Joondanna’s Rahul on a roll

JOONDANNA speedster Rahul Jegatheva has taken out his second national aquathlon title in a row.

The 17-year-old UWA student defended his 19&Under crown on the Gold Coast earlier this month, setting himself up for the international aquathlon championships due to be held in Pontevedra, Spain, next month.

Aquathlon’s essentially a triathlon without the bike leg.

• Rahul Jegatheva on the way to his second national championships. Photo by Jacqui Richards

Rahul finished more than a minute ahead of the closest competitor in his age bracket, but showed his promise by coming in second overall; he held the lead for a while, but was overtaken by national surf and ironman champion Isak Costello.

“I am really lucky to be able to learn from and get inspiration from three different sources,” Rahul said.

“My swim coach Eoin Carroll of the Perth City Swim Club, run coach Professor Grant Landers of UWA Triathlon Club and the brilliant athletes of the North Coast Triathlon Club where I have honed my aquathlon techniques, as they have a 12-race aquathlon series over the summer.”

Last year the youngster’s win was noteworthy for the mad dash that followed; he’d been chosen to carry the Queen’s baton for the Commonwealth Games in Stirling the day after the race, but with no direct plane flights he had to endure a seven-hour, nighttime drive along the Alpine Highway just to get there in time.

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