Winner Finn Turley of Rockhampton sprints for the finish during the Tannum Triathlon event at Tannum Sands.
Winner Finn Turley of Rockhampton sprints for the finish during the Tannum Triathlon event at Tannum Sands. DERRICK DEN HOLLANDER

McLeod in hospital after crash

BRIAN McLeod was ready to hit the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon track at Tannum Sands on Sunday and show why he is in the big league, but now the semi-professional athlete lies in the Rockhampton hospital.

On Saturday the 19-year-old was training for race five of the Tuckers Cycle Inn Series but as he soared down the hill on his bike at 50 kilometres an hour he crashed into a pile of rocks and seriously injured his leg.

Wayne Clifford of the Frenchville Frogs said McLeod went into surgery on Saturday for his injuries and may be released from the hospital today.

“It is a disappointing for him obviously, and also for us,” Clifford said.

McLeod, who has competed in international triathlons, returned home to Rockhampton for the Christmas holidays after training with the Australian Institute of Sport and was participating in the triathlon to catch up with his old club mates.

But now he will have to wait for recovery before he can compete in his loved sport again.

“You feel for him as a mate, and we will know more later on in the week on how he is going,” Clifford said.

“But time goes on, and we still had a sensational turn out at Tannum Sands.”

With the biggest turn out for the season, top competitors Ben Wriede and Fin Turley had their last opportunity to prove who would finish the year off on top.

And it was Fin Turley, who won the last race in Yeppoon, that yet again stole a massive lead in front on his biggest rival a little too easily.

Turley and Wriede came out of the water with only three seconds dividing them but by the end of the race Turley had gained another two minutes to end with one hour four minutes and 12 seconds.

“They are normally really close but Fin just had the edge on Ben,” Clifford said.

Wriede wasn’t on his game and had to then fight for his second place position.

Scott Lawton saw the opportunity and overtook Wriede to claim second place at 1;06.22 and Wriede at 1;06.42.

Ireland’s Ronan Foolkes had a remarkable race and made the leap up from tenth position from the swim leg to end in fourth place.

“It was a big improvement for Ronan. He was well back in tenth but gained it all back in the bike and run, it was quite a good effort,” he said.

The triathlon marks the final for the year but Clifford said after the huge success at Tannum sands, competitors can expect more races there.

“We will do it every December,” he said.

“It was a sensational turn out with about 120 people.”

The Frenchville Frogs will start competing again in February.



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