Good morning from Busselton! It's a new era for Ironman 70.3 racing in Australia with the addition of the event formerly known as the Busselton Half Ironman to the global qualifying series. It's a chilly but amazing morning here in Western Australia' south-west with not a cloud in the sky. We're set for a great day of racing, and Ironman Live will have some updates for you throughout the morning.
Top 8 Pro Women - Swim
1. Jo Lawn - 0:26:20
2. Rebekah Keat - 0:26:48
3. Belinda Granger - 0:26:54
4. Katrina Mercer - 0:26:56
5. Madeleine Oldfield - 0:26:57
6. Elly Franks - 0:26:59
7. Christie Sym - 0:28:19
8. Rachel Smith - 0:31:54
Top 10 Pro Men - Swim
1. Guy Crawford - 0:23:22
2. Bryan Rhodes - 0:23:23
3. David Dellow - 0:23:48
4. Tim Reed - 0:24:26
5. Ollie Whistler - 0:24:30
6. Josh Rix - 0:24:31
7. Tim Berkel - 0:24:33
8. Paul Mackay - 0:24:33
9. Matty White - 0:24:35
10. Nick Murray - 0:24:36
Reports after the first lap of the bike tell us that Guy Crawford holds the lead, with Matty White and Bryan Rhodes in pursuit. It appears Rhodes' timing chip has fallen off, but he was spotted. Leon Griffin, Reed, Whistler and Dellow were spotted under a minute behind.
Guy Crawford is first off the bike his morning, holding a four minute lead over the chase pack in Jamie Whyte, Matty White, Tim Berkel and Leon Griffin.
Elly Franks and Belinda Granger are on the run, with seconds between the two. Franks is looking strong, with Granger looking just as good after backing up from Port Macquarie last weekend.
Jo Lawn and Rebekah Keat trail the lead women in third and fourth, both exiting T2 moments ago, around three minutes down.
With 7km remaining, Tim Berkel has charged to the lead, with Tim Reed in second around thirty seconds behind. Matty White sits in third a further twenty seconds back.
Jo Lawn has taken the lead in the women's event, with 7km remaining. The Kiwi, who stormed home for the win just six days ago at Port Macquarie 70.3 on the east coast, has stormed ahead in her second lap this morning. Rebekah Keat is in second just under a minute behind.
After finishing in second place last week in his home town of Port Macquarie, Tim Berkel has raced away to take the title here in Busselton, crossing the line just moments ago.
Matty White takes second place, just over a minute behind, with Tim Reed coming in third.
Lawn takes the title: Just six days after winning the 70.3 crown in Port Macquarie, New Zealand's Joanna Lawn has charged away from the field to take the win again here this morning in Busselton.
In her first 70.3 distance event, Western Australia's Felicity Sheedy-Ryan has finished in second place, followed by Rebekah Keat in third and Belinda Granger in fourth.