Fourteen-year-old Jackson Langley put on a dominant performance in Sarasota, to claim victory in the Youth Elite Male Category at the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon, writes Sophie Wightman from the Bermuda Triathlon Association.
Langley’s teammate, Jacob Wright also claimed a top-ten finish in the USA triathlon series event. This is the second weekend of racing in the US for Langley and Wright. Last weekend Langley claimed two podium finishes in the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge.
Langley exited the water in second position and quickly took the lead on the bike leg, gaining almost a minute over his nearest competitor, Canadian Turk Dingwall. He held his advantage with a strong run, finishing in the event in 35.31 to take home the Gold Medal. The Sarasota-Bradenton course was slightly longer than the usual super-sprint distance with a 375m Swim, 12.2km Bike, and 2.5km Run.
Jackson said simply, “The win was a perfect end to two amazing weeks of competition.”
Jacob Wright also showed his capability on the bike leg of the event in Sarasota, moving up two places in the discipline after finishing the swim in 7th position. Wright ultimately finished in 6th position in a time of 40.09.
Clive Langley, coach, and Langley’s father commented, “I was really pleased with the boys’ performances in the United States. These races gave them the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best triathletes in the region and it was encouraging to see the results of all the training pay off so early in the season. I hope that our young Bermudian triathletes can continue to race internationally this year and see what more they can accomplish.”