Olivier and Dalva share top honors in fifth boardwalk triathlonPOSTED: 06/6/11 12:57 PM
GREAT BAY- It took Noglotte Olivier 2 hours, 8 minutes and 51 seconds to complete the Olympic distance to clinch the top prize in the 2011 Board Walk Triathlon and the same can be said about Hubert Dalva who clocked a time of 02.58. 45 in the female category.
The success of this annual event which was one of the initiatives of the late Malcolm Maidwell can now be measured in the number of entries. Five years ago when it started, approximately 50 athletes participated but for yesterday’s race saw a record entry of 110 athletes which included men, women and children as young as 16.
The introduction of the chip timing system made it easy to keep tabs on the participants and get quick results thanks to technology from Caraibes Sports Timing from Guadeloupe.
The event was divided into categories, an Olympic distance for the more serious individual athletes along with teams of three and a sprint distance for those individuals and teams who dared to try. First to go were the participants in the swimming leg of the Olympic distance which involved swimming around a triangle twice (1500) meters before picking up their bikes inside the transition point for the 40 k ride and conclude with a 10 k run along the Board Walk.
Those in the Sprint Distance were only required to cover 750 meters in the swimming leg followed by a 20k ride and conclude with a 5 k run. And it was not until the leading swimmers were within sight of the marker in the last lap that the Sprinters were sent off.
The strategy for the participating teams was to have members that were excellent in the different disciplines, but things did not always work out as planned because some of the more experienced participants were able to rise to the occasion.
Olivier, a member of the U.S Pompiers was no stranger to this island, he had already made his mark in the Fatum Loop, however he was not the first out of the water, in fact it was young Steven Looser that was the star in that leg, he was first in the water and first out a little over 30 minutes after he started but trailing behind by a few seconds was Olivier, the third person out of the water.
His experience on the bike made it an easy task on the 40 k ride and he was able to overcome all the challenges and made up lost time and by the time he was ready for the final leg, he was comfortably placed.
A little over sixteen minutes after Olivier ran under the state of the art, ‘Sports Timing Arch’ which was introduced to St Maarten for the first time, Dinane Jocelyn completed the final leg followed by Reynal Gilles in 02.25.53, Belizaire Wilfred in 02.30.00 and Bacon Michael in 02.31.54.
Dalva who w as able to defy all odds to hold onto the first place was followed under the arch by Kaay Nicky in 03.05.05. In the team category for the Olympic distance, ‘I Don’t Know Yet’ was first followed by Tri Sport team John and Stoupa Team Seven in third.
In the Sprint distance age 19-29, Van Grimbergen Sonja was first with a time of 011.23.58 followed by Roosens Anke in 01.34.07 and Hesova Eliska in 01.34.46. In the 40-50 age bracket, Duffy Lindsay had the best time, 01.29.40 followed by Piscione Susy in 01.30.02 and Gully Agnes in 01.45.23. Liesbeth De Falco was the lone participant in the 50 plus category and was the automatic winner.
In the general classification of the Sprint distance, it was an all St Barths affair with Outil Jean Marc taking the first place in 01.07.19 followed by Perronnet Emmanuel in 01.12.45 and Munoz Hugo in 01.14.29.
Ravis Rainer was the lone athlete in the 19-20 age bracket with a time of 01.32.12. Decker Greg was the winner in the 20-29 age bracket after recording a time of 01.15.00. Emmanuel also clinched the top prize in the 30-39 age bracket.
But there was also some keen competition among some of the mature athletes on the island and that became evident when Gary Howkins crossed under the arch with a time of 01.18.03 and 18 minutes behind was Norman Wathey while Douchy Patrick had to settle for the third place.