Teen turns heads with win

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Jesse Evans, 16, won the Olympic-distance race.
Camera IconJesse Evans, 16, won the Olympic-distance race. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

Months of training culminated in a highly anticipated triathlon event at Cable Beach last Sunday, but all eyes were on a 16-year-old from Broome who took out the top prize.

Competitors travelled from across the Kimberley to take part in this year’s Leading Edge Computers Cable Beach Triathlon, hosted by Broome Tri Club, which consisted of team and solo races comprising swimming, cycling and running legs.

Two Trick Pony won the Olympic- distance male relay.
Camera IconTwo Trick Pony won the Olympic- distance male relay. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

Jesse Evans, 16, impressed the big crowd at the finish line after placing first in the Olympic-distance race with an overall time of 2hr.19min.49sec. He smashed his other competitors in the swim-and- run portion of the race and his ability to hold his own in the cycle meant he easily took the gold.

Jesse said he was proud of himself for his massive effort.

“This was the first Olympic distance race I have competed in,” he said.

“I had been training all year round for the event, so it feels really good to finish first.”

Emily Richardson was the top- finishing female in the Olympic race with a time of 2:40:18.

Although Anna Bakogianis, who finished in second, had the quickest run, Richardson’s impressive swim and cycle was enough for her to get over the line.

The triathlon had junior divisions for the first time, with Lachlan Forster and Kira Hamilton the fastest male and female finishers.

Winners and runners-up in the junior divisions.
Camera IconWinners and runners-up in the junior divisions. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

Other races included a team Olympic-distance event, solo and relay sprints, and solo and relay enticers.

The huge crowd waiting at the finish line
Camera IconThe huge crowd waiting at the finish line Credit: Jakeb Waddell

Olympic distance: solo male

Jesse Evans 2:19:49

Olympic distance: solo female

Emily Richardson 2:40:18

Olympic distance: male relay

Two Trick Pony 3:03:41

Olympic distance: mixed relay

Blind Date Brigade 2:26:03

Sprint: solo male

Leon Wilson 1:25:33

Sprint: solo female

Christina Ladyman 1:17:19

Sprint: mixed relay

The Fading Finishers 1:31:04

Enticer: solo male

Nils Pape 0:48:42

Enticer: solo female

Kate McMahon 0:52:29

Enticer: mixed relay

Hairy Goats 0:58:03

Junior: male 9-11

Lachlan Forster 0:19:57

Junior: female 9-11

Kira Hamilton 0:24:47

Junior: male 6-8

Lawson Hall 0:25:02

Junior: female 6-8

Amelia Carlow 0:28:30

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