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HACKETT OUTCLASSES INTERNATIONAL FIELD
Under the watchful eye of his Olympic silver medallist coach Loretta Harrop, Stephen Hackett out raced an international field to win the fourth race of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series.
Mirinda Carfrae showed her class coming from behind to also defeat a quality women’s field this morning at Robina.
A top international field lined up this morning including French Olympians Olivier Marceau and Carl Blasco and members of their training squad, here for an 8 week training program and spear headed by the former world champion Marceau.
Also emerging stars from the Col Stewart stable, Mexico’s Jaime Vazquez-Bracho, Miriam Moser from Switzerland, USA’s Matthew Cooke and Linda Gallo.
Also lining up today was Stephen Hackett one the come back trail and aiming for selection in the World’s team.
A record field of just over 900 competitors took part in the event today continuing the upward trend in numbers throughout this series.
Despite a downpour of rain midway through the race it was a welcome relief to the humid conditions for competitors. Competitors stepped up to the Super Sprint distance this morning – 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.
The Gatorade Queensland Tri Series offers competitors a range of different distances from Super Sprint through to Short Course catering to athletes of all abilities.
Hackett and Scotsman Andrew Fargus lead out of the swim with Blasco, series leader Matt Hopper and Chris Waters of Worongary 10sec behind them.
The third group contained late entrant Alan Moran and Sandgate’s Dan Wilson.
Hackett and Fargus maintained their lead out on the bike keeping the chasers away.
put in a great performance on the bike to move through to third with
Hackett stepped up the pace in the closing stages of the cycle to record the fastest bike split of the day and giving him a handy lead going into the run.
will now focus on qualifying for the world championships through Triathlon
In the women’s event Carfrae had to make up ground after being nearly a minute behind after the swim.
Gallo from the
Midway through the run Carfrae moved to the lead and showed why she is a world class performer to cruise to victory in the end.
White maintained second position with Moser rounding out the top three.
will also contend selection races in
The emphasis was clearly on fun and participation in the LOOK Enticer Triathlon this morning as hundreds took the plunge in completing a 300m swim, 10km cycle and 2km run as an individual or part of a team.
Overall winners today were Jani Kroyherr, The patch and Connie Silvestri, Taringa.
This distance offers first timers a chance to experience the fun of triathlon and our weekend warriors who enjoy having a hit out or challenging their mates.
The first race to get underway today was the Superkids Triathlon which catered for kids under 12 years. The aim is to create a fun and safe atmosphere for the kids to participate.
big field of kids took up the challenge and completed a 100m swim, 2km cycle
and 400m run. In the U10 category it was Jack Martin,
The second round of people went into the draw to win our major prize for the series – a Runna Scooter.
the final event of the series approximately 60 people will be in the running to
drive off on their brand new Runna Scooter courtesy of the Scooter Shop at
next race in the series will head to the
Upcoming Events in the Series: 13 February – Caloundra 17 April – Raby Bay (Club Champs)
Overall Results Male Suburb Time
1. Stephen Hackett Terrigal, NSW 58:16
2. Andrew Fargus Robina 58:35
4. Alan Moran Ashgrove 59:11
5. Dan Wilson Sandgate 59:32
6. Matt Hopper Banyo 59:42
1. Mirinda Carfrae Underwood 1:
2. Leesa White Petrie
5. Melissa rims Taigum 1:
A full set of results is available at www.usmevents.com.au