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Barry wins RBDF’s Ironman title

  • The winning team of Patrick Rhodriquez, George Higgs and Edney Russell at the RBDF Ironman triathlon competition at the Coral Harbour Base. (RBDF Photos by Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle)

  • Eyeiessa Darville, just 16-years old, taking part in the swim segment of the recent RBDF Ironman triathlon competition at the Coral Harbour Base. She along with her 15-year old sister their father, Leading Seaman Marvin Darville placed second overall in the team category.

  • Senior Lieutenant Ricardo Barry leading the way to finish line at the recent RBDF Ironman triathlon competition at the Coral Harbour Base. Barry won the event for the second consecutive year, and fifth time overall.

Published: Aug 03, 2012

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The only thing Senior Lieutenant Ricardo Barry didn’t accomplish this time around was to beat his personal time. He, however, continues to be the benchmark for his competitors after successfully capturing the prestigious Ironman title for the second consecutive year at The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Annual Ironman Triathlon competition at the Coral Harbour Base.

To be considered the best all around athlete in the RBDF, a number of individuals once again competed for the prestigious Ironman title.  Now in its 12-year, the annual competition features the fittest male and female officers and marines the force has to offer, and gives its winners coveted bragging rights for one full year.  Both male and female participants must complete a 500 meter swim, cycle eight miles and run a three-mile road race.  Woman Marine Rickesha Thompson, the lone competitor in the open female category, also won that category for a second consecutive time.

Senior Lieutenant Barry won with a time of 1:02.30secs, followed by Chief Petty Officer Lawson Clarke with a time of 1:20.36secs, and Able Seaman Dwayne Deveaux, who had to settle for third place, with a time of 1:33.53secs.

“It was a good competition once again, and I felt good through the entire race,” said Barry. “It was extremely hot today, so I must say ‘hats off’ to Lawson Clarke, who tried his best to push me.  Although my body doesn’t look the way it used to in my tights, I am not yet ready to hand them the title. There were some younger participants out there, and I still would like for one of them to beat me into retirement”.

Being the lone female competitor in the female category, Thompson expressed her disappointment, with the hopes that more females can take part and make the event more interesting.  “With me being out of shape, I didn’t do as well as last year”, said Thompson.  “I felt like I could have had just a little bit more motivation if there was another female to push me”.

In the team segment of the competition, the team comprising of Edney Russell, Patrick Rhodriquez and George Higgs came first in a time of 59.08 seconds. A 22-year veteran of The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Leading Seaman Marvin Darville teamed up with his children, 15-year old Marisha and 16-year old Eyeiessa to take second place with a time of 1:03.31secs.

“It was fun, we had not done any real preparation. In fact, I had only seen that the event was coming up, via the social media. Second place is okay, but with some work, we are prepared to win the team event next year”, said Darville, a former RBDF Ironman champion.

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