Brisbane win in Hell of the West

BRISBANE triathlete Kym Jaenke won the women’s event at the Hell of the West Triathlon at Goondiwindi on Sunday in a time of four hours and 15 minutes.

Jaenke competed in the 30 to 34-year-old age group but showed enough class to win the women’s overall title. It was her first time in the Hell of the West.

The men’s event was won by ironman champion Luke McKenzie, of Noosa, who spends most of the racing season in the United States. He broke the old record by six minutes with a time of 3.35.23.

Event administrator Anna Dawson said McKenzie was the highest profile athlete to compete at Goondiwindi.

“He loved it and said he was coming back,” Dawson said.

“The air temperature was only 21 degrees at 7am Sunday, the competitors prefer the heat.

“The water temperature in the Macintyre River was 30 degrees on Friday.”

For the first time, para triathlete Bill Chaffey competed and completed the triathlon in 5.29.09.

In the individual event, Warwick athlete Greg Woodward was timed at 5.03.34 and finished 31st in his category.



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