Smith gets silver in Southport
Tyler Smith placed second overall and second in his age group at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Triathlon Standard Distance Championships in Southport, England two weeks ago.
Smith, a student at the University of Leeds who was competing in the 20-24 age group, finished second out of 133 competitors in the men’s race, clocking a time of 1hr 51min 8sec to finish just 25 seconds behind winner Matthew Nelson of the University of Hull. Nelson, competing in the 20-24 age group, crossed the line in 1:50:43.
Smith was a more than a minute ahead of third-placed Harry Leleu of Loughborough University. Two Leeds Beckett University students, Lewis Byram and James Scott-Farrington, finished fourth and fifth.
It was Smith’s first competitive standard/Olympic distance race. He was third out of the water on the 1,500 metre swim in 17:01, just seconds behind the leaders. Smith then completed the 40k bike in a time of 58:29 in the non-drafting race. He was also not riding a time-trial bike.
Smith remained in contention in the 10k run with a time of 32:41, the fastest run of the day and a PB for the Bermudian.
The race kicks off the summer phase of Smith’s season which will see him competing in various races throughout Europe as well as representing Bermuda at the Central American and Caribbean Games from July 19 to August 3 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
• Juniors dominated Thursday’s Super Sprint triathlon series at Clearwater, claiming the top four places as Caleb Ingham was first across the line in 24min 7sec.
Second and third overall were recently Heritage Day Junior race winners Tommy Marshall and Zoe Hasselkuss, with Marshall just twelve seconds behind Ingham. Marshall clocked 24:19 and Hasselkuss 28:15 in the 200 metre swim, 8k bike and 1.6k run.
Second female finisher was Nico Davis, just two seconds behind Hasselkuss in a close finish. Veteran Otis Ingham was fifth overall in 28:28, 28 seconds ahead of Craig Rothwell.