Graham O’Grady and Joanna Lawn have won the 2011 Port Of Tauranga Half Ironman. Graham O’Grady lead from start to finish just managing to hold off a fast finishing Callum Millward who ran the half marathon just over four and a half minutes quicker than O’Grady. Jo Lawn had to fight for hers with a come from behind win over Sydney based Kiwi Anna Cleaver. Anna told Trizone today that Lawn passed her with 2 1/2kms to go in the race. Australians Rachael Paxton, Rebekah Keat and Nicole Ward were 4th, 6th and 7th.
With Caroline Steffen out of the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman the women’s field has opened up slightly. Anna Cleaver, Rebekah Keat, Joanna Lawn, Nicole Ward and Rachael Paxton are all hoping to put in a performance that will propel them to first across the line.
Tomorrow in Phuket the 2010 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will take place with a host of Australians chasing podium spots. Trizone spoke to a few of our leading triathletes who will be among the action at the front of the field. Anna Cleaver, Melissa Rollinson, Michelle Wu, Christie Sym, Paul Ambrose and non-starter Peter Schokman talk about how they are feeling, who to watch out for and in Pete’s case why he will not be on the start line.
This weekend’s 29th Nepean triathlon has one of the hottest fields in Australian triathlons this year. The fastest male and female triathletes could potentially take away $2,750 each for a mornings work. The women’s field is the hardest to pick with potentially 6 women capable of taking out the race. Michelle Wu won the recent Tawian 70.3, Melissa Rollinson won Gold Coast half ironman, Lisa Marangon recently won the Forster Olympic distance and has a huge base from Kona, Anna Cleaver just won Port Macquarie half ironman, Melissa Vanderwater and Charolette McShane are both capable of winning. Throw in Tara Prowse, Kirra Siddle, Chloe Turner and up and coming Matilda Raynolds and it could be anyone’s race on the day.
New Zealand’s Anna Cleaver who now resides in Sydney, talks about her first win in the Australian half ironman series. Here she goes through the race from pre race to post race and talks about her preparation, nutrition, equipment and how each part of the race went and what races she has coming up.
New Zealander Anna Cleaver has won the SiS Port Macquarie Half Ironman after out swimming and out running Katherine Baker and Rebecca Eveleigh who were second and third repectively. One of the pre race favourites, Nicole Ward, missed the podium after receiving a bike penalty and having calf problems on the run. Results and race report…