Armstrong powers across line

CLEAR skies greeted a field of about 150 adults and 50 juniors for the third race of the Tasmanian Triathlon Series at Seven Mile Beach yesterday.

The race also incorporated the Tasmanian Sprint Triathlon Championships, with valuable points on offer towards qualification for the 2013 Australian Sprint Triathlon Team.

The men's race was fast and furious with Devonport junior athlete Fraser Lyon leading after the swim.

On the bike leg Hobart's Hayden Armstrong, fresh from winning his age group at the Asia Pacific 70.3 championships in Auckland, asserted his dominance and took the lead.

In the end, Armstrong won convincingly from Launceston's Dylan Hill, who continues his rise in the sport.

Victorian Carl Fannon was third across the line.

In the women's race outstanding Launceston junior triathlete Natalea Smith won in convincing fashion from Stephanie Bodak, with Launceston's Sarah Ellis finishing third.

Launceston's Millie Chapman was the first junior female across the line from Emily Scott, with Devonport's Fraser Lyon winning the junior male category from Hobart's Charles Haward and Zack Harris.

Hobart's Terry Moore took out the veteran male category from Paul Bidgood and Phil Murrell and the veteran female category was won by West Australian Elizabeth Sinclair from Hobart's Jen Gillard and Caroline Haffenden-Wilson.

A trystars aquathlon was held before the senior event. This was followed by a super sprint event with Launceston's Kier Crooks and Hobart's Maddie Fasnacht taking out line honours.

Full results can be found at www.triathlonsouth.com.au.

Race 4 of the series will be the Coles Bay long-course triathlon on Saturday, February 16. The series ends with the Devonport Triathlon on Saturday, February 23.

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