On athlete Josh Amberger excelled in the heat at Challenge Shepparton, taking home the silver medal after a blistering start set him up for success. The half-distance triathlon was held at Victoria Park Lake precinct, just north of Melbourne, Australia.
Amberger sent a clear message to the rest of the field with a devastating early assault on the race. By the end of the swim, Amberger and Trent Thorpe held a one-minute lead over the rest of the pack. Amberger then accelerated away on the bike with a 2:04:14 split.
He was eventually overtaken by Max Neumann during the 21.1km run. But Amberger had enough in the tank to hold off the challenge of Steve McKenna, crossing the line in 3:46:14 to take second spot and make a dramatic improvement on last month’s sixth-placed finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong.