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Marshall breaks Bermuda record

Lamont Marshall has eclipsed the Bermuda 3,000 metres record with a stunning victory in North Carolina. His winning time of eight minutes, 25.15 seconds was 10 seconds quicker than the Island's national record set by Jay Donawa 21 years ago.

Competing in the 49er Classic track and field meeting at UNC Charlotte, the Devonshire runner outclassed a field of 15 athletes and he did it exactly a year after setting the Bermuda 5000m national record at the same venue.

Quality training sessions with three-time May 24 Half Marathon Derby champion Chris Estwanik have been crucial in preparing Marshall for what turned out to be a significant weekend of high calibre performances, according to his father and coach Larry Marshall Sr, who said: “The 49er Classic is a happy hunting ground for Lamont.

“All the training is starting to pay off. And we really thank Chris Estwanik. He and Lamont have been doing tempo workouts and 400m sessions. Lamont could not have done those sessions by himself with that quality.”

The record appeared to be there for the taking a few weeks ago when Marshall went faster than the old record during a training session. On Saturday he left no one in any doubt as he stormed to victory, outpacing his closest rival Charlie Schmitt by a second, and more than 12 seconds clear of third placed Demetrios Pagonis.

Marshall's father added: “He's very excited and he's in really good form. On the Friday he took part in the 1500m race and ran a personal best of 3.53.40. He got boxed in by some of the others and finished second.”

And of the stunning 3000m performance, he said: “What is really good is that Lamont said he felt comfortable all the way.”

Bob Oliver, of the Bermuda Track and Field Association, said: “It's a very impressive time. I will be passing it on for official ratification.”

The old record stood at 8.35.00 and was set by Jay Donawa in Philadelphia in 1990.

Marshall's father said: “He's now planning to go after his own 5000m national records at the Duke International meeting, in Raleigh, on April 8.

In that event he can get into the low 14s. He is really flying and we expect him to perform well this May 24.”

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Published March 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 22, 2011 at 9:50 am)

Marshall breaks Bermuda record

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