McLeod and Ford power to ?perfect? final wins
YOUTH is leading the way with Rockhampton secondary school student Brian McLeod winning yesterday's Tuckers Cycle Inn/SportsCo triathlon at Rydges Capricorn Resort at Yeppoon.
The Frenchville Frogs Triathlon Club event attracted 70 starters competing in perfect conditions in their final race of the season.
McLeod, 15, was first out of the swim 20 seconds clear of Yeppoon's Peter O'Shaugnessy with Moura's Shane Vivian a further 30 seconds back.
Vivian then made his move on the bike joining McLeod into the final run leg and McLeod only broke away with about 2km to the finish line.
McLeod (1:12.23) won from Vivian (1:13.04) and Gladstone world triathlon 50-54 years competitor Mike Dunstan (1:14.15).
Frenchville Frogs club president Wayne Clifford said at 15 McLeod was a huge talent and had a real eagerness to do triathlons.
The women's race, also contested over a 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run, appeared set for a close battle between Rockhampton's Haylee Ford and Brisbane's Jodie Spottiswood with the pair coming out of the water together.
However, Spottiswood again fell victim to bike problems with a flat tyre ending her race within the first few kilometres of the bike leg.
Ford (1:15.04), who also placed fourth overall, won from Rockhampton's Chris Galinovic (1:21.17) and Gladstone's Rebecca Josey (1:22.20).
In the short course race, a 375m swim, 10km ride and 2km run, Anthony Selwyn (37.30) won the men's event while Callie Davies (41.30) was the women's race winner.
The winning long course team was Team Sweden (1:17.20), consisting of Yeppoon's Nicole, Thomas and Helen Lindblon, while the short course winners were The Dogs (43.11) team of Narelle and Nicholas Sommerfield along with Corbin Reeves.