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Pro-Am Tri Series concludes successfully

Puvini  Kahandawala
Puvini Kahandawala

The final triathlon from the Pro-Am Tri Series concluded successfully at the NCC, bringing the very first multisport racing event of this calibre to a close for 2018.

The triathlon comprised three disciplines; swimming, cycling and running and participants from varied degrees of capabilities and from all walks of life took part in the races. The series includes races categorized under age groups where male and female athletes can compete for categories, namely Elite – for the pros, age groups of 18-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50 and above as well as mixed relay teams.

The athletes were involved in the triathlon which was segmented into a 600m swim, a 20km cycle ride and a 5km run. Amongst the participants for the Elite category for male athletes, K. S. Udayanga, P. H. Raja Dharmapala and S. M. S. Samarasinghe came on top. L. K. G. K. K. Dassanayake and P. G. D. A. Gunathilaka emerged as winners from the female Elite category. The Under 20-29 age group for male athletes, Shenaal Chandiram, Sudar Suhail and Kisal Hewage were named winners. Under the same age group for female athletes, Puvini Kahandawala, Charya Dharmadasa and Deethri Samarajeewa came on top.

In the under 30-39 age group for male athletes, Greg Enjalbert, Mevan Gunawardena and Asanka Dissanayake performed well and emerged winners, while female athletes who came on top from this age group included Asha de Vos, Theruni Wijewardena and Petra Spencer.

Athletes who competed under the 40-49 age group and were named winners included male athletes Olivier Estienne, Mahendra Angampodi and Chris McFall and female athlete Sarah Potts. Finally, for the 50 and above age group, male athletes who recorded the best time were named winners - David Hall, Suren Abeysuriya and Johann Peries and female athletes Agnus Safford, Anudini Liyanage and Nadia Ishaq.

Athletes who recorded the best overall performance at the Tri Series and eligible to gain free entry to the much anticipated Ironman 70.3 Colombo Triathlon scheduled for February 24, 2019 were Mevan Gunawardena, Shenaal Chandiram, Puvini Kahandawala and Petra Spencer.

The Tri Series first commenced with the Aquathlon on 30 September, followed by the Duathlon on 28 October and finally, the Triathlon in November.


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