Wanaka athlete wins at Taupo
Wanaka multisporter Braden Currie won the Ironman Taupo 70.3 triathlon last weekend, successfully kickstarting a campaign to claim his fourth Coast to Coast in February.
Currie finished in 3:52:44, 33 seconds clear of runner-up, Mike Phillips of Christchurch.
Former Wanaka athlete Dougal Allan, now of Oamaru, was seventh.
Currie was fifth at the end of the 90km bike leg and produced the fastest half marathon time to secure the victory.
He also produced the fastest swim time.
Currie said he was pleasantly surprised by the swim result, as he had avoided pool training for two weeks after wounding his left hip in a 50kmh bike accident in Wanaka.
After dropping back on the bike stage, he ran hard to hit the lead half-way through the run and then battled with the determined Phillips to the finish.
‘‘I was pretty happy to to have taken the win today and it sets me up well for the months ahead,’’ he said.
Currie will next compete in the Port of Tauranga Half and the Defiance two day multisport race in January.
His win capped a tough year where he unsuccessfully bid for Olympic triathlon selection and then amassed a series of titles in long distance triathlon and Xterra races.
Braden Curries finishes the Ironman 70.3 at Taupo last Saturday.