Hodge wins title back-to-back

LAUNCESTON triathlete James Hodge made it back-to-back Bridport Triathlon titles with a comfortable victory in the Olympic-distance event yesterday.

The 2011 International Triathlon Union world age-group champion was first across the line completing a 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike ride and 10-kilometre run in a winning time of 1 hour, 48.30 seconds _ a race record. 

International competitor Fraser Cartmell, of Scotland, was second with Launceston mountain bike star Ben Mather third.

Cartmell is a professional triathlete and part of Tasmanian international ironman Joe Gambles' KthSwiss team.

The women's Olympic-distance race was won by Launceston's Kate Pedley who took the lead about 8km into the running leg to hold off Bridgenorth's Melissa Clark with Hobart's Jenny Gillard third.

The winning team was the Green Tree Hugging Vegetarians composed of international cyclist Richie Porte, Gambles and Peter Milner.

The sprint race of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run went to Launceston's Dylan Evans from Jonathan Butler and Hobart's Charles Harward.

Launceston's Millie Chapman won the women's sprint race with Annie McGregor second and Annie Gunn third.

About 180 competitors took part in the event raced in perfect conditions early in the morning_ a record for the triathlon.

It included more than 20 children in the Trystar race at 7.15am.

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