Paul Ambrose wins Ironman Australia 2012

Paul Ambrose led from start to finish to take out the 2012 Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie. The 2012 Ironman Louisville champion held off a fast finishing Tim Berkel who was leaving nothing on the run course in a last ditch effort to catch Ambrose. We saw Ambrose employ these tactics in Abu Dhabi this year to only falter in the run. This wasn’t the case this time. Ambrose can now call himself a multiple Ironman winner.

Tim Berkel only decided to do the race after watching Ironman Melbourne six weeks ago, having previously said he would not race any iron distance races this season. He had the run of the day with a 2:47:20 marathon and Jason Shortis was not far behind with a 2:51. Earlier in the day former Ironman great Bruce Thomas said Shortis would run a 2:50 and push for the podium.

Ambrose said he needed a 15min gap off the bike to keep Berkel at bay and this was almost what he had at the start of the run. Berkel knew if he could hold Ambrose to a ten minute gap that he would be able to run him down. Today it was Ambrose’s day.

After the race Ambrose was open about the way he had approached races before. ‘I have approached races before without paying due respect to what I was about to do. I approached this race very differently and put in the work needed to win Ironman Australia. My training partner Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack has been a huge influence on me and the valuable knowledge I have gained from Macca put me in a position to win this Ironman”.

Mens Podium Celebration

On the bike Ambrose wasted no time and used his buffer from the swim to keep putting time in to the chasers and make them work hard to try and stay in touch. Berkel and Griffin paced of each other on the bike until Griffin was handed a drafting penalty. Griffin was filthy about is as they were going through some road works and up a hill. This part of road was particularly rough and hard to ride on. Griffin stewed on this and the fact that the TO did not start the stop watch straight away in the box which added another minute on to his penalty. Griffin was philosophical about it after the race and knows this had nothing to do with his 4th place. After Ironman WA in December and now Ironman Australia today he is adamant that he is not an iron distance triathlete. “The run hurts too much”. Griffin is entered to race Cairns Ironman but he may decided to defend his Cairns Half title after today. A few days later Griffin has confirmed that he will race Ironman Cairns.

“The 160km mark on the bike really hit me again and I faded at this point. It just seems I am a half iron distance guy”.

Out on the run and Griffin started well but at around 20kms he said he started to hit the wall and his legs just gave up. Meanwhile behind, a powering Jason Shortis was getting in to a really good rhythm and putting in one of his trademark marathons. Shortis had a lot of work to do to get within striking distance of Griffin before he could start to work on taking the 3rd place.

At the end an emotional Jason Shortis paid tribute at a couple of friends who have recently been lost in accidents.

Paul Ambrose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Berkel congratulates Paul Ambrose as he comes towards the finish line

 

 

 

POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 AMBROSE, Paul 28/Pro 0:46:18 4:31:25 2:57:12 8:17:38
2 BERKEL, Tim 28/Pro 0:48:49 4:42:04 2:47:20 8:21:11
3 SHORTIS, Jason 42/Pro 0:50:28 4:53:51 2:51:57 8:40:02
4 GRIFFIN, Leon 32/Pro 0:48:53 4:48:26 3:15:26 8:55:54
5 BURTON, Matt 24/18-24 0:53:51 4:56:33 3:03:29 8:57:10
6 BELL, Ben 37/35-39 0:54:20 5:09:51 2:56:26 9:03:05
7 CRAFT, Matthew 32/30-34 0:53:56 5:02:57 3:04:18 9:04:24
8 BRACE, Bob 37/35-39 0:54:42 5:01:54 3:10:24 9:09:57
9 DODD, Paul 40/40-44 0:52:44 5:01:20 3:13:18 9:11:05
10 DALEY, Tony 40/40-44 0:59:32 5:14:26 2:54:18 9:14:24
11 JOHNSTON, Robert 30/30-34 0:54:01 5:12:30 3:07:24 9:17:12
12 NUTTMAN, Jason 34/30-34 0:54:47 5:08:03 3:11:01 9:18:01
13 ASHCROFT, Scott 34/30-34 0:56:13 5:11:26 3:07:31 9:19:11
14 WATERHOUSE, Chris 36/35-39 0:51:16 5:14:47 3:10:02 9:20:42
15 COOK, Aaron 35/35-39 0:46:52 5:12:54 3:19:54 9:23:07
16 SMITH, Marcus 40/40-44 0:57:54 5:05:31 3:16:33 9:23:59
17 GOSWELL, James 24/18-24 0:50:06 5:11:41 3:16:23 9:24:02
18 DMITRIEFF, Chris 34/Pro 0:51:46 5:10:03 3:18:59 9:24:21
19 LOWES, Anthony 32/30-34 0:57:26 5:16:10 3:07:09 9:24:52
20 RANDALL, Marcus 30/30-34 0:56:40 5:05:25 3:21:23 9:26:47
21 BRUNT, Sean 39/35-39 0:54:09 5:02:03 3:29:04 9:28:46
22 MCDONALD, David 43/40-44 0:52:17 5:03:39 3:28:35 9:29:07
23 MCLEAN, Ben 44/40-44 0:51:38 5:10:18 3:23:52 9:29:31
24 HILL, Aaron 42/40-44 0:50:56 4:59:12 3:34:46 9:29:33
25 KOOREY, Matthew 43/40-44 0:52:37 5:09:32 3:24:39 9:30:05
26 CROFTS, Brad 34/30-34 0:56:48 5:11:54 3:15:03 9:30:16
27 SEARLE, Jaysen 41/40-44 0:56:18 5:06:05 3:26:19 9:32:26
28 FOREMAN, Scott 42/40-44 0:59:50 5:19:22 3:09:29 9:32:43
29 FITZAKERLEY, Nathan 37/35-39 0:54:12 5:07:12 3:28:09 9:32:54
30 CURRIE, Brett 38/35-39 1:06:30 5:15:19 3:05:29 9:33:15
31 THORNTON, Colin 35/35-39 1:01:16 5:20:07 3:06:50 9:33:44
32 PRICE, Alexander 31/30-34 0:54:37 5:15:32 3:19:50 9:35:30
33 EISENHUTH, Daniel 31/30-34 1:05:17 5:04:52 3:20:19 9:35:37
34 JOHNSON, Jamie 34/30-34 0:56:38 5:14:45 3:19:16 9:36:03
35 NEWMAN, Steven 36/35-39 1:01:05 5:10:39 3:21:44 9:37:53
36 DEAN, Steve 44/40-44 0:58:32 5:02:35 3:33:56 9:38:46
37 MCLAINE, Adam 35/35-39 0:58:32 5:06:23 3:30:42 9:39:25
38 MOLLUSO, Dominic 45/45-49 0:57:33 5:11:24 3:26:19 9:40:50
39 VICARY, Benjamin 36/35-39 0:57:54 5:12:13 3:28:02 9:42:08
40 HILL, John 55/55-59 1:02:56 5:15:32 3:17:24 9:42:43
41 PRICE, Brian 43/40-44 0:57:45 5:19:33 3:19:36 9:43:09
42 CROSSINGHAM, Daniel 37/35-39 0:58:58 5:14:16 3:25:41 9:43:23
43 NUTTALL, Luke 30/30-34 1:03:02 5:07:51 3:27:06 9:43:31
44 TAYLOR, Scott 44/40-44 0:58:36 5:04:26 3:35:30 9:43:54
45 PALMER, Matt 34/30-34 0:51:49 5:04:00 3:42:51 9:44:16
46 TOWNSEND, Phillip 35/35-39 0:54:37 5:13:23 3:31:35 9:44:17

 

 

 

 

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.