Campbell Hanson and Olivia Bird power to triathlon club's Olympic distance titles

Men's winner Campbell Hanson in action during the cycle leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship ...
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Men's winner Campbell Hanson in action during the cycle leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at Rabbit Island.

Out-of-town triathletes Campbell Hanson and Olivia Bird dominated in the Kiwi Multisport-sponsored Nelson Tri Club Olympic distance triathlon championships at Rabbit Island on Sunday.

The change in the weather was good for the farmers, the fire risk and probably the economy, but it didn't do a lot for sports fixtures.

It was the rough seas that scuppered the swim course, although the sprinkling of surfers on hand seemed to be enjoying the conditions

Women's winner Olivia Bird in action during the run leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at ...
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Women's winner Olivia Bird in action during the run leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at Rabbit Island.

Fifteen minutes before the scheduled 7am start, the 1500m swim was called off, making it a duathlon.

Instead, the first section of the race became a 5km run, with Sydney-based Hanson, a former Nelson College student, clocking 17minutes 46seconds for a two minute advantage over Glenn Bathgate, Neil Green, Olivia Bird, Jon Linyard, Stu Cottam and Graeme Sellars and Charlie Squance.

Bird, a former Nelson College for Girls student now living in Christchurch, was following up on her Dun Run success here in October, as she built an early lead of more than a minute over Eileen Searle, Jane Orbell and Renee Hunt.

Maria Voigt in action during the cycle leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at Rabbit Island, ...
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Maria Voigt in action during the cycle leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at Rabbit Island, Nelson.

Hanson continued his domination on the 40km bike course with a snappy ride of just over 1hr 3min, six minutes clear of Roger Matheson, riding in a team with runner Fran Harris, Linyard and Green.

Bathgate slid out on a tight corner in the wet conditions and later abandoned with a few abrasions.

Hanson was hardly dented by the first two legs of the event, reeling off a brisk final 10km run in 37min 17sec to cross the line in a sharp 1hr 58min 36sec.

Anthea Lees in action during the cycle leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at Rabbit Island.
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Anthea Lees in action during the cycle leg of the Nelson Triathlon Club standard distance championship at Rabbit Island.

Linyard and Green came off their bikes together, setting off stride for stride on the final run course.

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It was Green who surprised, with big gains evident over the past 12 months as he opened up a gap over more than two minutes over Linyard.

Bird was in hot pursuit, finishing 15 seconds back to take fourth place and a win in the women's race by seven minutes over Orbell, Searle and Hunt.

With a sprint distance option which became a 2.5km run, 20km bike, 5km run affair, teenager Hayden Squance was never likely to be challenged, as he ran a very quick opening run in 8min 30sec, followed by a 34min bike ride and a final run of 18min 45sec to win by ten minutes from Wayne Leighton - never a slouch in any company.

It was a further five minutes back to Anthony Mollo, followed by the leading woman Yvonne Shaw with Barb Pauling, competing as a team with husband Steve, very close behind.

Under-14 competitor Luke Clatworthy nailed the short event from Sarah Sturm and Rosie Waddell.

 - Stuff

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