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Nicholas Pilgrim and Maddie Durkin crowned national sprint triathlon champions

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Running hot: Nicholas Pilgrim (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Top female: Maddie Durkin was the highest-placed female finisher in the BTA Sprint Triathlon on Sunday (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Nick Pilgrim and Maddie Durkin were crowned national champions after claiming victory in the BTA Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

Taking on a challenging course at Clearwater Beach, Pilgrim got off to a blistering start completing the 750-metre swim in 11min 5sec to exit the water with a near two minute advantage over the entire field.

He further extended that lead on the bike, finishing the 20km course in a time of 31:29, the second fastest among the field.

With a comfortable cushion over the chasing pack, Pilgrim just had to remain steady on the 5km run, running a comfortable time of 21:24 to cross the finish line in an overall time of 1:04:39, more than 40 seconds ahead of nearest rival Tommy Marshall’s combined total time of 1:05:21.

Marshall’s time saw him top the male 16 to 19 age category, finishing comfortably clear of Nico Davis, who crossed the line in 1:21:37 for 41st overall and Jauza James, who finished in 1:22:15 for 45th overall.

Phillip Mace completed the overall top three places, crossing the line in 1:06:43. His time also proved enough to see him top the male 40 to 49 category ahead of Alan Potts in 1:08:05 and Kris Hedges shortly behind in 1:08: 57.

Durkin crossed the finish line in a combined time of 1:08:30 to finish sixth in the overall standings and top female finisher, more than a minute ahead of nearest divisional rival Ashley Couper, who completed the course in 1:09:28, finishing ninth overall. Marie Doe finished narrowly behind in 1:09:55 for tenth overall and completed the top three female places.

There was also an impressive display from Will Green, whose total time of 1:10:45, proved good enough for a respectable twelfth-place finish overall and to see him top the Male 20 to 29 age category. Richard Quinn was second in the division with a combined time of 1:12:58, with Devin Appel third in 1:37:13.

In the Male 30 to 39 age category, Byron Rencken, fourth in the overall standings, topped the division in 1:07:41. Jonathan Herring, who finished in eleventh place overall, was second in the category after clocking 1:10:09, with Brian Steinhoff completing the top three places in a combined time of 1:11:15.

A solid performance from Richard Bruton saw him top the male 50 to 59 age category. His combined time of 1:13:42 left him comfortably ahead of divisional rivals Alec Shepherd in 1:16:07 and Dirk Hasselkuss in 1:16:23.

Kent Richardson topped the male 60 and over standings, crossing the line in a highly respectable 1:14:10, more than 12 minutes clear of Steven Petty in 1:27:17 and Christopher Jones in 1:30:17.

Liana Madeiros, who finished in 53rd overall in a time of 1:25:28, was the sole competitor within the female 16 to 19 age category, while Emily Sambrook-Smith, who crossed the line in 1:20:21 for 35th overall, was the only competitor within the female 20 to 29 category.

Meanwhile, Dore, who clinched a top-ten finish in the overall standings, proved the fastest competitor in the female 30 to 39 category, ahead of Nicole Mitchell, who crossed the line in 1:15:20 for 22nd overall, with Christine Daily third in the division in 1:16:53 for 27th place overall.

There was also divisional victory for Couper in the female 40 to 49 category, ahead of Rebecca Shepherd, who clocked 1:20:17 and Jenifer Wilson who crossed the line 1:20:46.

Karen Smith was the top finisher in the female 50 to 59 division, finishing in 1:11:34, comfortably ahead of Sharon Hammond’s combined time of 1:19:23, with Elizabeth Stewart wrapping up the top three in 1:23:18.

Maria Duffy proved the standout performer in the female 60 and over category, clocking the fastest time of 1:29:32, five minutes ahead of Sharon Craig’s 1:34:33, with Carolyn Conway clocking 1:42:50.

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Published June 16, 2021 at 7:57 am (Updated June 16, 2021 at 7:42 am)

Nicholas Pilgrim and Maddie Durkin crowned national sprint triathlon champions

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