Ballina triathlete Craig Gibson thought he was going to beat the greyhound until he was 20m from home.
Ballina triathlete Craig Gibson thought he was going to beat the greyhound until he was 20m from home. LISA VANDERSTOK

Don't get the bone

TWENTY metres from the winning post on Tuesday night and Ballina triathlete Craig Gibson thought he’d beaten his four-legged opponent home.

Triathlete? Four-legged opponent? What the?

Gibson, 43, took on the dog, Pretty Boy Zin, in a flat-out sprint at the Lismore Greyhound Track on Tuesday – and lost.

Tests were done to work out the handicapping system and Gibson had to sprint 180m to Pretty Boy Zin’s 420m.

“The tactic as far as I was concerned was to go as fast I could for as long as I could,” Gibson said.

“But the thing about racing against a dog is that you can’t hear anything.

“When you are racing against other athletes, there is all this noise and you can hear their footsteps.

“But it was just dead silent on the track, you can’t hear a thing. About 20m from the winning post I thought ‘I’ve got a chance here’ and then he just passes you like you are standing still. Whoosh, bang and he’s gone.”

It’s about the sixth running of the athlete-versus-dog event which is held as a fundraising night for the Ballina Triathlon Club.

Gibson, who owns Sunrise Cycles in Ballina and Byron Bay, was fairly philosophical about his loss to
Pretty Boy Zin and said he would gladly do it again.

“I would love to if I get an opportunity to do it again,” he said.

“It was a great experiene and a great feeling never knowing when it is actually going to catch you.”

Promising junior triathlete Elli Bone had better luck in her match-up with a dog named Freaky.
She was first past the post to at least make it a 50-50 night for the humans.


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