Ath­letes stretch legs in 6km dash

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

Kar­ratha’s Ju­lian Le Plas­trier won the Broome Tri Club’s club se­ries triathlon last Sun­day be­fore his wed­ding this week­end.

About 20 ath­letes took part in the triathlon at Ca­ble Beach but all eyes were on Le Plas­trier, who was told be­fore the race not to in­jure him­self be­fore the big day on Saturday.

“This race came up and I thought ‘we are go­ing to miss the Lead­ing Edge Ca­ble Beach Triathlon’, so I thought ‘I’ll do this race in­stead’,” he said.

“I think she (bride to be, Ka­t­rina Mercer) would rather I do it a week out rather than the day be­fore. She said ‘just don’t crash and stay safe’ — I was un­scathed, luck­ily.”

Com­peti­tors bat­tled a long course of an 800m swim, 20km bike ride and 6km run and a short course of half that on Sun­day.

Le Plas­trier was pur­sued re­lent­lessly by Jesse Evans, 15, Mike Kauf­man, Emily Richard­son, Louise Ly­dramore and Grace Lewis in the long course.

Jesse led the long course by about 300m ex­it­ing the swim­ming leg, but was chased down by the groom-to-be in the cy­cling stage.

“He’s a freak­ishly good swim­mer (Jesse), he must have been 300m ahead and I could hardly see him but I’ve prob­a­bly got a few years on him and I’m just an old fella pow­er­ing away,” Le Plas­trier said.

The 15-year-old won St Mary’s Col­lege’s Year 10 cross coun­try last week and is head­ing to Perth for a State Swim­ming WA com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber. The short course was won by Greg Hood and Jane Bal­lan­tyne, with Shahid Je­f­coate and Janella White in sec­ond.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Kar­ratha’s Ju­lian Le Plas­trier crosses the fin­ish line on Sun­day at the club se­ries triathlon.

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