Triathlon: Good swim set Mount team up for victory

By Peter White


The teams event at yesterday's triathlon was won comfortably by Sarah Mortimer and Aiden Dunster in 57m 00s, more than four seconds ahead of Murray O'Donnell's team.

The Mount Maunganui pair got off to a rollicking start with Mortimer blitzing the early morning swim to give them an early lead Dunster never looked like relinquishing in his favoured bike and run legs.

The 19-year-old Dunster won a silver medal at the world Duathlon Champs held in Nancy, France, last September - at his first overseas event - and is preparing for this year's world champs in Canada in August.

"Sarah was about third or fourth out of the water (overall) so she was pretty quick. She did the ocean swim at the Main Beach on Saturday and it would have taken a lot out of her but she did pretty well today.

"I was pretty stoked how I went as it was a bit of a burst of training for me just to see where I am at now. I am a lot faster than last year so I am happy with that.

"This event is good because you get your speed work in and I race everyone around here normally so it gives you an idea of where you are at compared to everyone else.

My big goal is to get podium again at the worlds so everything is building up for that. I will be 20 then so will be competing in a different age category (20-24), which will be a bigger challenge for me."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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