Zac Broughton triumphs on his debut into triathlons

Zac Broughton was well ahead of the rest of the field in Sunday’s triathlon.

There were 12 starters for the Cobar Athletics & Triathlon Squad’s (CATS) February Triathlon event on Sunday including a number of junior athletes making their debut into the sport.

One of those was the handicapped short course and handicapped overall winner Zac Broughton.

Broughton had well underestimated his abilities and he finished way ahead of his nominated time of 55 minutes. He completed the 300m swim, 10km ride and 2km run in 43 minutes and five seconds.

Chris Freeman (39.02) was second in the handicapped short course with Raymond Jones third with 38.33.

Two competitors lined up to contest the long course with Scott Brown and Anthony Wrigley pushing each other all the way.

Brown was out of the water first after his 500m swim (two minutes ahead of Wrigley), but Wrigley, who was two and half minutes quicker on the 20km ride, had the head-start on the final leg, the 4km run.

Brown, with a longer run stride, however quickly took the lead but Wrigley (completing the run in 17.15) stayed with Brown, who posted a time of 17.03 for his run.

After handicapping was taken into account Brown finished as the long course winner (1.06.53) with Wrigley second (1.06.15).

In the teams division short course, the Warriors claimed first place with a time of 35.40 and the Fairfull first timers were second on 56.22.