Thanks all for a fabulous triathlon!
Pablo Erat does a dream race
WINNERS: (Pic on Left) Winners of the individual triathlon with officials (L-R) Grand Hyatt Goa Spa Director Ram Chatterjee, organiser Elias Patel, Raghunath Mali (2nd), Pablo Erat (1st), Richard McDowell (3rd), organiser Joseph Rodrigues. (Pic on Right) Team winners Kreeda Prabodhini, Pune, (L-R) Rameshsingh Tamatta (swim), Abhinandan Bhosle (cycle) and Ajinkya Balwadkar (run) with Grand Hyatt Goa Spa Director Ram Chatterjee.
PANAJI: Pablo Erat of Switzerland won the Goa Triathlon held at Grand Hyatt Goa, Bambolim Beach, on Sunday 16 February. Erat, an experienced ironman triathlete who has competed in around 100 such events worldwide, completed the difficult course in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 15 seconds.
Second was Raghunath Mali of Kreeda Prabodhini, Pune, in 2 hours 22 minutes and 28 seconds. In third place was Richard McDowell of Hyderabad, in 2 hours 26 minutes and 24 seconds. National Champion Madhurja Borah finished fourth in 2:34.38. The best individual performance by a Goa triathlete was by Samreth Singh, who stood 11th in 2:59:16
In the Team Triathlon, in which teams of one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner competed, teams from Kreeda Prabodhini, Pune, did a double, winning first and second place. Rameshsingh Tamatta (swim), Abhinandan Bhosle (cycle) and Ajinkya Balwadkar (run) finished first in 2:08:05, while Akshay Fullambarkar (swim), Amit Kadam (cycle) and Akshay Kadam (run) finished second in 2:27:38. The Goa team of Raunak Pai, Shyam Kankonkar and Manoj Naik performed creditably to finish third.
Of the 46 athletes who registered for the individual event, 40 started and 36 finished the race within the allotted time of 5 hours. Of the 34 teams that registered, 27 teams finished within the allotted time.
Goa Triathlon - 16 Feb 2014
Clean and clear waters at Goa's safest swimming beach, biking and running in Goa's elite Dona Paula area, a relaxed atmosphere... Welcome to the Goa Triathlon, a team and individual event at Grand Hyatt Goa, Bambolim Beach, close to the state capital Panaji.
You don't have to be Superman (or Superwoman) to compete. Just opt for the TEAM-TRY. Get together a team of a swimmer, a biker and a runner. Each does his or her own thing. If they do it well enough, they walk away with the grand prize. It's a wonderful opportunity for all endurance enthusiasts!
But if you are made of steel, go for the individual TRI-OOMPH and do all three by your ownsome lonesome. This category will bring forward India's best Triathlete; this is a proper Olympic-length triathlon, the swimming is in the sea, not in some placid lake, and the biking and running route includes some trails and gradients.
1.5km: Swimmers start from the beach at Grand Hyatt Goa, swim out 750m, around a prominent marker buoy or boat, and back to the beach.
40km: Run to the road 300m from Grand Hyatt Goa. Bike to Dona Paula Circle and Down the slope to Dominos. Then do three sub-loops Dominos - Kala Academy, then back to Grand Hyatt Goa, totalling 40km.
10km: From Grand Hyatt Goa past Goa University to the Odxel-Taleigao junction and back. Grand finish on the beach outside Grand Hyatt Goa.
All necessary arrangements for the safety and comfort of participants will be made. The Goa Yachting Association (GYA) will provide rescue boats, ‘Drishti’ will provide trained lifeguards and Jet Skis, and there will be close cover kayak support along the entire swimming course. They will all carry emergency flotation devices as well as water and oral rehydration fluid for the participants.
There will be rehydration / nutrition stations at regular intervals on the running / biking route. Vehicles with bike stands will pick up those unable to continue. Doctors will be in attendance at the beach and turnaround points, and a 108 Ambulance will be on call.
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Part of the proceeds of the triathlon will be handed over to the renowned charity Caritas India, which runs a home for children born with HIV/AIDS. Your participation will help these unfortunate kids to have a better future.
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