Top local open water swimmer Christian Marsden stormed his way to victory in just under an hour in the annual cross channel swim between St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday. His actual time was 59:20.
And top female local open water swimmer Theana Hay was third overall but the top female finished in one hour and 31 seconds.
The event started at the Oualie Beach where swimmers did the two and a half miles, climaxing at the Reggae Beach area in St Kitts, where an official awards ceremony was held.
The race this year was separated into two phases. In the first category, the individuals who were swimming “unassisted” numbered 102 and in category two, some 89 persons participated in the assisted class.
The assisted swimmers were those who swam with the assistance of fins and snorkels etc, while the unassisted swimmers were basically attired in their caps and swim wear.
Minister of Sports for St Kitts and Nevis Mark Brantley was among the over 500 spectators on the sands of the Oualie Beach, witnessing the event. He addressed the gathering and warmly welcomed all of the visitors to the island, inviting them to return as part of their vacation plans.
He also officially counted down to the start of the swim in both categories as the competitors entered the water on his final command to “swim.”
1. Hay Theana 1:00:31, 2.Wall Rachel 1:10:15, 3. Gibson Shannon 1:15:55
1. Marsden Christian 59:20, 2. Ricardo Martin 1:00:30, 3. Jordon Kai 1:09:46