Aussie pips Brits by just one second at Canary Wharf Triathlon

Australian elite ‘triathlete’ Brendan Sexton became the first-ever Canary Wharf Triathlon champion last night (Thurs) after beating off strong competition from British duo Aaron Harris and Matt Gunby.

He finished in 26mins 11secs after a sprint finish in front of huge crowds, followed just over a second behind by Harris who beat Gunby into third place.

“Aaron really gave it to me tonight,” Sexton said after crossing the finish. “There were times I wasn’t sure I could hold onto him, but I knew I had a good sprint in me.

“It makes it sweeter knowing you pushed all the way to the end.”

Sexton got through the first heat in pole position—then put in a powerful sprint finish to claim the champion’s trophy and make it a double for Australia with Erin Densham taking the women’s title.

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Second placed Harris said: “It was just a shame to be pipped by an Aussie, but I’m happy with second.”

He’s taking it on to chin and wants to come back and “race it all over again—it’s brilliant.”

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The GE Canary Wharf Triathlon, the first-ever in the business and shopping district, attracted athletes from Europe, Australia, the US and South Africa as well as a strong UK contingent.

It was the penultimate in this year’s British Triathlon Super Series—next big gathering in the Triathlon calendar is the London Triathlon on July 30.

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