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Sharon Hammond completed an excellent performance by Bermuda’s age group triathletes finishing 50th in the womens 45-49 age group in 2 hrs 21 min 17 secs.
Sharon completed the shortened 750 meters swim in a quick 12 mins 17 secs, the 40km bike in 1 : 07 : 49 and the 10km run in 53.29.
Maria Duffy led the way as 16 of Bermuda’s age group triathletes raced today at the World Championships in Chicago watched by Flora Duffy.
Maria finished 11th in the women’s 60-64 age group just missing out on a top ten finish. Maria completed the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run in 2hrs 51 mins 47 secs.
The weather played havoc with Thursday’s and Friday’s schedule but today it was the later age group starters who were informed late on that their swim was cut to 750 meters, evidently due to strong currents in the lake.
Bermuda’s other finishers were :
FULL DISTANCE :
Jonny Betts 2 : 25 : 20 104th in 40-44 age group
Frances Betts 2: 48 : 52 73rd in 40 -44 age group
Sharon Craig 2 : 57 : 01 44th in 55-59 age group
Sarah Farrar 2 : 54 : 02 76th in 40-44 age group
Aaron Garcia 2 : 22 : 17 88th in 25-29 age group
Chris Hands 2 : 17 : 31 82nd in 25-29 age group
Tom Hands 2 : 52 :38 110th in 50-54 age group
Rebecca Shepherd 2 : 36 : 13 53rd in 40-44 age group
Jennifer Wilson 2 : 39 : 32 89th in 35-39 age group
Karl Wilson 2 : 15 : 15 68th in 35-39 age group
SHORTENED SWIM :
Deanna Didyk 2 : 29 : 04 62nd in 45-49 age group
Ben Lau 2 : 11 :49 109th in 45-49 age group
Alec Shepherd 2 : 05 : 41 85th in 45-49 age group
Travis Cooper did not start
The bike course appears to have been at least 2km short of the 40km but the run might have been slightly long. Combined with a very fast flat course this led to fast times across the age groups.
Former Bermuda residents Kim McMullen and Riann Naude ( who are married) both represented Canada with Riann sadly a DNF after a flat early on the bike and Kim having a great race finishing 10th in the women’s 45-49 age group.
Bermuda resident Kim McIvor raced for Canada in the sprint event on Friday finishing in 1 : 26 : 16 in the 35-39 age group which put her 71st in her age group.
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OUR MEN : JONATHAN BETTS, ALEC SHEPHERD,TRAVIS COOPER,CHRIS HANDS,KARL WILSON, TOM HANDS,BEN LAU,AARON GARCIA
OUR WOMEN : DEANNA DIDYK, SHARON HAMMOND,SHARON CRAIG, JENNIFER WILSON,REBECCA SHEPHERD,MARIA DUFFY, FRANCES BETTS, SARAH FARRAR
ALSO TO WATCH : KIM MCIVOR AND EX BERMUDA RESIDENTS KIM MCMULLEN AND RIANN NAUDE RACING FOR CANADA
Erica Hawley produced a solid performance today in her first ever 16-19 Junior Elite Triathlon World Championships.
After a disappointing swim of 10 min 45 secs for the 750 meters Erica was 1 min 47 sec down on the leaders and in 64th place out of 67 starters but worked her way up on the bike to exit on to the run in 50th position. Erica then showed just how much her run has improved by finishing 44th in 1hr 05 41 secs.
The race was won by Germany’s Laura Lindemann in 57 min 28 secs, almost a minute ahead of silver medalist Taylor Knibb of the USA.
With two more years to go in this age group Erica can take a lot of encouragement out of this performance especially as she can certainly produce a stronger swim that would have put her even further up the field had she been able to work with one of the faster bike groups.
FULL RESULTS NOT POSTED YET.
When Flora Duffy exited the water today after the 1500m swim in 2nd place it looked as though she was poised to try and break away with a group on the bike. However, it was not to be as on the fast Chicago 40km bike course she simply could not shake off a strong group of 13 riders that contained most of the prerace favorites.
With so many outstanding runners in that lead group off the bike Flora’s chances of a top ten finish were always going to be tough as so it proved to be. Overwhelming prerace favorite Gwen Jorgensen cruised to victory with easily the fastest run of the day to take gold ahead of the UK’s Non Stanford and Vicky Holland.
Flora will be disappointed with her run time of 35:37 as her recent form suggested she might run in the low 34 minutes which would have given her a possible top 5 finish although it would have taken a 33 min + run to podium such was the speed at the front.
Next up for Flora is the XTerra Triathlon World Championships on November 1st, 2015 where she will be the defending champion.
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I have just heard from Aaron Smith that infact when Tyler’s name was announced as crossing the line it was incorrect. He actually suffered a puncture on lap 2 of the 4 lap bike and once passed by the lead group you cant continue so he was pulled from the race.
It was not the championships he wanted as he also lost his shoe in transition at the start of the bike and suffered back spasms the day before the race.
Chalk it down to a learning experience Tyler ; you still have two more years in this age group.