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Results: George Brannigan & Jess Blewitt Win the New Zealand National DH Championships

Feb 27, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from the New Zealand DH National Championships, with George Brannigan, Jess Blewitt, Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab and Jenna Hastings taking the 2022 Elite and Junior titles.

Jess Blewitt secured the Women's Elite national title with a win of nearly six seconds on Virginia Armstrong. Junior racer Jenna Hastings was the closest woman to Jess as she took the second-fastest female time of the day with a 3:29.72. George Brannigan took the national title for the Elite Men with his new team pulling around two seconds ahead of Tuhoto-Ariki Pene. While Hamish Mcleod would finish third in elites the fastest Junior Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab was the third-fastest man of the day.

Check out the full results below.




Results:



Elite Men:


1st. George Brannigan: 2:54.53
2nd. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene: 2:56.56
3rd. Hamish Mcleod: 2:57.25
4th. Sam Blenkinsop: 2:57.78
5th. Charlie Makea: 2:58.35



Elite Women:


1st. Jess Blewitt: 3:25.79
2nd. Virginia Armstrong: 3:31.37
3rd. Raewyn Morrison: 3:37.38
4th. Kalani Muirhead: 3:38.06
5th. Louise Kelly: 3:42.50




Junior Men:


1st. Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab: 2:57.02
2nd. Toby Meek: 2:59.58
3rd. Cameron Beck: 3:00.27
4th. Alex Wayman: 3:01.52
5th. Nico Arnold: 3:06.32



Junior Women:


1st. Jenna Hastings: 3:29.72
2nd. Leah Smith: 3:43.62




Full Results:

Elite Men:


Elite Women:


Junior Men:


Junior Women:






22 Comments

  • 83 0
 Huuuuuge props to Jess on coming back so incredibly after that crash last year. Congrats Jess!!!!!
  • 7 0
 Wad thinking the same, that thing was gnarly
  • 6 0
 Yes indeed! Tough as nails! Glad to see her right back at it.
  • 6 0
 I was in Snowshoe and only about 100' from Jess' crash and the sounds coming from her will never leave me. Congrats Jess!! You are tough as nails.
  • 3 0
 Came here to say the same thing - watching it on video live, it was chilling to see.. fantastic to see this result.
  • 17 0
 Wow! Way to go Jess! So glad to see you back and now wearing the sleeve. Well deserved!
  • 11 0
 The 1st Junior was the 3rd Overall.. thats pretty impressive
  • 2 0
 For sure
  • 4 0
 Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab is a name to keep an eye out for, that fella is FLYING!
  • 2 0
 1st junior woman was second overall in the women’s
  • 3 0
 @enduroNZ: and worth mentioning that the fist 3 women U17 were very close to the elite winners
  • 9 1
 NZ Downhill in a good place. World cups this year will be interesting.
  • 5 0
 Who expected to see Brannigan up there?
  • 6 2
 Hard to say this without seeing any other top international riders there.
Wasn't a great year for kiwis on the world cup circuit last year, and I suspect it will be the same this year. (If there is a World Cup this Year).

Happy to be proven wrong!
  • 1 0
 He's back Brannigan befor all those injurys that set him back he was a top ten world cup racer when on commencal befor Amaury and Thibault would love to see him be top ten racer again this year
  • 3 0
 Let's go Jess! Stoked to see you back in the game and killing it after all you've been through
  • 4 0
 Blenki at it again!!
  • 3 0
 Damn, Pene 2nd. He's on fire!
  • 3 0
 So happy for you Jess! Way to come back from injury!
  • 1 0
 Congrats George! And Jess, you're an absolute ANIMAL! Congrats as well Big Grin \m/
  • 1 0
 Where was Bulldog?
  • 2 0
 The UK

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