Tyler Smith competed yesterday in the “adult” Central American and Caribbean Sprint Triathlon Championships in Barbados finished 17th out of a starting field of 30.
Tyler had an excellent swim, exiting the water in 9 min 35 secs just 8 seconds behind the leader but failed to capitalise on his position as a slow transition meant he did not get into the lead group on the bike and his time of 33 mins :41 secs left him trailing the leaders in T2 by around 1 min 30 secs. After nursing a foot injury for the past few weeks which has limited his running Tyler’s run was understandably below his best as he completed the 5km in 18:46 for an overall time of 1:02:24. The race was won by Mexico’s Cesar Saracho, the only competitor to go under 16 mins in the run, who finished in 57.55.
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Here is the Digicel sponsored athlete’s race report :
It was good racing today, and an exciting opportunity to race against some top competition as these were also the CAC championships, with 12 countries and 30 competitors taking the line. I was encouraged by my swim coming out of the water in the top 5 around 10 seconds back from the leader. With a slow transition (not accurate on itu results as I lost my chip) and without good bike legs today, I never made the lead group, and was in a small chase of 5 guys. My run was off normal standards, but understandable in the hot conditions, and I’m happy to have seemingly overcome the foot injury that left me out of the run in Bermuda 2 weeks ago. Back to Leeds to try and work out a few things, but I think these elite races have put me in a good position for future junior races this year.