Stride for stride: Juma Mouchette, front, shakes off a challenge from countryman Dage Minors to take bronze in the 5,000 metres. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Stride for stride: Juma Mouchette, front, shakes off a challenge from countryman Dage Minors to take bronze in the 5,000 metres. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
MONDAY, APRIL 9: Battling Juma Mouchette took home the bronze medal in the 5,000 metres this evening.

The Bermudian long distance runner saw off his compatriot, Dage Minors, in the final lap of the grueling race.

Mouchette paced his race to perfection before striding away from Minors with 300 metres to go.

He ran a incredible personal best time by 32 seconds.

Mouchette added: "It was a wonderful experience running in front of the home crowd.

"I never really felt tired the whole race because the people kept cheering us on. It was like they were pushing us to the finishing line.

"To know that the country was behind us was an incredible feeling.

"This shows the world that Bermuda has athletes that can compete on the international stage."

Mouchette was locked in a battle with Minors for most of the race, after Jamaican Orane Wint blew the field apart in the early stages of the race and picked up the gold medal.

The young Bermudian added: "I thought Dage was going to go past me at the end.

"It came down to who wanted it the most and I managed to keep pushing right until the end.

"It's a great feeling to get this medal, especially in Bermuda."