Hobart triathlete too strong at Coles Bay

HOBART triathlete Hayden Armstrong took out the Coles Bay half ironman triathlon raced at Coles Bay yesterday on the iconic Freycinet Peninsula.

Armstrong was the first competitor to cross the finish line after completing the 1.9-kilometre swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run in a winning time of four hours, eight minutes and 39 seconds.

Launceston's Dylan Hill continued his excellent form this season with second place behind Armstrong in 4:19.07, with Burnie's John Woods third.

Launceston's Kate Pedley won the open women's half ironman in a time of 4:26.20.

Launceston's Melissa Clark was second with Hobart's Jenny Gillard third.

The winning team was the Midland Missiles made up of Mog Nicholson (swim), Alex Clarke (run) and Drapac Cycling team professional rider Will Clarke blitzing the 90km cycle leg in 2:00.59, at an average speed of 45km/h.

The sprint distance triathlon event contested over a 500m swim, 20km bike leg and 5km run was won by Launceston's Dylan Evans in 56:17, from Andrew Watson (57:36) and Jonathan Butler (58:47).

The women's sprint race went to Emma Smith in 1:10.59, from Sheila Barrett in 1:12.43.

"It's been really warm down here - it started out overcast with no wind but once the sun came out it was very hot conditions," race director Paul Turner said.

"We had about 300 competitors all up, which was up on last year, with a lot more females this year particularly in the long-course race and a big percentage of mainlanders as well."

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