Dean, McAuley sprint home
Harrison Dean dominated race two in the Nelson Triathlon Club's summer sprint series at Rabbit Island on Saturday, but he had to overcome determined fightbacks on the bike section from Christchurch triathlete John Newsom and Nelson's Jon Linyard.
Nelson College for Girls exchange student Elisabeth Hilfenhaus, of Germany, was in the frame at the start, leaving the water side by side with Nelson's Pogo McAuley and getting off to an early start on the cycle leg, but McAuley is the world silver medallist in her age group over this distance and she showed her class, establishing a good lead on the bike section.
After a disappointing race in Wanaka the previous week, Dean was on fire in the 750m swim, running up the beach and into the bike transition area in 11min 43sec.
On the eve of his 15th birthday, the Waimea College student showed what a talent he's becoming, entering transition after 13min 1sec, just ahead of Linyard, Newsom, and Ben Tuck.
Newsom and Linyard had marginally faster times than Dean over the 20km bike circuit, with Hayden Squance losing a minute to hold fourth spot as the leaders set off on the 5.3km run.
Dean's run time of 18.21 compared to Newsom's 19.04, Linyard's 19.44 and Squance's 20.54, but some sharp times were also recorded by Josh Barber (18.40), and 53-year-old Wayne Leighton (20.32).
The final results for the men were: Dean 1.04.34 1, Newsom 1.06.41 2, Linyard 1.07.41, Squance 1.09.25 4, Tuck 1.13.39 5, Barber 1.13.59 6, Leighton 1.14.01 7.
McAuley's bike time was the sixth fastest in the race, and it gave her an unassailable lead over Hilfenhaus. The German girl came under further attack from a determined Carol Cooper, who clawed back two minutes in the bike and run sections.
In the end McAuley's majestic performance left no doubt about who was the top woman as she swept to victory in 1.15.08, ahead of Hilfenhaus (1.19.13) and a fast-finishing Cooper (1.20.53).
Alyssa Matheson dropped in from Singapore to fill the fourth women's spot in 1.24.46, just ahead of Kim Waddell (1.24.55), and Maria Voigt (1.26.03).
The short triathlon was won by 13-year-old Brooke Matheson, a rising star who is looking stronger in every race.
Gabrielle Hannen and Felix Florath took the next places.
In the duathlon options, Louis Clarke won the long option.
Paul Howell came in first in the short race ahead of Karen Berge and Rebecca Wasley.