Currie Breaks Course Record
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Written by Bay of Plenty Times
Braden Currie was confident he would defend his Port of Tauranga Half title.
But breaking the course record and finishing more than two minutes clear of 10-time winner Cameron Brown never entered his pre-race thinking.
Currie, 30, from Wanaka set a new mark of 3 hours 45 mins 38 secs, to break the time of 3:47:54 jointly held by Nathan Richmond (2006) and Graham O'Grady (2013).
Currie had a strong swim leg and set up the victory on the bike leg where he opened an unassailable lead on Brown and 19-year-old sensation Hayden Wilde in third.
"There was definitely wind out there and it was pretty interesting being solo on the bike that sort of made it a bit more of a battle. But it was surprisingly good actually," Currie said.
"I have been working a lot on my swim in the last year. I knew O'Grady was a good swimmer so I just set myself off him."
Currie was not sure if he could emulate multisport legend Brown's 10 titles.
"Winning eight more years? I don't know about that mate. He is a bit of a legend. You see him out there today just so strong, just so consistent. But who knows.
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