Timaru ironman competitor has $15,000 custom made bike stolen four weeks out from world champs

Timaru ironman competitor Reon Park had a major setback yesterday in his preparations for competition, when discovering his $15,000 bike was stolen, with the world championship race just four weeks away.

The 47-year-old found out that someone had stolen the custom made bike from his bike room at his house.

"I went for a swim at lunchtime, popped home at 1pm to find both the gates open, which is unusual. I went round the back onto the deck and the door into the laundry and into the bike room out the back was open and there was a gaping hole where this bike should be," Park told Stuff.

Park used the bike on Saturday in a race and had the pedals removed and put them on his road bike, where he used it for training in an indoor facility on Monday.

"It's not as though they can even ride it off down the street because it had no pedals on it.

"There is only one in the country and there is only one painted that colour, essentially it's the only bike like that in the world."

Timaru ironman Reon Parker's stolen custom made bike.
Timaru ironman Reon Parker's stolen custom made bike. Source: Facebook/ Reon Parker

He told Stuff that police believe it was one person that stole the custom made boke from the bike room.

Park has offered a reward of $1000 to whoever returns his bike.

The Ironman world championship is on October 13 in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

Timaru ironman Reon Park.
Timaru ironman Reon Park. Source: Facebook/ Reon Park


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Dillian Whyte looming as next opponent for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua's next opponent appears to be all but confirmed, with a rematch against compatriot Dillian Whyte to go ahead despite declaring he's targeting American champion Deontay Wilder, according to the Times.

Having defeated Alexander Povetkin with a seventh round knockout last weekend, Joshua is still wanting a bout with WBC title holder Wilder, as victory would see him crowned heavyweight boxing's unified, undisputed champion.

However, with Wilder to fight Brit Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on December 1, Joshua's options have thinned, meaning a possible rematch with Whyte firming as the most lucrative for the undefeated 28-year old.

Joshua defeated Whyte in 2015, handing him his only career loss to date, while both fighters have defeated New Zealand's Joseph Parker in 2018.

Whyte meanwhile, appears likely to face longtime rival Dereck Chisora in December, although his status as the WBO's leading challenger could see him be given another fight against Joshua as a mandatory challenger. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua's next bout will be on April 13 after Sunday's victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Dillian Whyte knocks Joseph Parker down during the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker at The O2 Arena on July 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu breaks several national records at weightlifting meet

Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu has broken several national records at a weightlifting meet today.

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records.

Her records today were:

Snatch: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 96kg

C&J: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 111kg

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 200kg (which she then broke minutes later)

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 207kg

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records. Source: 1 NEWS


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Anthony Joshua delivers seventh round knockout, defends world titles against Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has kept his status as the biggest name in world boxing, defeating Russia's Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium this morning with a seventh round knockout.

Coming into the fight with his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF titles on the line, Joshua began brightly against 39-year old Povetkin, landing some early blows in the opening round, before Povetkin began to rattle the undefeated Brit with some shots of his own.

Joshua was then rattled towards the end of the first round, as Povetkin landed a blow to the nose to draw blood from his opponent.

Povetkin attempted to capitalise on his early success, and started to try and control the fight at the start of the third round, most notably with his left hook stopping Joshua find any sort of rhythm.

However, Joshua was able to inflict some damage of his own, cutting Povetkin above the left eye with a stinging uppercut.

It was in the sixth round though that the fight truly came to life, with both fighters seeming to exchange blows at will.

Joshua stamped his authority in the seventh, knocking Povetkin to the canvas in the seventh, before finishing the fight with a volley of blows as the officials bought the bout to an end.

Joshua will now almost certainly line up a bout with American and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, looking to add the final heavyweight world title to his collection.

 Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua punches Alexander Povetkin Source: Getty