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In the first big Ironman & Ironman 70.3 weekend of racing for the season, Queenslanders were on the starting line across the globe. Here's our recap:
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba is known for stunning racing conditions – and yesterday’s Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast was no exception. Calm seas, light winds and the heat only kicking in later in the morning, most athletes experienced near perfect conditions.
Taking out the men’s pro race was Queenslander Dan Wilson, who had a two minute lead over Tim Van Berkel (NSW). Queenslanders Sam Betten and Casey Munro took third and forth places respectively. In the women’s field, local Katey Gibb took home the win, her second 70.3 win this year. Queenslanders Annelise Jefferies(4th), Kirralee Seidel (7th) and Alise Selsmark (8th)also featured in the top 10. Across all categories, 1500 athletes and teams of three completed the spectacular course.
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Chattanooga
Also this weekend, the Ironman 70.3 World Championships were held in Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA). For the first time at the World Championships, the mens and womens race were held on different days. Queensland’s female athletes led the way with Pro athletes, Annabel Luxford (6th)and Mel Hauschildt (10th), and age-grouper Darthea Clydsdale second in the 18-24 age group.
And if that wasn’t enough racing, taking out Ironman Wisconsin (also held over the weekend) was Luke McKenzie.