GTP'ers Dominika Jamnicky - Triathlete , John Erik Rasmussen and Jason Wilson Triathlete got the 2018 season off to a strong start at the ITU Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Cup with a string of podium performances.
In the women's elite race, Domi Jamnicky exited the water in second place, and quickly moved to the front of the race, riding a solo breakaway for the entire 20km bike leg in windy conditions. Starting the run with a 25 second lead over a chase pack of 4, Domi was caught on the run by American Sophie Chase. The two athletes stayed close through the late stages of the run, resulting in an exciting sprint finish, with Chase (USA) taking the win 1 second ahead of Domi. American Mary Alex England finished 3rd to secure a second medal for USA. Congrats to fellow Canadians Andreanne Brière-Dulude (10th) and Fany Mainville (13th) on their strong races in tough conditions.
Domi will travel to Australia next, to compete in the Mooloolaba World Cup in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In a repeat of the women's race, the majority of the elite mens exited the water in quick succession, with hometown favourite and Rio Olympian Jason Wilson leading, and John Rasmussen on his heels. A lead group of 6 athletes quickly formed on the bike, including Jason, Johnny, Charles Paquet (CAN) and Michael Arishita (USA). Working well together, the lead pack established a one minute lead over Canadian Patrick Smith, who was riding solo, with solo riders and small packs further back. On to the run, Jason, John and Charles quickly moved to the front, with each athlete taking the lead and testing the pace through the first 4km of the run. With 1km to go, John made a decisive move to split the run group, coming home to claim his first ITU win. Jason thrilled the crowd with his silver medal performance, and claimed the title of Central American and Caribbean Champion. Charles Paquet capped off a very strong race to take the bronze medal. Canadians Edouard Garneau (6th) and Patrick Smith (8th) completed a strong Canadian mens contingent.
John will be racing again next weekend at the ITU Habana CAMTRI Cup. Jason will be travelling to Australia to race the Mooloolaba World Cup, followed by the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Special mention to Matthew Wright, who was expected to contend for the podium, but has been sidelined due to injury after a bike crash. Matthew provided colour commentary for the race, sharing his knowledge of the athletes and racing experience with the crowd. You can read more about Matthew's road to recovery here.
Congrats to all competitors and thanks to BFIT (Barbados Triathlon) for hosting.
Elite Women Results here.
Elite Men Results here.
Event Photos here.