Bor takes Front Street glory

  • (Photo by Glenn Tucker)
Kenya's Julius Bor crosses the finish line in last night's KPMG Bermuda Invitationla Mile.

    (Photo by Glenn Tucker) Kenya's Julius Bor crosses the finish line in last night's KPMG Bermuda Invitationla Mile.

Kenyan Julius Bor stole the show in last night’s elite men’s race with an impressive victory in his first ever KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile.

The debutant didn’t quite manage to break the magical four-minute barrier and claim the $10,000 bonus on offer finishing in 4:06.45 ahead of fellow sub-four minute milers Stephen Pifer, of the USA, (4:07.67) and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangma (4:09.52.)

But despite clocking the quickest elite men’s time in recent memory, Bor, whose brother Emmanuel came eighth, admitted he was slightly disappointed he didn’t run even faster.

“I thought I was going to run under four minutes and was confident of a fast time,” said the former University of Alabama student. “But coming back (at the half-way stage) I saw it was 2.04 and then I just came for a win.

“The conditions were good to run under four minutes, I think it was possible to run under four minutes, but it’s good to get the win.

“I had some confidence before the race but I knew there would be some good guys up against me.”

Cheered on by the thousands of spectators who lined Front Sprint, Bor seemed in control for much of the race and exploded when the finish line came within his sights, mindful of Pifer’s renowned finishing kick.

“It was not easy, it was tough, and I know Stephen has a really strong kick he hung with me for a while,” said Bor, who will be looking to repeat his victory feat in today’s 10K race.

“This is my first time coming to Bermuda. I heard about the race last year and I’m happy about everything. Everybody has been very welcoming.”

Finishing a disappointing fourth in a time of 4:11.72 was past champion Shadrack Biwot, who won an unprecedented Bermuda Marathon Weekend treble in 2010.

The first local runner to cross the finish line was podium hopeful Lamont Marshall who came seventh in 4:17.98, while compatriot Shaquille Dill was ninth in 4.33.71.

In the adult local male race, Stephen Allen finally claimed the title at his fifth attempt, pulling off an upset with a comfortable win over pre-race favourite Juma Mouchette.

Allen, a policeman and part-time football referee, recorded a time of 4:33.42, more than seven seconds quicker than Mouchette who appeared to a pull a hamstring towards the end of the race.

Mouchette, a medallist at last year’s Carifta Games, finished second in 4:40.69 ahead of third placed Ryan Wilson (4.:49.50).

“I’m very happy with this victory; it was my fifth attempt and I knew coming into the race there were a lot of youngsters who are very quick,” said Jamaican Allen, who had already ran a mile earlier in the night for the Half-Triangle Challenge.

“I have come third about three times and finished fifth once so I’m really happy to finally win. I only run this distance twice a year so I don’t get much practice, but when I do I give it everything I have got.

“I saw in the media that Juma was the favourite based on the qualifying times. But it’s all about who runs the best on the day, even if you’re the faster person going into the race.

“I heard he pulled a hamstring but I couldn’t see what was going on behind me.”

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Published Jan 19, 2013 at 11:41 am (Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 11:41 am)

Bor takes Front Street glory

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