Today, a pair of New Zealanders made their home country proud at the 26th Ironman New Zealand.
Nine-time Champion, Cameron Brown, secured his latest win by coming from behind on the swim (3:50 back of Kieran Doe), and then posting the best bike (4:40:29) and run splits (2:47:35) to finish 8:08 ahead of Terenzo Bozzone – repeating his runner-up performance from last year. Brown now has more wins than any other triathlete at a single Ironman event.
Meanwhile, Joanna Lawn’s win was impressive on many levels. Her 50:46 swim, 5:12:19 bike, and 3:06:23 run set a new course record (9:14:35), she took home her 7th Ironman New Zealand title, and she gained revenge on Gina Crawford (beating her by almost 14 minutes) who ended her Ironman New Zealand streak at 6 in a row last year. In the race for second, the USA’s Kim Loeffler ran 3:08:21 to give Crawford a bit of a scare, but after spotting Crawford a 14 minute lead after the swim, the lead was insurmountable, leaving her to settle for third place.
The fastest male and female Canadians both came from the 35-39 age category – Aaron Hoag (10:12:38), and Janine Willis (10:23:37).
1. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:21:52
2. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 8:30:00
3. Kieran Doe (NZL) 8:34:16
4. Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:40:11
5. James Bowstead (NZL) 9:02:46
6. Andrew Howse (NZL) 9:06:40 *M35-39
7. Hayden Armstrong (AUS) 9:06:56 *M30-34
8. Chris Waterhouse (AUS) 9:10:41
9. Anthony Rule (AUS) 9:12:23 M*25-29
10. Christoph Sonnack (GER) 9:13:40 *M30-34
1. Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:14:35
2. Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:28:26
3. Kim Loeffler (USA) 9:30:57
4. Sarah Pollett (AUS) 9:45:44
5. Britta Martin (NZL) 9:47:11
6. Belinda Harper (NZL) 9:48:55 *W35-39
7. Nicole Ward (AUS) 9:51:05
8. Sue Mellsop (NZL) 10:03:20 *W45-49
9. Susan Casey (AUS) 10:06:12 *W35-39
10. Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 10:18:12