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Italian Triathletes Dominate Challenge Wanaka’s Design Windows Twilight Challenge

The Italian Triathlon team showcased their prowess as they clinched victories in both the Men’s and Women’s races of Challenge Wanaka’s Design Windows Twilight Challenge, which also doubled as Triathlon New Zealand’s Oceania Cup.

In an exhilarating display of athleticism, Alessio Crociani secured the Men’s title in the time of 47.33, edging out New Zealand’s Dylan McCullough by a mere 4 seconds. The battle between the two unfolded across the swim, bike, and run legs, with Crociani ultimately seizing the victory despite facing a 10-second technical penalty. His unwavering determination propelled him to triumph over a competitive field of 48 men.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s race, Italy’s Ilaria Zane emerged victorious, showcasing her exceptional skills across the swim, bike, and run disciplines finishing in a time of 53 mins 39 secs. With a commanding performance, Zane clinched the top spot 7 secs ahead of Switzerland’s Jolanda Annen and New Zealand’s Olivia Thornbury, captivating the audience with her dominance in the run.

The TriNZ Oceania Triathlon Cup, held as part of Challenge Wanaka’s Design Windows Twilight Challenge, saw an impressive turnout of some of the world’s finest short-distance athletes. Amidst an electrifying atmosphere, spectators were treated to an unforgettable display of speed, skill, and determination.

As the triathlon weekend unfolds, anticipation mounts for Saturday’s Challenge Wanaka Half middle-distance triathlon event, promising another thrilling showcase of elite athleticism.