Solid showings from Smith and Hawley
Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley produced solid displays at the Salinas World Cup Triathlon in Ecuador on Sunday.
In both the men's and women's races — a sprint distance of 750-metres swim, 20km swim and 5km run — very little separated two large groups of athletes coming into the second transition. In the end, it came down to who had the fastest run.
Hawley, a student at the University of Boulder, was well placed after a 9min 49sec swim, entering the first transition with a large group of athletes.
The 20-year-old matched the pace of the large leading pack, her run time of 18:33 was respectable but the top 27 competitors all dipped under 18 minutes.
Hawley's overall time of 1:00:24 left her just one minute off a ten-ten finish in 39th position.
Meanwhile, Tyler Smith's race followed a similar pattern, as he too emerged from the water with a large group in a time of 9:09 and then rode the 20km in 27:22 to enter the second transition with a large group just 20 seconds short of the leading group.
The run proved decisive as the winner, David Castro of Spain, ran 14:31 with Smith clocking 15:44 to finish in exactly 54 minutes overall. The Bermudian was just over one minute outside of a top-ten finish, placing 41st.