GTP competitors in top two of Bridgetown triathlon

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Members of the Guelph Triathlon Project scored three top-two finishes in Sunday’s Bridgetown triathlon, the first event of the 2018 CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championship series.

John Rasmussen won the elite men’s race while teammate Jason Wilson was the runner-up in his home country’s event. Rasmussen won with an overall time of 57 minutes and 50 seconds while Wilson finished in 58:06.

GTP’s Dominika Jamnicky was second in the elite women’s class as she was passed by Sophie Chase of the U.S. in the sprint to the line. Chase finished one second ahead.

In the men’s race, Rasmussen and Wilson were together most of the way through the event. Wilson held a one-second lead coming out of the water. Canadian Charles Paquet led the lead pack of six that had Wilson second and Rasmussen third at the end of the bike leg. Four seconds covered that lead pack at the start of the run.

Rasmussen and Wilson left the others behind as they turned in the fastest runs. Rasmussen was 19 seconds quicker than Wilson on the run and 31 seconds faster than Paquet, the third-place finisher.

In the women’s race, Jamnicky had come out of the water in second place, one second behind Megan Foley of the U.S., but took over the lead with the fastest transition of the field. She was 13 seconds ahead of Foley, fifth out of the transition area, and five seconds ahead of Chase to start the bike leg. Jamnicky turned in the fastest bike leg and transition to lead Sarah Alexander of the U.S. by 31 seconds and both Chase and Foley by 32 seconds at the start of the run.

While Chase tracked Jamnicky down, Alexander fell to fourth in the end while Foley faded to sixth. Mary Alex England of the U.S. had the fastest run of all to finish third overall, 29 seconds behind Chase.

Next event in the American Cup is the Havana triathlon in Cuba Sunday.

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