Ashleigh Gentle reaffirmed her mantle as the country’s best short course non-drafting athlete by claiming her second Nepean Triathlon on Sunday.
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The Gold Coast speedster, who has also dominated the Noosa Triathlon in recent years, won comfortably by 37-seconds over fellow Aussies, Natalie Van Coevorden and Charlottle McShane.
On a windy day in Penrith, Gentle exited the water in fourth place after the 1km swim, behind Van Coevorden, New Zealand’s Nicky Samuels and McShane.
It was again Gentle’s powerhouse form on the bike that laid the platform for her victory. The Olympian produced a devastating display of high-wattage cycling over the flat 30km course, which saw her out-bike her nearest rival by over a minute.
The 25-year-old iced the cake with a second-fastest run split to cruise to a comfortable victory.
Nepean also has the unique handicap event between the men’s and women’s field. With the time between the waves taken from the average gap between the two over the last five years, it was a nine minute handicap in 2016. Gentle ensured that the run of women’s wins continued, holding the men’s winner, Jake Birtwhistle at bay by over a minute to make it four-years in a row for the ladies.
Van Coevorden produced the best run of the day to ensure she landed on the second step of the podium, while McShane overhauled Samuels on the run to claim third.
Gentle will now head to Noosa where she looks to claim her fourth title next weekend.
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