Oswin takes lead at race end
GLADSTONE triathlete Prue Oswin produced a big finish to win the women's event in dramatic style in round five of the Tuckers Cycle Inn/Sportsco triathlon series at Yeppoon on Sunday.
Oswin won the event just two seconds ahead of Rockhampton's Haylee Ford who led for the majority of the race before being pipped by the fast-finishing Gladstone competitor in the final 20 metres.
The victory helped boost Oswin's preparations for the Goondiwindi Hell of the West triathlon on February 5 and the gruelling Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on April 2.
It was not until the last lap (of the run leg) that I realised I was gaining on her,'' Oswin said.
I thought 'I've got a real shot at it' so I thought I'd better have a go.
Oswin crossed the line in 1hr14min06sec to edge out Ford (1:14.08) and Rockhampton's Sonya Murphy (1:19.12) for the women's honours.
Rockhampton's Wayne Clifford (1:10.17) won the men's event from fellow beef city competitor Brian McLeod (1:10.31) and Peter O'Shaugnessy (1:12.41).
Oswin's effort headlined a strong overall performance by the 15-strong Gladstone contingent who contested the event. Mike Dunstan was third in his age division while Petro Kuiper (fourth) and Rebecca Josey (fifth) were among the first female competitors across the line.
Impressive times were also recorded by Gladstone's Glenn Cordon, Brian England, Liz Shortis and Sharon Stott.