Saipan, UK residents win XTERRA women’s and men’s titles, respectively, in Guam on Saturday.
Saipan’s Mieko Carey reclaimed the women’s division crown, while United Kingdom’s Sam Gardner notched his third straight men’s title after ruling the 2011 XTERRA Guam on Saturday.
Carey, who topped the 2008 edition of the annual race and placed only third last year, this time was the first female finisher in the field and fourth overall to win her second XTERRA Guam crown. The Saipan triathlete timed in at two hours, 58 minutes, and 37 seconds in the one-kilometer swim, 31-km mountain bike race, and 8.2-km trail run of the weekend race.
Carey was the lone female triathlete to complete the event in under three hours and she beat U.K. pro Daz Parker (3:10:11) and Guam’s Kelly Dawes (4:01:56). The 32-year-old Carey submitted 16:08 (fifth best) in the swim leg in the waters off Piti, 1:49:06 (eighth overall) in the uphill bike race, and 53:23 (fifth) in the trail run.
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