Athletes tackle Jack’s Point tri


Jack’s Point was overrun with triathletes yesterday for the second time in a week for part four of the Southern Tri Series.

On Thursday the golf resort hosted the 2011 New Zealand Secondary School Triathlon Championships which were relocated from Christchurch after the devastating February 22 quake.

Queenstown multisport star in the making Fynn Thompson, 15, whizzed around the course for his second time on Saturday.

He came sixth in his age group at the national champs and then dominated the junior male sector of the Southern Tri Series two days later in just 1hr 08min 09sec, earning him second place overall.

Te Anau’s Neville Thorne was the first of about 60 contenders home from the 500m swim, 20km bike and 5km off-road run, taking out the open male section in 1:5.35sec.

Local lady Tanya Dromgool was the fastest open female in 1:11.00sec, with fellow Queenstowner Sue Mavor taking out the veteran female category. Mark Croft from Wanaka was the quickest male veteran home in 1:10.53sec.

Queenstown’s Rob Cook won the duathlon battle – a 1.7km off-road run, 20km bike and 5km run – in 1:13.58sec, while Viv Buchanan from Cromwell topped the women’s podium with her time of 1:21.15sec.

The Jack’s Point event was the fourth in the five-part Southern Tri Series, with the final race happening at Lake Hayes on Good Friday.