DESPITE having to go for a knee operation next week to repair a damaged meniscus, Sherry Ey was not hindered as she strode to the finish line in first place yesterday morning.

It was her core fitness and vast experience in triathlon competition that gave her the edge over the others in the women's long course category.

The other remarkable thing was Ey had not run for five weeks.

"It's my first time in Tannum and the bike section was really hilly because of where I am from in Bundaberg," Ey said.

"The bike and run are my strengths because I know that I can't swim that well.

"I knew that I was going to be the first female on the bike."

The win is the perfect boost for Ey because she was also selected in the Australian Long Course team in the 40- to 45-year age group.

She also donned the Aussie colours to compete in the world championships back in 2014.

Ey finished the triathlon with a time of 1:16:25, almost four minutes ahead of Stefanie Hohmann and Stacey Borsboom, with just two seconds separating the second and third places.

- NICK KOSSATCH



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