Melbourne triathlete makes it three in a row

Mitchell Kibby sailed across the finish line in a blistering 11 minutes 34 seconds, just shy of his personal best. G090816

Mitchell Kibby sailed across the finish line in a blistering 11 minutes 34 seconds, just shy of his personal best. G090816

And they’re off! The Over 40 and Junior competitors plunge into the water for a 550m swim to the other side of the channel. G080816

And they’re off! The Over 40 and Junior competitors plunge into the water for a 550m swim to the other side of the channel. G080816

San Remo’s George ‘The Freak’ Reek completed his 26th Channel Challenge. At 80 years of age, he was the oldest male competitor. G120816

San Remo’s George ‘The Freak’ Reek completed his 26th Channel Challenge. At 80 years of age, he was the oldest male competitor. G120816

Long-time event organiser Ron Nicholson was in good spirits when he completed his umpteenth Channel Challenge on Saturday. G110816

Long-time event organiser Ron Nicholson was in good spirits when he completed his umpteenth Channel Challenge on Saturday. G110816

MELBOURNE triathlete Mitchell Kibby made history at the San Remo Channel Challenge on Saturday.
After flying across the finish line, he became the first man in the main male category to record three wins at the event in as many years.
The athlete’s historic trifecta came after he recorded a blistering time of 11:34 – just a few seconds shy of his personal best.
Emma Armstrong was the first female across the line in an impressive 13:08, successfully defending her win last year.
Speaking to the Sentinel-Times moments after his victory, Kibby said his win was made even more satisfying due to the fact he had recently been recovering from injury.
“I had a tibia stress fracture and this was my first race in three or four months,” he said.
“I’ve still felt fit, but haven’t done much running.”
Kibby said the 550m swim across the channel seemed slightly easier compared to previous years.
“I think there was some chop assistance in the water, the swim felt very fast.”
Kibby joined around 470 other competitors who registered for the race – which began at the unusually early time of 10am.
The general consensus among competitors was that the early start was appreciated, even though the number of spectators might have been down.
Event organiser Ron Nicholson said numbers did swell as noon approached, with the event hailed as another great success.
“The carnival and market area was packed at lunch, the cafes were full and it wasn’t until about 2.30pm that people starting moving on,” he said.
“I think competitors were happy with the early start.
“I saw many of them there warming up at 7am.
“The 10am start meant many of them could go off to the Woolamai Races or other events around the region.”
Next year’s event has already been confirmed for Saturday, February 11 a start time will depend on the tides.

Local results

Local Senior Male
1. Luke Plant 12:09
2. Mark Rowe 12:44
3. Beau Van Agtmaal 14:09
Local Senior Female
1. Kara Landells 14:52
2. Debbi Mahon 15:02
3. Georgia Turner 16:22
Local Junior Male
1. Jake Templar 13:20
2. Kai Lumsden 13:48
3. Will Little 14:29
Local Junior Female
1. Olivia Hughes 16:31
2. Ella Hughes 16:52
3. Holly Hughes 17:28
Local Male 40-49
1. Stephen Humphris 15:22
2. Darren Wills 15:50
3. Kirk Humphry 16:24
Local Female 40-49
1. Naomi Billington 16:40
2. Emma Moore 16:46
3. Vaness Astbury 18:51
Local Male 50+
1. Rob Fleisner 13:28
2. Peter Turner 16:26
3. Bill Yusko 16:30
Local Female 50+
1. Jane Cameron 18:51
2. Jenny Merrick 20:37
3. Cheryl Taylor 20:50