Wanaka Olympian Nicky Samuels has won the aquathon world title in Auckland.
Samuels, who finished 35th in the triathlon at London 2012 and won the Korean leg of this year's triathlon World Cup in Korea, kicked off a week of elite multisport in Downtown Auckland today by winning the women's aquathon title.
The dual discipline event, contested over a 1km swim and a 5km run, saw Samuels take the tape comfortably ahead of Emma Davis.
Ireland's Davis lead the race out of the water, but Samuels, who is also the national road cycling champion, was able to hit the run first thanks to a slicker transition and was then able to push away from Davis.
Croatia's Tea Milos finished third.
In the elite men's aquathon, Slovakia's Richard Varga took the honours ahead of Great Britain's Richard Stannard. Ognjen Stojanovic of Serbia was third.
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