Freo triath­lete is world champ

Melville Times - - Looklocal -

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.

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