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Ironman veteran Cameron Brown beat out young talent to take a win in New Zealand’s Whangamata Triathlon. On the women’s side, Rebecca Kingsford outpaced race favorite Jo Lawn for the title.
Brown turned back the clock 20 years after winning his first triathlon in senior company to again claim the Whangamata round of the national tri series today.
The 38-year-old Ironman legend held off the younger brigade, his winning time of one hour 53 minutes 23 seconds for the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run leaving him more than 2min ahead of his nearest pursuer, Edward Rawles, of Taranaki.
The women’s race produced an upset as Waikato’s Rebecca Kingsford turned the tables on Jo Lawn, a seven-time New Zealand iIronman champion.
Brown was delighted with his effort, which prompted memories of 1992 when he beat his hero Rick Wells at the same venue.
“I just love racing here and a week ago I wasn’t going to but I just had to get out in what is a great atmosphere and a great course,” Brown said.