Carino Health Spa Triathlon Nevis 2008 - ITU Continental Cup
Sunday the 16th of March 2008 was a great day for Nevis and a huge leap for its burgeoning sports tourism industry, with a combination of Elite and age group triathletes using the beautiful island of Nevis as a blank canvas upon which to paint a glorious picture of athletic poetry in motion.
128 athletes from 24 countries joined forces to demonstrate the sport of triathlon at its very best, highly competitive racing in a refreshingly friendly Caribbean atmosphere, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Barbados, Costa Rica, St Kitts & Nevis, Guadeloupe, St Martin, England, Ireland, Holland, Japan, Martinique, Antigua, Dominican Republic, St Barths, Grenada, Mexico, El Salvador.
Though the elite athletes provided a wonderful spectacle, it was home grown talent Reggie Douglas that stole the show, with his OECS championship at risk he took on all comers to retain his title for a 3rd year and win the event overall. Posting his best Olympic distance time in 2:20:21 the race came down to a final sprint out with visiting Guadeloupian athlete Patrice Palmont, Reggie, clearly driven on by the roar of his hometown supporters pumped his fists and raised his hands in the air before collapsing to his knees over the finish line.
In the women’s, event it was defending overall female champion Janine Herwiejer of the Netherlands who shook off the challenges of Grenadian OECS title holder Claire Morrall, and Nevis top female triathlete Kristina Stoney. Janine crossed the finishing line in a time of 2:47:17 with Claire just 40 seconds behind her, followed by Kristina who took third place overall.