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Costelloe settles for second in B’dos

Published: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
T&T’s Jason Costelloe crosses the finishing line in second place at the 2017 Barbados National Triathlon on Sunday.

T&T’s top triathlete Jason Costelloe continued his great form this year with another medal and trophy after he placed second at the Barbados National Triathlon event on Sunday. Over 100 competitors took part in the multi-sport event and they came from across the region and overseas.

Jamaican Philip McCatty made a successful defence of the title he won a year ago when he clocked a combined time of one hour and 59 minutes.

Participants represented T&T, Grenada, Jamaica, Great Britain, Canada, Antigua and the host nation. The race started with a 1,500 meter swim, where Costelloe came out of the water with a personal best of just under 22 minutes which saw him in fifth place and just over a minute behind the leaders.

Next up, the 40 km bike ride which Costelloe describes as his strongest discipline, he clocked another personal best time of 57 minutes, the fastest time for the day and was 35 seconds behind the race leader. The final discipline was the 10 km run.

Costelloe, the reigning Caribbean Triathlon champion told Guardian Media Sports, “ My legs were taxed from pushing hard on the bike and I was trying my best to keep up to speed with the hopes that first place would also start to slow. However, this was not to be. He (Philip McCatty) kept up his running pace and by the first 5km extended the lead back to over one minute. After this each km passing felt like a hundred miles, and I started to question myself why on earth do I compete in this sport... reality set in as I started to fade in the final 4 km and my pace started to slow down. From here on I decided to maintain my current pace and hold onto second as first was then out of reach.”
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Costelloe finished in an overall time of two hours and three minutes, some seven minutes faster than he did in his last event in Miami, USA in April, which was his primary focus when he arrived in Barbados. Now he says there is no time to rest as he was back to training on Monday, and has a multi-sport event this weekend.