Kiwi pro claims Challenge win

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New Zealand pro athlete Jamie Whyte has nabbed the coveted first place spot in the Challenge Wanaka triathlon yesterday (Saturday).

Whyte stormed home in 9hr 3min 53sec – more than four minutes ahead of second place-getter Aussie Courtney Ogden.

About 266 individual competitors battled in the gruelling race involving a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run.

First female to cross the line was world-renowned Australian triathlete Belinda Granger, who also won Challenge Wanaka 2007, in 10:26:17sec.

Team Tri Stars – made up of Kiwi marathon champ Shireen Crumpton, Youth Olympic triathlon gold medallist, Aaron Barclay, and Challenge Wanaka champion Richard Ussher – took out the team title, finishing in 8:51:15sec.

All-Queenstown mixed team The Easy Tigers – Paul Faulkner, Joni Bentham and Simon Green – came fourth in their category, an hour behind the winning trio.

In the Lake Wanaka half ironman, David Plew flew across the finish in 4:21:58sec, while Britta Martin was the leading lady with a time of 4:44:08sec.