There were no surprises today at the Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships as Tucker Murphy and Karen Smith took the male and female national titles as 76 individual competitors took to the start line under humid conditions at Clearwater.
Photos below and at Bermuda Triathlon Photos link on this blog in LINKS section in next 48 hours.
Karl Wilson was the early men’s leader after the 750m swim (which appeared to be about 125 meters long) but was soon caught by a fast charging Murphy,veteran triathlete Kent Richardson, Mark Robinson and Matt Thompson. Richardson put in a blistering 20km bike (fastest by over a minute) to catch Murphy but only entered the bike to run transition with a slender lead and with Murphy much the stronger runner the writing was on the wall. Murphy moved into the lead on the first lap of the 5km run and was a comfortable winner in 1hr 7 mins and 1 sec. In an exciting finish Richardson and Robinson sprinted for the line with Richardson seeming to cross the line first but the official results show Robinson 1 sec ahead of Richardson with a time of 1hr 10 mins 21 secs. Thompson was a comfortable 4th.
The women’s race was predictable with nothing to chose between Smith and Laurie Orchard going into the run but Smith slowly pulled away on the run to win in 1 : 12 : 04 (5th overall) with Orchard 2nd in 1: 13:33 (6th overall). In another tense finish Belinda Castree held off a fast finishing Amber Mehta by 6 secs to take 3rd overall with Mehta in 4th.
Riaan Naude, who enjoyed great success as a triathlete and runner whilst a resident in Bermuda including multiple wins in local triathlons took first place in his 35-39 age group in today’s (June 15th 2014) Victoria Olympic Distance Triathlon.
Naude, a former Bermuda Triathlete of the Year and National Triathlon Champion who now resides in Vancouver with wife Kim McMullen and family, completed the 1.5km, longer 45km bike and 10km run in 2hrs, 26 mins 05 secs for 7th overall. He recorded splits of 24.48 – 1.19.47 – 37.44.
Riaan’s equally talented identical twin brother Evan continues to reside and race in Bermuda.
Former Bermuda resident Garth Thomson returned to triathlon today, Sunday 15th June, with a strong performance in the Victoria 70.3 Half Ironman Triathlon. Thomson used his excellent bike leg and a very respectable swim and run to finish 5th in his age group and 43rd overall in 4hrs 37 mins 12 secs.
For full details go to the link below and put in Thomson under surname and Garth under first name and Search :
Former Bermuda resident Garth Thomson will be racing today (Sunday June 15th) in Victoria, BC in the Victoria 70.3 Half Ironman.
Garth is an accomplished triathlete and cyclist, winning medals for Bermuda for cycling in the Caribbean Championships. He will be watched by wife Deanna, herself an accomplished triathlete and cyclist who also won Caribbean cycling medals and their new baby boy who is aptly named……..Tyler, although I am assured not after Tyler Butterfield ( sorry Tyler !!).
To follow Garth as he races today go to the link below in the section called “Athlete Tracker”. :
Last night, Thursday 14th June’s Argo Re Super Sprint saw youngster Nick Pilgrim cross the line first just ahead of Otis Ingham whilst Kim McIvor was the first lady and finished 5th. Ben Lau, who took up triathlon in January, continues to post good results in the series and was 4th yesterday. For a great fun write up on Thursday’s event go to the BTA website via the link on this blog and look under Results 2014.