Carifta golds for Pilgrim and Hasselkuss
Jasmin Hasselkuss took two golds and Nick Pilgrim hauled in one gold to lead Bermuda’s charge to second place in the medals during the Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships in Tobago at the weekend.
Bermuda earned 43 points behind Guadeloupe with 100 points and were ahead of Trinidad & Tobago with 23 points at the championships, held at Turtle Beach Heritage Park.
The Bermuda team did not take a 16-19 age group team for the triathlons and no males in the 16-19 aquathlon.
Pilgrim and Hasselkuss won the gold medal in their respective divisions in Saturday’s triathlon as the island got their campaign in the Caribbean off to a flying start.
Hasselkuss won her second 11-12 girls medal on Sunday, winning the run after rough seas and rip currents forced the cancellation of the swim portion of the competition’s aquathlons.
Hasselkuss led the field across the line competing in the girls 11-12 division shortened aquathlon and Daria Desmond finished third, one second behind Ann Noyon of Guadeloupe.
Also earning trips to the podium were relative newcomer Ashley Irby and Bella Howes who celebrated her birthday the same day. Irby, more renowned for her swimming and track exploits lately, claimed the silver medal competing in the girls 16-19 aquathlon, while Howes won the bronze medal in the girls 11-12 triathlon. Also holding their own were Rory Fleming, Callum Macfarlane, Zoe Hasselkuss, Liana Medeiros and Tommy and Jessie Marshall who all managed top ten showings in their respective divisions.
On Saturday, Desmond was fourth in the girls 11-12 triathlon, Fleming and Macfarlane were sixth and ninth in the 11-12 boys triathlon while Hasselkuss and Medeiros were fourth and seventh in the 13-15 girls triathlon. Fleming finished seventh in the 11-12 boys run over the same distance in four minutes and 37 seconds.
Tommy Marshall was fourth in the 13-15 boys triathlon and Jessie Marshall seventh in the 16-19 girls aquathlon.
Swim specialists Taylor White and Myeisha Sharrieff shook off their disappointment and still competed in their respective events.
The event in Tobago is the second Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships, the first being held last year in Barbados.
Bermuda was represented by a team of 20 members at the championships that were accompanied by coach Neil de Ste Croix, manager Ian Pilgrim, chaperones Donna Pilgrim and Tammy Ingham, technical official Tim Palmer and bike mechanic Chequan Richardson.
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