Freo triathlete is world champ
FREMANTLE’S Alec Davison is sitting on top of the world.
The 16-year-old triathlete beat a strong field of international competitors to win the recent 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Canada.
Three months before the competition he said he thought there was a good chance of winning but knew there was strong competition.
“I found out that Filippo Pradella from Italy was the junior European Cross Triathlon champion, Tate Haugan from Canada was the Xterra gold medallist and that there was a strong team from South Africa.
“At this point I knew that I had to intensify my training.”
On a warm, windless day, Alec set off on one of the biggest races of his young life.
After the first swim leg he was sitting in eighth, with Haugan and Pradella coming out of the water in first and second place respectively.
By the end of the second cycle leg Alec had inched his way up the field but it was his run leg where he won it, achieving the fastest split to cross the finish line first, almost a full minute ahead of Haugan in second and two minutes in front of Pradella in third.
“I honestly thought that there was one more athlete ahead of me, so I gave absolutely everything which then resulted in me extending my lead out to 54 seconds,” he said.
“It was only in the last 200m when they started announcing my name that I realised I was in first place.
“Now that I am a World Champion I can retire. I’m just joking
“This really is giving me a boost to get right into the new triathlon season.”
Fremantle’s Alec Davison is the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon world champion.