ODT: Triathlon: Swim leg fine but Dodds forced to withdraw

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Wanaka triathlete Tony Dodds withdrew halfway through the race in the latest round of the world series in Madrid on Sunday night.

Dodds was the first New Zealander out of the water but could not stay in contact with the leaders through the 300m run to the first transition.

His day was soon over, withdrawing midway through the bike leg on a day when the pace was just too quick for the 25-year-old and many others.

Tri NZ coach Greg Fraine was not 100% sure what led to Dodds’ withdrawal but saw signs throughout the week that the Wanaka athlete was not himself.

”Tony has been a little quiet for the past week and not feeling 100%,” Fraine said.

”We may have underestimated the effect of the travel on him. He certainly had a good swim and put himself in right place but up the first hill he popped off the back and couldn’t stay with any of the packs.”

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