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Winnipeg triathlete wins gold at Australia's Oceania Cup

Winnipeg's Sarah-Anne Brault took a huge step forward in her comeback to elite triathlon racing with a victory at the Oceania Cup on Sunday.

Canadian triathlete Sarah-Anne Brault wins gold at Australia's Oceania Cup

Team Manitoba's Sarah-Anne Brault (number 14) is seen competing in the individual triathlon event at the Canada Games in Summerside, P.E.I in 2009. Brault won gold in Australia's Oceania Cup on Sunday. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Winnipeg's Sarah-Anne Brault took a huge step forward in her comeback to elite triathlon racing with a victory at the Oceania Cup on Sunday.

The 24-year-old took posted a winning time of two hours seven minutes 55 seconds on the Olympic distance course that includes a 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run.

"I've always thought of the races in Mooloolaba as iconic and exotic so to actually get to partake in the action this year was a little surreal," said Brault. "The swim was a little chaotic. I felt comfortable on the bike, which I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised to run away from the other girls early on."

Australia's Kelly-Ann Perkins was second at 2:09:16. Penny Hayes, of New Zealand, secured the bronze medal with a time of 2:10:30.

Brault quick through the first transition and led the field on the bike before posting the second-fastest run time at 38:09.

"It has taken me a while to come back with my running since a stress fracture last summer," said Brault. "I just kept focused on keeping that lead until the finish."

Prior to her injury last year, Brault won a silver and bronze medal on the 2012 World Cup circuit.

"I feel like this race was a step in the right direction, and a good confidence booster," said Brault. "But I am also fully aware that the (top) girls who raced here Saturday at the World Cup are at a whole other level, which I'll be working hard to attain."