Perth teen wins national aquathlon championship

Rahul Jegatheva (17) crossing the finish line at the Australian Age Group Aquathlon Championship.
Rahul Jegatheva (17) crossing the finish line at the Australian Age Group Aquathlon Championship.

JOONDANNA teenager Rahul Jegatheva has won a national aquathlon competition in Queensland.

The 17-year-old finished first at Triathlon Australia’s Australian Age Group Aquathlon Championship held in Townsville on August 24.

It was Rahul’s third consecutive national title in the 19 and under category but his first overall win.

He was quickest in both the 1km swim and 5km run courses.

Rahul thanked his coaches Grant Landers, from UWA Triathlon Club, and Perth City Swimming Club’s Eoin Carroll.

“I am also very thankful to my other club, the North Coast Triathlon Club, as that is where I get to compete in aquathlon races during their annual 12 race series,” he said.

“I am looking forward to my next major aquathlon race which could be in Singapore in early 2020 or perhaps the Worlds in Amsterdam in late 2020.”

Rahul, who studies biomedical science at the University of WA, recently won the university’s 2019 WM Nunn Bursary, which is awarded to first-year student athletes.