NORTH Cronulla triathlete Sam Douglas has comfortably taken out the Raine and Horne Nowra Olympic distance triathlon in just under two hours.
After a two-year absence the Nowra Triathlon returned to the Shoalhaven riverside under humid and testing conditions for competitors.
Despite the rising mercury yesterday there was plenty of local support as the early morning audience grew in numbers along Riverview Road.
The Nowra Olympic distance event hosted a squad of interstate talent hailing from Canberra’s Professional Performance team as well as many regional entries from the Illawarra and North Coast.
Nineteen-year-old Douglas completed the 1.5 kilometre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10 kilometre run in 1 hour 59 minutes and 43 seconds, well clear of second placed favourite Michael Fox, who had earlier in the season taken out the TriHusky1 Festival at Jervis Bay, while third was Jason Chalker.
First woman home was Gillian Backhouse in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 27 seconds.
Winner of the South Coast Register open sprint event was Daudi Somi from the Canbera Professional Performance tour team, completing the 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike, 5 kilometre run in 58 minutes, 23 minutes.
• Further race results and event details will appear in Wednesday’s South Coast Register.