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May 26, 2011
Bronze ain't bad
By CPL Zenith King
A STRONG performance in the
swim leg set up LSATA Andrew
Wilkinson for a podium finish in
the Olympic-distance triathlon at
the Arafura Games in Darwin on
LSATA Wilkinson's bronze-
medal finish in the men's 25-35 age
group (fourth overall) was his best
result at the Games, beating his 10th
place overall finish two years ago.
"This was my fifth Arafura
Games, so I was stoked to get a
medal. I was just really happy to get
on the podium," he said.
One of 30 Defence repre-
sentatives, LSATA Wilkinson
had entered the triathlon aiming
for a medal after taking out the
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
Association's (ADSTA) Triple
Crown in April.
His recent red-hot form, with
ADSTA victories across all three
distances -- sprint, long-course
and Olympic -- in the lead-up to
the Arafura Games, made LSATA
Wilkinson the Australian Defence
Organisation's brightest hope for
The April 14 edition of Navy
News declared him a "man on a
in the bag
ATHLETES representing the
Australian Defence Organisation
(ADO) have claimed 30 medals at
the Arafura Games.
More than 2500 athletes from 45
nations competed in the Games in
Darwin, and were welcomed by 7000
spectators and fireworks at the open-
ing ceremony on May 7.
Navy personnel were among
Defence members representing the
133-strong ADO team, which claimed
nine gold, 11 silver and seven bronze
in total during the seven-day event.
Disabled athletes added anoth-
er three in the Oceania Paralympic
The Arafura Games was first held
in 1991. It incorporated the Oceania
Paralympic Championships two years
mission" after LSATA Wilkinso
spoke of his desire for internatio
al success at the Games and th
International Triathlon Union Wor
Championships in New Zealan
His bronze medal gives him
confidence in preparing for th
world championships. But there is
still ground to make up.
LSATA Wilkinson said he
was simply unable to maintain
the frenetic pace set by the race
Humid conditions took a toll on
many competitors during the 10km
run, which followed the 500m swim
and 40km bike ride.
"When I came out of the transi-
tion from the bike with (the leader),
I was starting to struggle," he said.
"I managed to sit on his shoul-
der for a couple of kilometres until
he took off and I couldn't hold the
comfortable with and hoped
PODIUM FINISH: L S ATA
Andrew Wilkinson receives his
Photo: CPL Zenith K
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