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Daniel Unger, Lauren Campbell Win Barbados Sprint Cup

Daniel Unger and Lauren Campbell broke long ITU winless stakes at the 2012 Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup.

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The Sunday of sprint distance racing (read the Geelong recap here) continued in Barbados when both Daniel Unger and Lauren Campbell broke long ITU winless stakes at the 2012 Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup.

In the men’s race, a quick transition was enough to hand former ITU World Champion Unger his first win since the 2008 ITU Hamburg World Cup.

In Barbados, Unger was first out of the water in a group that was led by USA’s Ethan Brown and included Barbados’ Jason Wilson and Russia’s Igor Polyanskiy, but the rest of the field were close behind. Not that much changed in the bike leg, and most of the field entered T2 together.

The deciding moment then came not in the run, but in transition. Unger swept through T2 in 14 seconds, while Costa Rica’s Leonardo Chacon took 17. In the end, although Chacon had a run leg of 15 minutes and 26 seconds – one second faster than Unger’s time of 15:27, he couldn’t quite make up the deficit.

The USA’s Manuel Huerta claimed bronze with a time of 55:36.

Read more: Triathlon.org