Van Co­evor­den dom­i­nates tri

Two for two for re­turn­ing cham­pion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Jes­sica Lamb Jes­sica.Lamb@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

TRIATHLON: Natalia Van Co­evor­den made it two for two in Satur­day’s Hamilton Is­land Triathlon, with Luke Wil­lian tak­ing out the men’s event.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing third in the Noosa Triathlon last week, Van Co­evor­den repli­cated her im­pres­sive bike leg per­for­mance to have a strong lead into the fi­nal run, cross­ing the line ahead of Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games ath­lete Char­lotte Mc­Shane and last year’s U23 Ocea­nia triathlon win­ner Emma Jef­f­coat.

Wil­lian cel­e­brated the end of the triathlon sea­son by back­ing up his fifth place in last week’s Noosa Tri to win in a time of 1:04.27 af­ter a strong bat­tle with the event’s de­fend­ing cham­pion, Jake Birtwhis­tle.

Birtwhis­tle failed to win his third con­sec­u­tive Hamilton is­land triathlon af­ter be­ing forced to pull out of the run with a calf in­jury.

Wil­lian was fol­lowed over the line by fel­low Queens­lan­der Conor McKay and Vic­to­ria’s Pierre Gouws.

The first wave of women dived into the wa­ter at 6.15 am and Van Co­evor­den said run­ning out of the wa­ter she could feel the com­pe­ti­tion from Mc­Shane and Jef­f­coat.

“I did the Noosa triathlon last week­end so I knew that I could re­ally push the bike leg,” she said.

“It was ac­tu­ally pretty gnarly with these trop­i­cal is­land weather con­di­tions.

“I had a good lead go­ing into the run and sort of held it from there.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one for putting on a great event.”

Com­peti­tors got the chance to rub shoul­ders with world-class tal­ent in ‘Swim with the Stars’ on Fri­day night, in­clud­ing two queens of Aus­tralian sport. Susie O’Neill and Emma Car­ney.

PHOTO: JES­SICA LAMB

CON­VINC­ING WIN: Natalie Van Co­evor­den high-fiv­ing a fan as she crossed the line to claim her se­cond con­sec­u­tive win at the Hamilton Is­land triathlon. IN­SET: Men’s win­ner Luke Wil­lian dur­ing a post-race in­ter­view.

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