Dual Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt and partner Czech Radka Vodickova are looking to make the top spot on the podium at Sunday’s IRONMAN® 70.3® Port Macquarie a date.
The pair will be hoping for a repeat performance of IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya earlier this year when they both took out the win.
“We have had already some races together, where we both took the win at Batemans Bay and IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya. When it happens it is really great feeling,” she said.
They won’t have it all their own way with a stellar field of athletes assembled all looking to break up the love fest.
Among the field will returning champions, Josh Amberger and Lisa Marangon.
“I’m expecting to perform the way I did last year. It’s going to be hard to repeat that performance because it was a perfect race, but when you have a race like that you set the bar high and always come back wanting to beat it. In saying that though, I will be equally happy with a win even if I have to hurt a little more this year to do it,” Amberger said.
Marangon is excited about getting down to business when the gun goes off racing as the defending champion for the first time.
“I’ve never defended a title before, but am excited to try,” she said. “I love this time of year. The weather is magical which means I’m enjoying my training more.”
Port Macquarie has been a happy hunting ground for Marangon; she followed up her win here last year with a 2nd place at May’s IRONMAN Australia.
If she can continue that form and secure a second IRONMAN 70.3 title on Sunday the win will be extra special, her father who hasn’t seen her race since 2006 will be cheering her on.
“I love Port Macquarie it’s my home soil. My dad is coming to watch me, so it’s pretty special,” she said.
The biggest threat of spoiling Marangon’s day will come from Vodickova who continues to build an impressive IRONMAN 70.3 resume.
Vodickova finished 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast, an impressive effort when you consider she was on the other side of the world just a week before. With her legs feeling fresher this week she goes into the race as a red hot favourite.
“I raced IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast physically tired from racing three weeks in a row at Life Time Fitness Chicago, 5150 Hy-Vee, and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant Canada. I was quite tired from all that racing and travelling,” she said.
“After IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast I had few days off and now I am back in training, trying to get back to good shape and trying to build some base to enable me to race until December. I would definitely like to go one better then at Sunny Coast.”
Marangon had a disappointing race at last month’s IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast and is keen to find the form she displayed at IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie last year.
“At IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast I knew something wasn’t right as I felt like I was stuck in first gear all day. I know I’m fit, I’m needed to spend some time after that race working on getting some speed, which would allow me to race fast again.”
Race start is 6.45am on Sunday with the first Male finisher expected at 10.50am. The first female finisher is expected at 11.20am. Race day will also include over 1000 age group athletes chasing their own personal bests.
BIB Name Country
￼21 Lisa Marangon AUS
22 Radka Vodickova CZE
24 Renee Baker AUS
26 Rebecca Preston AUS
27 Kym Coogan AUS
28 Andrea Forrest AUS
29 Jessica Fleming AUS
30 Michelle Wu AUS
31 Anna Russell NZL
32 Madeleine Oldfield AUS