BERMUDA TEAM ACQUIT THEMSELVES WELL IN PENTICTON

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LEFT TO RIGHT : Eaton, Thompson and Smith in serious mode prior to the race start

Matt Thompson led the way on Sunday (27th August) as the Bermuda team all overcame hot and windy conditions to finish the ITU World Long Course Triathlon Championships in Penticton, Canada.

Matt finished the 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run in 6 hrs 53 mins 08 secs to take 15th place in the men’s 45-49 age group and 112th overall.

Geoff Smith,finished 28th in the Men’s 50-54 age group despite suffering from stomach troubles which had been affecting him before the race. His overall time was 7hrs 19 min 02 secs good enough for 219th overall.

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As expected, Geoff Smith had a fast bike split

Chris Eaton had a solid race. As expected he trailed after the swim but made up time on the bike and run to finish 42nd in the mens 45-49 age group in 7:23:38.

Joel Matthews finished 52nd in the competitive mens 35-39 age group in 8:07:34.

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Joel Matthews was cheered home by local family support

Louise Wells also suffered from stomach cramps on the run but recovered well in the later stages of the run but only after a solid swim – bike. Louise finished 24th in the Women’s 40-44 age group in 8:02: 59.

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Louise Wells looking focused on the bike

Jen Wilson finished 34th in the Women’s 40-44 age group in 8:32:56 after a solid all round performance.

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Jen Wilson enters a tricky corner on the bike

In the Women’s 55-59 age group Sue Edney got off to a difficult start as she was kicked in the head by a male competitor which left a  bump / cut on her forehead . She lost valuable time on the swim treading water and then suffered a little as a consequence on the bike and run. Sue still produced a good performance to finish in 23rd place in 8:39:52.

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Sue Edney on the bike

The overall male and female winners were Lionel Sanders Canada who made up a three minute deficit on the run to catch Australia’s Josh Amberger on the last lap of the run. Sarah Crowley of Australia also produced a spectacular run to win the women’s professional division.

For full results and race splits go to http://www.sportstats.ca and under RESULTS tab select Penticton World Champs and the “event details” tab and then Age Group Results and put in the individual’s last name to get their splits.

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