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2XU Triathlon Series – Race 1 wrap

Triathlon returned to Melbourne this weekend as race one of the 2XU Triathlon Series officially opened the 2020-21 season in St Kilda.

It’s been 11 months since a significant triathlon event has been staged in Victoria after the 2019-20 season ended abruptly due to COVID-19 which saw sport across the state subsequently shutdown.

In our effort to safely return to racing, strict protocols were in place as events move to a COVIDsafe environment. Triathlon Victoria and event organiser O2 Events have worked tirelessly for several months, consulting with the Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Port Phillip, to refine event operations, course layouts, and event village requirements to meet government requirements.

Those racing were greeted with brisk bayside conditions after a cold front swept across Melbourne on Friday night and Saturday. The arrive, race, and leave event structure saw Catani Gardens take on a new-look layout to reduce people gathering and promote social distancing.

The morning started with the Fun Tri, followed by the Olympic distance, sprint distance, and concluded with the Kids Tri at 10:15 am.

Taking out the Sprint (500m/26.7km/5km) in the Male Elite was Yoann Colin in a time of 1:10:11.7 followed by i4 Coaching’s Cassidy Shaw in second place with a time of 1:11:21.4 and Jeremy Drake from Geelong Performance Coaching in 1:11:55.5for a third-place finish.

Riviera Triathlon Club’s Charlotte McShane took out the Female Elite in a time of 1:16:49.4, edging out young gun Emma Hogan who placed second in 1:16:59.3, while Grace Thek, who also races under the Riviera Triathlon Club, finished third with a time of 1:19:07.2

In the men’s Olympic distance (1.5km/40km/10km), Levi Hauwert took finishing line honours in 2:01:14.4, followed by Jeremy Robinson in 2:02:18.4 and Mack Kennedy from the Hawthorn Triathlon Club placing third in a time of 2:04:17.4.

In the women’s, Melbourne Triathlon Club’s Laura Armstrong took the win in 2:10:01.0, while Greensborough Triathlon Club’s Nicola Wadey and Alice Potashnyk took home two and three, with a time of 2:26:55.2 and 2:42:04.3 respectively.

For a full list of results, please visit the 2XU Triathlon Series website.

Race one of the series is a Triathlon Australia Age Group ITU World Championship Qualifier, which will see the top-25 athletes in each age group awarded points towards qualification for the Australian Age Group Team World Championships in August 2021.

The 2XU Triathlon Series will head to Sandringham for race two on Sunday 31 January 2021. To register, please visit the event website.

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