Local athletes get a duathlon test before Carifta

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TT rider Josiah Alexander on the bike Sunday at the National Duathlon Championships. -JEFF K MAYERS

Athletes from Trinidad and Tobago preparing for the 2022 Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships prepared on Sunday for the 2022 National Duathlon Championships held at Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.

The 2022 Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships will take place in Bermuda on September 24-25.

Only ten athletes will represent the TT this year as the covid19 pandemic has hampered the preparation of some of the athletes. Nine boys and one girl will travel to Bermuda. Leah De Freitas, who will compete in the 11-12 age category, is the only girl on the team.

Junior athletes compete in the national duathlon championships on Sunday morning. -JEFF K MAYERS

TT Triathlon Federation President Derek Daniel was pleased that TT athletes were able to compete before Carifta.

“We are two weeks away. It’s a very good preparation,” said Daniel.

“They’re all in their national kit today and you can see most of them are up front, so they’re doing very well.”

Daniel said Sunday’s course is similar to what TT athletes will experience in Bermuda.

“We like this pitch because part of Carifta’s running course is also on grass, so it’s a good opportunity for them to run on grass as well.”

Daniel expects a few of the TT athletes to be competitive.

“There are a few athletes who I think will do well. Jean Marc Granderson came out of the Commonwealth Games (2022) with us and did well in the relay, so I expect him to be successful… if not to win it.

TT Triathlon Federation President Derek Daniel, right, presents the women’s sprint trophy to Kaya Rankine-Beadle after her victory at the National Duathlon Championships, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Sunday. -JEFF K MAYERS

Granderson will compete in the men’s 20-21 age group with Florida-based Chad Hosein.

Daniel said 16-year-old James Castagne-Hay should also deliver a quality performance.

“Some of the other guys (TT) are new to the course…we have Josiah Alexander (who) is a very good cyclist, swimmer and runner. So overall we expect something from Josiah (boys 11-12). The others are brand new to the team and this is a good opportunity for them to experience that as next year more than likely the race will be in the Bahamas.

On Sunday, in the mini duathlon category, participants completed a 2.5 km race, a 10 km race and then a 1.25 km race.

Cristian Nelson won first prize in the boys category, Tristan Scott finished second and Jadan Alexander completed the top three. Scott is a member of the TT Carifta team.

Tristan Scott crosses the finish line in second place in the mini-duathlon on Sunday. -JEFF K MAYERS

In girls, Shameka Hoyte won first place, Maleah Butler second and Kaylee Young third.

Castagne-Hay delivered a solid performance finishing second in the sprint. Dwayne Roach won the gold medal and Guswil George took third place.

In the sprint category, athletes had to complete a 5 km run, a 20 km run followed by a 2.5 km run.

“I was happy with the weather,” Roach said after the race.

“I could always do better. I think I was perfect on the bike.

Roach thought he could have stayed closer to the front runners on the first leg of the race.

Regarding the race conditions, Roach said: “The conditions were excellent. The trees blocked the sun. It’s just that the course was muddy, it was uneven, so at one point I lost my step and kind of rolled my ankle (but) it wasn’t too bad. The course itself is a difficult course. It’s like a cross-country race in a duathlon.

In the women’s sprint category, Kaya Rankine-Beadle won gold, Barbadian Isis Gaskin was second and Khrystanne George was third.

Rankine-Beadle was part of the TT Triathlon Relay Team which competed at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in July/August.

Despite winning her class, Rankine-Beadle said, “I felt like I could have done a little better, but I think I was okay.”

Looking back on her Commonwealth Games debut, she said: “Honestly, it was a great experience. It was very surreal and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to go there.

In the standard distance (10k run, 40k run, 5k run), 2022 Commonwealth Games representative Jason Costelloe won ahead of Guyanese Kelvin Johnson and Wesley Scott.

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