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Triathlon selects

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE Fiji Triathlon Association has started selections for three international events next year.

Association president Andrew Pene said selection was done during the eighth event of the Marco Polo Triathlon Business House Series last Saturday.

He said they were on the lookout for a squad to the Oceania U18 and Para Triathlon that would be held in Australia in January; the New Caledonia International in April and the Pacific Games that would be held in Papua New Guinea in July next year.

Pene said competition was tough on Saturday since everyone was fighting for selection.

"The highlight of the event was in the individual category with Stephen Sandy and Sarah Pene finishing the Olympic distance (1500m Swim/40km Bike/10km Run) in first place in their respective categories," he said.

"They are members of the Fiji Triathlon training squad for the 2015 Pacific Games in PNG."

Pene said they were also happy with the performance of new athletes.

"The newcomers were the Ernst & Young team comprising of Stepahnie Baratt, Livai Caginavanua and Viliame Cakacaka.

"Other newcomers were USP's Sandeep Singh (Olympic), USP's Manoa Maiwaqa (Sprint) and Yang & Co.'s Elizabeth Yang (Super Sprint)."

A total of 17 teams and 52 participants competed in the event at the USP Lower Campus.

"The USP Triathlon Club is acknowledged for successfully hosting their first event with the assistance of Fulton Hogan Hiway and the Navy."

Marist won the men's team super sprint event (375m Swim/10km Bike/ 2.5km Run) in a time of 44.40m ahead of Yang & Co who were on 50.30m while Peace Corps won the women's team event.

Westpac took out the men's team sprint event (750m Swim/20km Bike/ 5km Run) in a time of 1.20.26hrs, USP M1 was second (1.30.56hrs), Marist was third, ECOLAB was fourth (1.37.30hrs), Ernst & Young finished fifth, USP M2 was sixth while Digicel was seventh.

Works won the women's event in a time of 1.56.50hrs ahead of USP which finished in 2.2.51hrs.

BOC won the men's team Olympic event (1500m Swim/40km Bike/ 10km Run) in a time of 2.25.34hrs ahead of Garden City (2.31.16hrs), Gilett (2.34.59hrs), USP (2.35.33hrs) and Marist (2.52.20hrs).

Toma Pene won again triumphed in the men's individual Super Sprint (375m Swim/10km Bike/ 2.5km Run) in a time of 42.54m ahead of John Lowry (1.4.56hrs) while Brenda Lowry won the women's competition in a time of 49 minutes.

Lui Pene won the men's individual Sprint (750m Swim/20km Bike/5km Run) in time of 1.21.52hrs ahead of Manoa Maiwaqa (1.50.32hrs) while Tess Martin won the women's event in 1.27.2hrs ahead of Samantha Suederman (1.41.42hrs).

Stephen Sanday won the men's individual Olympic event (1500m Swim/40km Bike/ 10km Run) in 2.31.16hrs) ahead of Tim Noble (2.31.29hrs), Petero Manoa (2.40.22hrs) and Sandeep Singh (2.56.29hrs) while Sarah Pene won the women's event in a time of 3.34.35hrs.

Elisabeth Yang finished the women's individual Aquathlon Super Sprint (375m Swim/2.5km Run) in a time of 44 minutes.





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