T&T top rider was first to the line ahead of Rodman and Kovaleik, respectively. The Jamaican is considered as one of the fittest and most versatile riders in the region but could not triumph over the national riders, who rode well using clever team tactics.
Olympic bronze medallion Gillian Carleton dominated the ladies events taking the women’s invitational 1,000m and 2,000m races and was among the finishers in the men’s 10,000m.
Chenelle Walcott of Madonna Wheelers copped the ladies Tinymites 500m and 1,000m. Veteran Cyril Fook (Parkside) also landed two wins taking the men's veteran 50-plus 1,000m and 15,000m while Rigtech Soncis youngster Tyler Cole led the way in the Tinymites 1,000m and 2,000m.
Other winners were Brandon Gitten (1,000m juvenile), Nevin Marlco (1,000m junior), Joy Thom (500m ladies Invitational), Aziza Browne (5,000m ladies juniors), Jamol Eastmond (Devil takes the Hind most-Elite 1 & 2), Sylvester Joseph (2,000m Elite 3&4), David Orr (1,500m juvenile), Colombian Melina Salcedo (2,000m Ladies Elite) and Cecil Hackett (2,000m masters).
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