4 February 2013

Zambia: Gerald Phiri Wins Boston Race

UNITED States-based Zambian sprinter, Gerald Phiri, on Saturday made a winning start in his first race after the London 2012 Olympic Games when he scooped the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 60 metre event held at the Roxbury Community College's Reggie Lewis track in Boston.

Phiri won the race with a time of 6.97 seconds, which is slower than his 60 metres indoor personal best of 6.59 seconds he recorded at five different meets between 2009 and 2012 in Texas and Arizona.

The 24-year-old Mufulira born Texas A & M University graduate said in an interview from Boston, Massachusetts shortly after his triumph that he was happy with the win but not with the time.

"I am a little bit disappointed with my time but I am happy to get the win. I felt a bit rusty but it's early in the season and I am still in heavy training," Phiri said.

He said he was returning to his new base in Clermont, Florida, where he trains with renowned United States runner Tyson Gay, to continue shaping up for future assignments.

"We came here (Boston) just to see where I am and what needs to be fixed. At this point in time I am not sure when I will be racing next. My coach and manager will decide what's best," he said.

Jason Rogers of Saint Kitts and Nevis claimed second position with a time of 6.71 seconds and was followed by two Americans, Kyle Stevenson and Calesio Newman who finished third and fourth.

Phiri was a semi-finalist at London 2012 Olympic Games in the 100 metres that was won by Usain Bolt of Jamaica who piped his countryman Yohan Blake.

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