Cameron Brown Makes it Ten, Sam Warriner Wins at First Attempt at Ironman New Zealand

In heavy rain Cameron Brown claimed his record-setting 10th victory at Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand as Samantha Warriner claimed her first Ironman title beating both defending Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae and seven times Ironman New Zealand winner Jo Lawn.

The victory for Brown, 38, was relatively comfortable, and it has to be said that the men’s field lacked the depth of the womens. However in Kiwi Terenzo Bozzone and Switzerland’s Mathias Hecht there were two talented athletes capable of taking the crown away from the King of Taupo. That was not to be however as the talented Brown undeterred by the conditions broke away from his main rivals near the end of the bike and then passed Canadian Scott Curry early in the run to win in 8:31:07.

Cameron Brown’s record of winning this race ten times is truly remarkable. In reality no other person has won this race since 2000 (we are not counting the year it became a half distance duathlon due to high winds), and this feat may never be repeated in any iron distance race. Hats off to Cam Brown.

The real excitement was taking place behind the men in the women’s race. For Samantha Warriner this was her first tilt at an Ironman race, but in many other ways her achievement was also remarkable. She won the title just 14 weeks after undergoing a heart procedure to correct a racing heart rate, prior to the op she could not run for more than 20 minutes at a time. Sam was up against the strongest women’s field to assemble at IM NZ in living memory. Seven-time winner Jo Lawn, defending Ford Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae and IM WA winner Kate Bevilaqua would all have fancied their chances of taking out the victory, but Sam led the race virtually from start to finish.

While both Carfrae and Lawn were to suffer from punctures on the bike that takes nothing away from Warriner’s victory, contending with obstacles is just part of an iron distance race, be they mechanical, physical or mental, and those who can hold it all together on the day, and have a bit of good fortune deserve to call themselves champion.

Warriner’s win also means she becomes just the third woman in the history of triathlon to win an ITU World Cup series and an ironman.

The race played out pretty much exactly as Warriner predicted to Trizone in a pre race interview. She was out of the water at the front of the field with Japan’s Maki Nishiuchi. She stretched her advantage on the bike with fellow Kiwi Belinda Harper, with Carfrae and Lawn puncturing as they pushed to stay in the hunt.

Despite Carfrae running an impressive 3:01.05 marathon (bettered by only two male professionals) it was not enough to deny Warriner. “I was really hurting,” said Warriner. “I had to hang tough and hope the crowd could pull me in. In the last few kilometers I was wondering where the hell the finish line was.”

 

“It’s very special,” Warriner said after the race. “After all I have been through with the heart issues, and to achieve this in my first one here in New Zealand is special. Even though it was an awful day, the support out there was amazing.”

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Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.


Men




Pos 
ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 BROWN, Cameron 39/Pro 0:50:21 4:43:04 2:52:09 8:31:07
2 BOZZONE, Terenzo 26/Pro 0:47:14 4:51:36 2:57:52 8:41:54
3 HECHT, Mathias 31/Pro 0:47:19 4:48:22 3:04:19 8:45:36
4 WILLIAMS, Keegan 31/Pro 0:50:25 4:48:37 3:05:27 8:49:34
5 CURRY, Scott 36/Pro 0:50:30 4:39:59 3:14:21 8:50:44
6 HARRISON, Luke 34/30-34 0:47:54 5:06:19 2:55:56 8:58:14
7 VABROUSEK, Petr 38/Pro 0:53:51 4:55:51 3:02:59 8:58:30
8 GASKIN, Deano 37/35-39 0:56:33 5:02:33 2:59:39 9:07:10
9 BAYLY, Richard 32/30-34 0:56:19 4:58:25 3:08:49 9:10:05
10 GAGE, Stephen 41/40-44 0:52:05 5:01:37 3:10:03 9:10:41

Women




   ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 WARRINER, Samantha 40/Pro 0:50:30 5:10:39 3:20:52 9:28:24
2 CARFRAE, Mirinda 30/Pro 0:52:43 5:31:24 3:01:06 9:31:33
3 LAWN, Joanna 38/Pro 0:52:43 5:22:10 3:10:54 9:31:53
4 BEVILAQUA, Kate 34/Pro 0:58:28 5:11:55 3:23:55 9:40:01
5 HARPER, Belinda 36/Pro 0:52:47 5:18:11 3:22:44 9:40:33
6 MOLLOY, Kirsten 32/Pro 0:52:44 5:25:16 3:23:59 9:49:02
7 MITCHELL, Michelle 29/Pro 0:53:00 5:24:39 3:24:02 9:50:04
8 WILLIS, Janine 37/35-39 0:58:42 5:22:12 3:26:55 9:55:17
9 HAMMOND, Candice 27/25-29 1:00:50 5:15:52 3:32:31 9:56:41
10 LANE, Renee 34/Pro 0:53:43 5:24:49 3:36:23 10:01:59

