Pete Jacobs (above) and Melissa Rollinson (left) led the way in the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday. The Olympic-distance event comprised a 1.5km swim,40km cycle and 10km run. 
Pete Jacobs (above) and Melissa Rollinson (left) led the way in the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday. The Olympic-distance event comprised a 1.5km swim,40km cycle and 10km run.  Jann Burmester

Professional performance

PROFESSIONAL triathletes Pete Jacobs and Melissa Rollinson emerged victorious from the 17th annual Byron Bay Triathlon.

The Olympic-distance event comprised a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Jacobs finished in a time of 1hr46m50s, while Rollinson clocked 1hr56m34s.

Lennox Head professional triahlete Tim Reed competed while ill and still managed to finish third.

Former Tuntable Creek resident Courtney Gilfillan finished third in the open women's.

Jacobs has had leg injuries after winning a long-course event at Huskisson on the NSW South Coast earlier this year.

Rollinson is relatively new to the sport and starting competing professionally only a little over 18 months ago.

The 29-year-old won silver in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The former track and field star took up triathlon because she was too injury-prone as a steeplechaser.



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