The Australian pair of Christian Kemp and Annabel Luxford took home victories today at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Auckland.
Kemp trailed out of the water with a 24:20 swim (13th), moved within striking distance of the bike leaders with a 2:10:46 ride. A number of lead changes occurred during the run but when it was all said and done Kemp outran (1:19:41), New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty and Clark Ellice for the victory (3:56:02) and the Asia-Pacific Championship. Docherty took second (3:56:36), and Ellice third (3:58:23).
Luxford on the other hand, dominated the women’s race. She led the swim (25:49), created some more separation between her and her closest chaser (Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen) with a 2:22:14 ride, and she clinched the win with a 1:29:47 run to cross the finish line in 4:19:18. Steffen secured the runner-up position (4:25:15), and American Meredith Kessler claimed third (4:29:24).
|1. Christian Kemp (Australia) 3:56:02
2. Bevan Docherty (New Zealand) 3:56:36
3. Clark Ellice (New Zealand) 3:58:23
4. Paul Ambrose (UK) 3:59:26
5. James Hodge (Australia) 4:00:55
|1. Annabel Luxford (Australia) 4:19:18
2. Caroline Steffen (Switzerland) 4:25:15
3. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:29:24
4. Sarah Crowley (Australia) 4:32:04
5. Anna Ross (New Zealand) 4:34:25