Camacho, Manzo claim Triple Crown honors


Leahi Camacho and Daniel Manzo won the Bike Works Triple Crown awards, which is presented to participants with the lowest cumulative time in all three qualifying open ocean races — the Cinco De Mayo Splash, Hapuna Rough Water Swim, and Saturday’s King’s Swim.

Camacho finished the trio of races with a total time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 8 seconds, and Manzo at 1:07:15.

Despite not winning a race, Manzo used top-five finishes in all the events to outpace the competition.

For Camacho, it is her third consecutive Triple Crown title.

She won the Cinco De Mayo Splash with a time 20:04 — 20 seconds better than second place finisher Cara Jernigan.

The lead would come in handy after Camacho had a run-in with mononucleosis in May. The sickness put her in the hospital for three days and was told by doctors to stay away from physical activity for at least six weeks.

Camacho stayed away from training for nearly three weeks, but it could not be kept out of the water.

While still on the comeback trail, Camacho was able to stay with the lead pack at Hapuna, finishing at 21:03 — around 18 seconds behind the winner.

Top finisher Kylie Burgess — a visitor from Minnesota — did not race in the Cinco De Mayo race, making her ineligible for the Triple Crown title. Camacho finished only four seconds behind Jernigan, the closest qualifier for the Triple Crown.

Camacho wrapped up the title with a 25:01 at the King’s Swim on Saturday.

 

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