Jarrod competes in triathlon championships

Cooma's Jarrod Sopniewski competed in the Australian Sprint Triathlon Championships, held in Canberra on Sunday January 27 placing ninth in the male 14-15 years division.

Sopniewksi finished with a time of 1:15:59.

The sprint triathlon distance is a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

His splits for the race were 13:51 for the swim (9th category), 41:15 for the cycle (8th category) and 20:53 for the run (6th category). Overall he placed 181st out of 354 total finishers.

This championship serves as a qualifier for the world championships.

It was Sopniewksi's second triathlon outside of school, his first being the Capital Summer Series December Fest race in Canberra held last year which is also a sprint distance.

He had previously competed at school state triathlons which is about half the distance of the sprint format.

Sopniewski placed first in his division at the December Fest race held on December 9 2012.

He finished equal 32nd overall with a time of 1:17:10.

His split times were 13:35 for the swim, (1st category, 43rd overall), 42:23 for the cycle, (2nd category, 54th overall), and 21:12 for the run (1st category, 19th overall).

His time of 1:15:59 on Sunday shows a steady improvement on the last race, with a lot of work being done over the Christmas break, especially on the bike.

Still relatively new to the sport, Sopniewski shows particular strength in the running leg, and also in the longer distance races.

He was happy with his improvement and is looking to improve in the future and is now preparing for a full Olympic length triathlon (1500/40/10) to be held in March, again in Canberra as part of the Capital Summer Series.

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