Monday, March 14, 2011

Tasmanian's on Fire in New Zealand

After seeing Hayden Armstrong finish an impressive 14th overall at the New Zealand Ironman and CCTM members Josh Cox complete his first ironman in 9 and a half hours and Jon Woods qualify for the Hawaiian Ironman, Tasmania has again had some success this weekend at the ITU Oceania Triathlon championships this weekend.

Dylan Evans from Launceston finished 2nd to win the silver medal in the ITU Junior category at the ITU Oceania Triathlon Championships in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday.

The silver medal puts Dylan into contention for selection into the Australian Elite Junior Triathlon team to compete at the ITU Beijing World Championships in September.

Under ITU rules only 3 athletes can be selected into Australian Elite Junior team and with 1 spot already confirmed by national junior champion Scott Llewellyn (NSW) the other 2 spots are wide open with 4-5 athletes now in the selectors minds.

Dylan had a solid swim in the cold Wellington harbour to be 20th out of the water but moved quickly through transition to join the main chase pack with race leaders Jack Hickey (NSW), Youth Olympic Games Gold medallist Aaron Barclay (NZL) and Cameron Todd (NZL). The lead group of three kept a 30second lead to start the run. Evans had a slow transition and lost time to the lead runners and dropped back to 6th place at the start of the run. At this time Brisbane’s Matt Brown made his move opening up a race winning lead in the first km of the race. Evans found his form and moved quickly onto the lead group of runners before easing past one by one. Over the remaining km’s he made his move and dropped the chasing athletes and set his sights on the race leader. Evans ran a blistering sub 16min 5km to fall 15seconds short of the Oceania Championships title and a possible automatic qualification  into the Australian team.

1st     Matt Brown    Queensland    00.58.56
2nd    Dylan Evans   Tasmania       00.59.09

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