Acker is champ an eighth time

The Cayman Islands Triathlon had another massive turnout at Public Beach on Sunday and perennial champion Marius Acker beat off all challengers again to win the event for the eighth time. 

The 44-year-old South African has never been beaten by a Cayman resident in the decade he has been competing here and he looks capable of racking up more wins. 

His preparations were hampered by a foot injury but he found the resolve on the day to stay ahead of the field. 

Acker finished the Olympic course of 1,500 meters swim, 40 kilometer bike and 10K run in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 44 seconds. Stuart Bray was second and Dale Avery third. 

The women’s race was a tight one with Arwen Lawson finishing strongly just ahead of Michelle Bailey who had to sprint home to stay ahead of Alyssa Dodson. 

There were 17 teams and 63 individual Olympic distance triathletes and 89 individual sprint event triathletes. The sprint distance is half that of the Olympic. Brandon Williams won the men’s sprint and Gill Comins the women’s event. 

See full coverage and results of the triathlon in Tuesday’s sports section in the Compass. 

Marius Acker
Marius Acker overcame injury to win the title again.

Competitors await the start of Sunday

Competitors await the start of Sunday’s triathlon. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD