YAMBA triathlon festival

Wall king at home triathlon event

TRIATHLON: For Yamba triathlete Lindsey Wall, Goondiwindi could not be further away than what it already is.

Wall entered the gruelling Hell of the West triathlon at Goondiwindi month as defending champion but finished a disappointing sixth.

Since then Wall has gone back-to-back, claiming the honours at South West Rocks and at home on Saturday.

Saturday's success was Wall's first win on home soil after finishing runner-up the last time a triathlon event was held in Yamba in 2014.

And while Wall has been honest about his plans to defend his crown at Coffs Harbour next weekend, he said that did not stop him chasing victory in front of his home town.

"The competition was pretty good out there," Wall said.

"There are a lot of races on a the moment so we didn't get a huge number of competitors but there were a couple of tough ones there so I wasn't able just to cruise through.

"My goal was still to win, I was never going to give it away for the sake of it. I went hard in the swim and really hard on the bike so that I could really just relax in the run.

"It worked out really well. While I didn't finish in any sort of record time, I still have some in the tank ready for next weekend at Coffs Harbour."

Winner of the feature event Lindsey Wall crosses the line after competing in the Yamba Triathlon Festival. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Winner of the feature event Lindsey Wall crosses the line after competing in the Yamba Triathlon Festival. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Wall said his disappointing result at Goondiwindi is a distant memory but one that keeps him honest.

"It is sort of one of those things that now I cringe at and think how did it kind of happen," he said. "I am just so far from it now. I am well and truly over it, I have had a few good races since.

"I have got good confidence coming out of South West and now Yamba. I was able to really test myself this weekend, to see where I was at.

"If I can do the same next weekend it will go a long way towards winning."



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