BENDIGO triathlete Nathan Meade achieved a top-100 finish for his age group in Saturday's running of the Kona Ironman in Hawaii.
Meade was among 2370 competitors to tackle the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run in what doubles as the world ironman triathlon championship.
He marked his first hit-out at Kona by racing in the 30-34 years class.
A gruelling showdown in the water and on the road for Meade went for almost 10 hours as he completed the world's toughest triathlon in a time of 9 hours 52.43 minutes.
The Bendigo Triathlon Club star completed the swim leg in 1:01.45 to be 76th in his class, and powered on a tough cycling leg in a time of 5:07.22, which was followed by a marathon run.
He was 94th of 167 in his age group and 458th overall as he achieved a long-term goal to race at Kona.
There was plenty of family support for Meade in Hawaii and he will now take a well-earned rest before his next hit-out on the triathlon circuit.
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