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Sam Douglas used his power on the bike to put himself in to a winning position on Sunday to take out the open division of the Noosa Triathlon. Sam was racing his first Olympic distance race of the season and his main goal was to get in to a position to obtain a pro license. Two weeks ago in Forster he won the opening round of the NSW pro tour. In the women's open category Ely Franks also used her strength on the bike to give herself enough of a margin to hold out a faster finishing Kym Jaenke who ran the 10kms two minutes faster than Franks.
James Tobin mentioned on Weekend Sunrise a few months back that he would love to do another triathlon. Trizone and Yahoo!7's Banzai decided to challenge James to take enter the Noosa Triathlon. James was up for the challenge.
One of the strongest fields ever assembled will take on the 29th Noosa Triathlon on Sunday. Courtney Atkinson will be aiming for an historic fourth consecutive win, but will have to overcome world champ Chris McCormack and Paul Matthews, as well as other quality athletes such as Luke McKenzie, Brendon Sexton, Paul Ambrose, Clayton Fettell, Joey Lampe and Mitch Robins to achieve this goal.
Courtney Atkinson has proved he is the new King of Noosa, comprehensively beating come back kid Craig Walton at Noosa today. Walton was unable to produce his usual dominant bike/run performance, exiting the water only slightly ahead of Atkinson. The lead men quickly formed into a pack on the bike (which included Kiwi Kris Gemmell and Paul Ambrose) with no one able to establish a clear breakaway.
Four time Australian Champion Craig Walton has announced he will make a return to the sport after a three year retirement. The Tasmanian, who is regarded by many as the best non drafting triathlete to ever grace the sport, will return to racing in pursuit of a record seventh Noosa Triathlon title next month. Walton, who now lives on the Gold Coast, is the only man to have won the Noosa event six times, and is now eight weeks into his comeback for the event. Walton said, â€œI love Noosa, the fans and the course, it suits me, and I can't wait.â€
Showing his sense of humour Paralympian Michael Milton says the running leg of the Noosa Triathlon is likely to be his weakest when he announced he will compete in the prestigious annual event as part of a fund-raising drive to raise money for cancer research. He's been focussing on running which he does on one leg and a pair of custom-built carbon crutches.