Wilde, Crombie win Wanaka Sovereign Tri race
About 260 athletes competed in windy conditions in Wanaka on Saturday for a qualifying spot in Triathlon New Zealand’s age group world championship teams.
The triathlon was held over the standard Olympic distance, with Hayden Wilde, of Whakatane, overcoming a puncture to win in 1:48:03. He also won his 18-19 year category.
Challenge Wanaka champion Dougal Allan, of Oamaru (1:48:22), used the triathlon as a shakedown for the long distance race in five weeks’ time, and finished close on Wilde’s heels.
‘‘I was really happy coming out of the top swim bunch and heading out on the bike first, not know- ing I had all time bike legend Dougal Allan chasing me,’’ Wilde said.
His puncture put him behind Allan but he managed to catch Allan’s tail after 5.5km on the run and brought it home on the final stretch.
Allan won the 30-34 year category. Wanaka’s Janus Staufenberg was four minutes back in third place (1:52:42) and second in the 18-19 age group.
Fiona Crombie, of Christchurch, was the fastest woman, in 2:07:05, and won her 30-34 age group. Wanaka’s Simone Maier was second in 2:09:41 and won the 35-39 age group. Third-placed Nicki McFadzien, of Christchurch, was about 30 seconds behind Maier.
Cardrona NZ team paralympian Corey Peters has won gold and silver medals in the first World Cup speed races of the para alpine skiing season in Innerkrems, Austria.
Conditions for the downhill were poor and the schedule was changed at the last minute.
Peters, the current down hill and super-G world champion, won by a fraction of a second (0.05 seconds) from the USA’s Andrew Kurka and Canada’s Kurt Oatway.
He added a silver medal in the super-G overnight on Saturday, finishing 0.62 seconds behind Switzerland’s Christoph Kunz.
Wanaka paralympian Adam Hall finished fourth and seventh in the men’s standing category.
The event was a Paralympic qualifier. They next race at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, on January 22.
Meanwhile, Wanaka freeskier Jossi Wells finished 10th in the final of the Slopestyle World Cup in France on Saturday. Halberg Award emerging talent nominee Finn Bilous, of Wanaka, qualified 19th and just missed out on the finals, which was won by Macrae Williams, of the US.
Tiarn Collins, of Queenstown and Carlos Garcia Knight of Christchurch were sixth and eighth respectively at the Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup in Austria.