High drama marked the finish of Sunday’s Cayman Islands Triathlon, with the women’s top three slots in the Olympic (longer) division decided in the final lap of the run.

After swimming 1,500 meters, biking 24.8 miles and running 6.2 miles, the female competitors for first and second place were neck and neck. The drama continued with the competition for third and fourth places, and those spots, too, were not decided until the home stretch.

Marius Acker won the men’s Olympic distance race. Christine Ramsey won the women’s.

Trevor Murphy, Cayman Islands Triathlon Association president, said the tough competition in both the men’s and women’s races made for an exciting day.

“You never know with a triathlon if the races will be decided early with clear leads or the competition will come down to the last leg,” he said. “It was very exciting.”

Adding to the excitement, he noted, were a number of competitors in their first triathlon and lots of spectators along the course cheering on the athletes.

Marius Deysel and Marlene West won their respective divisions in the sprint race.

About 190 people competed in Sunday’s races, with a longer Olympic-style race and a shorter sprint race that was half the distance in each of the swim-bike-run legs.

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