Triathlete triumphs again


Queenstown triathlete Adam Wilson’s on a roll after securing two top-20 finishes in big races in the last month.

Wilson, 36, came 18th out of 471 runners in the men’s race at the Ironman 70.3 Taupo event on Saturday, winning bronze in the 35-39 age group.

He finished the race in just under four hours and 30 minutes, just weeks after securing a 15th place finish at the Queenstown International Marathon.

Wilson says: “To place in the top 20, including the professionals, is pretty cool.

“It’s always a good feeling.”

Competitors took on a 1.9 kilometre swim in Lake Taupo, a 90km bike ride and a 21.1km run around the scenic lake before crossing the finish-line.

Wilson was pipped at the post by this year’s Queenstown International Marathon winner, Daniel Jones, of Wellington, who finished 17th.

Queenstowner Paul Preston finished 26th in the men’s race.

Wilson says he’s now eyeing up the Lake Hayes Triathlon and has qualified to race in the Ironman 70.3 Nice event in France next September.