HOMECOMING: Clayton Fettell takes out the men’s open division of the Byron Bay Triathlon. It was the second time Fettell had won the event.
HOMECOMING: Clayton Fettell takes out the men’s open division of the Byron Bay Triathlon. It was the second time Fettell had won the event. Melissa Gulbin

Clayton wins Byron triathlon for second time

ALSTONVILLE professional Clayton Fettell won the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday for the second time.

Fettell finished almost five minutes clear of his nearest rival with a time of 1 hour 43 minutes 18 seconds.

Previous winners have included Far North Coast professionals Sam Appleton and Joey Lampe, while Fettell won the event for the first time in 2014.

PERFECT WEATHER: Conditions were bright and sunny for the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday.
PERFECT WEATHER: Conditions were bright and sunny for the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday. Melissa Gulbin

The 29-year-old missed the race last year and was a late entry this year when he registered on Wednesday.

The race comprised a 1.5km ocean swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

Fettell set the tone early, taking just 17m41s to finish the swim leg.

“It is definitely an advantage being from around here,” Fettell said.

“I train here all the time.”

Port Macquarie athlete Harry Jones finished second and Burleigh Waters’ Aaron Ashdown third.

It was the 21st time the event has been run, with close to 1000 athletes competing across several divisions.

Brisbane professional Sarah Crowley won the open women’s division for a fourth straight year.

She finished in 1 hour 53 minutes 23 seconds, ahead of Danielle De Francesco (1hr53m47s) and Annelise Jefferies (1hr57m45s).

Crawley has had a big year in the sport.

She had previously won a 70.3 Ironwoman event in Taiwan and finished second at the Noumea International Triathlon in New Caledonia.



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