10 Mar 2012

Wins for Creasy and Brunton in Wellington triathlon

4:02 pm on 10 March 2012

Dunedin's Rob Creasy and Waikato's Maddy Brunton have taken line honours in the final race of the Contact Tri Series races in Wellington.

Creasy held off a strong challenge from Tom Francis of Wanganui to win the men's race while Brunton edged Katie Menzies of Dunedin to win the women's event.

A record 900 triathletes showed up as Wellington turned on a perfect day for the last round of the series, which also doubled as the national age group championships over the standard distance.

The Wellington event also saw the new tag team format raced for the first time at this level in New Zealand, the first test of the International Triathlon Union format with two male and two females making up each team, with each team member racing a super sprint distance before tagging the next competitor.

The ITU are pushing hard for this format of racing to be included at the Olympic Games, with every likelihood that this will happen in time for Rio 2016.

The Dunedin-dominated team of Creasy, Flossie Van Dyk, Menzies and Tom Francis won the day ahead of the Tauranga quartet of Andrew Lloyd, Owen Miller, Nicola McKay and Alice McFall.