New Zealand’s Cameron Todd won the Rotorua Sprint Triathlon on Sunday for the second year in a row. Despite an early surge of top professionals signing up for the race after hearing of an appearance by cyclist Lance Armstrong, very few actually made it to the start line. Armstrong announced last month his triathlon debut would be put on hold due to a knee injury.
Todd beat off strong challenges from 1998 and 1999 winner Bryan Rhodes and elite triathlete Michael Poole.
Todd, 18, had a minute on his challengers going into yesterday’s sprint triathlon after Saturday’s aquathon (5.5km run and 800m swim) and the 2km open-water swim.
Although he ended up second to Poole yesterday, he had enough time up his sleeve to take the win.
“It was a lot tougher than last year,” Todd said. “Rhodesy had a good swim [on Saturday] but he’s more suited to Ironman distance. When Michael caught us on the bike I knew it was going to come down to the run.”