Caroline Steffen wins Ironman Australia 2011

By Karl Hayes

Photo Credit: Sophie Hayes

Caroline-Steffen-winning-ironman-australia-2011After being second out of the water Caroline Steffen blew the rest of the field away on the bike and came home with a solid 3:22 marathon. It wasn’t the fastest run of the day. That belonged to third placed Kristen Molloy. Kristen ran 3:18:58 and was followed closely by Nicole Ward who ran 3:19:50.

Amelia Pearson lead out of the swim by just under a minute but was quickly overtaken on the bike by Steffen.

Steffen looked at ease out on the run course. She may have been hurting but wasn’t showing it. Steffen was the raging hot favourite for the race. Her second place at Hawaii last October and recently took out second at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (3km/200km/20km)

With a finish time of 9:29:54, Steffen was around nine minutes faster than second placed Amelia Pearson from Tasmania. Even though Pearson was second she wins the crown as Australian Ironman Champion for being the first Australian home. Last year Pearson was third at both Ironman Australia and Ironman WA so the result on Sunday was a special one for her. Last year’s winner, Carrie Lester was racing in the Port Macquarie 70.3 on the same day.

Amelia-Pearson-ironman-australia-2011First age grouper home Rebecca Eveleigh had an outstanding day. After being 7min behind Ward after the swim Eveleigh rode strongly but could not reach Ward on the bike. Ward’s strong run had her up approximately 18mins ahead at the end of the race.

Elizabeth Gordon and Rebecca Philipp had a great race to take the first and second places in the women’s 25-29 age group. In the end just over two minutes separated them with Gordon winning the age group in 10:12:16 and Philipp coming second in 10:14:32. Gordon was just over three minutes faster on the swim with Philipp over two minute faster on the bike. Their marathon split was almost identical with Philipp being 5 seconds slower.

Another outstanding performance was Jessica Simpson’s. Simpson was tenth overall and at 23 was the youngest in the top 30 by over 4 years. Her finish time of 10:33 was outstanding. Eleventh placed 45yr old Angela Clarke had a great all round race with a finish time of 10:35:59.

Another youngster, 21 year old  Kate O’Neill finished 85th overall with a time of 13:00:19. So close to breaking the 13 hour mark. But at 21 there is plenty of time to get sorted

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Full results on Ironmanlive.com

POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 STEFFEN, Caroline 33/Pro 0:50:35 5:12:39 3:22:10 9:29:54
2 PEARSON, Amelia 30/Pro 0:49:46 5:23:31 3:21:56 9:38:23
3 MOLLOY, Kirsten 32/Pro 0:51:27 5:30:09 3:18:58 9:43:55
4 WARD, Nicole 36/Pro 0:54:05 5:32:36 3:19:50 9:49:23
5 EVELEIGH, Rebecca 34/30-34 1:01:42 5:24:09 3:36:59 10:07:57
6 SPITLER, Erin 32/Pro 1:06:01 5:21:18 3:38:28 10:08:33
7 GORDON, Elizabeth 27/25-29 0:58:08 5:35:38 3:33:32 10:12:16
8 PHILIPP, Rebecca 28/25-29 1:01:22 5:33:48 3:33:37 10:14:32
9 GRAY, Kylie 28/25-29 1:03:16 5:36:10 3:46:38 10:31:46
10 SIMPSON, Jessica 23/18-24 0:56:31 5:36:22 3:55:53 10:33:14
11 CLARKE, Angela 45/45-49 0:57:14 5:51:56 3:42:46 10:35:59
12 FRANCIS, Anna 31/30-34 0:56:35 5:50:32 3:45:18 10:36:46
13 STRETTON, Elizabeth 33/30-34 0:58:26 5:43:55 3:49:03 10:38:16
14 THIELE, Catherine 34/30-34 0:58:33 5:47:38 3:51:13 10:41:46
15 COTTRELL-DORMER, Mia 37/35-39 1:01:22 5:48:30 3:46:21 10:43:36
16 WHITMORE, Tarryn 33/30-34 0:55:57 5:39:29 4:08:25 10:47:48
17 LAWSON, Jessica 29/25-29 0:56:44 5:47:29 4:02:42 10:50:58
18 BROWN, Clara 29/25-29 1:05:11 5:57:45 3:43:50 10:51:31
19 RALPH, Marijke 26/25-29 1:15:52 6:03:54 3:27:26 10:52:16
20 SECCOMBE, Belinda 37/35-39 1:10:01 5:48:38 3:56:04 10:59:50
21 PERCIVAL, Cassandra 30/30-34 0:55:12 5:57:39 4:01:48 11:00:06
22 PROFFIT, Shannon 28/25-29 0:58:24 5:44:29 4:13:31 11:00:16
23 ANDERSEN, Lise 27/25-29 1:01:25 5:51:35 4:04:06 11:01:57
24 HAMILTON, Julie 35/35-39 1:09:53 5:47:52 4:01:33 11:04:24
25 O’NEILL, Emma 27/25-29 1:03:03 6:06:47 3:50:14 11:05:53
26 DEWS, Carolyn 42/40-44 1:03:44 5:57:41 4:03:29 11:10:47
27 WILLOUGHBY, Kacey 28/25-29 1:07:59 6:05:26 3:52:12 11:11:59
28 SYMONDS, Alicia 28/25-29 0:56:19 5:46:13 4:25:41 11:12:27
29 LUCAS, Kylie 40/40-44 1:04:15 6:04:35 4:00:36 11:13:55
30 CARTERS, Melissa 28/25-29 1:08:40 6:18:34 3:39:47 11:14:49
31 PARRY-WILLIAMS, Vanessa 39/35-39 1:01:44 6:16:03 3:51:29 11:15:39
32 CRAFT, Kristy 29/25-29 1:02:18 5:30:35 4:40:29 11:18:14
33 FISHER, Justine 39/35-39 1:01:15 6:03:13 4:06:12 11:18:55
34 BRACE, Carolyn 37/35-39 1:01:37 6:00:45 4:13:49 11:20:40
35 HOFFMANN, Jen 43/40-44 1:11:10 6:04:59 3:57:01 11:21:55
36 CHIFFEY-GRAY, Jenna 27/25-29 1:13:09 6:12:38 3:51:52 11:22:04
37 KURSIDIM, Rochelle 41/40-44 1:02:51 5:55:08 4:20:09 11:23:09
38 APPLETON, Alison 52/50-54 1:03:31 6:00:30 4:15:48 11:25:21
39 JOHNSON, Alicia 23/18-24 0:56:47 6:31:56 3:53:16 11:26:38
40 DUKES, Kate 37/35-39 1:02:56 5:56:06 4:19:13 11:27:19
41 JELL, Christine 47/45-49 1:09:55 6:09:38 3:56:55 11:28:34
42 DAVEY, Jessica 28/25-29 1:02:47 6:07:41 4:12:58 11:29:35
43 OWENS, Natalie 38/35-39 1:06:55 5:53:59 4:24:03 11:31:18
44 HANSON, Stef 30/30-34 1:08:05 5:42:30 4:36:14 11:33:11
45 WATSON-JONES, Kristy-Lee 29/25-29 1:10:10 6:13:41 4:03:57 11:34:11
46 WOODS, Alanna 37/35-39 1:15:48 6:20:09 3:53:12 11:36:38
47 SINCLAIR, Paula 40/40-44 1:00:23 5:55:21 4:38:56 11:40:15
48 RIELLY, Debbie 43/40-44 1:06:02 6:07:59 4:23:35 11:45:22
49 DOKE, Marie 47/45-49 1:04:19 6:19:23 4:14:23 11:46:14
50 MADGE, Delwyn 42/40-44 1:07:11 6:11:07 4:22:46 11:48:20
51 HART, Jenny 45/45-49 1:16:38 6:48:16 3:34:59 11:48:55
52 WEBSTER, Jacqui 40/40-44 1:08:32 6:14:21 4:21:12 11:50:42
53 GREENHILL, Sharon 42/40-44 1:00:58 5:56:38 4:45:54 11:52:02
54 CARTER, Trish 31/30-34 0:57:19 6:06:07 4:41:36 11:53:25
55 BROWN, Emma 36/35-39 1:10:48 6:30:30 4:07:51 11:55:01
56 KILLEEN, Leonie 43/40-44 1:09:19 6:25:43 4:08:06 11:55:02
57 LISTER, Kate 30/30-34 1:02:57 6:24:11 4:25:20 11:57:02
58 MACDONALD, Margaret 45/45-49 1:08:35 6:06:31 4:40:02 12:02:46
59 GAFFEL, Kylie 29/25-29 1:05:25 6:21:42 4:31:30 12:05:15
60 LAMBERT, Danielle 35/35-39 1:11:39 6:21:11 4:26:29 12:08:22
61 PORTER, Katharine 48/45-49 1:04:17 6:43:21 4:17:19 12:11:55
62 JONES, Caroline 33/30-34 1:08:32 6:52:15 4:06:30 12:14:24
63 TOOHEY, Kate 39/35-39 1:11:16 6:13:57 4:39:07 12:14:50
64 SINCLAIR-SMITH, Rowena 39/35-39 1:01:40 6:41:10 4:28:27 12:16:29
65 CAMPBELL, Ann 48/45-49 1:05:24 6:13:48 4:49:50 12:17:17
66 HERZBERG, Millie 31/30-34 1:07:33 6:15:31 4:46:48 12:17:37
67 SCHOLTES, Adri-Anne 35/35-39 1:27:46 6:24:21 4:17:24 12:22:06
68 FARLOW, Tania 39/35-39 1:01:52 6:38:44 4:36:30 12:24:31
69 EDWARDS, Frances 47/45-49 1:16:19 6:10:10 4:49:02 12:27:14
70 JOLIOT, Beatrice 41/40-44 1:17:28 6:26:57 4:34:15 12:28:20
71 MCAFEE, Janet 52/50-54 1:16:30 6:40:35 4:21:09 12:28:59
72 TRAVILL, Alison 23/18-24 0:59:50 6:41:31 4:41:48 12:29:29
73 CHRISTENSEN, Tanni 25/25-29 1:10:02 6:39:43 4:37:53 12:36:01
74 LEE, Natasha 32/30-34 1:02:07 6:18:38 5:10:47 12:38:17
75 BAILEY, Lauren 27/25-29 1:19:14 6:24:36 4:43:54 12:40:13
76 SPICER, Rosie 53/50-54 1:19:09 6:27:14 4:53:24 12:48:59
77 COX, Helen 39/35-39 1:24:14 7:05:45 4:13:30 12:51:05
78 COOPER, Karen 40/40-44 1:02:58 6:53:12 4:48:25 12:52:22
79 FREER, Helen 60/60-64 1:10:08 6:51:42 4:43:32 12:54:21
80 SALESSES, Sylvia 41/40-44 1:11:05 6:33:51 4:59:04 12:54:29
81 BEATH, Lisa 41/40-44 1:00:39 7:01:01 4:49:22 12:58:54
82 TREMAYNE, Margaret
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.