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Andrea Hansen (nee Hewitt), pictured at the 2014 ITU World Triathlon in Sweden, is set to compete at the Oamaru triathlon on Sunday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Oamaru will host some of New Zealand’s top multisport athletes on Sunday.

Twelve athletes gunning for representative opportunities, including Commonwealth Games selection, will compete at the Oamaru Triathlon after most other elite events have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

One of the biggest names to be competing is Andrea Hansen (nee Hewitt), who won the under-23 World Triathlon Championship in 2006, competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, placing sixth and seventh respectively, and won bronze medals at the the 2006 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

After taking time off to have children, Hansen is aiming for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year.

She will be joined by Janus Staufenberg, who was fourth at the 2020 Oceania Cup and 43rd at the ITU Triathlon World Cup the same year, Brea Roderick, who won silver at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, and Saxon Morgan, who competed in the World Triathlon Series and Europe Triathlon Cup last year.

Oamaru Multisport Club stalwart Adair Craik said the elite athletes would use the race as a preliminary Commonwealth Games trial.

It was exciting for Oamaru to be able to host top-level athletes, and for the locals to compete alongside them.

‘‘That came out of the blue. They’re desperate for races,’’ Craik said.

The Oamaru Triathlon and South Island Secondary Schools Duathlon and Triathlon will run in ‘‘two waves’’ at the Oamaru Harbour.

The junior and intermediate grades were at maximum capacity of 100 athletes and numbers were getting close to 100 for the senior and elite categories.

A waiting list had been created and Craik asked anyone who could no longer attend to contact the club so their spot could be filled by someone else.

The course perimeter would be taped off and spectators were not able to enter the athlete area. People were welcome to watch the event, but officials would direct spectators where to stand so there was more freedom to run the event safely, Craik said.

Entries close at midnight tonight.