November 23, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone athlete, Agnes Mansaray, on Saturday November 19th, 2016 at the Alabama NJCAA Half Marathon event sets a new Sierra Leonean half marathon record by clocking a time of 1:24:00.
Mansaray, who finished in 5th place, ended with a pace timing of 6.25 per mile as she took to the road for the first time in her running career to compete in the half marathon, making her the first Sierra Leonean woman to ever officially compete in the distance.
According to Leslie Koroma, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Sports Monthly, Mansaray’s placement and timing did not only gave her the first officially recorded time for a woman runner in the half marathon for Sierra Leone but also earned her the All American Honors for her college of Iowa Central Community College at the national event for Junior Colleges.
She told Koroma at the race that she was hurting all over and that it was the toughest race she had ever ran.
Agnes is a short middle distance runner and sprinter. She has world class times in 400 meters and the 800 meters for which, she also holds the national record for Sierra Leone.