Tyler Smith and Martina Olcheski – Bell were crowned as AON National Sprint Triathlon champions today at Clearwater Beach.
16 year old Tyler continued his impressive season, which has seen him qualify for the 16 – 19 Junior Elite World Championships, as he dominated the field from the start to win by three minutes and a half minutes. He posted a fast 9 mins 32 secs for the 750 meter swim with Olympic Distance National Triathlon champion Jon Herring and Karl Wilson next out of the water 11/2 minutes behind.
Tyler soon dispelled any hope the chasers might have had of catching him as he completed the 20km bike in 32 mins 50 secs, the second fastest bike time to start the 5km run with a comfortable lead. He then increased his lead on the 5km run with the fastest time of 19 mins 10 secs , over a minute quicker than the next quickest time, to finish in 1hr 2 mins 14 secs. Behind him Jon Herring stayed comfortably in 2nd place to finish in 1hr 5 mins 49 secs with Tucker Murphy moving into 3rd and veteran Neil de ste Croix in 4th with the fastest bike split.
Martina Olcheski – Bell has had a fantastic season as she completed the double having won the National Olympic Distance Championships last month. Once again she took advantage of Karen Smith’s inability to complete the run due to a recurring foot injury to post an impressive win as she continues to improve with each race.
Martina exited the water with Karen in 11 mins 57 secs but Karen was quicker out of transition. Martina then matched her on the bike posting a time of 36 mins 57 secs to Smith’s time of 36 mins 51 secs to enter transition just 30 secs in arrears. Once Karen withdrew Martina was not going to be caught as she completed the 5km run in 23 mins 55 secs to finish in 1hr 13 min 56 secs, good enough for 12th place overall. Kristen Palmer took another strong podium position as she finished 2nd in 1 hr 16 mins 19 secs and Amber Mehta was third in 1hr 17 mins 40 secs.
There were a total of 61 finishers.
Full results can be found by following this link :
My apologies to Tyler Butterfield for reporting that he had a DNF at the St. George Ironman 70.3 North American Championships as infact he finished 13th despite breaking a chain midway through the bike course.
Having suffered this mechanical Tyler’s performance was impressive as he still posted a respectable bike time and solid run time.. Full results and splits can be found at the link ABOVE.
The AON National Sprint Triathlon Championships, WHICH TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY 17TH MAY, is one of the oldest races on the calendar. This year entries are so far well down on previous years which is worrying as AON HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL SUPPORTER OF TRIATHLON AND THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE SEASON.
Hopefully Bermuda’s triathletes will make a big effort to sign up today so that these championships can be as successful in 2015 as in previous years.
Tyler Butterfield suffered a broken chain today at the St. George, Utah Ironman 70.3 North American Championships 2015 and was forced to retire from the race.
After exiting the water in just under 25 minutes Butterfield had about 1 1/2 minutes to make up on the pre race favorites but the race blog reported that at around mile 30 of the bike he suffered the broken chain.
The race was won by the UK’s Tim Don in 3 hrs 51 mins 53 secs with Canada’s Brent McMahon from Victoria BC in 2nd and a fast charging Andreas Raelert of Germany in 3rd.
The DNF was a setback for Tyler has he seeks to accumulate points to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in October.
Tyler’s next scheduled race is the Brazil full Ironman on May 31st which doubles up as the Latin American Ironman Championships.
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.
Full results can be found at this link ( click on the arrow and the word ” buscar” = Spanish for “search” to change categories :
Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley race tomorrow, Friday 1st May, at the 2015 CAMTRI Americas Junior Triathlon Championships for 16-19 year olds in Monterrey Mexico. They both earned starting spots when they placed well (Tyler 6th and Erica 9th) at the Central America and Caribbean Championship two weeks ago in Guatemala.
The top 20 athletes from each of the regional champs (North America, South America, and Central America-Caribbean) will be at the start line . Tyler and Erica will both be looking for top 15 placings as this will guarantee them a entry at the world championships in Chicago in September.
Erica races at 5:45 pm and Tyler at 7pm in Monterey. Erica raced there last year when it was the host venue for the Youth Olympic Games qualifier. This will be Tyler’s first appearance there (he missed the race d last year due to a broken arm). For tomorrow’s race they are both under the guidance of Canadian junior elite coach Kelly Guest, who recently conducted an elite junior camp in Bermuda.
Unfortunately the race does not appear to have a website but this blog will have a report on the race and results will be posted on the ITU website at :