Nearly nine hours of hard work in the south of France has secured versatile Tasmanian athlete Cam Wurf another international triathlon podium.
Hobart’s 34-year-old rower-turned-cyclist-turned-triathlete set a record of 4 hours 32 minutes and 20 seconds for the 180-kilometre bike leg of the gruelling Ironman France in Nice.
Along with a 3.8km swim in the Mediterranean and a sprint finish to the 42.1km run along the Promenade des Anglais, it was enough to see Wurf to third place in an overall time of 8:39:14.
After competing in the lightweight double scull at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Wurf spent eight years as a pro cyclist, contesting two Grand Tours, before turning his focus to ironman triathlons.
Hobart duo Eddie Ockenden and Jeremy Edwards added to their tally of international caps as the Kookaburras beat Pakistan 2-1 at the Champions Trophy in The Netherlands.
Hobart cyclist Nathan Earle had the consolation of some stunning scenery over five gruelling stages of the Adriatica Ionica race in northern Italy.
The 30-year-old came in last of the 107 finishers into Trieste but was able to help his Israel Cycling Academy teammate Ben Hermans, of Belgium, to a podium finish on stage three.
“Some pretty specky countryside here in the Dolomites – suffered like a dog today,” Earle said on Twitter.
Tasmanian rowers landed gold and bronze medals at the world cup event in Austria.
Huon’s Sarah Hawe and her women’s four crewmates continued their all-conquering form to add victory to their world championship success.
And Tamar’s Ciona Wilson helped the Australian women’s eight to a bronze.
In the second of three world cups this year, numerous Australian crews contested finals in overcast conditions in Linz.
Hawe and crewmates Lucy Stephan, Rosie Popa and Molly Goodman claimed the country’s first medal of the regatta’s final day.
The crew sat in second behind Great Britain before making its move at the halfway mark.
As the boats entered the final 500 metres, Goodman upped the Australian stroke rate to 38 and put the crew comfortably into the lead. The South Australian then upped the rate again, this time to 40, to ensure the Australians secured their first gold medal of the international season in 6:30.83.
Victorian Stephan said the crew stuck to a carefully-prepared race plan.
“Our race was alright, but it wasn’t the best,” she said.
“We always say we want our worst to be better than everyone’s best, so we managed to do that today. Next we will be taking an eight to Henley Royal Regatta before heading off to Lucerne for the final world rowing cup (from July 13-15).”
Wilson teamed up with Leah Saunders, Hannah Vermeersch, Addy Dunkley-Smith, Georgie Gotch, Georgie Rowe, Jacinta Edmunds, Emma Fessey and coxswain James Rook in the women’s eight.
Coming out firing at 46 strokes per minute, the young Australians took an early lead. However, with only a second separating the top five crews, it was the Dutch who moved into the lead at the halfway point, with Australia and New Zealand in close pursuit.
As the crews approached the line, the Dutch (6:03.78) and Kiwis (6:05.56) pulled away but Rook called on his charges to dig in and they secured the bronze medal in 6:09.55.