2011 Jamaica Triathlon

photo by Adrian Frater

SOURCE:  The Gleaner

The United States duo of Ben Greenfield and Michelle Harburg, both 29-year-old resident of Washington, DC, were crowned male at female champions, respectively, at yesterday fourth staging of the Jamaica International Triathlon at the Iberostar Resorts in Montego Bay.

Greenfield, who had back-to-third place finishes in 2009 and 2010, ran the new Olympic distance course, which featured a 1500m swim, a 40k bike ride and a 10k run, in a time of 2:16.4 to beat Jamaica’s Brian Horvath (2:22.39) and South Africa’s Johan Heath (2:25.58) into second and third, respectively.

“The course was quite good, it was beautiful and I really like it,” stated Greenfield. “What I particular like was the variation the course offered. It was kind of like sightseeing.”

For Harburg, winning was a most thrilling experience as she did not plan to contest the event and only did so after she got a bike to borrow. She won in a time of 2:42.08, beating fellow American Suzan Grant-Legacki into second place.

“I was pleasantly surprised that I did so well because I did not plan to compete and Rayne (Rayne Russell of the event organisers, Events Jamaica) offered to loan me a bike,” said Harburg. “It was really a fantastic experience as I really enjoyed it.”

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