Leeds University student Tyler Smith and Boulder University student Erica Hawley showed just how much working in an elite coaching environment pays off by securing impressive podium finishes yesterday, Saturday 4th March in the 16-19 junior elite division of the International Triathlon Union’s Continental Cup in Costa Rica.
In brutal conditions, Erica finished 2nd overall in 1 hr 21 min 26 secs just 17 secs behind the eventual winner, Raquel Guerrero of the USA. Erica produced the fastest swim of the day in 12 min 59 secs and then the 2nd fastest bike ( 46:06) and 2nd fastest run (20:58).
Tyler finished in 1 hr 13 mins 05 secs to take 3rd behind winner David Marin of the USA who put together the fastest swim and bike of the day to enter the run with a comfortable lead that he never relinquished as he posted the 2nd fastest run of the day. Tyler completed the swim in 12.43 ( disappointing by his standards as he was 17th out of the water about 20 secs behind Marin which meant he was not able to get onto the lead cycling group. He then produced a solid bike of 40:47 before posting a very pleasing quickest run time of the day of 18:27. Had Tyler emerged out of the water with Marin he might well have been able to start the run with the eventual winner. Nevertheless Tyler’s run time was very pleasing as historically it has been the run that has cost him places.
Although the race was billed as a sprint event all of the disciplines were long.
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