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The Bahamas wins medals at 2019 Caribbean Triathlon Championships

It was a good showing by The Bahamas at the 2019 Caribbean Age Group Triathlon held in Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, on Sunday, as the team secured some medals.

Ellen Morgan won a gold medal in the women’s sprint triathlon, finishing in 1:05:12.42. Her time in the water was 8:31. She clocked 29:46 on the bike and posted a time of 23:26 in the run.

Finishing second behind Morgan was Sandra Postma. Postma was at least four minutes behind Morgan, finishing in 1:10:02.56. Finishing third was Jorja Jalim in 1:13:05.50.

Earlier this month, Morgan won the female title at the 2019 Bahamas National Triathlon Championships at Jaws Beach, finishing in 1:16:27.

Joining her as a medal winner for Team Bahamas in Miami was National Champion Jorge Marcos in the male Olympic race. He crossed the finish line in second, and his teammate Gustavo Mery settled for the bronze.

Marcos’s time was 2:18:19.34. He recorded the fastest swim time of 18:50, and then got on the bike and pedalled for 1:07:16. His toughest part of the course was the run as his time in that portion of the race was 49:19.

For Mery, his overall time was 2:18:48.41. His time in the swim was 25:07, his toughest portion of the race. On the bike, Mery’s time was 1:08:27. It was his run that brought him back into the mix of things. He came close to passing Marcos after clocking 42:21 in the run.

The winner of the overall race was a familiar face – Trinidad and Tobago’s Jason Costelloe. He clocked 2:08:05.32. Costelloe was in The Bahamas participating in the 2019 Bahamas National Triathlon Championships.

Bahamas Triathlon Association (BTA) President Dorian Roach also participated in the event. He said that they were pleased with the team’s performance.

“Overall, we are happy with everyone’s performance. We had some standout performances. There was Jason Cates in the juniors who did a personal best and came second overall. There was also Kami Roach who did very well in her age group. They were the two juniors that went. Ellen Morgan won the overall ladies and we had two of the top three finishers in the men’s Olympic – Jorge Marcos and Gustavo Mery. We were pleased with that,” Roach said.

He also noted that the attendance was down from last year.

Lori Roach was the lone contestant for The Bahamas in the Olympic Aquabike. She finished in 1:54:49.44. Her swim time was 27:21 and her bike time was 1:24:54.

Jason Cates recorded a personal best time of 1:07:48 to finish with the silver medal in the under-16 boys sprint triathlon. His swim time was 8:58, and rode 33:13 on the bike. In the final portion of the race, the run, he finished in 22:35.

Defeating Cates in that category was Justin Boynes in 1:01:31.62.

In the 12-13 girls category, Kami Roach was the lone competitor for The Bahamas. Her overall time was 1:23:12.55. She swam 8:44, rode for 34:18, and posted a time of 37:12 in the run.

Next up for the BTA will be the CARIFTA Aquathlon Consideration Standards 2019. The event, which is a CARIFTA qualifier, will be held on Sunday May 26. It will be get underway at Windsor Preparatory School at Old Fort Bay, beginning at 7 a.m.

The categories will be 11-12 girls and boys, 13-15 girls and boys and 16-19 girls and boys.

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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