The biggest win yet for Fettell
ALSTONVILLE triathlete Clayton Fettell has overcome a year of injuries and setbacks to take out the Port Macquarie 70.3km half ironman.
The 25-year-old moved to the United States in April to compete fulltime but returned to Australia soon after with a prostate infection.
He recovered to get back in action in June, but found himself on the sidelines again with a stress fracture to his shin after an event in Cairns.
However, there was no denying Fettell at Port Macquarie last weekend when he set a bike-leg record with a time of 2hrs11mins12secs in the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run.
He finished two minutes clear of his nearest rival and registered a time of 3hrs53mins29secs.
"I'm stoked with the result, it's the biggest win of my career," Fettell said.
"It was a hilly course and I was really happy with my run. I've worked hard on improving my run and I think I'm there now.
"I've been pipped at the post so many times in my career - the win means the world to me."
Lennox Head triathlete and training partner Joseph Lampe finished fourth.
The Olympic Games is no longer the target for Fettell as he aims to win the gruelling Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, next year.
In the meantime, he will shift his focus to the Ironman event in Busselton, Western Australia, on December 4.
"It's going to be pretty intense," Fettell said.
"WA is an eight-hour race compared to three hours at Port Macquarie.
"I also have some events coming up in March against some heavy hitters with the chance of a pretty big pay day."