Cur­rie third home in Asia Pa­cific 70.3

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

Wanaka triath­lete Braden Cur­rie was third in the Iron­man 70.3 Asia-Pa­cific Cham­pi­onship in Western Sydney on Novem­ber 26.

Cur­rie surged from eighth place af­ter the 1.9km swim, to join the front run­ners but was gunned down by even­tual win­ner Dan Wil­son and the sec­ond-place get­ter Tim Reed, both of Aus­tralia.

Reed is a for­mer Iron­man 70.3 world cham­pion and two-time Asia-Pa­cific cham­pion.

Wil­son was the de­fend­ing cham­pion on the Western Sydney course.

Cur­rie was de­lighted to fin­ish in a per­sonal best time of 3:43:33, two sec­onds be­hind Reed.

He was un­sure if he would be in top form af­ter com­pet­ing in the Iron­man world cham­pi­onships in Hawaii in Oc­to­ber, fol­lowed by the Xterra world cham­pi­onships two weeks later.

‘‘I was re­ally happy with my re­sult today. It’s good to be back on the podium, amongst this su­per classy field.

‘‘We pushed each other to set some fast times over this flat, quick course and I was stoked to record my per­sonal best 70.3 time,’’ Cur­rie says.

Cur­rie’s next race is Iron­man Taupo 70.3 in two weeks’ time.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Hamish McLean is con­tem­plat­ing mov­ing to Auck­land to study and swim.

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