ODT: Triathlon: Hong Kong event, Wanaka winner

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Wanaka triathlete Tony Dodds broke new ground and created a new fan base at the weekend.

Dodds won the elite men’s category of the inaugural international triathlon held in Hong Kong.

He led from start to finish, showing excellent form despite only being back into training for two weeks, finishing in a time of 1hr 24min 49sec.

Coming out of the water 30sec ahead of the pack, Dodds gained a 40sec lead during the bike leg, then ran across the finish line with a 90sec on second-placed Simon Agoston (Austria).

Organised by multisport organisation Aquawiz, it was the first triathlon to be held in the centre of Hong Kong.

The event attracted more than 300 international and local participants, including Olympic athletes Daniil Sapunov and Yuliya Yelistratova (Ukraine), Jose Silva (Portugal), Simon Agostron (Austria), Yuichi Hosoda (Japan) and Vladimir Turbaevskiy (Russia).

”Hong Kong was an amazing place to have a triathlon, and the event itself was organised well,” Dodds said.

”I am ecstatic with the first place result, and look forward to returning again next year to defend my championship title.”

Dodds became something of a minor celebrity in Hong Kong after the win.

”It was amazing how much publicity I got in the local papers there. They were calling me `The little Kiwi’,” he said.

Dodds is ranked 41st in the world.

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