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Kahlefeldt and Musgrove blitz the field to take the 2015 Yarrawonga triathlon titles

 

The Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival achieved a near record entry with 749 entries across the weekend’s events. No one was happier than Brad Kahlefeldt following his emphatic victory in the men’s Olympic distance event. After exiting the swim and bike shoulder to shoulder with Kieran Roche, Kahlefeldt pressed on the run to finish in a time of 1:51:13 more than six minutes ahead of Roche over the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run course.

In the women’s event it was Grace Musgrove from the infamous Wollongong Wizards taking out first place from Stephanie Demestichas. Musgrove praised Triathlon Victoria for a great event saying, “I’ll be heading back to Wollongong and spreading the word to get a few more athletes to join me here in 2016”.

YMMF ambassador Peter Robertson raced the sprint posting the fastest time for the day of 55:40 for the 500m swim, 20km ride and 5km run. Robertson spent much of the week in each of the Yarrawonga Mulwala schools and was pleased to see over 200 junior competitors across the 5km fun run, duathlon and mini triathlon.

Steve Foster, a pioneer and legend of the sport, and Robertson share a love of regional triathlons. “This is what it’s all about” remarked Foster “There’s no better place than Yarrawonga to race and enjoy yourself. The volunteers are fantastic, the local crowd really supportive and it continues to maintain a relaxed atmosphere.”

For the first time the 2015 YMMF included the famous ‘Splash n Dash’ state to state swim. Leaving the Yarrawonga shores the 1.4km swim finished at this year’s naming sponsor of the event, the Mulwala Waterski Club. Loughlin Hooper edged out Carl Fannon by 1 second from Colin Davis in the men’s. Madeleine Wood beat Hailey Mason by 15 seconds from Madison Crook- it was a matter of master and apprentice as Wood coaches Mason back home in Albury.

The tourism benefits of the event were felt across the region with competitors and their family and friends enjoying the dining, coffee, food and waterfront. A return in 2016 of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival will be eagerly awaited!

 

Brad Kahlefeldt after his win 

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Grace Musgrove with Grant Cosgriff after her race

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