Triathletes fight through tough conditions

Tuesday May 08, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Adrian Cooling of Team HRH, which fi nished second in a time of 1 hr 20:07 mins – 32:31 mins in swim and 47:37 mins in the run. 18050753 Adrian Cooling of Team HRH, which fi nished second in a time of 1 hr 20:07 mins – 32:31 mins in swim and 47:37 mins in the run. 18050753

Adverse weather on Saturday provided a tough challenge for the competitors in the 24th Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon.

The 1.5 kilometre went ahead as scheduled, but the 41km cycling was cancelled due to the torrential rain.

Participants went straight into the 10km run after the swimming event in their bid to win the main prize.

New Zealander Sam Kettle fought his way through to finish first in the swim in a time of 24 minutes 57 seconds. This gave him a perfect start to the 10km run which he finished in a time of 39:05 minutes to record the fastest time of 1 hour 4:02 minutes.

Harriet Browning who finished her two events in 1 hr 9:38 mins was the first woman and local participant to cross the finish line. She recorded a time of 27:13 mins in the swim and 42:25 mins in the run.

Top local male triathlete Roland Neururer was third overall with a time of 1 hr 12:57 mins. He recorded 29:57 mins in the swim and 43 mins in the run.

The team category went to Team Pukekohe Travel who clocked 31:58 mins in swim and 40:55 mins in the run for a total time of 1 hr 12:53 mins.

Team HRH finished second in a time of 1 hr 20:07 mins – 32:31 mins in swim and 47:37 mins in the run.

The third place went to Team Clayton who managed 29:12 mins in swim and 52:20 mins in the run for a total time of 1 hr 21:32 mins.

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