Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


New Zealand Dominates Mixed Team Race – Hewitt Returns


3rd February 2013

New Zealand Dominates Mixed Team Race – Hewitt Returns To Racing

Teams racing took centre stage at the Contact Tri Series in Kinloch today, with athletes returning to compete alongside friends, family and in some cases club mates in a fast and fun format of tag racing while the elites raced in the ITU mixed team format for the Oceania Cup that will be seen at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year.

It was a look to the future of the sport at elite level, with the ITU chasing inclusion at the Olympic Games for the teams racing format meaning today was invaluable experience for the Tri NZ High Performance Squad.

In the elites it was the New Zealand A team who dominated, with Kate McIlroy leading away before handing over to Ryan Sissons and then Andrea Hewitt in her first appearance since being injured in a bike crash at Pegasus before Tony Dodds brought the team home, well clear of New Zealand U23 team and the Australians in third.

After crashing out on his bike yesterday, Dodds was a little more circumspect on the bike today.

“I was a bit more careful around the hairpin, I don’t like riding in a T T format by myself but since I didn’t race much yesterday I just gave it all and emptied the tank today. I was trying to keep the heart rate down while the others were racing and I was watching but this is a great format of racing, overseas and in the big races it is country on country which makes for a great atmosphere and great racing.”

Andrea Hewitt was returning to racing for the first time since suffering an injury to her hip in a crash at Pegasus in mid-January and enjoyed the outing with her New Zealand team mates.

“That was a bit of fun today, even without the hill it was hard enough, the weather was perfect and the scenery here amazing so it is perfect to be in a place like this. I managed fine with the leg and had a hard race which is good.”

McIlroy backed up her win yesterday in the Contact event with another strong display in leading the team away today and is excited about the future of the format.

“This is great experience for us ahead of world champs in Hamburg this year and the Commonwealth Games next year. Usually we get thrown together once a year at world’s and told to race hard, this is great and will hopefully continue our development in teams racing and give us a shot at medals on the big days, including the Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow.”

Second place went to another New Zealand team, with Sam Osborne, Maddie Dillon, Aaron Barclay and Sophie Corbidge (all U23) racing superbly to hold off the Australians in warm and still conditions in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.

The age groupers were an eclectic mix of crazy uniforms, serious competitors and those looking for some fun on another great day at a stunning location beside Lake Taupo. First across the line was a team led by local Kinloch athlete Graham O’Grady, the Port of Tauranga Half winner enjoyed his workout, even if it was rather shorter than he is used to.

“That was good fun and really fast, I enjoyed it but it is just as well there wasn’t another 20km to go on the run with the speed I was going!”

The Board of Triathlon New Zealand got into the spirit of it with Arthur Klap and Mark Cross joined by CEO Craig Waugh and well performed age group athlete and ‘ring in’ Sam Franklin. Waugh returned to transition moments after leaving with his bike however, having suffered a puncture – he was able to complete the course though on Franklin’s bike before Klap and then Franklin himself completed the distance with Klap describing Franklin’s role as ‘making up about 500 places for us on the final leg’.

Oceania Cup
Mixed Team Relay
Kinloch, Taupo
300m swim, 6km bike, 1.8km run

1 New Zealand – McIlroy, Sissons, Hewitt, Dodds 1.22.28
2 New Zealand U23 – Corbidge, Barclay, Dillon, Osborne 1.23.32
3 Australia – Dueble, Kastelein, Musgrove, Evans 1.23.41

Other results for all age groups will be posted at www.triseries.co.nz


Photo Credit: Mike Heydon/Tri NZ

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Foo Fighters: Exclusive Show In Support Of Music Foundation

Frontier Touring has today announced that the Foo Fighters will play a last minute intimate and exclusive benefit show at the Auckland Town Hall this Friday February 20 with all profits going to The New Zealand Music Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Celia Lashlie: Legacy Will Live On

Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie leaves a legacy that will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders for years to come, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Celia was a powerful voice for reason, sense and compassion. Her work, particularly with teenage boys, was ground-breaking." More>>

ALSO:

Obituary: Sad Farewell To PPTA Activist Robin Duff

Duff has been a long-time fixture of the association... Most recently Duff has been working hard to support Canterbury teachers through the quakes that devastated the region. More>>

ALSO:

Poroporoaki: Dr Apirana Tuahae Kaukapakapa Mahuika

Papa Api was a man of many great gifts and occupied a long list of roles including priest, teacher, scholar, politician, and leader. Chair of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, and a rangatira of his iwi... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news