Michelle Mitchell takes the Women’s Title at Ironman Australia 2012

A jubilent Michelle Mitchell

A beaming Michelle Mitchell has won Ironman Australia after coming from behind on the run to pass Nicole Ward just after the 10km mark. Ward had a 90 second lead going out on to the run with Hilary Biscay between them. Biscay did not look comfortable at all as she started the run and never really found her stride.

Ward found herself in the unusual position of leading the bike for a lot of the race. Usually her weakness she has addressed this and wanted to lead on to the run and leave no questions for the end of the race. She ran hard from the start as she knew Mitchell was a strong runner and the only way to win was to run fast.

Mitchell finished a close second to Rebekah Keat at Challenge Cairns last June in only her second ever Iron distance race. She went on to win Challenge Barcelona last year but said after her win today that winning an Ironman race and getting a slot for Kona was a dream.


 

POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 MITCHELL, Michelle 30/Pro 0:51:48 5:29:57 3:08:38 9:34:57
2 WARD, Nicole 37/Pro 0:51:50 5:28:57 3:20:47 9:44:40
3 BISCAY, Hillary 34/Pro 0:50:40 5:29:13 3:34:04 9:58:19
4 JAENKE, Kym 35/35-39 0:54:21 5:38:37 3:30:08 10:08:20
5 BOURCHIER, Kathleen 33/30-34 0:58:35 5:42:51 3:26:40 10:11:57
6 SNIPE, Rhiannon 29/25-29 0:59:56 5:37:23 3:30:40 10:12:14
7 ELLIS, Erika 34/30-34 1:11:20 5:27:02 3:30:40 10:13:09
8 CRAFT, Kristy 30/30-34 1:02:04 5:24:10 3:44:00 10:14:21
9 SOUTHWELL, Leanne 43/40-44 0:52:23 5:37:42 3:46:29 10:20:03
10 WILLOUGHBY, Kacey 29/25-29 1:06:35 5:36:12 3:34:15 10:22:10
11 BORN, Beate 33/30-34 1:09:03 5:32:09 3:35:47 10:24:20
12 CLARKE, Angela 46/45-49 0:58:15 5:49:21 3:36:02 10:27:55
13 FRANCIS, Anna 32/30-34 0:57:28 5:45:35 3:43:34 10:30:57
14 THIELE, Catherine 35/35-39 0:58:57 5:44:07 3:45:14 10:32:58
15 RALPH, Marijke 27/25-29 1:16:34 5:36:01 3:36:18 10:35:34
16 DEWS, Carolyn 43/40-44 1:02:30 5:43:25 3:44:14 10:35:37
17 ELLISON, Sian 30/30-34 1:06:06 5:32:43 3:55:47 10:38:34
18 FERRY, Allison 38/35-39 1:03:51 5:36:00 3:54:59 10:38:38
19 BOX, Terri-Ann 41/40-44 1:05:40 5:49:18 3:39:34 10:41:28
20 BARKER, Jodie 37/35-39 1:08:17 5:56:49 3:37:08 10:48:44
21 HILL, Meredith 30/30-34 1:05:27 5:41:05 3:56:38 10:49:26
22 WALKER, Sarah 44/40-44 1:03:42 5:34:01 4:10:40 10:52:39
23 LEFEAUX, Christine 46/45-49 1:09:53 5:39:05 4:01:04 10:55:45
24 BRACE, Carolyn 38/35-39 1:00:06 5:50:27 4:01:27 10:56:07
25 PERCIVAL, Cassandra 31/30-34 0:56:44 5:51:13 4:03:35 10:56:59
26 BROWN, Emma 37/35-39 1:15:25 5:58:37 3:40:52 10:59:20
27 CULLEN, Nancy 55/55-59 1:03:39 5:58:51 3:50:52 10:59:32

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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.