World podium per­for­mances

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EC­STATIC with his podium po­si­tion at the ITU Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onships Fes­ti­val, Ma­roochy­dore’s Rob­bie An­drews just gets bet­ter with age.

The 51-year-old has been to the pres­ti­gious Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship twice pre­vi­ously and was third in the in­au­gu­ral Ul­tra­man Aus­tralia dur­ing 2015, but this was his best race against global op­po­nents in long-course triathlon.

Rob­bie said he was par­tic­u­larly “pumped” with his run over a chal­leng­ing 30km course which saw him fin­ish third in the 50-54 cat­e­gory.

“I had a very steady and con­sis­tent race. I was rapt with the swim as I came out in the top four,” Rob­bie said af­ter his ef­fort of 45:26 for the 3km – an av­er­age pace of 1.30 for ev­ery 100m.

“Rid­ing within my­self for the first 50, I upped it a bit and then at 90 I upped it again.

“I ran well, it was pretty even at 45 min­utes for each lap for a 2hr 15min.”

Lead­ing the long-course charge for the Sun­shine Coast was lo­cal life­guard Zsolt Dal­los. The for­mer pad­dler was fifth in his age group, and posted the third fastest bike time over­all.

“I was very happy, how I raced, first time do­ing that dis­tance,” he said.

“Things to work on, but it's time to have a well-de­served rest and re­cov­ery.”

Also im­press­ing at Pen­tic­ton was vet­eran Row­land Cook, who se­cured two duathlon medals. Sun­shine Coast re­sults: Aquathlon: swim 1km, run 5km.

Jor­dan Gover 35:22.0 fourth men 45-49 (14:44, 19:37).

Ta­nia Gover 42:09 fourth women 40-44 (18:12, 22:48). Anas­ta­sia Heikkila 42:19.0 10th women 16-19 (16:12, 24:51). Duathlon stan­dard: run 10km, cy­cle 40km, run 5km.

Row­land Cook 45:04.0 sec­ond men 65-69 (19:29, 23:56).

Duathlon sprint: run 5km, cy­cle 20km, run 2.5km.

Row­land Cook 1:17:45.0 third men 65-69 (23:31, 39:10, 11:24).

Cross triathlon swim: 1.5km, bike 21km, run 8km.

Ryan De­vlin 2:53:39.0 sixth men 25-29 (25:24, 1:49:44, 34:55).

Long course: Swim 3km, bike 120km, run 30km.

Zsolt Dal­los 6:20:54.0 fifth men 35-39 (47:09, 3:07:26, 2:21:37). Rob­bie An­drews 6:25:03.0 third men 50-54 (45:26, 3:19:55, 2:15:07).

Ben John­ston 8:23:24.0 37th men 40-44 (56:41, 3:51:05, 3:26:18). Aquabike: swim 3km, bike 120km.

Jor­dan Gover 4:07:02.0 third men 45-49 (42:16, 3:22:24). Gra­ham Mur­phy 4:11:33.0 ninth men 40-44 (45:15, 3:23:22). Tony Bryan 4:16:48.0 sev­enth men 50-54 (53:24, 3:20:38). Lau­ren Mur­phy 4:37:18.0 sev­enth women 35-39 (49:39, 3:44:56). Jonathan Ham­wood 4:43:31.0 fifth men 65-69 (53:35, 3:46:30).

PHO­TOS: FACE­BOOK

Ben John­ston, Row­land Cook and Jo Pan­ther cel­e­brate one of Row­land’s two podium fin­ishes at the ITU Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onships Fes­ti­val in Canada.

Tony Bryan, pic­tured at the swim start of the world cham­pi­onships, tore his ham­string off the bone ear­lier this year. Not one to sit around, he de­cided to swim. That led to him com­plet­ing the 10km Is­land Char­ity Swim. And while he had qual­i­fied for the long-course and off-road events, his in­abil­ity to run meant he was out ... so de­cided to do the aquabike in­stead where he fin­ished sixth.

Rob­bie An­drews on his way to third at the ITU Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onships Fes­ti­val in Canada.

Lau­ren and Gra­ham Mur­phy in train­ing.

Ta­nia Gover in re­cov­ery.

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