Taranaki triathlete Clark Ellice finished 6th at the opening round of the ITU World Cup season in Mooloolaba on Australia's Sunshine Coast yesterday (Sat).
Fellow Kiwi Mike Phillips of Christchurch was 18th, earning a bonus USD$500 on the 40km bike leg with his attack on the bike leg which gave him a break on the field heading into the run.
There was no stopping Spaniard Javier Gomez, however. The Olympic silver medallist moved to second on the all time list of ITU World Cup triathlon wins with his 13th career victory, running through and then away from the field with ease.
Ellice was pleased with his work on a hot and difficult day.
"We left nothing for the run, it was a run for strength and the strongest boys came through today and that is how it should be, I am just stoked to get my first top 10 and keep rolling on to Auckland.''
The Auckland round of the series will be held on April 6.
American Matt Chrabot and Peter Kerr of Australia battled for the minor placings. Chrabot finished two seconds ahead of the Oceania Champion, who picked up his first ITU World Cup podium.