TRIATHLON: Kirra Seidel has claimed one of the best results of her career, a second placing at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.
The Buderim athlete finished the 1.9km swim, 90km ride, 21.1km run event at Penrith in 4hrs14min37sec.
She was about six minutes behind winner Annabel Luxford and about one minute ahead of Natalie Van Coevorden, amid stifling conditions.
"I'm really happy with that performance,” Seidel said.
"I was hoping for a hot day but then when it started to warm up I wondered why.”
Melbourne-based Luxford was never headed during the race.
"It started to get warm towards the end,” she said. "The crowd support was fantastic. The other athletes pushed me.”
But it's been a significant year for Seidel.
She finished an impressive second in the Mooloolaba Triathlon in March, won the Tri Fraser Coast in August and was eighth in the hotly-contested Noosa Triathlon last month.
For Seidel the results are welcome progress.
The 30-year-old returned to competition in earnest midway through last year following a two-year doping ban.
Seidel was banned by the International Triathlon Union for elevated testosterone levels in 2013. She claimed the only supplements she'd used were Maca powder and Chlorophyll and has tried to clear her name.
The Noosa Triathlon men's winner Dan Wilson won the men's race at Penrith.
It was his first conquest at 70.3 level.
"That was kind of hard out there today; I tried to push the whole way, which is a tough way to race,” he said.
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