Ashburton College athlete Matthew Clough continues to impress in multi sport events, with a second place finish at the recent ITU World Multisport Championships in Canada.
Competing for the New Zealand team in the aquathlon event, the 17-year-old tackled a 1km swim in Lake Okanagan, followed by a 5km run along the Penticton waterfront.
Tough conditions in the swim leg saw Clough emerge from the water in 6th place, but a slick transition moved him up the field to 5th at the start of the run.
He passed the second placed runner with 1km to go and raced home to take the silver medal in the U19 men’s category in a time of 32m:35s.
Based on the performance, Matthew Clough hopes to be selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the 2018 World Championships in Denmark.
As well as aquathlon, he is also keen to compete in the cross tri event (open water swim, mountain bike and off-road run) once he turns 18.
Next on his agenda is the Mt Somers Mission and Longbeach Challenge events, before he attempts the two day Coast to Coast race in February.