Hometown boy Jason Wilson stormed into the lead on the last lap of the run leg to win the International Triathlon Union’s sprint triathlon held at Spring Garden Highway yesterday.
In rainy and slippery conditions, Wilson’s strong run allowed him to surge past the front-runners and ensured he won his second consecutive ITU race in an unconfirmed time of 58 mins 21 seconds from Michael Poole (USA) – 58:35 and a virtual tie for third: Gaspar Riveros (Chile) – and early leader Luke Farkas (USA) both on 58:36. Wilson won the ITU Olympic distance race in Chile a few weeks ago.
The Canadians continued their dominance of the ladies section with Amelie Kretz of Canada repeating her compatriot Lauren Campbell’s 2012 success in a time of 1:02:39. Second was Dominika Jamnicky also of Canada, 1:03:23, and favourite Erin Jones of the USA, 1:03:33.
Farkas led the field from the start with a strong swim and bike ride but fell on the last lap of the bike leg allowing the field to close the gap. There were as many as 7 falls on the bike section as the riders grappled with the slippery conditions on the southern turn.
Wislon was urged on by the large crowd that assembled despite the overcast conditions.
President of the local Triathlon Association, Peter Gibbs, was very pleased with the race organisation and overjoyed that the local charge had won the race. He thanked all sponsors, volunteers and supporters for their help. This was Barbados’ second year of hosting the ITU sanctioned event.