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The Bahamas dominates third Caribbean Triathlon

The Bahamas dominated the competition at the 3rd Caribbean Triathlon Age Group Championships in Miami, Florida, USA, over the weekend. The 21-member team made it three straight years The Bahamas has had the most medal finishes. The Caribbean Championships are held every year in Miami as part of the Mack Cycle Multi-Race Miami Triathlon that makes it easier and cost efficient for the island nations to get to the event and compete. Other countries in the championships included Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the US Virgin Islands, Aruba, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis and Bermuda.

The competitors fought through strong winds and rain during the event which saw several athletes being rescued in the swim and falls in the bike portion. National Champion Jorge Marcos made his debut at the championships and came second overall in the sprint Distance event, while Gustavo Mery and Simone Bertoldo finished 2nd and 3rd overall in the Olympic Distance event.  National Runner up in the females Julie Salas finished 3rd overall in the Women’s Sprint Distance.  Other highlights include Cameron Roach winning the masters category. Lori Roach won the overall female aquabike and youngest competitor Kami Roach won the 12-13 female sprint distance.

Out of the 21 members, 19 had podium finishes and one withdrew due to illness. A couple of the team members who competed for The Bahamas at CARIFTA took part. For the first time this year, there will be a long course Caribbean Age Group Championships (70.3 mile distance – the same as a half ironman) in the US Virgin Islands. That event will take place in December. The triathlon association is also looking to host another event, locally, in September.

The team was greatly assisted by Bahamasair – the national flag carrier, which provided transportation of the bicycles. That was one of the reasons why team officials were able to carry such a large team.

3rd Caribbean Triathlon Age Group Championships

Results for Bahamians

Olympic Distance (Male 45-49)

1st – Simon Townend

2nd – Sean Farrington

Olympic Distance (Male 50-54)

2nd – Arturo Salas

Olympic Distance (Male Overall)

2nd – Gustavo Mery

3rd – Simone Bertoldo

Olympic Distance (Female 35-39)

1st – Sarah Kennedy

Aquabike (Female Overall)

1st – Lori Roach

Sprint Distance (Male 16–19)

2nd – Benjamin Derbyshire

Sprint Distance (Male 20-24)

2nd – Justin Higgs

Sprint Distance (Male 40-44)

1st – Sean Andrews

2nd – Dorian Roach

Sprint Distance (Male 50-54)

1st – Mark Davies

Sprint Distance (Male 65-69)

1st – Jeffrey Robertson

Sprint Distance (Male Overall)

2nd – Jorge Marcos

Sprint Distance (Female 12-13)

1st – Kami Roach

Sprint Distance (Female 35-39)

1st – Elizabeth Shaddock

Sprint Distance (Female 45-49)

3rd – Jacqueline Derbyshire

4th – Sarah Farrington

Sprint Distance (Female Overall)

3rd – Julie Salas

Sprint Distance (Male Masters Overall)

1st – Cameron Roach

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