Dunedin's Pohl shows his class in Wanaka

A southerly wind added an extra challenge for the 50 competitors who took part in the The Central Sport 3:9:3 in Wanaka yesterday.

The 300m swim, 9.6km bike and 3km run event was held by the Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club as part of the satellite events held in conjunction with Challenge Wanaka.

It was the first time the event was held after Triathlon New Zealand opted not to bring a round of its national series back to Wanaka this year.

Race director Sally Hayes said triathletes of all abilities took part in the event which had been a great start to the competition year. "It's a good hit out for them," she said.

Dunedin's Andy Pohl, 24, took out the Tri Men's section of the race in a time of 30 minutes and 14 seconds.

"It was a fun little event for a tune up later in the year," Pohl said.

The Tri Women's section was won by Laura Wood while the Tri Girls and Tri Boys, for competitors under 19, was won by Arlia Schurr and Will Sutherland.

The race's future involvement in the buildup to Challenge Wanaka would be determined by whether the national series returned to Wanaka.

The Southland Times