Gregory Pigeon wins in record time
Gregory Pigeon from Saint Martin won the annual Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon on Saturday January 30th 2016 in an impressive record time of 1:30:05. Last year’s winner Bas de Haan came in second in 1:41:16, and Brandon Kingston, student at the Saba University School of Medicine took the third place in a time of 1:45:41.
Some 70 participants competed in the race this year, and just like other years the Saban community came out in big numbers to support the athletes. The race started with a 800 meter swim in the Fort Bay, followed by a challenging 7 km bikeride to the end of the Mountain Road, the highest road on the island, and a 5 km run over some of Saba’s most beautiful trails to the finish in Upper Hell’s Gate.
Participants from Canada, United States, the Netherlands, Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius came over to Saba to compete with the local Saban triathletes.
The winner of the women’s race was Miriam van de Watering from Sint Eustatius in a time of 1:56:29. Kai Piscione from Sint Maarten won the junior category, and Saba Comprehensive School students Zachary Johnson, Zyonn Suares and Deiby Ramires were the fastest in the junior team competition.
Medical students Saad Jalal and Gurjit Braar were victorious in the team competition, and the prize for fastest women’s team went to Heather Piceu, Khaki deVink and Margaret Williams from the United States.
Have a look at the start of the event: Chris Meijvogel let his drone fly over the swimming course. Enjoy!
It was one great happening, but still there are the numbers that summarize the performance of the individuals: We have a new record time.