YOUNG GUN: Emma Hogan sprints down Catseye Beach to finish the Hamilton Island Triathlon on Saturday.
YOUNG GUN: Emma Hogan sprints down Catseye Beach to finish the Hamilton Island Triathlon on Saturday.

Hamo Tri win for rising Birtwhistle

TRIATHLON: Not even a record Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon field could stop Olympic hopeful Jake Birtwhistle from winning Saturday's event.

The world under-23 triathlon champion clocked the hilly course, a 750m swim off Catseye Beach, 20km bike ride and a 5km run, in 1.05.37 hours, to claim victory from open men's runner-up Drew Box and open women's champion Emma Jeffcoat.

Birtwhistle, 20, said the course's testing nature meant he didn't fully appreciate the surrounding sights, which included a ride down the airport's runway and a sprint finish along Catseye Beach.

"You don't get to appreciate it as much when you're racing," he said.

"I've been around here for the last few days and seen as much as I can. I've absolutely loved it; I'll definitely be coming back.

"It's an awesome course, riding on the airport runway was unreal... you don't get the chance to do that very often.

"I definitely expected it to be hard, especially with that course," he said. "It's definitely one of the tougher courses I've done with all the hills - they are brutal.

"Overall I'm pretty happy. I swam well, rode well and I made my way to the finish on the run, which was good."

The Launceston product will now head to Falls Creek for a base training session ahead of the next triathlon season, when he hopes to continue his improvement in a bid to make the Australian Olympic team for the Rio Games.

SPRINT RESULTS

 Open: Men - Jake Birtwhistle; women - Emma Jeffcoat

 50+: Men - Brett O'Neill; women - Gill O'Malle

 40-49 years: Men - Matt Young; women - Deonne McMurtrie

 30-39 years: Men - Paul O'Brien; women - Nadiele Kolb

 20-29years: Men - Andrew O'Connor; women - Elyse Foster

 14-19 years: Men - Brady Goodyear; women - Emma Hogan


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