[Updated - Tyler Butterfield has finished the Olympic triathlon in 34th place with a time of 1:50:32. He came out of the swim transition in 50th place, and powered his way up 16 spots during the bike and run portion. His time in the bike portion was the fastest of all 55 athletes competing.]
Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield will compete in the Men’s Triathlon the 2012 London Olympics this morning [Aug 7], with the race set to kick off at 7.30am Bermuda time. The event will take place in London’s Hyde Park, and consists of a 1,500m swim, a 43km bike, and a 10km run.
This is Butterfield’s second Olympic appearance following after the 2004 Olympic Games where he was the youngest triathlete at 21 years old. He is the second member of his family to compete in the Olympics, as his father Jim Butterfield rowed for Bermuda at the 1972 Olympic Games.
Update 7.35am: The race is underway. There are 55 athletes in the field.
Update 7.50am: Butterfield came out of the swim in 54th and the transition in 50th clocking a time of 18.58.
Update 8.04am: Butterfield moved up to 45th after the 1st bike lap [there are 7 in total]
Update 8.15am: Butterfield continues to move up, he is 37th after the 3rd bike lap.
Update 8.23am: Butterfield is back to 45th after the 4th bike lap.
Update 8.26am: Two time Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield of Canada is out of the race after a bike crash.
Update 8.32am: Huge jump from Butterfield in the 5th lap – he moved from 45th to 28th – and was just mentioned by the BBC commentators as being part of the chase pack.
Update 8.41am: Butterfield held position, he remains in 28th place after the 6th lap. Only one more bike lap to go.
Update: 8.49am: An outstanding effort on the bike has seen Butterfield move up 27 spots – from 50th to 23rd. He is now starting the 10k run. A screengrab from the BBC is below showing him in transition
Update 8.59am: He has dropped back to 35th on the 1st lap of the run. There are 4 laps.
Update 9.06am: Butterfield is 36th after the 2nd lap. Alistair Brownlee of the UK is leading the race.
Update 9.14am: Butterfield is back up to 33rd after the 3rd lap. He has one lap left.
Update 9.18pm: Butterfield has finished in 34th place with a time of 1:50:32, and could be seen waving his thanks to the crowd for the support as he came up to the finish line.
Alistair Brownlee of the UK has won the race, crossing the line with the Union Jack flag thrilling his home crowd. His brother Johnathan Brownlee claimed bronze, while Javier Gomez of Spain took the silver.
Bermuda has only one athlete left to compete in these Olympic Games, with Arantxa King scheduled to take the track this afternoon for the women’s long jump.
Update 11.58am: Premier Paula Cox was at the finish area to greet Butterfield and said, “Tyler represented Bermuda proudly and is truly an inspiration to all Bermudian athletes.”
“He had the fastest time in the cycling part of the Triathlon. Also, he was the only cyclist to bring the third pack to the second pack and was alone in the chase to the lead pack.”
Update 12.30pm: Thanks to Adrienne Smith who was in London cheering Butterfield on, a few photos are below.
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Articles that link to this one:
- Premier Praises Butterfield On Olympic Effort | Bernews.com | August 7, 2012
- Looking At Bermuda’s 2012 Olympic Highlights | Bernews.com | August 7, 2012
- Butterfields: New Directions In Competition | Bernews.com | September 20, 2012