Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley took on the best junior triathletes (16 to 19 years) in the region yesterday at the Americas Junior Elite Triathlon Championships 2015 and produced outstanding performances. These championships brought together the top 20 qualifiers from each of the South American, Central American and Caribbean and North American regional championships and Erica and Tyler qualified by finishing 9th and 6th respectively in late April in the Central American and Caribbean Championships.
Tyler finished 15th overall in a very impressive personal best time for him of 55 mins 54 secs for the 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run a result that has qualified him for the Junior Elite World Championships in Chicago in September.
A solid swim kept him in the top 20 and allowed him to make the lead cycle pack. He stuck with this group of 16 (actually leading at one point) as they created a gap of almost a minute over the 22 man chase group. He then ran a personal best triathlon 5km of 16 mins 42 secs. The junior men’s race was won by Austin Hindman of the USA who produced a scintillating run of 15.15. Kaue Willy of Brazil was narrowly behind in 2nd with Diego Acosta of Mexico 5 seconds behind him in 3rd.
Like Tyler Erica left it all out on the course in the hot and humid conditions finishing 35th ( 56 starters) in 1:07:53, a great performance in such a strong field. She got in a good pack after the swim as the field split up into a number of smaller packs . Erica’s group worked very hard on the bike and rode really well. There were a number of crashes so it was very important to ride smart on the technical course.Erica was in 28th starting the run but a stitch and calf cramps right from the start saw her drop to 35th at the finish. The race was won by Taylor Knibb of the USA in 59 mins with Adriana Carreno of Mexico in 2nd and Emliy Wagner of Canada in 3rd.
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With two more years to go in this age group these two young Bermudians are showing that they could both well be challenging for podium positions in these major championships in the years ahead.