Australians Matt Burton and Melissa Hauschildt win the inaugural Challenge Philippines half distance race in 4:26:53 and 4:39:26 respectively. The pro race featured one of the biggest prize purses for the distance.
In the women’s race, Laura Bennett (USA) was first out the water in 25:06, over two minutes ahead of Hauschildt but Hauschildt flew on the bike course and run winning with over a five minute lead on second place Annabel Luxford (AUS). Olympian Emma Pooley (GBR) rounded out the women’s podium just 40 seconds behind Luxford.
“It was an incredible race, well organized, just amazing, I loved it! Maybe one of the toughest I have ever raced, but great!” said Hauschildt.
Burton exited the water over five minutes behind Greg Bennett (USA) and Michael Murphy (AUS) who both swam 23:40. But with the fastest bike split of the day, (2:34:28) he made up time and cinched the win with his 1:12:17 half marathon.
For full results from Challenge Philippines, visit www.challengephilippines.com.ph
Top Five Men
1 Matt Burton (AUS) 4:26:53
2 Michael Murphy (AUS) 4:28:41
3 Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 4:29:42
4 Greg Bennett (USA) 4:32:34
5 Mitchell Anderson (AUS) 4:36:41
Top Five Women
1 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 4:39:26
2 Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:47:04
3 Emma Pooley (GBR) 4:47:43
4 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:52:30
5 Laura Bennett (USA) 5:17:55