Winner of the women's feature event Felicity Abram crosses the line after competing in the Yamba Triathlon Festival at Whiting Beach on Saturday, 27th February, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Winner of the women's feature event Felicity Abram crosses the line after competing in the Yamba Triathlon Festival at Whiting Beach on Saturday, 27th February, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Former world No.1 claims victory in comeback event

THE return of the Yamba Triathlon Festival at the weekend signalled another major comeback.

Former ITU world No.1 Felicity Abram made her return to competition on Saturday, claiming victory in the women's standard distance event.

After almost three years of battling injury, the Commonwealth Games competitor crossed the finish line at Yamba to complete her first triathlon since winning a French Grand Prix in 2013.

"Yesterday was just all about putting the three disciplines together again," the 29-year-old said. "It has still been a rocky road with injuries and everything but it was just nice to put all three disciplines back together.

"I made sure I didn't over exert myself just so I could complete it in one piece."

Abram said she was lured to the event by friend and former Yamba ironwoman competitor Alyce Bennett.

"I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a first race back in a beautiful part of the world," Abram said.

"There was a time about a year and a half ago when I thought I would never race again but I don't think I could live with myself if I did not keep competing."

Abram said although it might be too late for the Rio Olympics, she was not giving up on competing on the biggest stage.

 



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