SOME new competitors stamped their mark in the first triathlon competition of the year last Saturday.
Fiji Triathlon Association president Andrew Pene said six teams competed at the Togalevu Navy Base located 15km outside Suva and they had 31 competitors.
"The newcomers to the series are Lunar Campbell, Seini O'Connor, Bronwyn Wiseman, Tim Noble, Bogi Lakoenalagilagi, Team Fiji Paratriathlon and Team Red Cross who are all preparing for the Fiji International Triathlon event in May," he said.
Pene said the highlight of the day was Westpac Team featuring Leena Pratt, Adrian Hughes and Michael Mjaskels in the sprint distance and the Red Cross Team of Mark Beever, Sam Nelson and Marly Balenby in the Olympic distance.
He said both teams finished ahead of Marist which won the 2013 Series for both these distances.
"In the team Sprint event — 750m Swim/20k Bike/5k Run - the Westpac Team first with a time of 1h:32m.50s, second was Marist with a time of 1h:32m.54s, the Works Team came in third place with a time of 1h:53m.38s and the newcomers to the sport, the Fiji Paratriathlon team finished fourth with a time of 2h:1m.2s.
"In the team Olympic event — 1500m Swim/40k Bike/10k Run — newcomers Red Cross came first with a time of 2h:39m while the Marist came in second with a time of 2h:49m."
Toma Pene proved too strong in the super sprint event and finished the event in just 41 minutes while his closest opponent came in 10 minutes later.
"In the individual Supersprint - 3 75m Swim/10k Bike/2.5k Run) — Toma Pene came in at first place in the men's competition with a time of 41m.38s, second was Brad Campbell with a time of 1h:1m.18s and third was Paratriathlete, Verayame Naikolevu with a time of 1h:23m.14s.
"Young Luna Campbell came in first place for the women's category with a time of 1h:1m.18s while Kalisi Nakarawa came in second with a time of 1h.1min.23s."
Tim Noble ousted Lui Pene in a tight finish in the individual sprint event.
"The Sprint — 750m Swim/20k Bike/5k Run — the first placed male was Tim Noble with a time of 1h:23m.25s, with Lui Pene on 1h:31m.35s in second place and Urupeni Senibulu with a time of 1h:41m.40s came in third.
"In the women's category, Seini O'Connor came in first with a time of 1h:27m.45s, second was Tess Martin on 1h:32m.41s, Bronwyn Wiseman was third with 1h:43m and Lavinia Dickinson finished in fourth place with a time of 1h:45m.5s."
Pene said the Fiji Paratriathlon Team of Manasa Marisiale, Verayame Naikolevu, and Sili Yabaki showed an impressive performance and would be looking to displace higher ranked teams in the upcoming events this year's series.
"The association acknowledges Mrs Senibulu who assisted with the registrations, John Fox and the Navy team for hosting this Togalevu event, and Marco Polo for sponsoring the prizes which will be awarded at the end of the series.
"The next event will be held at the Olympic Pool in Suva on February 15 and will be hosted by the Police Triathlon Team."