The New Zealand triathlete, who won the annual event for the first time last year, finished ahead of fellow countrymen Graham Perks and Russell Smith.
The first female home was New Zealand’s Molly Swanson, who finished fifth overall.
Cook Islands’ top male triathlete Roland Neururer finished fourth overall and was the first local to cross the finish line, while Cook Islands’ top female triathlete Harriet Browning managed ninth finish overall. Browning was the top local female finisher in the event.
Kettle clocked a time of 2 hours 12:55 minutes. In the 1.5 kilometre swim, he managed the top place finish in a time 22:36 minutes followed by 1:06:26 hours in the 41km cycle and 44:41 minutes in the 10km run.
Perks managed a time of 2:18:52 to finish in second place. He clocked 24:14 minutes in the swim, 1:06:56 in the cycle and 46:25 in run.
Smith, who finished in third place, clocked 2:19:34. He managed to finish the swim in 23:36 minutes followed by 1:11:04 in the cycle and 43:10 minutes in the run in which he finished first.
Neururer had a jittery start in the swim, managing to finish on seventh spot in 28:49 minutes before picking up pace in the cycle which he finished in third place in a time of 1:10:22. In the 10kn run, he clocked 47:03 minutes.
Top female triathlete Swanson made an excellent start in the swim, finishing third in a time of 24:04 minutes before clocking 1:15:53 in the cycle. In the run event, she clocked 53:32 minutes.
Browning finished strongly in the 1.5km swim, finishing on fifth in a time of 25:19 minutes followed by a disappointing 28th place finish in the cycle (1:24:38). In the 10km run, she finished on fifth spot in a time of 47:06 minutes.
Adrianna Skurosz was the third best local finisher in a time of 2:46:12. Skurosz, who finished 10th overall, recorded a time of 35:41 minutes in swim, 1:14:56 in the cycle and 52:14 minutes in the run.
Air New Zealand International Triathlon organiser Jennie George hailed the event a major success.
George said the participants were pleased with the way the event was organised.
She said the perfect weather also contributed to the success of the International Triathlon.
“It was tremendous especially after last year’s stormy weather which affected the 2018 event. There was a bit of choppy swim but the rest was fantastic,” George said.
“There were plenty of marshal and helpers who did an excellent job and some of the athletes praised the way the race was run.”
George said as expected, the favourites, Kettle and Swanson, lived up to the expectation and walked away with the main prizes.
She said the leading local triathletes also did well, providing the top favourites a stiff competition in the event.
The prize giving ceremony was held last night at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.
Today – 8am Ride Rarotonga Mountain Bike Tour – A social mountain bike ride through the more rugged parts of Rarotonga. There will be the occasional “off bike” excursion such as pushing your bike through thickets of tall grasses, streams, etc. with some good, challenging hills to climb, 5pm – Raro Hash House Harriers 4km run/walk venue is in Arorangi beside the main road adjacent to Sunset Resort. Island Feast supplied by Hash Harriers. Highly recommended and with modest cost ($15 per person; children under 10 half price).
Tomorrow – 3.30pm to 4.30pm Registration and timing chips for paid entrants for the Ride Rarotonga Tour de Raro Cycle Race, 12.30pm Boiler Swim, 4.45pm Ride Rarotonga Tour de Raro Race Start, 7.30pm. Post Ride Rarotonga Tour de Raro Cycle Race Wrap-up and BBQ get together at Edgewater Resort & Spa.