Newcastle's Lorcan Redmond chases Hauser’s legacy
LORCAN Redmond has Hervey Bay athlete Matt Hauser's national schools triathlon legacy in his sights.
Newcastle-based Redmond was untouchable in yesterday's intermediate male race.
He was among the pack after the swim but his incredible transition and bike times - which were among the best in his class - propelled the 16-year-old to the front of the pack.
The victory puts Redmond among illustrious company, which includes the likes of Jamie Huggett and Brittany Dutton, as athletes to have won three consecutive national titles.
The only person to have achieved a better record believes Redmond has what it takes to match, and even beat, his mark.
"He's got a great repertoire behind his back and I'm sure he'll get it done for NSW," Hauser said.
"I raced with him throughout the junior series and competed against him.
"He's done really well and he's on the rise."
Redmond spoke highly of the three-time Oceania champion.
"We're great friends, we've roomed together at a few races and training camps," Redmond said.
"He's where I want to go and aim for. He's a great athlete and a great person."
His high regard for Hauser will not stop him from doing everything he can to set a new benchmark.
"I've got two more chances so I'm gunning for five," he said.
"It's good to be able to come back and secure a win and finish the season on the high.
"I train about 20-plus hours a week. It's just day in, day out. Swimming is the weakness but it's coming down."
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1. Lorcan Redmond (NSW)
2. Oscar Dart (Vic)
3. Luke Harvey (Qld)