Queensland triathletes conquer Kona on it's 40th anniversary


Queensland triathletes conquer Kona on it's 40th anniversary

Kona 2018

 

It was a big weekend of FOMO for most of us, but for a dedicated, hard-core group of Queensland athletes, it was a weekend of awe-inspiring performances on the world stage.

As many of us woke in the early hours of Sunday morning to witness the IRONMAN World Championships for it’s 40th anniversary via the livestream, we were treated to a showcase of the dedication and courage of endurance athletes who truly showed that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Records were broken under perfect conditions as 2,000 athletes completed over 220km of swim, bike and run. The professionals showed us textbook execution, as both Daniela Ryf and Patrick Lange broke the World Championship record with fantastic sportsmanship, and romance, with Patrick proposing to his girlfriend at the finish line. Sarah Crowley, from Red Dog Triathlon Training/Hills District finished a gallant sixth in a hot female field, where the entire top ten broke the 9 hour barrier. Sarah left everything on the Queen K, but wasn’t able to reel in the the likes of Ryf, Charles and Haug.

Josh Amberger, also from Red Dog was having an epic battle on the front of the bike field with fellow Aussie Cameron Wurf, but was unable to finish the run when an existing ITB injury forced him to withdraw. Luke McKenzie (Race Pace Coaching) was unlucky to receive a drafting penalty but still finished in the top 20, with 17th and 8:30.32. Luke was stoked to finish the race alongside his wife, Beth, who finished in 22nd position.

Liz Blatchford (Surfers Paradise Triathlon Club) gave us all the feels when she finished her final Kona ahead of her imminent retirement. She finished proudly in 12th. Carrie Lester was unfortunate not to complete the race with medical issues on the run, but is adamant to come back bigger and better next year.

Following on from our super group of professionals, Queensland had 34 age groupers who conquered the beast of Kona. A huge congratulations to Allan Pitman, from East Coast Cycos, who was competing in his nineteenth World Championship and finished 3rd in the  70-74 age category, with a time of 12:31.51.

Our other top twenty finishers included:

Tomas Valena

4th

11.43.22

M65-69

Mackay Triathlon Club

Jane Crawford

6th

10.53.26

F50-54

Mavericks Coaching

Sarah Thomas

8th

10.05.25

F35-39

Azure TNQ

Tamara Green

12th

10.19.09

F35-39

Triathlon Queensland

Perry Nation

12th

10.14.59

M55-59

Brisbane Triathlon Club

Amy MacPherson

14th

10.24.21

F25-29

Triathlon Queensland

Jon Howse

14th

12.57.39

M65-69

East Coast Cycos

Joanne MacLaughlan

15th

11.30.51

F50-54

Mackay Triathlon Club

Ashleigh Hunter

16th

10.27.11

F25-29

T:Zero Multisport

 

Congratulations to you all, as well as the following members who conquered the challenge:

Anne Alford

21st

10.29.35

F35-39

Noosa Triathlon Club

Mitch Baker

61st

9.46.05

M25-29

Swift Multisport

Michael Besser

30th

16.31.38

M70-74

Noosa Triathlon Club

Peter Buchan

123rd

15.28.13

M55-59

Red Dog Triathlon Training

Angela Clarke

25th

12.00.19

F50-54

Mavericks Coaching

Brendan Flanagan

153rd

10.16.00

M40-44

Red Dog Triathlon Training

Brett Forster

204th

15.26.16

M50-54

Sharks Triathlon Club

Michelle Gemmell

67th

12.51.59

F45-49

Red Dog Triathlon Training

Elle Goodall

70th

16.02.47

F30-34

T:Zero Multisport

Megan Gray

36th

11.19.30

F45-49

Triathlon Queensland

Kerry Ireland

55th

13.26.10

F50-54

Team T-Rex

Fiona Lawrence

48th

11.43.25

F45-49

Red Dog Triathlon Training

Derek MacMinn

27th

10.41.30

M55-59

Swift Multisport

Cheyne Murphy

144th

9.57.14

M35-39

Redcliffe Triathlon Club

Adrian Pearce

158th

12.07.51

M50-54

Southern Stars Triathlon Club

Andrew Perry

123rd

9.49.40

M30-34

T:Zero Multisport

Ken Rae

21st

13.39.58

M65-69

Noosa Triathlon Club

Ryan Rae

198th

10.57.01

M35-39

Noosa Triathlon Club

John Robertson

158th

10.18.30

M40-44

Energy Lab Triathlon

Mark Rohde

215th

11.02.01

M40-44

Pursue Triathlon Club

Nathan Sandford

112th

9.42.08

M35-39

Cairns Crocs Triathlon Club

Kate Wardrope

63rd

11.37.18

F40-44

Tri Nation

Kate Weaver

33rd

14.31.51

F18-24

Sharks Triathlon Club

Paul Worroll

56th

10.24.00

F50-54

Swift Multisport

 

 

Image Credit: Finisherpix

  

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