KANGAROO Flat triathlete Leon Griffin has continued his superb form in the United States.
Griffin raced to third place in the Rev3 Branson on what he called a "really tough" course.
"Just how difficult a course it was is shown by a time of more than four hours," Griffin said.
"Times for most half ironmans are about three hours and 50 minutes these days."
The Rev3 Branson was wan by Ben Hoffman ahead of US 70.3 champion Kevin Collington.
"We had a great battle on the run. It was shoulder-to-shoulder for a lot of the way," said Griffin.
His latest hit-out in the midwest capped a hectic run of four races in six weeks.
Griffin won Rev3 Maine, was runner-up in Timberman 70.3 and third at Rev3 Branson.
His lowest placing was seventh at the 70.3 world championships.
A world duathlon champion iu 2006, Griffin earned the Bendigo Advertiser Sports Star of the Year award.
The prestigious award is now sponsored by Bendigo Bank and supported by WIN Television.
Griffin said he had decided not to contest the Augusta 70.3.
"I will have a few easy days off from training."
Plans are a big month of training for before a racing stretch from late October to early November and an end-of-year ironman classic to contest.