South Okanagan athletes competing in the International Triathlon Unions inaugural Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton gathered for a group photo Wednesday. Several have already competed, while more will take on the Long Course distance on Sunday. Submitted photo

Multisport World Championship has local flavour

Okanagan athletes have enjoyed own successes among elite athletes in Multisport World Championship

A group of South Okanagan athletes gathered in downtown Penticton during the midway mark of the Multisport World Championship festival.

The group posed for a photo prior to the evenings festivities. As for their results, on Wednesday a pair of locals won their age groups.

Sarah McMillan took first in a field of 89 in the 45 to 49 group finishing in 3:02:09, while Carl Peterson won the 65 to 69 age group, topping the field on 97 in 3:04:49. Debbie Finnie took second among 196 in the 55 to 59 age group in 3:34:25. Geoff Waterman was third among 18 in the 35 to 39 age group finishing in 2:36:51, while Chris Neenan was sixth among 51 in the 50 to 54 age group in 2:51:44. Joy Peterson was 19th among 239 in the 50 to 54 age group finishing in 4:00:23. Scott McMillan was 18 among 114 in the 45 to 49 age group, finishing in 3:11:01.

On opening day in the sprint duathlon, Ian Ross (70-74), who competed in the ITU worlds in Avila, Spain, finished in 1:36:15. He placed 509th out of 681 athletes and 11 of 17 in his category. On Saturday in the duathlon sprint and standard distance, Sybilla Bartram placed eighth in the 60 to 64 age category finishing in 2:41:07. Deborah Chadwick, 55 to 59, placed 10th in her category after clocking in at 2:40:37. Doug Howard, 55 to 59, was 29th finishing in 2:24:44 and Murray MacPherson, 65 to 69, was second in his group, finishing in 2:20:06. S. Paul Varga placed 41st in the 50 to 54 age group. He finished in 3:15:57.

Penticton’s Tyler Laplante came in fourth in 1:25:29 in the open wave event.

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