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.