Josiah-Tanner leads relay team to gold medal at Masters Outdoor Championships
Euleen Josiah-Tanner has won two gold and two silver medals so far at the premier Masters event in the US.
Euleen Josiah-Tanner has won two gold and two silver medals so far at the premier Masters event in the US.

… finishes second in 10 000m

EULEEN Josiah-Tanner led her club team, the Southern California Track Club, to a gold medal in the 4x800m relays after claiming silver in the 10 000m in day three of the 2018 USA Track and Field (USATF) Masters Outdoor Championships in Spokane, Washington.

Yesterday’s medals take the Berbice-born runner’s tally to four. She had won gold in the 5000m and silver in the 800m on Thursday, running in the 40-44 age division.

The 44-year-old clocked 40.42.7 in the 10 000m and although it was not close to her personal best of 36:57, she still felt it was a great race, since she managed to stay up with the pack, which included both male and female runners from different age groups.

“It was a combined event with men and women running together. I was in 4th position from start to finish in the overall race and second in my age group.”

After the 10 000m, Josiah-Tanner had a few hours before she competed in the relay (40-49 age division). Running the first leg, the mother of three set the pace and created a lead that her team enjoyed to the end.  Her split of 2:34.28 was the fastest by her side.  Her team won in a time of 13:13.45.

The dominant US-based Guyanese long-distance runner is competing in her first-ever Masters Outdoor Championships. In March, at her first Masters Indoor Championships, she had won the 3 000m, while last month, she finished 21st overall and as the third person from the US to cross the finish line at the International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Championships in Denmark.  At that event, she was tasked with running a 10k, before biking 20k and running an additional 5k.

The former six-time Courts 10k winner is scheduled to close the championships with the 1500m and the 4x400m relay today.

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