Brunton and Cooper crowned AXA National Champions

Corey Brunton and Ashley Cooper held off spirited challenges and windy conditions on Sunday at Clearwater Beach to be crowned the AXA Bermuda National Olympic (standard ) Triathlon Champions for 2019.

Brunton got off to a strong start as he posted the quickest swim time (26:04) for the 1500 meter choppy swim emerging from the water with women’s leader Maddie Durkin (26:06).

Brunton entered T1 with almost a minute lead over nearest rival Matt Thompson with Alex Krononberg almost 3 minutes adrift. Matt and Alex however wasted no time over the 40km bike in eating into Corey’s lead with all three contenders separated by around a minute into T2, Alex posting the fastest bike of the day in 1:05:13.

Meamwhile Maddie entered T1 with nearly 1 1/2 minutes over Ashley  and added a further 1 1/2 minutes to her lead on the bike going into the run with Louise Wells producing a strong bike leg to close down Ashley.

In the end Corey and Ashley’s strong running ability told as they both produced 10km runs under 42 minutes, winning comfortably in the end. Maddy had enough of a cushion to hold off Louise Wells for 2nd place. Alex and Matt were meanwhile involved in a real battle for the remaining podium spots with Alex catching Matt on the run to edge him by just 13 seconds.

The strength of the women’s field was evident as Ashley (4th), Maddie (5th), Louise (6) and Becci Shepherd (10th) all finished in the top ten.

Visitor Nigel Cox was first across the line in the 60+ age group in an impressive time of 2:48:26 with Charlie Duffy ,at 69, also impressive with a time of 3:03:25

Full results at BermudaTiming.bm

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