Major in close to tri dead heat

EMMA Major won the open almost-Olympic race at the Kingscliff Triathlon yesterday but wasn’t the fastest woman of the event.

Major crossed the finish line in 1.39:05, four one-hundredths of a second slower than Lucie Richards (1.39:01), the 30-34 years winner.

The times were about as close to a dead-heat as you can get but it is hard to say who would have won had the pair been in the same age group.

The open and 30-34 years women started racing at different times, meaning there was no sprint race to the finish between the pair.

It is a mystery who would have come out on top between the 33-year-old Major and 31-year-old Richards.

What made Major’s win the most impressive was that she had to make up a huge amount of time from the swim.

She was one minute and 38 seconds behind eventual open second-placegetter Brianna Mackie and one minute 51 seconds behind Richards coming out of the water, well down the pecking order in terms of the women overall.

Major welcomed the tidal conditions in Cudgen Creek, which made the swim leg tough. She said it evened out the field and “gave people like me a chance to catch up”.

“There were a number of girls in a group coming out of the water, and the swim isn’t my strongest leg, but I felt I swam really, really well,” Major said.

Major overtook Mackie in the bike but it was the run where she excelled – she was fastest female by 44 seconds.

Sam Beh (1.53:56) was third in the open women, but 37th overall, and Kimberley Rogers (2.22:20) fourth, with most of the women racing in separate age groups.

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