Monday, September 10, 2007
OH SO CLOSE FOR WALTON IN LA
Champion Australian Triathlete Craig Walton has recorded his third consecutive podium finish, after grabbing second place in the 2007 Kaiser Permanente Triathlon in Los Angeles.
Walton who was ranked third overall in the Life Time Fitness series finished just six seconds behind race winner and current points leader Greg Bennett of Australia.
It was a tremendous result for the four time Australian Champion, considering he lost around a minute to the front runners, after he surprisingly went the wrong way during the opening swim leg at Venice Beach. But Walton, looking in awesome form, didn’t let the mishap deter him from the task at hand, he simply got back down to business, and using his trademark power on the bike, turned it on as he charged back up through the field to almost claim an unlikely victory from his good friend Bennett by the end of the race.
“Congratulations to Greg, as he had another good race today, the early mistake I made in the swim was very disappointing, but despite that there are a lot of positives from today’s race. “I felt really strong, in fact it was the best I’ve felt all year, my bike leg was very good and even the run, which is normally my weakest part of the race was much better, as I managed to stay ahead of Greg for a lot of the run, but he got me in the last 500 metres, I just couldn’t quite hang on”.
Today’s second place gives Walton another hefty points haul in the overall Life Time Fitness series standings, keeping him on track for a top three finish with just one race remaining, which will be held in Dallas, USA on October the 14th.
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