Matamata's McPherson beaten at Whangamata

Last updated 05:00 04/01/2014

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Matamata triathlete Kieran McPherson finished second in the Whangamata round of the New Zealand Tri Series yesterday.

Having finished second to Cameron Brown at the Shorebreak Surfbreaker triathlon at Mt Maunganui last Saturday, McPherson was again runner-up, this time to Auckland's Alexi Petrie.

Petrie was too quick on the 40-kilometre cycle leg, pulling away from McPherson, and the 21-year-old Matamata athlete could not pull the lead back on his favoured run leg.

After the 1500m swim, Petrie and Matt Franklin had a lead over McPherson and the pack, but Franklin had to pull out midway through the cycle while battling illness.

"I was hurting a little on the second lap of the bike, they pulled away a bit and it was just too much for me to run down," McPherson said.

"I saw that Matt had pulled out but it was just too far to catch up on the run."

Petrie said he was pleased to get his first win in the series.

"I am stoked; this is my best result to date and now I have finished uni I am keen to have a real crack at the season, so this is great."

Petrie crossed the finish line in two hours, five minutes and 35 seconds, while McPherson finished in 2:06:21.

Hamilton's Lynn Hodgkinson was third in the women's event, finishing the course in 2:28:31, 3 1/2 minutes behind winner Natasha Bowyer of Auckland.

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- Waikato Times

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