In Monterrey, Mexico, the ITU Triathlon American Youth Olympic Games Qualifier is well under way. Adriana Barraza and Kevin McDowell outshone the other triathletes on a sunny afternoon after a week of rain for the 2,000 person age-group race kicking off on Saturday.
The 2010 Youth Olympic Games opens in August this year in Singapore and the event is giving the participating youth the opportunity to obtain one of eight qualifying places for their country. The top finishers for their respective countries in the men and women’s category races are awarded a spot for their National Federation in the said games.
In the women’s sprint – distance contest, Mexico’s Adriana Barraza won with a missile run to the finish. Canadian Christine Ridenhour led the group into the second transition but overran by Barraza out of transition creating an immediate considerable gap. For the first four kms of the 5k run, the Canadian maintain the lead, however in the home stretch, Barraza had the lead down to the finish line. The American Kelly Whitley came in second and Ridenhour took the third.
In the Youth Olympic Games from the women’s category; Mexico, USA, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Puerto Rico have won their spot in the Games.
Kevin McDowell of USA won the men’s sprint – distance event. He broke away early from the pack and there was no turning back. He added a 10 second gap for each lap and coming in T2 with a 50 second edge on other contenders. To claim the second place was Octavio Oliveros of Mexico and fellow Mexican Vinicio Ibarra taking the third.
The following countries awarded a slot in the Youth Olympic Games from the men’s category are; USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, Columbia and Brazil.