Peter Prestley finished ahead of Butch Sublemente and Lewie Tenorio in the age group race in the 2013 XTERRA World Championship held yesterday in Maui, Hawaii.
Prestley debuted in XTERRA World and timed in at 4:06:46 to place at the No. 48 spot out of 73 finishers in the 40 to 44 age group. He managed to beat the two veteran triathletes after getting a good start in the swim leg. Prestley completed the 1.5-kilometer ocean swim in the rough waters at the Flemings Beach in 28:41, negotiated the 30.4K MTB race in 2:28:29, and timed in at 1:09:36 in the 5.9K run leg.
The up-and-coming triathlete cut the tape at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua about five minutes faster than the now Guam-based Tenorio, who also participated in his first XTERRA World after earning a slot to the prestigious off-road triathlon event during the 2013 XTERRA Saipan Championship. Tenorio submitted 37:53 in the swim leg, was less than two minutes behind Prestley in the bike race after logging 2:29:04, and capped the event with a 1:04:48 time in the run leg to finish at the No. 50 spot.
Sublemente moved out of the water four seconds after Tenorio, as the former clocked in at 37:57. The XTERRA World returnee fell behind Tenorio and Prestley after timing in at 2:36:18 in the bike leg. Sublemente went on to finish strong with his 1:09:40 in the run part of the event, but his 4:23:55 (No. 54 in the age group) was way behind the 3:46:57 he recorded when he debuted in the XTERRA World in 2011.
Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa ruled this year’s XTERRA World with a blistering time of 2:34:34. He won by less than three minutes against Great Britain’s Asa Shaw, who timed in at 2:36:01 and nosed out eventual third placer and XTERRA Saipan two-time champion Ben Allen (2:36:24) of Australia.
Allen was fifth overall out of the water with his 19:12, but lost the lead to Ruzafa by falling behind in the bike leg by more than three minutes. Ruzafa, who had 21:30 in the swim leg, logged 1:33:11 in the bike race against Allen’s 1:36:37. Shaw was at third place after the swim and bike legs, but managed to chase Allen after timing in at 39:24 in the run part against the latter’s 41:12.
In the women’s pro division, New Zealand’s Nicky Samuels gained enough cushion in the first two legs to beat former champion Lesley Paterson of Scotland. Samuels submitted 19:50 and 1:52:27 in the swim and bike legs, respectively against the 21:26 and 1:54:43 of Paterson, who was the fastest (women’s pro) in the run leg (43:55), but settled for second after failing to break the three-hour barrier. Paterson, clocked in at 3:00:14 against the 2:57:48 of Samuels, who finished the race with her 45:31 in the run leg. Flora Duffy of Bermuda came in at third with her 3:00:19.
XTERRA Saipan champion Jacqui Slack of United Kingdom was in the Top 3 in the early part of the race, but dropped to ninth after registering 3:05:52, just nine seconds behind former XTERRA Saipan and XTERRA World winner Shonny Vanlandingham. Suzy Snyder (3:08:52), Carina Wasle (3:11:37), Renata Bucher (3:14:15), Daz Parker (3:44:01) and Mieko Carey (4:50:33) were the other XTERRA Saipan participants to complete yesterday’s race.