Martina Olcheski Bell and Tyler Smith continued with their impressive form this season as today they followed up their recent victories in the National Sprint Championships with wins in the Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon.
Choppy waters greeted competitors today in Hamilton Harbour ( as well as wakes caused by ferries) and it was Tyler Smith who exited the 750m swim first in 10 minutes 16 seconds with Flora Duffy, racing for a Tokio team, on his heels. Tyler had a comfortable 1 min 30 sec lead over Jon Herring. Jon was able to close the gap on the bike by 40 seconds with a fast 31 minutes 40 secs for the 20km bike with Tyler, feeling the effects of his 4th place finish in May 24th and strong headwinds on the bike, recording a time of 32:21. Meanwhile behind them another youngster, Matthew Oliviera, was posting the fastest individual event bike time of the day of 31 : 19 to consolidate 3rd place going into the run less than a minute behind Jon. Tyler posted the fastest individual eent run split of the day of 18.01 finishing in 1 hr 1 min 36 secs to win comfortably. Behind him a real battle developed for 2nd as 15 year old Matthew had a quick transition and began to make inroads into Jon’s lead. However, in the end he ran out of real estate as Jon edged him by 11 seconds finishing in 1 : 04 : 38 to Matthew’s 1: 04: 49.
In the women’s individual race it was another junior, Erica Hawley, who exited the water with just over a minute’s lead over Martina with Amber Mehta a further 30 seconds behind Martina. Martina however gradually ate into Erica’s lead on the bike and by transition had opened up a comfortably lead as she posted a time of 34:43 to Erica’s 37:44. Martina then extended her lead with a 22:14 run to finish an impressive 9th overall in 1:11:25. Erica finished the run in 23:13 to finish in 1:13:28. Amber rounded out the top three in 1:14:17 after another solid all round performance.
There was an excellent turn out for the team event with Butterfield and Vallis team of Chris Hands, Mark Lombardi and Spencer Butterfield first across the line to win the male team title. The Bicycle Works team of Belinda Castree, Wenda Roberts and Zoey Roberts were the first female team whilst the mixed team event was appropriately won by the Tokio team of Flora Duffy, Mark Booth and Corey Brunton.
Liz Jordan won the Tri a Tri event in an all female field.
Full results can be found by following the link on this blog to Bermuda Timing Systems.
More on the school and junior races to follow.