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High Mountain Coffee 10K road race champion, Dayne Graham, said he had been plotting and training to defeat last year's winner, Andrew Brodeur, for the past two years.
Graham who watched the American walk away with the top prize for two consecutive years was confident that his preparations would lead him to end Brodeur's hold on the championship this year.
"For the past two years I have been training and telling myself that I am going to come for that guy and I knew that I was going to beat him.
"Nobody expected me to win but I was confident ... no ifs, no buts," he said.
St Jago youngster, Phaleetio Green, led most of the journey up the hill, closely pursued by Brodeur, who eventually went past him at the top of the hill before he was eventually joined by Graham for the downhill run.
The St Mary native, showing remarkable stamina, maintained his pace to finish in 32.28, 15 ahead of Kirk Brown (32.43), who overtook Brodeur (32.44) on the final stretch to claim second.
Graham, who was third in 2015 and fourth in 2014, said the American never gave him the challenge he expected and that he was always in control of the race.
"At the top of the hill I saw I could handle him. On the flat I knew I would get him there because I am good on the flat," he said.
The St Mary native also had a lot of encouragement from the locals, especially, females on his way to victory. "The policeman (race guide) helped me a lot and I respect that," he noted.
Graham has been racing on the circuit for the past three years, his first success came in the 2015 Reggae Marathon and Sunday's win was the biggest of the 29 year-old's career. He expects to add a few more titles to his name in the near future.
"I have been doing it for three years. I linked up with national representative Andrew Gutzmore and he made me run some 5Ks until I got perfect, and right now I am fit like a fiddle, so I won't stop running," he said.