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Wigell wins back-to-back at Kingston SE Triathalon

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Elite Adelaide triathlete Chris Wigell claimed back to back titles in the SA Olympic Distance Championship at today’s Joggers World 2014 Kingston SE Triathlon. The 24 year old’s time of 1:57:20s fell just short of the olympic course record, but ensured that Wigell’s winning streak continues.

“I won Kingston last year and have pretty much won every single race since, including every SA triathlon this season. I’m in a good place, and it has been quite satisfying,” he said.

The event was the seventh race of the Triathlon SA State Series. Wigell described the 1.5-kilometre swim as the toughest Limestone Coast leg, but says he overcame the choppy seas to set up a strong lead for the run home.

“My strategy has always been to swim and bike quite hard in Kingston because it’s a course that certainly works for me, and to be able to have that four or five minute lead going into the run is ideal,” he says.

Sam Boag from the West Lakes ‘Lakers’ Triathlon Club was the first female across the line, finishing sixth overall in a time of 2:15:07, and the result was no surprise to event race caller Peter Nolan. “Sam Boag is in sizzling form – she is a gun,” he said.

Fellow Laker and 2012 winner Felicity Lloyd finished second for the women, while Mount Gambier athletes David Chant and Craig Dunn were the first local entrants to complete the olympic distance, posting equal times of 2:16:20. Summertown entrant Zak Wheaton was the overall winner of the Dan Luscombe Short Course (500m S, 13.3km C, 3.6km R), with Port Noarlunga’s Chloe Lane the first female and third overall placegetter.

“Special mention goes to Naracoorte’s Yvette Fisher, who was second woman overall and also won the 30-39 age group,“ says Kingston SE Triathlon Club president, Alison Stillwell.

A total of 451 athletes participated in the five different events held today, with the International Cycles Olympic Course attracting a record 185 entries. The Harrington for seven to 11 year olds also attracted a record 55 participants.

“Our committee is very happy that the event was embraced by such a large number of competitors, and feel reassured that those attending believe it’s an annual event they shouldn’t miss,” says Alison.

Courses in the Joggers World 2014 Kingston SE Triathlons:

International Cycles Olympic Course (1.5km S, 40km C, 10km R),

Dan Luscombe Short Course (500m S, 13.3km C, 3.6km R),

Kevin Wright Plumbing Come ‘n’ Tri Course (200m S, 7.3km C, 2.4km R),

Harrington 7-11 year olds (50m S, 3km C, 500m R)

RFDS Fun Run/Walk (6km/4km).

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