The Jervis Bay Triathlon Festival at Huskisson turned out to be one of the most exciting long course…
With a number of long course triathlons on currently the pro triathletes have been spread a bit thin…
Craig Alexander has won the World Ironman championship in Kona, his third win at the event, and a win that comes on top of his win at the World 70.3 championships in Las Vegas. In doing so he set a new course record. Pete Jacobs made it a very special day for Australia as he ran through the field to claim second spot and record the third fastest course time ever.
Craig Alexander and Defending Champion Miranda Carfrae Vying for their own Slices of Hawaiian Ironman History
Sydney's two-time winner Craig Alexander and Brisbane's defending champion Miranda Carfrae will be vying for their own slices of Hawaiian Ironman history when they headline another strong Australian contingent for the 33rd running of the world's most famous triathlon on Saturday. The 38-year-old Alexander, who conquered Kona in 2008 and 2009, has arrived in Hawaii in great form after his win in the Marine Corps Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Las Vegas last month.
Australia's women pro's led the way at Ironman 70.3 Muncie on Saturday with ex Commonwealth Games Steeplechase silver medalist Melissa Rollison taking out the race with a 1:19:19 half marathon. Melissa did not make life easy for herself, exiting the water nearly 3 minutes down on the lead bunch, but she was able to catch all bar Leanda Cave by the end of the bike, and then stormed away from the Brit on the run. Australian's Christie Sym and Madeleine Oldfield also had good races, finishing in the top ten.
Australian Luke Bell put in a hard working performance to take third place at Ironman Texas on Saturday. The event was won by Spain's Eneko Llanos and Britain's Catriona Morrison. American Tim O'Donnell took second place in the mens event in his Ironman debut, and should be one to watch at Kona, along with his partner Mirinda Carfrae. The result pushed O'Donnell to the top of the Kona rankings along side Mirinda who tops the female rankings.
Australian Luke McKenzie has backed up from Abu Dhabi with a 3rd place finish at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 San Juan on the scenic Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Kate Major took second place in the womans event.
One of Australia's bright hopes for the Kona World Championship race on Saturday has withdrawn due to injury. Writing on his blog Luke today said "I have withdrawn from the Ironman World Championships here in Kona. It has been a gut wrenching decision but after a few days of deliberation I think I have made a wise decision!".
In their final warm up race before Kona, Luke Bell and Luke McKenzie have gone 1 & 2 in Cacun in a race dominated by Australians. Matt White just missed out on a podium finish coming in fourth and Paul Ambrose was not far behind in sixth. Luke Bell's 1:22 half marathon proved to be the difference on the day. In the women's race Michellie Jones was 2nd, Kate Major 3rd and Kate Bevilaqua was 4th.
Luke McKenzie has won the 2010 Ironman Brazil championship title today in a record setting time of 8:07:39. The 28 year-old Australian, has now won his fifth Ironman title of his young career, his second Ironman title in 2010. Ezequiel Morales 2nd - 8:12:44, Santiago Ascenco 3rd - 8:18:33
The usual suspects are all ready to battle it out in Florianopolis later this month in the men's race at Ironman Brazil, but they'll have some company. Both three time Ironman Brazil champions, Eduardo Sturla and Oscar Galindez will be shooting to claim their fourth title, but the boys from the south had better take note: there will be a new kid in town in Florianopolis this year, that new kid comes in the form of Australia's Luke McKenzie.
Luke McKenzie has put in fast swim and bike splits to take out the 2010 Busselton Half Ironman…