Friday 17 November, 2017

Matthew Wright wins Elite Grand Prix Triathlon in Montreal

Barbados shines again on the world stage, thanks to Matthew Wright who won the Elite Grand Prix Triathlon (Esprit de Montreal) on Saturday, September 9.

Wright won in a time of 57 mins 25.2 seconds over Canadian Francis Lefebvre, who was 12 seconds behind.

This is an important victory for Matthew in a long recovery from setback injuries over the past two years but a morale boosting performance as he, and fellow world triathlete Jason Wilson, prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games & the Central American & Caribbean Games.

Wright was off to a great start in 2017 where he had three top 10 ITU Continental finishes and then broke his toe while racing the Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Caribbean and Central American Championship, while still placing eighth.

Wright is currently ranked 11th in the ITU Americas Continental rankings.

When asked to describe his performance over the weekend, Matthew commented, “All in all it was a really good race, I never had to extend myself too much throughout the race, and always felt in control. I am very happy to get my 1st win (and podium) for the season!”

Meanwhile, plans are progressing smoothly for the staging of the 1st CARIFTA Triathlon & Aquathlon Championships to be held in Barbados over the weekend of October 7-8, and 27th Barbados National Triathlon on October 15th.

Interested participants should visit the triathlon website at http://www.triathlonbarbados.com/ or the BFIT Barbados Triathlon Facebook page.