Two Bermuda Triathletes Within Olympic Qualification
Following her two top 6 finishes in Chile, Erica Hawley has now moved up to 65th on the World Triathlon Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.
Dame Flora Duffy is currently ranked 29th on the World Triathlon Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.
With the Olympics in Paris less than a year away, to have two Bermuda Triathletes in the top 70 in the World is extremely big for the country.
There's a lot of racing to go before the cut-off in May but still, this is amazing.
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Hawley & Smith Compete in World Triathlon Cup in Chile
A dramatic end to the World Cup race in Chile saw Gwen Jorgensen run down the field to earn the fourth Gold of the season. Gina Sereno was awarded Silver and Vicky Holland ended the season with World Cup Bronze.
The first two women who crossed the finish line -Katie Zaferes and Teresa Zimovjanova along with two other athletes were disqualified due to taking the wrong turn on the run course.
Erica Hawley covered the 750m Swim, 18.5km Bike and 5km Run, in a time of 58:38, to cross the line in 6th place.
Meanwhile, Manoel Messias had the decisive kick to score Gold at the Vina del Mar World Cup in the Men’s race, with his teammate and golden boy of the Pan American Games Miguel Hidalgo ending his superb season with World Cup Silver in Chile and Aram Michell Penaflor pushes until the end to earn Bronze.
Tyler Smith finished 21st clocking a time of 51:56.
Thursday, November 09, 2023
Hawley & Smith Set for World Triathlon Cup in Chile
The last stop of the World Triathlon Cup circuit this year will take athletes to Vina del Mar, Chile, for a Sprint distance race that will see Olympic medalists, World Champions, and some rising stars of the sport chasing the last Olympic qualification points of the year.
47 Women including Erica Hawley, and 56 Men including Tyler Smith are ready for a tough battle on a Sprint course that will see an impressive roster of athletes.
It will be three American women leading the start list for this Sunday’s final World Triathlon Cup of the season, with Katie Zaferes wearing the one, followed by Gwen Jorgensen and Gina Sereno.
On the Men’s side athletes from Olympic Medallists like Henri Schoeman to the new Pan American golden boy Miguel Hidalgo, and local hero Diego Moya.
Quite a few athletes lining up this Sunday will have the experience of having raced in the same course just a week ago, for the Pan American Games, and will be trying to use that experience in their favor. Hawley was 4th at the PanAm, her best-ever result is ready for the second round, this time shorter, and also looking for a better performance in Chile would be Emy Legault, Djenyfer Arnold, or Luisa Baptista.
It is the case of Seth Rider and Chase McQueen, both of them continuing the chase of points, trying to secure three American men in the top 30 of the Olympic Qualification rankings, which will give Team USA three spots at the Olympic Games in Paris.
With a wetsuit swim almost guaranteed -last week the water temperature was around 15ºC-, it will be a great opportunity for the likes of Brock Hoel, Martin Sobey, or Smith to try to get in the lead pack out of the first transition, but also expect the strong bikers like Seth Rider, Panagiotis Bitados or Paul Georgenthum to make an impact on the race during the bike, especially on the technical downhill of each lap.
Sunday, November 05, 2023
Cambridge Beaches Triathlon Round-Up
Jackson Langley and Christine Dailey were crowned the Cambridge Beaches Triathlon Male and Female Adult Individual Sprint Champions.
Langley clocked a winning time of 1:02:59, he clocked 10:30 on the Swim, 32:41 on the Bike, and 19:13 on the Run. Spencer Butterfield was second in 1:07:32, and Steven Smith finished 3rd clocking 1:08:41.
Dailey was 4th overall with a time of 1:10:09, she completed the Swim in 13:30, she clocked 35:25 on the Bike, before clocking a time of 19:55 on the Run. Ashley Couper was the second female finisher and 6th overall clocking 1:11:07, and Kristen Robinson was the third female finisher.
Paul Tohill clocked a time of 47:53 to win the Adult Individual Super Sprint Male title, while Charlotte Parkinson won the Female title with a time of 49:34.
Golden day for Mexico at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, with Lizeth Rueda delivering a running master class to claim Gold 12 years after her debut at the Pan Am Games, she clocked 1:57:07, her teammate Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal rounded a great day for Mexico with the Bronze Medal, with a time of 1:57:52, while Colombia’s Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto crossed the finish line in second place clocking 1:57:28.
Fourth place was for a delighted Erica Hawley, a member of the World Triathlon Team, with one of her best result of her career so far, stopping the clock in a time of 1:58:18.
A powerful sprint finish crowned Brazil’s Miguel Hidalgo as the 2023 Pan American champion, in a tactical battle that saw the young Brazilian crossing the finish line just inches ahead of USA’s Matthew McElroy and Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales.
Three athletes came out of the water first, behind the leading trio, Tyler Smith was leading the chasers, but by the time they were out of the water, the difference with the three men ahead of the race was more than 30 seconds.
Eventually Smith finished 7th with a time of 1:47:02.