Brendon Vesty didn't see Hugo Ecija Bernal at the finish line but the triathlete from Hawke's Bay knows he owes the Spaniard a beer if they ever meet again.

"I'm going to try to track him down on Facebook to thank him because I owe him one for that," said a grinning Vesty soon after arriving home in Hastings after becoming the 45-49 age-group aqua bike world champion at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Pontevedra at the weekend.

The 46-year-old did the 1.5km swim — shortened from 3km due to frigid temperatures — in 28m 21s before

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