Wanaka ath­lete wins at Taupo

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

DARRYL CAREY

Braden Cur­ries fin­ishes the Iron­man 70.3 at Taupo last Satur­day.

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