A tight race to the finish line
ROCKHAMPTON'S Wayne Clifford has made a successful return to triathlons.
In his first race since representing the Australian age team at the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii last October, Clifford claimed line honours after a 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run in round five of the Tuckers Cycle Inn/Sportsco triathlon at Rydges Capricorn Resort yesterday.
Clifford (1:10.17) won from Rockhampton's Brian McLeod (1:10.31) and Yeppoon's Peter O'Shaugnessy (1:12.41).
McLeod held a 25 second lead out of the water from O'Shaugnessy, followed by Clifford and Moura's Shane Vivian.
It was a race to forget for Vivian.
Coming out of the water he stepped in a hole and rolled his ankle before battling on only to reach the transition area to find his bike had a flat tyre.
Vivian changed the tyre and tried to run but was too sore and withdrew from the race.
Clifford picked up McLeod on the first lap of the bike and was never headed, but was well aware of McLeod's finishing power.
"I heard the crowd yelling and had to crank it up a gear,'' Clifford said.
Rockhampton's Haylee Ford led the women's race the entire way until Gladstone's Pru Oswin, pipped Ford on the line to win by two seconds. Oswin won in 1:14.06 from Ford (1:14.08) and Rockhampton's Sonya Murphy (1:19.12). The race attracted about 70 starters.