SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST :
I have just woken up here in Kelowna, Canada to see that Flora finished 4th in the ITU World Series Stockholm, Sweden Triathlon.
Flora’s result was especially impressive as she was racing against a small but strong field (although world no.1 Gwen Jorgensen opted to sit out this event).
Flora emerged from the 1500 swim with the lead pack in 20 min 16 sec and finished the 40km bike in 1 hr 6 mins 05 secs with a group of 14. She then produced one of her best runs of the year finishing the 10km in 34 min 03 secs for a total time of 2 hrs 1 min 51 secs just 25 secs out of a podium place.
The race was won by the USA’s Sarah True in 2 hrs 01 mins 05 secs.
Flora’s result will no doubt give her great confidence as she goes into the next series race in Edmonton on the weekend of September 5-6 and the World Championships in Chicago in mid September.
FULL RESULTS AT :
UPDATE ON TYLER SMITH AND ERICA HAWLEY – RACING TODAY
Meanwhile here in Kelowna it’s 6AM and we are just 3 1/2 hours away from the start of the BC Provincial junior elite 16-19 championships in which Bermuda’s Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith will participate. Yesterday both juniors swam, biked and ran the course at a leisurely pace under the watchful eye of their Canadian coach Kelly Guest. The pancake flat bike and run courses should produce a fast race. There is a possibility that the swim in the fresh water lake will be non wetsuit which will suit the Bermuda triathletes who are both strong swimmers.
Erica will be buoyed (pardon the pun) by the fact that she has just heard that she has received a wild card entry into the junior elite 16-19 world championships in Chicago. Tyler Smith had already qualified for the world championships having finished 15th in the North American qualifying event.