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