Gentle and Royle nail Noosa

Ashleigh Gentle made triathlon history, while Aaron Royle topped the men's field at the prestigious Noosa Triathlon.

| November 4, 2018 | NEWS

Ashleigh Gentle takes her sixth Noosa title.

Ashleigh Gentle takes her sixth Noosa title.

Photo >Delly Carr | Bahrain Endurance 13

After winning this year's Grand Final on her home turf, Australia's Ashleigh Gentle added another big race to an impressive 2018 season with a record-setting win at the 36th running of the Noosa Triathlon. Gentle took her sixth title, surpassing Emma Frodeno (nee Snowsill), a five-time champion of the prestigious race and joining legend Craig Walton as a six-time champ.

To take her fifth-straight title Gentle had to come from behind on the run.

“Today I had a terrible swim and made it really hard for myself because I had to really work hard on that bike to reel in the top three girls," Gentle said after the race. "Thankfully I pulled back enough time to put myself back in the game."

The women Gentle was chasing included Radka Kahlefeldt, Natalie Van Coevorden and Annabel Luxford, who were 38 seconds up on Gentle into T2. Gentle was in front by the halfway point of the run, though, and never looked back.

“It’s a relief," she said. "I think I say that every year. To win my sixth title, it will probably only sink in this time next year."

Van Coevorden and Kahlefeldt ended up in a dead heat for the next two spots on the podium, with the Australian getting the nod for the silver medal.

In the men's race Aaron Royle managed to just hold off a charge by countryman Max Neumann to take the men's race by three seconds, with Ryan Bailie rounding out the top three in a close men's race that saw the first three finish just 14-seconds apart.

Noosa Triathlon | Men

November 4, 2018 | Noosa, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.5 km Swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Aaron Royle

AUS

1:48:51

0:18:16

0:54:30

0:33:01

2

Max Neumann

AUS

1:48:54

0:19:05

0:54:42

0:32:10

3

Ryan Bailie

AUS

1:49:05

0:19:04

0:54:35

0:32:32

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Noosa Triathlon | Women

November 4, 2018 | Noosa, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.5 km Swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Ashleigh Gentle (#1)

AUS

2:00:48

0:22:03

1:00:14

0:35:14

2

Natalie Van Coevorden (#3)

AUS

2:01:38

0:20:51

1:00:53

0:36:37

3

Radka Kahlefeldt (#11)

CZE

2:01:38

0:21:00

1:00:39

0:36:41

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