Flora Duffy narrowly missed out on a medal at the Pan American Triathlon Champs today, Saturday 31st May as she finished 4th despite a strong run that almost saw her podium. Duffy’s overall time was 2 hrs and 18 secs.
Meanwhile juniors Tyler Smith, coming off a broken arm that hindered his training, and Erica Hawley acquitted themselves well against much older competition in the 16-19 Pam American Championships that featured many leading world juniors. Smith came out of the water with the lead group but narrowly missed getting into the lead pack out of transition and ended up in the chase pack. He finished strongly on the run for a time of 1hr 15 secs for the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run for 44th place.
Erica Hawley struggled in the heat on the run to finish in 1hr 10 mins and 12 secs, 39th out of 43 competitors.
However for both juniors it was a good learning experience and they were able to hold their own despite moving up an age group.
Promising juniors Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley will have their biggest challenge to date when they take on the Pan American region’s best in the ITU 16-19 Pam American Championships tomorrow, Saturday 31st May in Dallas. They both normally race youth (13 to 15) events so this event will be a big step up for them.
They will race the day before Flora Duffy who will be racing Sunday in the professional ranks.
Follow the link on this blog to the ITU website to get more information and results and a link to the race website.
Meg Berry and Ben Lau, both relative newbies to triathlon, were first and second last night, 29th May,in the Thursday night Argo Re Triathlon Series race. For full results and a race report go to the BTA website by following the link on this blog.
Get Tyler’s autograph on one of his photo cards and get your photo taken with him at Winners Edge on Friday 6th June between 5 and 6 PM. Tyler will of course be racing on June 8th in the Tokio Millennium Triathlon.
Yesterday’s (Thursday 22nd May) Argo Re Super Sprint fun race at Clearwater saw Tyler Smith top the men’s field and mum Karen Smith finish 1st amongst the women just ahead of newcomer Jenny Lightbourne.
For full results and Alan Gilbertson’s great race report go to the 2014 results section of the BTA website via the link on this site.
A reminder that the Argo Re Summer Series of super sprint triathlons has started on Thursday evenings at Clearwater. For more details go to the Argo Re FAQ section of the BTA website by following the link on this site to the BTA website. It’s for all abilities !! EMail Alan@logic.bm to get on the mailing list for regular updates.
There will be a swim ( 750 meters or 1600 meters ) at 4PM on Saturday from Harrington Sound School Dock. A great way to get ready and relaxed for May 24th. This swim is not an official event so you swim at your own risk. We have had a good turnout.
Many of you will remember Bevan, two time Olympic medalist and last year’s guest speaker at the BTA dinner.
After moving over to longer distance racing Bevan got off to a great start in 2013 by winning Ironman NZ in his home town of Taupo but after a series of great 70.3 and Ironman races his form dropped ( although he still placed well in a number of races). He blamed this drop on nutritional problems which he has worked on in the off season. As you will see from his race report at the link below for this weekend’s race, he appears to be putting those problems behind him.
Flora Duffy blew away the competition today in the XTerra USA Southeast Championships in Alabama winning by four minutes in 2 hrs 32 mins and 2 secs. Duffy was out of the swim with the lead men and opened up a sizeable gap on the bike that gave her an insurmountable lead going into the run. In her previous two races Duffy won the XTerra USA West Coast Championships and the Xterra Asia Pacific Championships so today’s win makes it three in a row. For more details go to the race website via the link below.