Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

China Gives McLeod One Step on His Long Journey; Up-and-Coming Triathlete Launches Quest for World Ranking

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

China Gives McLeod One Step on His Long Journey; Up-and-Coming Triathlete Launches Quest for World Ranking

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

TRIATHLON: Racing a Beijing Olympic course would be the ultimate for some athletes but for Rockhampton's up-and-coming triathlete, Brian McLeod, it's just the first step on the ladder to a professional career.

The 18-year-old is off to race in China and admits his view of the "adventure" is a little different to how others may see it.

"The two races I am in I like to call the 'bottom of the barrel'," he joked.

While the remark may be a little flippant there is sound reasoning behind the teenager's comment.

McLeod has mapped out what he sees as his future in the sport and that is racing professionally.

"By the time I'm 21 or 22, I want to race as one of the top 65 (triathletes) in the world," he said.

"To do that I've got to build a world ranking."

The two races in China may not be high-profile but they are races for which world ranking points are awarded.

"I have to start some-where," he added.

McLeod will travel to China with a Brisbane athlete and spend 24 days there, racing on July 25 and August 8.

He admits he knows little of the country and nothing of the terrain of the two courses on which he will race.

"I've only ever been to New Zealand," he said. …

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