Marshall claims title in Brooklyn
Lamont Marshall continued his fine start to the year after winning the New York Road Runners Al Gordon Brooklyn four-mile race in Brooklyn, New York, at the weekend.
The 34-year-old led the field of 5,160 runners across the finish line in a race contested in frigid conditions. He averaged just under five-minute mile splits along the route in Prospect Park before pipping Brooklyn resident John Davies at the finish line by a mere second to finish in 19 min 45 sec.
Davies finished in 19:46 while Ethiopian Suleman Shifa, who won the Bermuda Marathon Weekend half-marathon last month, rounded off the podium in 20:10. Shifa’s compatriot and West Side Runners team-mate Meseret Basa, the reigning Bermuda Marathon Weekend women’s 10K and half-marathon champion, claimed the women’s title and finished fifteenth overall in 22:15.
Angela Ortiz, of the United States, was second and compatriot Lauren Perkins third among the women’s field.
The NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn four-mile race is held in honour of the late standout American college track runner, who was also a NYRR board member and benefactor.
Gordon exemplified NYRR’s motto “Run for Life”, having began running marathons in his 80s and exercised regularly until his death in 2009 aged 107.
Marshall’s triumph follows his record-breaking display at Boston University’s John Terrier Classic last month, where he broke the Bermuda indoor 5,000 metres record for a fifth time.
Chasing his own record of 14:22.19, set at the same event last year, Marshall knocked off a further six seconds to finish in a national record time of 14:16.67.