Nepean triathlon retrospective – 1984

In the year when McEnroe & Navratilova won Wimbeldon, Carl Lewis picked up 4 gold medals at the LA Olympics and Laurent Fignon took out the Tour de France, the 3rd Nepean Triathlon was being staged.

The first Sunday in December became the race date for a number years from 1984. The race venue stayed on the Nepean River but moved 3km down the river from the previous years.

1984 will be remembered by many for the cold water (about 15C) as Warragamba Dam had to open its gates the day before the event causing a number of competitors to withdraw with hyperthermia (this was before wetsuits were being used, see swim exit below).

Race winners were Kevin Charman and Gaylene Clews who went onto make their place in the sport. Kevin being a major force in Australia for a couple of years and Gaylene becoming the pioneer for Aussie women on the US triathlon circuit. Gaylene also went onto become the wife of marathon champ, Robert De Castella.

As you see from these formidable years of the Nepean Triathlon the race gave many athletes their step onto the world scene.

1984 Men’s winner: Kevin Charman

1984 Women’s winner: Gaylene Clews

1984 Swim exit

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