Currie third home in Asia Pacific 70.3
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.
Hamish McLean is contemplating moving to Auckland to study and swim.