O'Brien digs deep under pressure

Long course winner Nick O’Brien.
Long course winner Nick O’Brien.

NICK O'Brien was forced to summon every ounce of his energy reserves to take out the Dysart triathlon long course on Sunday.

The Moranbah runner finished first in the 750m swim, 18km bike ride and four kilometre run, but not before a determined and almost successful fight-back by Darcy Murray mid-race.

"He (O'Brien) was leading after the swim," triathlon co-ordinator Mark Hammond said.

"But Darcy chased him down and was just in front at the end of the bike leg."

Watching as his lead slipped by on two wheels, O'Brien countered and regained the front during the run to finish ahead.

"It was Nick's pace that probably got him over the line," Hammond said.

Murray placed second, with Dave McCarthy picking up third.

In the 200m swim, six kilometre ride and two kilometre short course event, local triathlete Daniel Drosd crossed the line the fastest.

Typically, Hammond would be more comfortable out on the track competing as well, but confided that he was relishing the new perspective on the sport as race co-ordinator.

"Yeah it's different, a bit more relaxing," he said.

Those who placed further down the standings in Dysart won't have to wait long before they get their next crack at competition.

The newly established Central Highlands Triathlon Club will be hosting its next meet in Tieri this weekend, with long, short and junior courses scheduled.

Hammond said while it was the Dysart club's intention to remain with its own individual identity, they welcomed any expansion of the sport in the region.

"It's great for everyone involved," Hammond said.

Registration for the Tieri Triathlon starts 7am on Sunday.

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