It was a classic clash of the titans as three of the sport’s biggest stars went head-to-head in the eleventh edition of the Peal Izumi Husky Long Course Triathlon Festival with Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander taking line honours in a truly spirited race to claim his sixth Husky crown ahead of former World Champion Pete Jacobs and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Brad Kahlefeldt.
Sharing four World titles between them, Crowie versus Jacobs has been a long time rivalry and was always going to deliver an exciting race – it didn’t disappoint.
Alexander finished in a time of 3:39.45, just over one minute ahead of Jacobs (3:41.11) and Kahlefeldt (3:44.06). It was Jacobs who led for over two thirds of the race and despite racing over 105km across the course of the race, only seconds separated the top three until the final 10km before Alexander got to where he is most comfortable – the front.
Not to be overshadowed, the women’s race delivered some equally impressive racing with race favourite Mel Hauschildt, taking the win in a time of 4:04.24 almost five minutes ahead of the Czech Republic’s Radka Vodickova (4:09.36) and Michelle Bremer (4:11.50) who rounded out the podium in third sport.
Despite a career plagued by injury, Hauschildt has won more accolades – and records - than most Australian sports people, male or female.
It was through athletics where she first earned a name for herself, after winning a number of awards on some of the world’s biggest stages – across several disciplines. It was only in 2010, during one of her rehabilitation stints she developed a passion for triathlon.
Fast forward just over five years and Hauschildt is now a three time World Champion, four time Australian long distance champion, 20 times Half Ironman Champion, Ironman Australia and Asia Pacific Champion, two times Abu Dhabi International Champion, record holder, 2011 Triathlete of the year and now Husky Long Course Champion.