Third time’s a charm for champion Prince

Fast pace: Michael Prince won his third 000 Sean Maroney Memorial Aquathlon in four years yesterday. Cool down: Prince (right) with second placed Michael Maroney (left) and third place-getter Ryan Hartup. Pictures: James Alcock
Nanjing Night Net

MICHAEL Prince made it a hat-trick of wins in the 000 Sean Maroney Memorial Aquathlon in chilly conditions at Brighton-Le-Sands yesterday morning.

About 30 competitors took part in the 800-metre open water swim followed by a five kilometre run in the 23rd running of the event, for mainly emergency services personnel.

Former ultra-marathon swim star Susie Maroney fired the starting gun in an event which is held in memory of her late brother Sean.

Prince competed in the event for the third time having won in 2009 and 2010.

“We usually swim in the baths but swimming in the open water was better,” Prince said.

“I knew if I could stick near the leaders on the swim that I’d be able to get them on the run. It was a quick swim, too.”

Prince finished the swim leg in third spot but, after 500 metres on land, overtook defending champion Michael Maroney and Ryan Hartup, and held onto the lead for the remainder of the event.

The former world champion was fresh from winning the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sunday.

“I managed to hold on quite comfortably,” Prince said. His time of 24 minutes 22 seconds was more than a minute slower than the race record he set in 2009.

Maroney (25 minutes 19 seconds) was second with Hartup third while Lisa Marangon (27 minutes 3 seconds) was the first-placed female.

One-time winner Chris Lee was fourth.

Prince will compete in the 30-34 aquathlon world titles in Auckland later this year.

Posted by at 24/04/2018
Filed in category: 南京夜网论坛,

Comments are closed.