Olympian leads Aussies home

BEIJING Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt led home an Australian clean- sweep of the Gold Coast ITU Oceania Championships in his first race in five months at Robina on Sunday.

Kahlefeldt edged out Beijing teammate Courtney Atkinson, who recently won the Australian Sprint title, and rising star Dan Wilson.

Kahlefeldt said he was delighted with the fast and furious course, which will also be used for the World Triathlon Championships in September.

“It's a good course - flat and fast,” he said. “I definitely want to win the world champs and will be working towards that goal during the year.”

Kahlefeldt expressed surprise at the win in the 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run race, his first outing since hip surgery and 16th place at the Beijing Games.

“It definitely surprised me - The old sticksy is back!” he said.

Kahlefeldt who earned the nickname of 'sticksy' due to his skinny legs, raced aggressively in the final 10km run, breaking way from Atkinson late in the race.

Kahlefeldt is unbeaten on this course, with four wins that must give him a huge confidence boost ahead of the world championships.

Kahlefeldt will now turn his focus to the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup on March 29. The seven-race series culminates with the Gold Coast World Championship.



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