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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Smith & Hawley Compete in Salinas ITU World Cup

The third edition of the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup was the most dramatic and exciting to date after Yuliya Yelistratova and David Castro Fajardo both won their way to the top of the podium in down-to-the-wire sprint finishes on the blue carpet.

With an emotional grab of the victory tape, both Yelistratova and Castro returned to the winner’s circle after years of not making it onto a World Cup podium, with Yelistratova seizing Gold for the first time since 2015 and Castro not winning a World Cup race since winning in the debut Salinas event back in 2016.

Bermuda pair Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley also competed.

Yelistratova was clocked across the line in a time of 58:19, with Hawley finishing 39th overall was clocked at 1:00:24, Hawley was clocked at 9:49 on the Swim, 30:11 on the Bike Course, before closing out with a time of 18:33 on the Run Course.

Smith finished 41st in the Men’s Elite Field, one minute and thirty-nine seconds behind Fajardo who clocked 52:21, Smith was clocked in a time of 54:00, Smith recorded a time of 9:13 on the Swim, 27:22 on the Bike Course and then he clocked 15:44 on the Run Course.

Smith telling www.islandstats.com, “The course itself today wasn't too difficult but it was very fast and tightly packed racing throughout. It was my first time racing at this World Cup level, but I was expecting a better result, I struggled with a rough and physical swim as well as the first part of the bike course being at the back of such a large group through some technical sections.”

Hawley said, “My race went well - as it’s Olympic qualifying time the race was stacked. I believe the girls had 65 athletes which is huge. I had a good swim and bike, but unfortunately the race unfolded as one large bike pack of about 50 girls so it ended up all being determined on the run. I was injured most of September and had only started running a couple of weeks ago so I am overall pleased with the race, even though I would’ve like to have finished up higher than 39th. From 1st to my 40th there was only 2 minutes so the gaps were so much smaller in this race.”
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hawley & Smith to Compete in ITU World Cup

For the third year in a row, the ITU World Cup series makes it mark in the South American country of Ecuador, this year all set to host a sprint-distance race at the 2018 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup. As the calendar begins to draw to a close, with only three World Cup races left in the season, Salinas counts as stop number 14 on the tour and both Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith will be in the field.

The women will line up first on Sunday, October 21st to kick-start the Salinas World Cup. In the first two editions of the Salinas event in 2016 and 2017, six different women landed themselves on the event podium. Four out of the six women grace the 2018 start list, including the full podium from last year, such as the 2017 Salinas Champion, Ecuador’s own Elizabeth Bravo. Bravo’s victory was a career first and was the only time that an Ecuadorian had won a World Cup race before. While she had not been racing many international events this season, she did a race in Salinas earlier this year for a CAMTRI American Cup, where she won, so her continued success at this venue is noteworthy for this weekend’s chances.

Hawley will be wearing the number 44.

Leading the men’s field is Rostislav Pevtsov, despite his unfortunate disqualification last weekend in Sarasota, he still enters as one of the only men to have won a World Cup race this season. He won in Chengdu, so he also is strong at the sprint-distance course. However, he has not raced in Salinas before, so it will be a new format with the beach start.

Smith will wear the number 62 in the Men’s event.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Smith Finishes 7th in World Championships Age Group

Karen Smith also competed at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Smith finished 7th out of 69 competitors in the Female 50 – 54 Age Group Division in a time of 11:01:43.

Smith was the 243rd female finisher out of 638 female competitors and she was the 1,373rd person to cross the line in a field of 2,305 competitors.

Smith clocked 1:05:56 on the Swim, she would then clock 5:18:56 on the Bike Course before closing out with a time of 4:29:12 on the Run Course.

Following the race Smith said via social media, “Personal Best times on both the Swim and Bike and a Personal Worst on the Run. 2 out of 3 is a victory. Couldn’t keep any fluids or gels down on the run so enough said.”
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Butterfield Finishes 29th in Ironman World Championships

Tyler Butterfield competed at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Butterfield finished 29th out of 53 competitors in the Men’s Pro Field in a time of 8:30:38.

Butterfield came out of the water in 24th place with a time of 50:42, he would then clock a time of 4:31:27 on the Bike course before closing out with a time of 3:03:58 on the Run Course.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Countdown to 2018 IRONMAN World Championships

Defending champion, Germany’s Patrick Lange headlines the Elite Field in the world’s most iconic single-day sporting event; 40th Anniversary celebration of the original IRONMAN event showcasing ultimate test of body and mind.

Triathlon's top professional talent will assemble at the start line in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon, taking place on October 13. The most iconic one-day endurance event in the world will bring together a highly regarded and competitive professional field, headlined by defending Champion Lange.

"This is a monumental year for IRONMAN as we celebrate four decades of racing at the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawai'i," said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "We look forward not only to honoring the historic professional performances from years past, but also showcasing the ever-growing international triathlete talent that will be on full display."

Also in the field is Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield, Lange will seek his second win in Kona, where he holds a course-best time of 8:01:40 from his win in 2017, as well as the marathon run-course best time of 2:39:45, set in 2016 when he finished third.
Also competing for the title is Lionel Sanders, who led the race last year through mile 23 of the marathon before giving way to Lange and ultimately earning second. Sebastian Kienle, the 2014 IRONMAN World Champion, placed fourth in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and will be looking for another title after just missing the podium last year.

Meanwhile last year’s third-place finisher David McNamee looks to follow the trajectory of Lange, moving from a third-place finish to becoming a world champion the following year.
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