Rivals blown away by Gayle

MARYBOROUGH'S Gayle Young was keen to impress her husband's family in Gayndah.

She certainly did that when she showed her class in three sporting disciplines.

The 42-year-old Australian representative powered her way to winning the open women's crown in the annual Gayndah Triathlon.

Young, who represented Australia for the first time during the World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast last month, held off the challenge from athletes from throughout the Wide Bay region to win the title.

The race featured a five-lap swim in the Gayndah pool, a 15km bike ride and a five km run to the finishing line.

Young, who has been doing triathlons for three years, completed the course in just under an hour.

She said she was pleased with her performance.

“The conditions were not ideal for triathlons - it was windy and that makes life tough on the bike and run legs,” Young, who is trained by Maryborough's champion triathlete, Jennifer Strack, said.

“It was the first time I had contested the event so it feels good to have won it especially with the family watching.”

Young also used the race as part of her preparation for her next event, the Canberra Half Ironman in December.

While Young was racing to victory in the women's event, defending men's champion, Richard Reiser from Eidsvold, went agonisingly close in his bid to win the title for the fifth consecutive year.

He was pipped on the line by Goomeri's Ashley Burns.

More than 120 athletes contested the fifth year of the event, the biggest field ever.

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