Medal delight on the opening day
Bermuda enjoyed a successful start to the third annual Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, winning two medals.
The success was delivered by siblings Zoe and Jasmine Haselkuss, who clinched silver and bronze, respectively, in the 13 to 15 female triathlon. For the latter, it was her second successive year of winning a medal at the competition, having secured gold last year in Tobago.
There were anumber of promising performances from the 15-member team. As well as the medal success of the Haselkuss sisters, in the same race, Liana Medeiros finished in fifth, Daria Desmond in ninth and Ava Gabai-Maiato in nineteenth.
Jessie Marshall battled to respectable seventh-placed finish in the 16 to 19 female aquathlon (swim followed by a run), while in the 11 to 12 female triathlon, Fenella Wightman fared slightly better, crossing the finish in fifth. There was also a number of strong displays in the 11 to 12 male triathlon, where Rory Fleming also clinched a fifth-place finish. He was followed over the finish line shortly after by Callum MacFarlane in 13th and Jackson Langley in 19th.
Finally, in the 13 to 15 male triathlon, Tommy Marshall gave a promising performance, finishing in sixth, while compatriot Nico Davis secured a 17th place finish.
Tomorrow will see the younger age groups will compete in the aquathlon followed by a sprint distance triathlon for the 16 to 19 age group. This year the event organisers have also added have an open, sprint-distance triathlon to proceedings in which Neil De Ste Croix, the team’s coach, and parents Clive Langley and Arthur Wightman will be competing.
Rounding out the event will be a mixed team relay aquathlon, which will comprise teams of two males and two females, with each team member swimming 250 metres and running 2˝ kilometres before tagging the next team member.
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