Clark, Baker star in age-group competition

18:18, Dec 17 2012

Taranaki triathletes Shorty Clark and Joy Baker scored wins in their age groups in Rotorua on Saturday.

The event was the first of the Tri New Zealand Contact Energy series.

Competing over the standard Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run), Baker won the women's 60-64 years race in 3 hours 21 minutes 57 seconds, with Clark first home in the men's 60-64 years race in 2hr 51min 42sec.

In the sprint triathlon event (750m swim, 20km bike and 5.5km run), Taranaki's Max Hardie-Boys and Mick McBeth finished second in their respective age groups. Hardie-Boys, in the men's 18-19 years division, finished in 1hr 15min 33sec, with McBeth claiming second in the men's 25-29 years race in 1hr 24min 49sec.

Two other Taranaki triathletes recorded top-10 finishes over the sprint distance. John Doucette was sixth in the men's 45-49 years race in 2hr 8min 29sec and Emma Doucette fourth in the women's 40-44 years race in 2hr 7min 33sec.

Kinloch's Graham O'Grady won the open men's race, with Waikato's Rachel Hamill taking the open women's race title.

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