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King conquers Paradise Triathlon

Competing in the Olympic distance of Sunday’s Paradise Triathlon,  Ali King was the first man across the finish line (2:11.15.2) while Ian Smith finished 1st in the ‘Sprint’ distance with a time of 1:15.40.4.

Here’s more from Race Caribbean’s Derek Larner:

The Paradise Triathlon event went ahead in near perfect conditions on Sunday morning with a calm sea, light breeze and overcast. Sadly, the temperature soon changed as the sun rose up but the gentle breeze lasted, which was appreciated more by runners who tended to aim for parts of the course where there was some shade.

With three races starting simultaneously (Sprint and Olympic distances in the water and duathlon on the road) often makes it difficult for the onlookers to know what place athletes are in, well except the one in front.

Kendall Ebanks started the races with swimmers on the beach between the North and South Terminal, whilst runners in the Duathlon start on Harbour Drive. One swim lap for the Sprint Distance and two for Olympic. Unless a swimmer is wearing an illuminated swimming cap, it is almost impossible to determine where anyone is until the swimmer exits the water. In lead on the first lap was the two youngsters Raya Embury-Brown and Kyra Rabess who quickly came out of the water jogged around the buoy and back around for the second lap. They were both swimming a leg for their team (‘Organized Chaos’ and ‘2 Buoys and a Gull’) and continued swimming together and exited neck and neck to the change-over; completing the long swim just over 20 minutes. Quite impressive when one compares to the quickest times for the sprint distance athletes who in fairness still had a bike ride and run to follow.

The first Individual who exited the water on the sprint course was Toby Bowles who was closely followed by Laura Hicks. The fastest swimmers in the Olympic distance were Stuart Bray, Jamie Hughes and Bill McFarland.

On the Bike, Laurent Weber made some distance back that he lost on the swim with the fastest sprint time of the day and in the ladies, Laura Hicks extended her lead with the quickest bike leg. The Olympic distance saw Jamie and Stuart scrapping for first and second as the time Stuart was ahead on the swim had been closed on the bike by Jamie. Out for the 10 k almost neck and neck. In the Olympic team event, Organized Chaos had a minute lead coming off the bike and handing the chip over the to rising star Levi Superville you could say it was in the bag.

Before then, the Sprint distance and Duathlon athletes were already on their final part of the run and battling it out as the temperatures rose to high 80s. In the Sprint distance it was Tom Parker who ran the quickest leg that moved right through the field and into third overall position at the finish line. In second place and also the second quickest run  was Toby Bowles, but the winner of the Sprint overall was Ian Smith so well done to him. Laura Hicks remained unchallenged for top spot in the ladies Sprint distance with Amy Strzalko second place and Alicia Proud (who advised me and a dozen others who asked the same question – she is not related to Conrad) came third.

Marlon Crowe won the Duathlon quite comfortably with Radz Intrepid second place and Robert Powell third, which is down to those 800 repeats he has been doing on Thursday mornings.

The ladies toughed it out also with Anita Warhurst taking the honours today, Louise Carroll second and Renata Kecskes in third. There were three teams in this event with Tobias Muchene anchoring his Jaguar team to the winning place, whilst Carmen Cagabcab earned second for Uncle Bill’s and Aurora Yates bringing home the bronze.

We left the Olympic distance with Stuart and Jamie leaving transition fairly close together for top spot with Levi ahead of another rising star Juan Pablo Valerio chasing him for the Team race honours. My money would normally be on Stuart in the individual race, but he has been having ankle problems recently so unlikely to be as quick as he usually is. The 10k distance was run over 6 laps, which has the advantage of seeing the runner either in front of, or the runners behind you at each turn.  Ali King is one of the best distance runners in Cayman (although the same cannot be said for his swimming or cycling prowess) who powered out of transition getting very quickly into a smooth but fast running cadence eating up the laps faster than anyone else, including the Team race runners. Ali had been just over 5 minutes behind the leaders coming off the bicycle but amazingly  clawed his way overtaking all athletes ahead of him and eventually winning the race by a minute. Very impressive 🙂

Stuart held on for second with Jamie in third. In the ladies it was Sarah Gavin followed by Elzke Hoehler who came home first and second. Well done to everyone who took part especially some of the older peeps such as Chris Sutton, Brian Balleine, Laurent Weber, Martin Wilkinson, Mike Stevens, Geoff Cornwall, Bill McFarland and Celine Macken who can still put in a very good performance and proved that age is just a number.

Finally, well done to Kendall and Flashy Nation Sports and thank you to all sponsors and all volunteers who help make this a great event.

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a digital portfolio of one-on-one interviews, episodic sports comedy and full length sports & news features. He has also worked with CBC Sports for Hockey Night in Canada, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Special Olympics as well as roles with Cineflix and Cream Productions as an Assistant Director.

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