Triathlon have announced the Performances of the Year and it was Joanna Brown who became the first Canadian to reach a World Triathlon Series podium in five years when she took third in Bermuda back in April.
Brown came into the 2019 WTS season with momentum. She won Bronze at the Commonwealth Games in April of 2018, behind Bermuda’s Flora Duffy who won the Gold and then equaled her career-best with a second consecutive fourth-place showing at WTS Montreal in August.
After a bike crash forced her to DNF the opening race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Brown delivered a big performance a month later.
Sitting in 27th after the Swim, she got herself back into contention on the Bike, pulling a chase group around the 40K course.
Ultimately leaders Katie Zaferes (USA) and Jessica Learmonth (UK) were too far up the road, but Brown used the day’s second-fastest run split of 34:37 to grab third place in a time of 2:02:05.
“I came out of the water and I saw I had some work to do,” Brown said post-race. “I was determined today, and I got it done.”
“On the run, it took me a little bit to get going, but I knew this was a tough course and you have to keep going after it. I was slowly picking my way closer to the leaders and was just so happy to finally cross the finish line knowing I was on the podium.”
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Butterfield Talks to Islandstats About Recent Wins
Multiple Male Athlete of the Year Tyler Butterfield returned to the island to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family, while home he took in the Bermuda National Athletics Association’s National Cross Country Championships watching his brother Spencer finish 2nd in the Open Class.
Butterfield who recently won the Ironman Cozumel Latin American Championships recording second fastest time in Ironman History.
Butterfield told www.islandstats.com, “I think because conditions in Cozumel are much like Bermuda I do well, they also have the things along the course that suits me and helps me continue.”
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Butterfield Thanks Everyone for the Support
As we reported earlier this week. Tyler Butterfield won the Ironman Cozumel in the second fastest time in Ironman History.
Via social media, Butterfield said, “What a day at Ironman Cozumel Latin American Championships.
Not how I thought the race would pan out, but better than I could have ever dreamed or imagined.
Cozumel you beautie, huge thanks to the race, volunteers, locals, island itself - amazing here, and I owe you for fulfilling a childhood dream.
But wanted to get something out and say thank you to everyone that made this possible, the race Ironman Cozumel and everyone that cheered me on here and supported from afar too!
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Hawley Finishes 7th in American Cup
Erica Hawley finished 7th competing in the Elite Women’s field of the 2019 Santiago CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Iberoamerican Championships in Chile.
Hawley was clocked across the line in a time of 1:04.25, Amy Sloan from the United States of America clocked a winning time of 59:44, with Beatriz Neres from Brazil finishing second clocking 1:00.21 and Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang finished third with a time of 1:00.35.
Hawley clocked a time of 10:05 during the Swim, she then clocked 32:19 in the Bike Course and she closed out with a time of 19:57 on the Run Course.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Duffy Talks 2019 @ Signing Session
Flora Duffy spent time at a signing session at the BTA Visitors Center.
The 5-time Xterra World Champion welcomed youngsters and their parent offering advice, words of encouragement and she shared even meal plans.
Duffy spent a few minutes speaking with www.islandstats.com about her 2019 season, and even that record performance in the Xterra.