Australians




   ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 BEVILAQUA, Kate 34/Pro 0:58:28 5:11:55 3:23:55 9:40:01
2 MOLLOY, Kirsten 32/Pro 0:52:44 5:25:16 3:23:59 9:49:02
3 MITCHELL, Michelle 29/Pro 0:53:00 5:24:39 3:24:02 9:50:04
4 LANE, Renee 34/Pro 0:53:43 5:24:49 3:36:23 10:01:59
5 CRAFT, Kristy 29/25-29 1:01:46 5:21:19 3:40:37 10:12:24
6 SNIPE, Rhiannon 28/25-29 1:04:02 5:47:08 3:16:49 10:14:39
7 CATTO, Alison 26/25-29 1:10:39 5:28:53 3:27:07 10:16:01
8 HALLETT, Kristy 38/35-39 1:06:32 5:32:22 3:28:40 10:17:55
9 WOOD, Natalie 37/35-39 1:01:23 5:57:11 3:23:02 10:28:31
10 BARKER, Jodie 36/35-39 1:10:44 5:44:18 3:34:17 10:38:58
11 DUKE, Dimity-lee 28/25-29 1:07:02 5:35:12 3:54:13 10:45:53
12 KING, Helen 22/18-24 1:07:43 5:44:09 3:43:34 10:46:04
13 ENTWISLE, Susan 38/35-39 0:58:19 5:29:59 4:09:40 10:46:15
14 GILBERT, Tina 36/35-39 0:57:47 5:27:41 4:12:59 10:50:08
15 MACLEAN, Anne 41/40-44 1:12:40 5:45:18 3:55:07 11:02:15
16 HILLBRICH, Lyndall 32/30-34 1:08:32 5:30:47 4:16:39 11:03:29
17 FRANZMANN, Miah 47/45-49 1:07:25 5:44:33 4:03:17 11:05:20
18 BOX, Terri-ann 40/40-44 1:04:58 5:48:48 4:01:37 11:07:55
19 PARRY-WILLIAMS, Vanessa 39/35-39 1:02:38 6:05:27 3:53:44 11:13:15
20 POOLE, Heidi 31/30-34 1:04:27 5:41:37 4:15:30 11:14:17
21 TRUSKETT, Merryn 46/45-49 1:02:52 5:39:31 4:26:05 11:19:10
22 ADES, Melanie 31/30-34 1:06:44 6:12:48 3:51:18 11:25:08
23 JOHNSON, Alicia 23/18-24 0:56:58 6:19:03 4:02:07 11:28:13
24 WARD, Rachel 33/30-34 1:12:14 5:42:26 4:22:43 11:28:31
25 ROTONDO, Sheryl 37/35-39 1:10:37 5:56:33 4:06:19 11:28:38
26 KOPKE, Gabrielle 41/40-44 1:08:23 6:03:11 4:09:40 11:32:01
27 JACKSON, Kirsty 21/18-24 0:51:37 6:19:23 4:15:47 11:37:43
28 HARDING, Lisa 45/45-49 1:06:07 5:36:01 4:48:12 11:41:57
29 GEREBTZOFF, Ntasha 37/35-39 1:02:42 6:06:11 4:21:48 11:43:29
30 PARORA, Sue 42/40-44 1:08:31 5:54:18 4:32:10 11:45:48
31 STEWART, Rachel 43/40-44 1:25:56 6:11:10 3:50:20 11:45:54
32 BRUMMAGE, Sarah-jane 36/35-39 1:02:13 6:05:45 4:30:14 11:51:39
33 HARDIE, Kassia 30/30-34 0:59:12 6:19:29 4:24:58 11:52:30
34 ELLIS, Susie 47/45-49 1:29:39 6:11:28 4:06:16 11:57:05
35 MCVICAR, Gina 51/50-54 1:01:38 6:02:57 4:47:20 12:01:01
36 STONE, Tania 46/45-49 1:03:29 6:20:55 4:22:33 12:05:43
37 COPPI, Eufemia 27/25-29 1:12:27 6:45:03 4:05:52 12:11:33
38 SMITH, Linda 48/45-49 1:10:58 6:21:57 4:27:51 12:15:11
39 WRIGHT, Kirsty 50/50-54 1:09:19 6:02:08 4:47:36 12:16:16
40 GRAVESANDE, Jacque 43/40-44 1:21:28 6:32:52 4:15:31 12:26:59
41 KENNELLY, Millicent 31/30-34 1:19:03 6:24:16 4:30:07 12:28:06
42 KELLY, Anna 28/25-29 1:09:50 6:17:36 4:53:09 12:32:20
43 STEVENSON, Gillian 41/40-44 1:16:22 6:14:32 4:48:10 12:32:28
44 CREALY, Sarah 34/30-34 1:06:35 6:22:38 4:49:17 12:34:06
45 STRICKLAND, Katie 19/18-24 1:03:39 6:38:21 4:41:59 12:34:46
46 RICHARD, Michelle 48/45-49 1:21:10 6:24:29 4:37:57 12:37:35
47 WILSON, Janine 38/35-39 0:56:53 6:44:14 4:44:31 12:39:17
48 HULME, Sarah 38/35-39 1:01:37 6:32:02 4:43:59 12:40:22
49 SHORT, Karen 56/55-59 1:09:56 6:24:32 4:50:36 12:41:00
50 NEWMAN, Alicia 39/35-39 1:07:30 6:41:13 4:42:39 12:47:40
51 LATHOURAS, Emma 36/35-39 1:18:42 6:39:28 4:35:41 12:51:51
52 CAMERON, Simone 37/35-39 1:11:15 7:04:43 4:32:40 13:07:54
53 JOHNSON, Adele 29/25-29 1:09:01 7:16:47 4:32:47 13:14:46
54 GAMBLE, Zoe 32/30-34 1:04:37 7:03:24 5:01:48 13:25:53
55 RATTENBURY, Nicole 44/40-44 1:12:18 6:42:08 5:14:32 13:28:44
56 TURNER, Joanne 30/30-34 1:07:29 6:40:44 5:27:08 13:32:28