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O'Grady defends Tinman triathlon title

Monday, December 9, 2013

O'Grady defends Tinman triathlon title

Graham O’Grady (Kinloch) defended his Craigs Investment Partners Tinman triathlon title in imperious fashion today, winning comfortably from Kieran McPherson while a new name emerged on the honours role in the women’s race with Leah Stanley equally impressive in her first serious tilt at the sport for the former top level rower in the opening round of the .kiwi Tri Series.

O’Grady was in control from the start in the 25th year and 22nd running of the traditional season opener and the first event in the .kiwi Tri Series at Mount Maunganui as he prepares for the Taupo Half and then the defence of his Port of Tauranga Half title in January.

"That was my first race of the season and is a good gauge, it is good to come back and defend the title. Conditions were tough, I flew out on the bike but coming back it was a bit of a slog, I hard to work hard into the wind to put some time into them on the ride. I then settled into a comfortable pace and finished off well today, it was a good start that has me on track for a good summer.

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