Archive for September, 2011
Greg Welch will be recognised as one of Australia’s sporting legends on October 13 in Melbourne at the port Australia Hall of Fame’s 27th Annual Induction & Awards Gala Dinner. This is a deserving recognition of one of our sport’s legends. Greg has won numerous world championships and was the first Australian to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
For those Ironman vegans out there who are racing at Kona this year the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is putting on their popular four course vegan dinner with guest host Hilary Biscay. The dinner will be three days out from the big race and is definitely worth the effort.
Urban Hotel Group will return as naming rights sponsor for Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia for a third successive year, and partner as the official Hotel, Host and Hospitality partner for the inaugural Ironman Asia Pacific Championship, to be held Melbourne on March 25, 2012. Urban Hotel Group will also have presence on-site at Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie and SunSmart Ironman Western Australia 2011.
If you are lucky enough to already be in Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship you may like to join the likes of Tim DeBoom, Luke Bell, Belinda Granger, Hillary Biscay, Matt Lieto, Joe Gambles, Fraser Cartmell and Bree Wee for a 10km run and walk on the famous Francis H. Ii Brown North golf course where the Hawaii 70.3 run is held.
Lisa Norden has continued her recent good form with a solid win at the Los Angeles Triathlon finishing almost four minutes ahead of second placed Jodie Stimpson. Norden recently won the rich Hy-Vee triathlon banking USD$151,500 for the victory. Australian Annabel Luxford finished in fourth place. Cameron Dye took out the men’s race with a very fast bike split that gave him the gap he needed to hold out a faster finishing Greg Bennett. Tim Reed raced solidly for sixth overall and Matthew Pellow finished 12th amongst the male pros.
It was French domination as Stephane Poulat and Jeanne Collonge took out the first Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix. The pre-race favourites did not disappoint and ensured the red white and blue adorned the podium on a rainy French day.
Patrick Makau has broken the world marathon record. He raced to a 2:03:38 on the streets of Berlin, breaking Gebrselassie’s world record by 21 seconds. It was a terrible day for the Ethiopian emperor – he stepped off the road soon after Makau launched a big surge at around 27km, and while he did resume running, he was not a factor and it seems that he bailed some time later.
Aaron Farlow has continued his UK adventure, which saw him take out Ironman UK in August with a third place at the tough Challenge Henley course. Petr Vabrousek (CZE) and Yvette Grice (GBR) took out the inaugural titles at the weekend. The men’s race started off looking like the battle was going to be between Aaron Farlow (AUS) and Stephen Bayliss (GBR), who was first out of the water, with Lothar Leder (GER) retiring early on the bike leg. But with only 20k to go there were just two minutes separating the top six men.
Craig Alexander and Rebekah Keat Lead Australian Team at the World Long Distance Triathlon Championship
Two-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Craig Alexander and Challenge champion Rebekah Keat will spearhead a five-strong Australian team named today for the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in the USA in November. The 38-year-old Alexander (NSW) and Keat (QLD) will be joined by David Dellow (QLD), Nikki Butterfield (QLD) and Christine Hemphill (NSW) who will tackle the 4km swim, 120km bike and 30km run course in Henderson, Nevada (November 2-6).
After struggling to win for so long it seems Christie Sym has now found the winning habit with a dominant performance at Ironman 70.3 Cancun. Although there was only a small woman’s professional field Sym was backing up from the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas last weekend which was raced in very hot and tough conditions, and can be very pleased with her performance. In the men’s race Tim Reed placed third overall even after imploding on the run due to the heat after two very cold weeks in Boulder.