Another top five placing for Matthews

MURWILLUMBAH triathlete Paul Matthews continues to shine on the North American Ironman circuit with a fourth placing in the Cancun 70.3 event in Mexico.

While happy with his fourth place, Matthews believes he could have gone better had it not be for some gastro troubles during the race.

“I was first out of the swim leg with my mate, Steve Hackett, right behind me,” Matthews said via email.

“Then as soon as we got on the bikes, we went to work and rode really well, establishing about a two minute break on the rest of the field.

“I was leading in the run leg until around the 7km mark when I started to have a few tummy problems.

“I had to dive into the bushes twice but felt much better afterwards.”

However, the forced breaks cost Matthews his lead on the run leg and despite finishing strongly, he could only climb back to fourth in the hot and humid conditions.

Matthews' result almost didn't get recorded with the official results showing Hackett finishing fourth while Matthews recorded a DNF (did not finish).

After some investigation, Matthews revealed that he had grabbed the wrong timing chip to record the race (Hackett's) while he used Matthews'.

The mix-up was resolved and so far to date, Matthews hasn't finished out of the top five this season over there.



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