Gen­tle claims her se­cond Noosa crown

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MOD­ESTLY ap­proach­ing the world triathlon sprint cham­pi­onships, Matthew Wol­s­ten­croft said there were no sheep sta­tions at stake – but the bat­tle with his mates was para­mount.

On his way to se­cur­ing se­cond in the 45-49 age group at the Gold Coast’s ITU Age Group Sprint World Cham­pi­onships last month, he not only se­cured a podium fin­ish but also trumped good friend Nathan Fitza­k­er­ley.

Wol­s­ten­croft, a doc­tor at Mooloolaba, fin­ished the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in a scorch­ing time of 1hr 1min 1sec (9:55, 29:46, 17:33). He was 54 sec­onds ahead of Fitza­k­er­ley (9:24, 29:37, 19:10) who was eighth in the 40-44 divi­sion.

He main­tained his form in the stan­dard dis­tance event three days later, again get­ting across the fin­ish be­fore his good mate.

Chloe McLen­nan sur­prised her­self to win the women’s 16-19 divi­sion in a time of 1:04:37 (10:16, 31:52, 18:57). The 15-year-old (1:04.37) didn’t re­alise un­til she crossed the line that she had ac­tu­ally won.

McLen­nan lives and goes to school in Bris­bane and trains with Noosa’s Race Pace Club un­der ex­pe­ri­enced coach Peter McKen­zie and his daugh­ter, former cham­pion triath­lete Jacqui McKen­zie.

She didn’t re­alise the ath­letes in front of her were ac­tu­ally from an­other age group.

“When I jumped on the bike I hon­estly thought I was in the se­cond pack,” she said. “I didn’t know I was in the lead the whole way…I thought I was com­ing 10th or some­thing, so it’s pretty cool to know.

“On the bike we all worked re­ally well in the pack and on the run I just gave it all I had. I didn’t re­alise I was in the lead un­til they put the ban­ner across the line.”

McLen­nan qual­i­fied au­to­mat­i­cally for the cham­pi­onships with a win in the Gold Coast Triathlon (con­verted to a duathlon). She has raced around Bris­bane and in­ter-state.

Bri­anna Thomas claimed a bronze in the women’s 20-24 age group with an ef­fort of 1:06:45 (11:51, 32:45, 18:08).

In other strong Coast per­for­mances, Michael Hooper was sev­enth in the 20-24 age group and Warana’s Ryan Devlin was sev­enth in the 25-29 age group. Coast re­sults Michael Hooper 1:00:17 (sev­enth M 20-24) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Academy (9:37, 29:36, 17:48). Matthew Wol­s­ten­croft 1:01:01 (se­cond M 45-49) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Academy (9:55, 29:46, 17:33).

Ben Hol­land 1:01:54 (10th M 30-34) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Club (10:59, 29:32, 17:29).

Nathan Fitza­k­er­ley 1:01:55 (eighth M 40-44) At­las Mul­tisports (9:24, 29:37, 19:10).

Ryan Devlin 1:02:02 (sev­enth M 25-29) Warana (10:57, 30:02, 16:58). Jor­dan Gover 1:03:01 (sixth M 45-49) Sun­shine Coast Tri Academy (9:56, 29:51, 19:30).

Chloe McLen­nan 1:04:37 (first F 16-19) Race Pace Coach­ing (10:16, 31:52, 18:57). Dmitri Si­mons 1:04:52 (20th M 45-49) Noosa Tri Club (10:58, 30:08, 19:23). Adrian Lo­vatt 1:05:40 (11th M 50-54) Caloun­dra Triathlon Club (11:29, 31:35, 18:13).

Bri­anna Thomas 1:06:45 (third F 20-24) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Club (11:51, 32:45, 18:08). Chloe Turner 1:07:56 (fourth F 25-29) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Academy (10:23, 33:49, 19:54).

Alice Latham 1:09:40 (14th F 30-34) At­las Mul­tisports (10:15, 33:17, 21:32). Mad­di­son Dut­ton 1:11:44 (14th F 20-24) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Academy (11:04, 33:18, 23:00).

Ta­nia Gover 1:12:02 (15th F 40-44) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Academy (11:49, 34:28, 21:42).

Emma Dann 01:13:15 (35th F 16-19) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Club (11:29, 33:33, 24:14).

Mau­reen Cum­mings 1:16:17 (14th F 55-59) Sun­shine Coast Triathlon Academy (11:09, 34:32, 25:56). Inna Atkin­son 1:17:08 (42nd F 45-49) At­las Mul­tisports (12:55, 34:58, 23:43). Penny Hearn 1:25:06 (fourth F 65-69) Noosa Tri Club (14:27, 37:55, 26:17).

PHO­TOS: TRIATHLON AUS­TRALIA

SUR­PRISE WIN: Chloe McLen­nan, who trains on the Sun­shine Coast, won the women's 16-19 divi­sion at the ITU Age Group Sprint World Cham­pi­onships.

Melissa Charl­ton rac­ing in the stan­dard dis­tance age groupcham­pi­onships.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Sil­ver medal win­ner Matthew Wol­s­ten­croft.

Lucy Bow­den dur­ing the stan­dard dis­tance race.

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