Kiwi woman is a world cham­pion

Hawai­ian com­pe­ti­tion a show­case for New Zealand mul­ti­sport tal­ent

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka Olympian Nicky Sa­muels has added another world ti­tle to her name af­ter blitz­ing the com­pe­ti­tion at the Xterra World Cham­pi­onships in Hawaii last week. Fel­low rider Braden Cur­rie recorded the best fin­ish for a kiwi males in seven years. Sa­muels, who fin­ished 35th in the triathlon at the Lon­don Olympics, won the Korean leg of the 2012 triathlon World Cup and the world aquathon ti­tle in Auck­land in the same year, crossed the fin­ish line in a time of 2:57:48, about two min­utes ahead of Les­ley Pater­son of the United States, who placed sec­ond. More than 650 ath­letes from across the globe took part in the world’s pre­mier off-road triathlon which in­volved a 1.5 kilo­me­tre rough wa­ter swim, 30.4km moun­tain­bike ride and a 9.5km trail run. Sa­muels’ mo­ti­va­tion to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion was the chance to hol­i­day with her aunt who has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, as well as her hus­band and par­ents who went along to see her take the ti­tle. her win was not the only suc­cess by a Wanaka ath­lete at the event with Braden Cur­rie able to over­come a moun­tain­bike crash which re­sulted in six stitches to his chin to place fifth in the men’s race. It was the best re­sult a New Zealand male has had in the race since Hamish Carter took out the ti­tle in 2006. Cur­rie said he was happy with the re­sult from the strong line-up. ‘‘I was im­pressed with my swim. I put a lot of time and ef­fort into that,’’ Cur­rie said. ‘‘Not such a great moun­tain­bike [sec­tion] as I think I found the big­gest tree on the course mak­ing for stitches in the chin,’’ he said. He con­tin­ued the race af­ter the fall with a gash and said the fall would set him back about 20 sec­onds. He fin­ished the course in 2:39:05, about four and a half min­utes be­hind the over­all win­ner. Af­ter re­turn­ing to New Zealand for one night, Cur­rie headed to Perth where he com­peted in the a mul­ti­sport ad­ven­ture race. His next goal would be com­pet­ing in the Swisse Mark Web­ber Tas­ma­nia Chal­lenge on Novem­ber 27.

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Rough rider: Wanaka Olympian Nicky Sa­muels com­petes dur­ing the Xterra World Cham­pi­onships in Hawaii.

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