Triathlon: NSW success consolation for Currie

Braden Currie.
Braden Currie.
Wanaka triathlete Braden Currie has sprung back from the disappointment of missing Olympics selection by winning the Xterra Asia-Pacific Championship in New South Wales.

The 29-year-old off-road specialist made a late dash for Olympics selection when he changed to on-road racing in November last year.

However, after some disappointing performances on the ITU world circuit, he pulled the pin on that plan and went back to his roots.

The win at Callala Beach followed Currie's victory at the Xterra Rotorua event a week earlier and confirmed the three-time Coast to Coast champion's standing as one of New Zealand's best cross-triathlon competitors.

‘‘It's a pretty good feeling to come back from the mosh pit of ITU Triathlon racing, where I packed seven races into less than than two months, and put myself through a wringer of emotions,'' he said.

‘‘I had some good times during that process and each ITU race I still felt like I wanted to race again and I wanted to do more.

‘‘But after the Gold Coast ITU World Series race [earlier this month], I knew that I had to make a decision moving forward about where I wanted to focus.

‘‘Off-road is where I started and there is a reason for that.

‘‘I'm stoked to have had the opportunity to experience and learn as much as I have from ITU racing and I know I am a better athlete for it.''

Currie won the elite long-course event at Callala Beach last weekend in a time of 2hr 11min 46sec.

He won the Rotorua event in 2hr 5min 42sec.

The victories, in what is considered the world championship event of cross-triathlon, capped an impressive 12 months for Currie, who become the first Kiwi athlete to win the national off-road triathlon championships, Olympic distance triathlon championships and New Zealand long-distance triathlon championships in the same year.

He would now take a break from racing until June, he said.

‘‘I'm just so stoked to finish on a good race before the first dedicated holiday of my career.

‘‘When you race professionally, it doesn't get much sweeter than that.''

damian.george@odt.co.nz

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