Blast ham­pers ath­letes

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Pow­er­ing through high winds, Wanaka mul­ti­sport ath­lete turned triath­lete Dou­gal Al­lan se­cured a third place fin­ish in Wanaka at the Tri New Zealand Sov­er­eign Se­ries in Wanaka on Sun­day.

Al­lan, who crossed the line in a time of 2.03.24, was pipped by Craig Sav­age, of Christchurch, who fin­ished in 2.02.38, just seconds ahead of sec­ond placed Robert Huis­man, of South­land, who fin­ished in 2.03.13

Al­lan said his third place fin­ished was pleas­ing.

High winds blew through­out the event, putting ex­tra pres­sure on com­peti­tors.

‘‘It was hard, but I ex­pected it to be harder,’’ Al­lan said.

The swim, yet again, was his ‘‘weak­ness’’.

Al­lan said he was us­ing the event to train for Chal­lenge Wanaka next month.

He fin­ished third at the event last year, his first long-dis­tance triathlon.

‘‘Chal­lenge Wanaka went bet­ter last year than ex­pected, so it’s good mo­ti­va­tion,’’ Al­lan said.

Christchurch triath­lete Fiona Crom­bie was the first woman home in a time of 2.22.47.

The week­end’s event, which at­tracted more than 200 com­peti­tors, marked the re­turn of the na­tional sport­ing body to Wanaka after a year’s ab­sence.

Tri New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Waugh, said it was forced to pull the pin on the event after los­ing a spon­sor­ship deal with Con­tact En­ergy.

How­ever, with the support of Sov­er­eign the event could be put back on the cal­en­der.

‘‘We are re­ally pleased to be back here in Wanaka,’’ Waugh said.

Photo: CHE BAKER 630378609.

Pain bar­rier: Wanaka ath­lete Dou­gal Al­lan after cross­ing the fin­ish line in third place, at the Tri New Zealand Sov­er­eign Se­ries in Wanaka.

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