Hill leads the Tasmanian charge in Canberra ironman

DYLAN Hill was one of three Tasmanians to finish in the top 15 at the Canberra 70.3 Ironman on Sunday.

Hill, 27, won his 25-29 age group in four hours, seven minutes and 47 seconds and finished eighth overall.

Meanwhile, his Launceston compatriot James Hodge ended up third and Hobart's Hayden Armstrong claimed the 30-34 category and accomplished 13th overall in 4:11.18.

Hill has been competitively tackling triathlons for the past two years and trained hard for what he considered a ``pleasing'' Canberra result.

``I felt quite good heading into it,'' Hill said yesterday.

``My bike and my run were my two strengths on the day and I made a lot of time up on the bike then used my main strength, the run, to finish it off.

Hill completed the 1.9-kilometre swim ninth fastest in his category, moved up six places following the 90.1km ride and brought it home with 1:18.03 in the 21.1km run.

Hill automatically qualified for September's 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon held in Canada, but said: ``I not sure if I will be going yet''.

Earlier in the year, Hill won the Noosa Olympic distance triathlon and finished third in the Coles Bay half ironman.

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