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Coming up this Saturday.

At Saturday’s 26th Ironman New Zealand we should see Kiwi’s battling it out with each other for top spot.

In the men’s race, the veteran and defending champion Cameron Brown will be going for his 9th win. His fellow countrymen, Terenzo Bozzone (second last year), and Kieran Doe (2007 Ironman Canada Champion) will be the favourites to de-throne Brown.

Meanwhile, defending champion Gina Crawford (fresh off a Challenge Wanaka win in mid-January) will be back to take on 6-time champion, Joanna Lawn. Lawn hopes to gain some revenge on Crawford who ended her streak of 6 in a row last year. Expect challenges from the USA’s Kim Loeffler, and Australians Kate Bevilaqua (second in 2008), and Ali Fitch.

Check out the professional start list below:

Pro Women

Name                            Race Number                Country

Ali FITCH                          21                                 Australia

Britta MARTIN               22                                 New Zealand

Christie SYM                   25                                 Australia

Gina CRAWFORD            6                                  New Zealand

Joanna CARRITT           19                                United Kingdom

Joanna LAWN                 7                                  New Zealand

Jodie SCOTT                    24                                Australia

Kate BEVILAQUA          8                                  Australia

Kim LOEFFLER               9                                  United States

Meshy HOLT                   10                                New Zealand

Nicole WARD                 26                                Australia

Rebecca EVELEIGH    20                                Australia

Sarah POLLETT             23                                Australia

Pro Men

Name                                   Race Number             Country

Cameron BROWN                     1                             New Zealand

Chris WATERHOUSE             17                           Australia

James BOWSTEAD                  4                             New Zealand

Jason CROWTHER                  12                           Australia

Jim LUBINSKI                         13                           United States

John CAREY                             11                           Australia

Jozef VRABEL                          16                           Slovakia

Keegan WILLIAMS                18                           New Zealand

Kieran DOE                                 3                            New Zealand

Marek NEMCIK                        15                          Slovakia

Rich MUNRO                            14                          Australia

Stefan LüSCHER                       5                           Switzerland

Terenzo BOZZONE                   2                          New Zealand

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