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World champion again
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
TRIATHLON - ANOTHER world champion was added to Gisborne’s rich sporting history although this one has tasted the honour before.
Stephen Sheldrake won the 35-39 years men’s division of the world age group triathlon championships in downtown Auckland yesterday.
Teenager Tayler Reid made it a Gisborne medal double with third placing in the 16-19 years men’s sprint distance.
Sheldrake, 39, led his division out of the 1500m swim leg of the Olympic distance race and was never headed from there.
He consolidated his lead in the 40km cycle and cruised to victory in the 10km run in a total time of 2 hours 4 minutes 48 seconds — 1½ minutes clear of the runner-up in his age group and sixth out of the entire field.
Former professional ironman Sheldrake added the 2012 age group crown to the 30-34yrs title he won at the 2007 worlds in Germany.
Reid led his division after a superb 750m swim — the second-fastest over all age groups in the sprint distance race — and was second after the 20km cycle.
He hit the front at the start of the 5km run after the leader went the wrong way at the transition but Reid was caught at the halfway mark by the eventual winner, and again near the finishing stretch by the silver medallist.
Reid, who turned 16 earlier this month and was possibly the youngest competitor in the field, clocked 1:04.11.
Four other Gisborne competitors competed in the age group champs.
Trish McBreen was 20th in the 40-45yrs women’s division (Olympic distance) in 2:39.56; Nan Baker was 26th in the 40-44yrs women’s division (Olympic) in 2:38.23; Shane Clapperton was 24th in the 45-49yrs men’s division (sprint distance) in 1:14.22 and Reid’s mother Jackie Clapperton was 59th in the 40-44yrs women’s division in 1:34.09.
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