Brad Kahlefeldt and Candice Hammond win Ironman 70.3 Cairns

CAIRNS, Australia (June 8, 2014) – In cold and wet conditions Brad Kahlefeldt produced a trademark run to go one better than last year to win Flight Centre Active Travel IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns today.

Another win in Australia by Brad Kahlefeldt - Photo Credit: Wade Lewis Art
Another win in Australia by Brad Kahlefeldt – Photo Credit: Wade Lewis Art

Meanwhile New Zealand’s Candice Hammond capped off a stellar season to date with her first IRONMAN 70.3 win in the women’s race.

The men’s race a group of five athletes comprising defending champion Courtney Atkinson, Kahlefeldt, Clayton Fettell, Joey Lampe and Sam Appleton exited the water within seconds of each other.

In persistent rain the group of five were joined by Melbourne professional Tom Rodgers on the bike.

A puncture at the 48 km mark for Atkinson, ruined any chance Atkinson had of defending his title, left Kahlefeldt, Fettell, Tim Reed, Appleton, Sam Betten and Rodgers to fight it out on the run.

Kahlefeldt quickly stamped his authority on the race and finished with a 1:12:28 run leg to take the win, Reed ran strongly to take second, with Fettell rounding out the podium.

“I had some outstanding competition out there today and they really put it to me. This is a fast race and the boys swam and rode hard and I am very happy to come away with the win,” Kahlefeldt said.

“I just had to put my head down and go. It was non-stop adrenaline the whole way. It’s a very testing course here in Cairns and I knew that from last year. My bike has improved a lot and all credit to my training partners. I am absolutely rapt with the win today.

Candice was stoked with her victory - Photo Credit: Wade Lewis Art
Candice was stoked with her victory – Photo Credit: Wade Lewis Art

“I knew I was in good shape on the bike. I have improved a lot in the last six months and today I knew I had to stick with it.”

Hammond is enjoying her best year as a fledgling professional, adding the win here to her third place at March’s Kellogg’s Nutri Grain IRONMAN New Zealand.

“It was definitely unexpected to get this win today,” she said after taking advantage with IRONMAN Asia Pacific champion Caroline Steffen puncture while leading with a comfortable margin.

“I am really happy to get this result. Cairns is a great place. The temperature wasn’t too bad, despite the rain, it was actually quite good race conditions,” Hammond said.

Steffen built a commanding lead late in the bike leg only to succumb to a puncture and pull out of the race.

From there it was Kiwi Hammond who took the win by over four minutes from Japan’s Kiyomi Niwata with another New Zealander Anna Russell in third.

Full results click here

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Cat Overall
KAHLEFELDT, Brad Australia 00:23:00 02:12:06 01:12:28 03:50:54 1 1
REED, Tim Australia 00:23:06 02:12:00 01:12:51 03:51:22 2 2
FETTELL, Clayton Australia 00:22:59 02:12:04 01:14:50 03:53:18 3 3
APPLETON, Sam Australia 00:22:58 02:11:50 01:16:06 03:54:34 4 4
BETTEN, Sam Australia 00:23:05 02:12:02 01:17:59 03:56:46 5 5
REITHMEIER, Alex Australia 00:23:10 02:16:33 01:17:15 04:00:43 6 6
FRANKISH, Monty Australia 00:23:44 02:14:54 01:21:26 04:04:04 7 7
RODGERS, Tom Australia 00:24:31 02:10:24 01:27:54 04:06:32 8 8
CLARK, Bradley Australia 00:25:29 02:18:39 01:18:41 04:08:14 9 9
FOX, Michael Australia 00:23:31 02:20:25 01:21:45 04:09:31 10 10
WADDINGTON, Ryan Australia 00:26:00 02:21:17 01:18:03 04:09:58 1 11
SWINDALE, Ricky Australia 00:25:32 02:21:56 01:20:41 04:13:16 1 12
ARMSTRONG, Hayden Australia 00:27:08 02:23:45 01:19:44 04:16:15 1 13
WHITE, Matty Australia 00:26:57 02:18:40 01:27:04 04:16:30 11 14
LAMPE, Joseph Australia 00:22:56 02:21:00 01:28:10 04:17:35 12 15
GORDON, Adam Australia 00:28:06 02:18:02 01:27:43 04:18:19 13 16
MATHERS, Brad Australia 00:25:13 02:22:24 01:27:00 04:19:03 2 17
ASHTON, Nathan Australia 00:30:26 02:18:21 01:25:46 04:19:51 2 18
ATKINS, Travis Australia 00:29:16 02:24:24 01:23:50 04:22:40 3 19
PALAZZI, Ryan Australia 00:24:47 02:26:55 01:26:07 04:22:49 3 20

 

Name Swim Bike Run Finish Cat Overall
HAMMOND, Candice 00:30:29 02:27:28 01:22:17 04:24:03 1 22
NIWATA, Kiyomi 00:26:32 02:37:29 01:20:44 04:28:48 2 30
RUSSELL, Anna 00:28:42 02:30:33 01:27:54 04:31:52 3 35
MARANGON, Lisa 00:26:39 02:30:18 01:31:15 04:32:37 4 37
FLANAGAN, Kira 00:27:31 02:36:25 01:25:28 04:34:05 1 41
STEWART, Tineke 00:30:39 02:32:51 01:27:37 04:35:00 5 47
JAENKE, Kym 00:27:07 02:32:33 01:31:39 04:36:00 6 50
BAKER, Renee 00:27:10 02:32:57 01:32:35 04:37:15 7 55
HENRICKS, Jacqueline 00:28:04 02:36:03 01:28:35 04:37:17 2 56
CASTLE, Ange 00:30:32 02:32:03 01:31:40 04:38:37 8 65
GRANGER, Belinda 00:27:08 02:32:51 01:34:25 04:39:05 9 68
MOSLEY, Polly 00:27:08 02:42:33 01:25:52 04:40:20 10 73
CROWLEY, Sarah 00:27:08 02:39:56 01:30:18 04:41:12 11 74
DUKE, Dimity-Lee 00:31:14 02:34:25 01:30:31 04:41:23 12 75
MITCHELL, Jessica 00:32:53 02:30:09 01:31:26 04:41:27 3 77
DUFFIELD, Michelle 00:30:23 02:41:11 01:26:18 04:41:57 13 79
BROWN, Laura 00:31:11 02:40:51 01:23:18 04:41:58 1 80
DOUGLAS, Tracy 00:32:45 02:37:32 01:29:02 04:43:48 14 87
WILSON, Amanda 00:30:38 02:38:10 01:29:51 04:43:57 2 90
RANSON, Holly 00:30:23 02:34:44 01:35:57 04:45:18 15 94

 

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.