Tri-port proves too much for some

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE ath­lete Matt Bai­ley learned the hard way just how tough the Tri-Port half-iron dis­tance triathlon is on Satur­day when he col­lapsed while hold­ing a com­mand­ing lead on the race.

Bai­ley was more than 10 min­utes in front on the run leg when he suc­cumbed to the con­di­tions and re­quired med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

His with­drawal en­abled Townsville’s Jar­rod Owen a clear run to the line in first place, com­plet­ing the gru­elling 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run in 4hr51min30sec.

Port Dou­glas’ Nick Car­ling up­staged many more fan­cied com­peti­tors to fin­ish sec­ond just ahead of Sue Crowe from Cairns, the first wo­man home.

A record field of more than 200 com­peti­tors took part in the Tri-Port, which in­cluded an Olympic dis­tance event, an en­ticer su­per sprint and an aquathon.

Other lo­cal ath­letes to per­form well in the main event were Lucy Forbes and James Long (both sec­ond in age group) and Al Spence (third in age group).

Around 25 per cent of com­peti­tors in the half-iron dis­tance triathlon failed to com­plete the course, with the last per­son fin­ish­ing al­most eight hours af­ter the start­ing gun.

Or­gan­iser Guy Bes­ley said the event proved it­self as one of the tough­est in the coun­try.

“The turnout was huge and the con­di­tions were per­fect for tough rac­ing,” he said.

Elite triath­lete Leon Grif­fin has al­ready con­firmed he will take his place in the race next year.

Pho­tos by NEIL WEAVERS

Win­ner:

ul­tra-triathlon champ Jar­rod Owen

Girl power: Lucy Forbes

Marathon ef­fort: Nick Car­ling

Set­ting the pace: Finn Devine-Cameron

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