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HAUSCHILDT SWEEPS TO MAIDEN IRONMAN VICTORY AT PORT MACQUARIE


HAUSCHILDT SWEEPS TO MAIDEN IRONMAN VICTORY AT PORT MACQUARIE

Port Macquarie, (May 5, 2014) –Triathlon Australia’s most popular athlete, two time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt produced her trademark run to claim victory on debut at the Toyota IRONMAN Australia in Port Macquarie yesterday while in the men’s race Australia’s defending champion Paul Ambrose fell just short of claiming a second IRONMAN Australia win with little known Canadian Elliott Holtham producing the race of his life to claim victory.

It took Hauschildt until the 25km mark on the run to pass fellow Australian Lisa Marangon who led all day and held on for second to record her best result over the distance.

“I decided to do this only three weeks ago and had two weeks off before that,” said Hauschildt, who made a last minute decision to enter the event after dominating the 70.3 distance.

“It’s awesome I don’t get to race that much in Australia, so to win an Australian title is awesome. The next time I do one I think a bit more training is in order.”

“It felt amazing crossing that line (in what) was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. It just goes on and on (and) it was not fun at all.”

Melissa Hauschildt Port Mac 


Not a renowned swimmer Hauschildt, who was recently named the Athletes Athlete of the Year by her peers at this year’s Triathlon Australia Celebration of Champions Awards Dinner, only gave up a 1:20min lead after the 3.8km swim but produced her trademark run to win in 9hrs 48mins 42secs and overcome Marangon (9:30.49) with New Zealand’s Melanie Burke (9:32.52) rounding out the podium.

American Hillary Biscay led out of the water from Marangon with Hauschildt producing a great swim to be right in touch.

But it was Marangon who used a strong bike leg to move into the lead in the first kilometres. Her plan at the day’s beginning was to get off the bike with a ten minute lead and hold off Hauschildt over the marathon, a feat she almost achieved, only giving up the lead at the 24km mark of the run.

“I struggled on the bike (and) I’m not sure what happened, if it was the wind, I just didn’t have it in me today,” said Hauschildt, the 2006 Commonwealth Games steeplechase silver medallist.

Hauschildt had given Marangon a seven minute lead onto the run and she would need every one of those if she was going to stay out in front.

However, Hauschildt (produced) a calculated race and knew exactly what she needed to produce to get the job done.

“When I passed Lisa it was a relief but I still had quite a bit to go. I prefer chasing,” said the two-time 70.3 World Champion.

“I was just trying to hold 4:30 minutes per km but it started to slip a bit towards the end and I started walking through the aid stations, to get back on pace,” she said.

New Zealand’s Melanie Burke made her move at the back end of the bike leg and produced a solid performance to grab third place on the podium.

But the day belonged to Hauschildt who joins an exclusive club, winning on her first attempt at the distance.

“I was just thinking never again, never again, just cross that finish line. It was so tough, I’ve never run that far before, four laps, after one lap I was buggered, it was really tough,” said Hauschildt.

AMBROSE A GALLANT SECOND TO FORMER FRENCH SKI CHAMPION

In the men’s race Ambrose, the 2012 champion, finished a gallant second to Holtham a former cross country skier who only moved into the lead 17km into the run leg despite losing all his nutrition on the bike and after Australia’s Luke Bell succumbed after his troublesome left knee flared up, forcing him to withdraw after dominating the race from the start.

Bell and Frenchman Denis Chevrot were first to exit the new one lap swim course with a two minute lead over Ambrose, with Holtham a further 3min behind.

It didn’t take long for Bell to set the pace taking the lead just 4km into the bike leg and he continued to extend at every checkpoint.

At the 50km mark Bell had established a 6:30 gap to Ambrose with Holtham and Matt White a further 3min behind. Chevrot slipped back to be 14:40 behind after stropping to fix a broken chain.

At the changeover Bell had an 11 minute advantage over Ambrose heading into the final leg.

As the pair crossed paths at the 9km and 6km mark had a good long look at each other but disaster struck at the 15km mark for Bell as his left quad cramped and he was forced to a walk.

Ambrose was the next to fall into a hole and Holtham swept into the lead. Ambrose never gave up on the chase but just fell short in the end. Nick Baldwin from the Seychelles also produced a career best performance to run himself on the podium. Holtham crossed the line in 8:35.17 from Ambrose 8:37.46 with Baldwin stopping the clock at 8:41.18.



Elliot Holtham Port Mac 

“That was a tough day, I cracked my Garmin so I had no power, no time and lost my nutrition so I wasn’t in a positive place,” said Holtham.

“I had the word patience written on my hand and I knew I had to bring it back,” he said

“I wanted to win an Ironman that’s what we do. It’s really special and I know there’s a lot of people watching back home,” he added.

 

POS

NAME (#)

TIME

SWIM

CYCLE

RUN

1

Elliot HOLTHAM (7)

08:35:17

00:49:25

04:49:09

02:53:27

2

Paul AMBROSE (2)

08:37:46

00:46:28

04:46:28

03:01:36

3

Nick BALDWIN (9)

08:41:18

00:50:09

04:50:53

02:56:21

4

Brian FULLER (231)

08:43:00

00:47:14

04:53:38

02:57:35

5

Denis CHEVROT (5)

08:44:42

00:44:24

05:05:53

02:50:45

6

Jason SHORTIS (8)

08:47:52

00:50:22

05:04:33

02:48:54

7

Jared MEDHURST (290)

08:55:01

00:51:39

04:55:56

03:02:49

8

Trent CHAPMAN (437)

08:55:34

00:46:11

05:03:11

03:03:18

9

Luke MARTIN (283)

08:56:28

00:49:44

04:56:37

03:06:22

10

Luke WHITMORE (6)

08:58:50

00:50:27

05:01:18

03:03:36

 

 

POS

NAME (#)

TIME

SWIM

CYCLE

RUN

1

Melissa HAUSCHILDT (20)

09:28:42

00:50:45

05:19:57

03:13:57

2

Lisa MARANGON (23)

09:30:49

00:49:48

05:12:19

03:23:52

3

Melanie BURKE (24)

09:32:52

00:58:07

05:21:39

03:09:18

4

Dimity-Lee DUKE (26)

09:43:37

00:57:21

05:28:30

03:14:02

5

Hillary BISCAY (21)

09:55:42

00:49:22

05:39:41

03:22:11

6

Megumi SHIGAKI (27)

10:24:56

00:56:26

05:51:24

03:32:45

7

Tamsyn HAYES (25)

10:29:58

00:55:23

05:25:49

04:04:30

 

Television coverage:

A one hour special will air on 7Mate, Sunday, 18 May at 2.30pm

The 2014 IRONMAN Australia Port Macquarie is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Photo credit: Delly Carr | IRONMAN