Decker and Robinson secure podium spots in Curacao

POSTED: 11/2/11 11:56 AM

St. Maarten – American long distance runner Greg Decker and a former 400/800 meter runner from Jamaica Omarco Robinson kept St Maarten’s flag flying high when they finished in the 2nd and 3rd spot in the 28th edition of the Fatum Loop in Curacao on Sunday. Four thousand athletes participated in this year’s Fatum Loop.

It was the third time that Decker, a student at the American University, and Robinson have finished one behind the other. The first time was back in 2010 at the St Maarten Fatum Run and the one that was held two Sundays ago.

Decker and Robinson registered late and found themselves in the center of the 4, 000 odd starters surrounded by hundreds of runners.

“We had to make our way to the side before we were able to distance ourselves from the bunch. We were third and fourth after the first kilometer and we were second and third after the third kilometer,” Robinson said.

Because of the nature of the event, it’s common that runners who start off on a high pace and become front runners dictate the pace of the 10 kilometer race. The eventual winner was some distance ahead of the pair and they were only able to see him with four kilometers to go. His space and the remaining distance did not allow the pair to catch him before he crossed the finish line.

Next to their top three finish both runners were able to clock better times with Decker finishing in a time of 34:30 and Robinson finishing in 35:27.

“We were both satisfied with our times because it was better than the Fatum Run, but the eventual winner did it in 34:10,” Robinson said.

Decker and Robinson will be running for the GYM Fit team (formerly team Adidas) in the Round the Island Relay on November 11.


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