World podium performances
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).
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.