The 'little Kiwi' who won

Last updated 05:00 05/12/2013

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Wanaka triathlete Tony Dodds has won the men's elite category of the first triathlon to be raced in the centre of Hong Kong.

The New Zealand representative, who has a world ranking of 41, ran an impressive race, leading from start to finish, and showing excellent form despite only getting back into training two weeks ago.

Coming out of the water 30 seconds ahead of the pack he proceeded to gain a 40-second lead on second place during the bike, coming across the finish line with a 90-second lead on runner-up Simon Agoston (Austria).

Dodds finished with a time of 01:24:49.

The event attracted more than 300 international and local participants, including Olympic athletes Daniil Sapunov and Yuliya Yelistratova (Ukraine), Jose Silva (Portugal), Simon Agostron (Austria), Yuichi Hosoda (Japan) and Vladimir TurBaevskiy (Russia).

"Hong Kong was an amazing place to have a triathlon, and the event itself was organised well. I am ecstatic with the first place result and look forward to returning again next year to defend my championship title," said Dodds, who has become something of a minor celebrity in Hong Kong after the win.

"It was amazing how much publicity I got in the local papers there, they were calling me 'the little Kiwi'," he said.

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