Braden Currie celebrates winning the one-day individual event of the 2013 Speights Coast to Coast in Christchurch. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Wanaka's Braden Currie turned the tables on five-time
champion Richard Ussher to win the Speight's Coast to Coast
Longest Day title today.
Running on to to Sumner Beach to a roar of applause, to hold
out defending champion Ussher (Nelson) is a moment Currie
(26) will carry with him for the rest of his life.
Currie, holding back a wave of emotion, was quick to praise
the support of friends and family, particularly that from his
wife Sally, who is eight weeks away from giving birth to
their second child.
"This (win) could not have come at a better time," Currie
said of his break-through result in multisport.
"We just signed up for a block of land on Thursday, and this
means it's more affordable now."
In a race reminiscent to last year, Currie made his break on
the alpine section, opening up a 10min advantage and
extending this out to 12min over the 15km bike stage between
Klondyke and the start of the kayak stage at Mount White
Despite realising this was the stage Ussher came back on him
to win the title last year, Currie picked some great lines to
hold this advantage through to the transition back to the
bike at Gorger Bridge for the 70km ride into Sumner, where
despite a strong ride in attempting to reel in Currie's lead,
Ussher, could only half the deficit.
"I was worried coming into Christchurch," Currie said.
"I know Richard is not one to give up and expected him on my
wheel at any stage."
Currie clocked 11hr 6min 51sec for 243km journey from the
Tasman Sea on Kumara Beach to the Pacific waters on Sumner
Beach. Ussher for second clocked 11hr 12min 37sec, with
Wanaka's Dougal Allan third in 11hr 21min 34sec.
Sophie Hart put aside the hype of a match race between her
and defending champion Elina Ussher to win the open women's
title in 12hr 36min 19sec, with Ussher second in 13hr 11min
Greymouth's Seamus Meikle backed up his commanding first day
effort to record a convincing victory in the two day
individual section in a time of 11hrs 50min 51sec, from Mitch
Munro (Christchurch) 12hr 19min 10sec and William Sams
(Hamilton) third in 12hr 25min 48sec.
The Wanaka domination of the event continued with Jess Simson
recording a convincing victory in the women's individual two
day section, clocking 12hr 48min 11sec.
Shanel Cornille (Hamilton) was second in 13hr 56min 53sec
with Naomi Cressy (Christchurch) third in 14hr 35min 33sec.