Clayton Fettell in action at the Byron Bay Triathlon last year. He came third in Hobart.
Clayton Fettell in action at the Byron Bay Triathlon last year. He came third in Hobart.

Two win medals in Hobart heat



ALSTONVILLE triathletes Clayton Fettell and Josh McHugh brought home medals from the Oceania and Australia Triathlon Championships in Hobart last weekend.

The sprint distant race consisted of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run on one of Hobart's hottest days this summer when it reached 37 degrees.

Fettell competed in the Under-23 Elite division. He led the swim out ahead of Olympian Craig Walton.

The pair worked together on the bike leg to put a 1m35s advantage on the chase group, which included Commonwealth Games champion Brad Kahtlefeldt.

Fettell held on for a strong finish to cross the line third in 58m43s in the Under-23s and 10th overall.

McHugh competed in the Oceania Under-19 ITU junior. Swimming among some of Australia's finest, he left the water in a promising position.

After a strong bike leg, McHugh ran the legs off all the Kiwis and all but one Australian to bring home an Oceania silver medallion.

Fettell and McHugh will head off to race the European/Asian circuit in May.

Both spend more than 30 hours a week training and hope to continue their form right up until the world championships in Germany later this year.



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