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Tri makes a super return

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TRIATHLON has returned to Guernsey shores – and James Travers and Magda Murphy are each one win better off for it.

The competitors prepare to enter the water in the Grandes Rocques Super-Sprint Triathlon yesterday morning. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28341472)

Yesterday’s Grandes Rocques Super-Sprint, unfolding over 400m swim, 10km bike and 3km run, held the notability of being the first live triathlon event staged in the British Isles since lockdown started.

Travers was therefore all the more grateful to win in 40min. 41sec. after a race-long duel with Bob Guilbert.

The returning Guilbert left the water with a fair advantage, but Travers ate up the arrears on the bike, setting them up for an exciting run-off.

It was there that Travers stamped his dominance to come home 25sec. clear.

But in an event where competitors started in staggered groups to satisfy social distancing requirements, under-18 Thierry Le Cheminant enjoyed a significant head start and sealed line honours. His actual time of 41-45 ranked him third overall.

Murphy made light work of a quieter women’s field to head Claire Allen by over 8min.

Jamie Ingrouille

By Jamie Ingrouille
Sports reporter

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