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Sprint to finish for Aussie

18 Mar 06 05:22

Australia's Bradley Kahlefeldt approaching the finish line to take the Men's Triathlon crown. 

Australia's Bradley Kahlefeldt
approaching the finish line to
take the Men's Triathlon crown. 

Australia’s Bradley Kahlefeldt has won the Men’s Triathlon with a tight race for second and third between Bevan Docherty from New Zealand and Australian Peter Robertson.

The winning time was 1:49:16.33 with an exhausted Docherty ten seconds behind in 1:49:26.44 closely followed by Robertson in 1:49:32.36.

The strategy for the Australian team was to push forward at the half way mark with teammate, Simon Thompson to lead the group on the bike. The gold medallist praised Thompson saying “All credit to Thommo for pushing the bike team.”

Following the race, Kahlefeldt, from the NSW town of Wagga Wagga said “It was the Commonwealth Games and I gave it everything.”

The crowd at St Kilda was extremely supportive of all competitors with Kahlefieldt enthusing after the race “The crowd just went nuts. I haven’t had that before.”

The race was neck and neck as competitors went into the final lap of the 40km cycle. A tight group of 16 led the field, all hopeful of a medal at the end of the 10km run.

Earlier in the event, England’s Timothy Don emerged first from the choppy sea off St Kilda, followed closely by Canada’s Paul Tichelaar and New Zealand’s Kris Gemmell.

Don entered this event as top seed with a world ranking of three, and made the first transition in a time of 17:43.17.

Of the three competing Australians Simon Thompson completed the swim in fourth pace, with Bradley Kahlefeldt in seventh and Peter Robertson in twelfth place.

Hamish Carter, New Zealand’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, made a good transition to the bike to move into 10th place. Carter won the bronze medal at the Manchester Games.

Canada’s Colin Jenkins lead into the 10km run, followed by Canadian Brent McMahon, Welshman Marc Jenkins, South Africa’s Hendrik De Villiers and Brad Storm.

For the latest results, visit the Schedules and Results section on this Website.

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