Representing Saint Lucia, Anthony Johnson finished 28,861 out of 53,508 runners in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.
If that does not seem like such a big deal, take into account that Anthony is 75 years old.
Johnson is the father of national record holder for pole vault, Olympian, and Saint Lucia’s most decorated athlete, Dominic Johnson. But he made his own slice of history on Sunday morning.
Wearing bib number 49501 over a Saint Lucia vest, the septuagenarian stopped the clock at 4:34:40. He was fifth in his age group and was actually the fastest of six Saint Lucian runners on the day.
Next across the line was Christine Gerson Pierre, contesting the women’s 51-year age group, F51. She completed the 42.195 km (26.2 miles) in 4:39:48, 30,664th overall.
Vanessa Frederick, in the F44 class, ended in 5:39:37 (46,018). Pamella Edward terminated the F52 in 5:45:25 (46,967). And Lorraine Tobierre concluded the F40 in 6:55:28 (52,184).
Rounding out the Saint Lucian participation was Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, who did the M60 in 7:17:02. The 60-year-old jurist was 52,775th.