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Most people would not even
try to t over 800km of kayaking,
mountainbiking and trekking
into nine sleep-deprived days,
but Greymouth chiropractor
Seamus Meikle did just that at the
Adventure Racing World Champs in
Costa Rica earlier this month.
Meikle became an honorary
Brazilian to compete in a Brazil
team for the December 2 event,
" is is the last one for the year,
so it's the big one," he said, back in
His team was ranked 14th out of
65 teams going in, although not
even half could nish.
"I was pretty happy to nish, just
because it was such a hard race. Out
of 65 teams I don't think even 20
nished the whole race."
Meikle is no stranger to multisport,
having won the Speight's Coast
to Coast two-day event this year.
However, this series is a di erent
"Most races are about 70 hours
long, the last race is supposed to be
120, but the winning time for this
After eight days of racing, his
team nished on the ninth morning,
having had 14 hours of sleep.
"I think the winning team had
about seven, but one of their guys
sort of didn't know who he was on
the last day."
at was just par for the course in
the sport, though, Meikle said.
"You always see a few things that
It is not just the head that su ers:
"I lost 5kg."
Making up the race is 400km of
mountainbiking, 260km of kayaking
and about 170km trekking.
"Most races aren't that long, you
usually race quite fast and don't get
much sleep, but this one you had to
be a bit smarter, look after your feet.
We were quite conservative over the
rst few days, which paid o ."
Having nished third in a
Brazilian event earlier in the year,
the team went in hoping for a top 10
nish and did not disappoint.
"We were in third with 24 hours
to go on the long paddle, a 16-hour
kayak, and I got a bit sick."
e team took a sleep break and
got passed, then hit another setback,
losing ve hours looking for the
bridge they needed to cross.
"We were really close to where we
should have been. e maps weren't
very accurate and we hadn't slept for
days so we just made some stupid
decisions. Five hours goes pretty
quick if you haven't been sleeping."
Meikle said the key to lasting the
distance was having general tness,
but mostly staying mentally strong.
"After a couple days it's all about
your head, if you get your head right
you'll get to the nish."
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth chiropractor Seamus Meikle, back on the West Coast after competing in the Adventure Racing
World Champs in Costa Rica earlier this month.
From Coast to Coast to Costa Rica
Taylor leads charge
up world test rankings
Ross Taylor's momentous summer
continued yesterday as he rose to a
career-high fourth in the world test
Taylor's three hundreds in the
three West Indian tests bumped
him up to 871 points. at eclipses
former opener Glenn Turner's 845,
which was the previous high for a
New Zealand batsman when he was
recently ranked the world's best in
1974 on retrospective ratings.
Taylor sits behind only South
Africans AB de Villiers and Hashim
Amla, and West Indian Shiv
Among those he has clambered
over are Australian captain
Michael Clarke --- recently named
International Cricket Council player
of the year --- and sixth-placed Sri
Lankan Kumar Sangakkara.
Add in seamers Trent Boult (10th)
and Tim Southee (13th) and New
Zealand players are starting to
make an impact on the rankings
e bowling list is headed by two
South Africans, Vernon Philander
and Dale Steyn.
"It's early days, we have some guys
who are hungry to perform on the
world stage and match themselves
up against the best players rather
than just being the best in New
Zealand," New Zealand captain
Brendon McCullum said.
After Taylor, Kane Williamson is
next best on the batting list at No 21,
followed by McCullum at No 34.
Southee will skip the rst two West
Indies ODIs for treatment on a toe,
but is expected to return for the third
game in Queenstown on New Year's
Day. World test rankings
Batting: 1 AB de Villiers
(South Africa) 906pts, 2 Hashim
Amla (South Africa) 881, 3 Shiv
Chanderpaul (West Indies) 876, 4
Ross Taylor (NZ) 871, 5 M Clarke
Bowlers: 1 Vernon Philander
(South Africa) 912, 2 Dale Steyn
(South Africa) 890, 3 Rangana
Herath (Sri Lanka) 831, 4 Saeed
Ajmal (Pakistan) 824, 5 Ryan Harris
Also: 10 Trent Boult (NZ)
729, 13 Tim Southee (NZ) 699.
--- New Zealand Herald
Paul I ll may have played his
last A-League soccer game for the
Wellington Phoenix after con rming
he ruptured his Achilles tendon in
Sunday's win over Sydney.
Probably the best player to wear the
Phoenix shirt in the club's seven-
year history, I ll is facing a lengthy
rehabilitation and will be o contract
at the end of the campaign.
ere were already questions
surrounding the 34-year-old's future
after his reduced role so far this
season, and those will be intensi ed
by the injury blow.
I ll went down without contact
during the second half of Wellington's
maiden victory of the season,
appearing to be in agony before being
taken from the eld on a stretcher.
Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick
suggested the severity of the injury
after the game and the worst was
con rmed yesterday, with I ll
tweeting he would be out of action for
eight to 12 months: "Surgery today 3
wks of feet up then hit
the rehab hard and see
where it takes me!"
Despite the Barbados
perspective, the outlook
is far from sunny.
Confronted with an
who was already
approaching the end
of his playing days, the
Phoenix may be ready
to move on without the
man who has been their
talisman since joining
the club in 2009.
was I ll's 108th for
him eighth-equal on
the all-time list, but it would be a risk
to commit to another contract in the
hope of him adding to that number.
I ll occupies an import spot which
could well be used elsewhere and,
having hinted at remaining in the
capital once he hangs up the boots,
he wouldn't be lost to the club
In the meantime, Merrick may look
to recruit a replacement player. One
name bound to crop up is that of
Aaron Clapham, with the All White
in red-hot form for Canterbury
United in the ASB Premiership.
e attacking mid elder, who leads
the league with ve goals, has long
been linked to the Phoenix and would
provide depth in an area which now
appears diluted. --- APNZ
Ifill may have played last game for Phoenix
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Paul I ll being carried from the eld after his injury.
Tour de France champion Chris
Froome has strengthened his ties with
Team Sky by agreeing a new deal with
the British cycling out t.
" is has been an incredible year for
me and I'm delighted to nish it o
by signing a new contract with Team
Sky," the 28-year-old Briton said in a
"I've been with this team since the
start and I know this is the right place
for me to continue to grow."
e Kenyan-born rider won the Tour
de France for the rst time in July,
emulating the 2012 success of fellow
Briton Bradley Wiggins.
Team Sky also extended the contracts
of other members of their team
including Peter Kennaugh, David
Lopez and Ian Stannard. --- Reuters
Tour de France champion Fromme resigns with Team Sky
"GO THE COASTERS"
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