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Jamaica to host 3rd Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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A total of 29 Caribbean and Latin America countries are set to feature at the third annual Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships to be hosted here in August.

The event, organised under International Triathlon Union rules, is expected to welcome approximately 200 males and females for two days of competition in St Ann.

Age-group action, involving three aquathlons and three triathlons, will range from 11-12, 13-15 and 16-19.

Additionally, an Open Adult Triathlon competition will be staged.

Leroy Cooke, president of the Jamaica Triathlon Association, was pleased Jamaica won the bid to host the tournament, offering the opportunity to showcase the island as a premier destination for triathlons and aquathlons.

“The sport of triathlon is fairly new to Jamaica and the Caribbean, however, we in Jamaica are doing all we can with the limited resources to grow and develop the sport by having events such as the Carifta Championships.

“Jamaica is expected to field a strong delegation of triathletes. We have started our preparation of the team with a weekly training plan and sessions on the weekend at Port Royal,” Cooke said during his speech.

Aquathlons consist of a swimming and a running component, while triathlons consist of swimming, cycling and running.

The swims will take place in the open sea at Jewel Resorts Runaway Bay, while the cycling will traverse the Cardiff Hall community, and the runs will take place through the Jewel Resorts Golf Course. Transitions, which are critical to the sport and known as the fourth discipline, will take place at Jewel Resorts.

Organisers say regional teams are currently in full training mode, with athletes expected to meet local standards at their respective home qualifying tournaments in order to represent their countries.


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