Triathlon record smashed
YAMBA triathlete Lindsey Wall smashed the record set in 2014 when he broke through to win the men's division of the bcu Coffs Tri.
Runner-up to dual Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt last year, Wall soared to top honours with a 17:38 swim, 59:11 cycle and 34:49 run to slash two minutes and two seconds off the record.
Wall's run leg was the difference and he was astonished when he checked the clock.
Event specialist Clayton Fettell was a huge leader at the final change but the eventual champion mowed that runner down.
"Clayton is just so good on the swim-cycle and I planned to be no more than a minute behind him when we started the run," Wall said.
"That's my strength but when I saw the lead was a minute-and-a-half, I thought he had me.
"The rest was a buzz.
"I felt so good in the last bit and everything came together."
If Wall was surprised by his run, imagine the shock female division winner Rachael Paxton felt when the clock stopped.
The Mooloolaba visitor ran the last stage in 33:24, the fastest of any entrant - male or female - to stand on the podium in disbelief.
"For the past six months I've had a lot of illness and this is my first triathlon in that time," she said.
"I came to Coffs Harbour to make the comeback as far away from home as possible in case it went wrong.
"I wasn't prepared for this at all."
Bcu Coffs Tri
1. Lindsey Wall
2. Richard Pearson
3. David Clark
1. Rachael Paxton
2. Lyndal Green
3. Belinda Johnson