Martin Reynolds – Tri Director
Kiwi hearts were broken by Estonia’s Marko Albert, who laid waste to a powerful New Zealand contingent to clinch a decisive victory at IRONMAN New Zealand in Taupo last weekend. He crossed the line in an impressive 8:17, the second fastest time in the 30-year history of the race. In second was the Kiwi legend, and ten-time former winner, Cameron Brown, who, despite clawing back two minutes on the run had to settle for second in 8:21. Brown’s fellow New Zealander, Terenzo Bozzone, took third spot in 8:28..
In the womens race, Meredith Kessler produced a stunning performance to shatter the women’s course record by a massive 5 min 50 sec to secure her third straight IRONMAN New Zealand title. The American seized control from the outset. Her brilliant swim set her up for the rest of the race. She built on her position during the bike and further cemented her dominance on the run to record a dazzling9:08 finishing time. New Zealander Gina Crawford also enjoyed an outstanding performance, completing the gruelling challenge in 9:15—the third fastest time in the history of the event. Completing the same one-two-three from 12 months ago was Crawford’s countrywoman, Candice Hammond who crossed the line in 9:30.