Triathlete crosses line first in Echuca

FRASER Walsh won his first triathlon on Saturday.

Walsh was up against more than 200 competitors from across the state in Saturday’s Echuca Triathlon.

The 19-year-old completed the 700 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and five kilometre run in one hour and two minutes, crossing the finishing line first.

He said leading into the race he hoped to finish in the top three.

“It is a nice accomplishment to finish first,” he said.

“It was pretty hot conditions.

“It was about 37 degrees when we were racing so it got pretty steamy.”

Walsh said he couldn’t celebrate the win because he was dehydrated at the finish line.

“I lost my drink bottle while I was on the bike which meant I had no water for pretty much the whole race,” he said.  

“I was treated by the ambulance on site.

“I pulled up okay but I don’t really remember much when I crossed the finish line.”

Walsh, who has been competing in triathlons for the past three years, said he was training up to 20 hours a week in preparation for the race.

“I had been up at Falls Creek for about a week doing altitude training as well,” he said.

The Bendigo Triathlon athlete now has his eyes set on the Geelong Traiathlon on February 9 and an event in Mooloolaba in April.

“The distance for both events is longer,” he said.  

“The swim is 1500 metres, the ride is 40 kilometres and there is a 10 kilometre run.”

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