FRONT-RUNNER: Tim Lang in action at the world cross triathlon championships. Lang said the winding mountain course on the bike was treacherous. Picture: Delly CarrBelmont North triathlete Tim Lang couldn’t have asked for a better trip after leading the n team as flag-bearer and defending his world title in Canada.

Lang returned home on Sunday fresh from winning the 45-49 years men’s world cross triathlon championship at Penticton.

The 48-year-old claimed his maiden world title in the same format and age division last November at LakeCrackenbackin the Snowy Mountains after producing an epic finish in the run leg.

John Domandl and Paul McGlynn. Picture: Delly Carr

This time around, Lang built a two-minute lead in the opening swim leg and was never threatened, finishing the 30-kilometre mountain course in two hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds.Canadian multiple Xterra world triathlon champion Calvin Zaryski was second 2:29:49.

Lang said being chosen as flag-bearer for at the multi-sport world championships, which also took in long distance triathlon, aquathlon and duathlon, made the win extra special.

“It’s been the best 10 days of my life to get picked to lead in 200 athletes, then defend my world title,” he said.

“Going to another country, racing all the Europeans, Canadians and Americans, a lot of them weren’t at Crackenback, so it’s a true world title.

“It’s even more satisfying knowing you’ve got most of the top guys there.”

His next focus was on qualifying for the world sprint and standard triathlon titles to be held on the Gold Coast in September next year as well as defending his cross crown in Denmark.

He was part of a Hunter group at Penticton which includedShane Gibbs, who was second in 35-39 years men’s aquathlon.Sarah Gardner was sixth in junior women’s duathlon and aquathlon, while ParalympianJohn Domandland guide Paul McGlynn won the long distance triathlon, aquathlon and duathlonPTV1division.

John Domandl and Paul McGlynn. Picture: Delly Carr

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