Triumphant Dixon powers clear of rivals

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Colin Dixon stormed clear of his rivals to win the Portsmouth Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

The city council organised event was hosted in Southsea.

Dixon, who lives on Hayling Island, powered clear in tough conditions on the swim – with the current making it a gruelling 750m test.

He never looked back from there, sealing his impressive victory in a time of 1hr 3min 53sec.

Dixon’s time for the swim was 15.05.

He then clocked a superb time of 30.22 for the 20k cycle section.

On the bike he was more than two minutes quicker than anyone else and was also in a class of his own on the run, completing the 5k course in 17.12.

He was pleased to be first to cross the line.

‘I’m pleased. I first did this event back in 1990 when it was a big Heineken event,’ he said.

‘It’s not quite the same scale as that event.

‘But I’ve been doing this for a fair while.

‘I like to do all the local events and support them.

‘Triathlon is my main sport. I also do a few cycling time trials.’

Robert Fryer came in second (1.05.42).

He started in a later wave to Dixon and third-placed Andrew Lovell, from Portsmouth Triathletes.

Unfortunately, Lovell went off course in the final stages of the run.

His time of 1.10.04 would otherwise have been a few minutes quicker.

He said: ‘The swim was really tough.

‘Colin pulled a good gap out on the swim and then held it on the bike and added a little bit to it.

‘And I’ve got no chance of catching him on the run anyway.

‘It was pretty much all over after the swim.

‘I never beat Colin. It’s just trying to get as close to him as I can.’

It’s good times for triathles in the city, with the council’s sprint and super sprint triathlons and the Wiggle Olympic and Sprint events now in their second year.

Lovell said: ‘It is good for Portsmouth. It brings a lot of people to the area.

‘Shorter races, local races like this, we tend to use for training.

‘You just go and hammer it down and try new things out and see where you can get the gains.’