COLAC athlete Craig Davis has produced the performance of his career to finish second at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Canada.
The 25-year-old crossed the line behind Great Britain’s Edward Castro in the 25-30-year-old sprint distance category in front of family members at the event in Edmonton.
Davis finished seventh in the same event in London last year and said a consistent performance produced a place on the podium at Friday’s event.
He crossed the line of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre cycle and five-kilometre run in a tick over one hour and two minutes.
“I’m absolutely stoked and really happy,” Davis told the Colac Herald from Edmonton.
“I had a good race, it was pretty tough and it was a strong field, but it all went well and came to plan.”
The auto-electrician dedicated his outstanding performance to coach Stephane Van Der Bruggen and family members.
Davis travelled to Canada with his mother Judith, father Len and partner Lauren Meade and was surprised by brother Shane and aunty Sharon Goullet’s arrival before the race.
He said the support from his family gave him motivation in the gruelling race.
“I had family come support me this year and my brother and aunty came over a couple of days before and they surprised me, I had no idea they were coming,” Davis said.
“It was an awesome feeling that got me going and having my parents and my partner there really helped me along the way.”
Davis fell off the bike at London’s race last year and set his goal at Edmonton for a podium finish.
He said he would look back on this year’s performance with great pleasure and hadn’t ruled out having a shot at winning next year’s race, which is at Chicago in the United States.
“I stayed on the bike this year,” Davis said.
“I wasn’t sure where I was coming, I thought I was leading at one stage, so I did my absolute best to come second – I don’t think I could’ve got any better than that.
“But I definitely enjoyed it a lot more this year.
“I think now I’ve got second, I’d like to have the win, it’s definitely a goal of mine, it’s probably going to be next year, it’s hard to say, but that’s my goal at the moment.”