22 Oct 2012

Cold weather claims one champ at Auckland triathlon grand final

8:48 am on 22 October 2012

Sunday's wet and cold Auckland weather put a dampener on the crowd numbers at the triathlon grand final, and also ended the hopes of New Zealand's only world champion at the event.

Waikato's Mikayla Nielsen was forced to withdraw while in the lead group on the final run leg of the under-19 Junior Women's race, the defending champion suffering from hypothermia.

The race was won by Japan's Fumika Matsumoto with another New Zealander, Auckland's Maddie Dillon, finishing fifth - just seconds away from a medal.