ST JOHN’S, Antigua – French International triathlete Benjamin “Benji” Sanson has won the inaugural Digicel Jonathan Rohr Memorial Tinman competition.
Sanson reached the finish line after 4 hours, 39 minutes and 28 seconds. He had the best times in swimming, 29:05, and cycling, 2:21:09.
Jermaine Brann had the best run on Sunday. He clocked 1:31:26.
However, there was an upset when Antiguan Andre Simon beat another renowned triatlete, Argentinian Claudio Delpueche.
Simon captured the second spot in 5 hours, 15 minutes and 13 seconds.
Delpueche clocked 5 hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds for the third position.
The Daily OBSERVER’s Rory Butler placed fourth in 5:31:54. He was followed by Kittitian triathlete Reginald Douglas who clocked 5:42:34 for fifth place, and the technical director of the Antigua & Barbuda national football team, Tom Curtis, with a time of 5:58:07 was good enough for sixth.
The first place overall team comprised Nathan Marshall who completed his swim in 39:53. He was followed up by national cycling road champion, Jyme Bridges, who rode for 2:24:11, and Brann who ran to the finish line at Catamaran Hotel for an overall time of 4:36:51.
Second place went to the team of Mark Mitchell (40:22), Robert Marsh (2:24:28), and Arthur Mussington (1:31:54). Their overall time was 4:38:11.
Kyeshawn Christopher (43:42), Walton Francis (2:41:31), and Kenneth Benjamin (1:38:08) finished third in 5:04:33.
An all-girls group crossed the finish line in sixth position. They were led by 14-year-old Aliah Maginley who was the second best swimmer overall. She completed her swim in 38:24. Tamiko Butler rode for 2:40:14 and Cassie Vitalis ran 2:05:37 for an overall team time of 5:35:25.
The athletes competed in a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile ride and 13.1-mile run.
The top prizes for the teams amounted to EC $2,100 for the first place team overall; $1,200 for the second place team overall, and $900 for the third place team overall.
The Digicel Jonathan Rohr Memorial Tinman was made possible by support from its sponsors: Digicel, OBSERVER Media Group, Aquafina, Sobe, Pepsi, AUA, Horizons, Sterlings, Catamaran Hotel, Captain’s Quarters Restaurant, Xtreme Health and Fitness, Cedars Pottery, Antigua Athletic Club and Adventure Antigua.
Partners in this event included the Ministry of Sports, Antigua & Barbuda Triathlon Association, Antigua & Barbuda Cycling Association, Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association, Antigua & Barbuda Olympic Association, Antigua Aquatic Club, Wadadli Aquatic Racers and Dolphins Swim Club.