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Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne

  • Good morning, Melbourne! (And g'day to the rest of you out there watching.) It's four a.m. here in Australia, and the temperature is 11 degrees Celsius under slightly cloudy skies. The intense winds over the past few days have subsided, and the chance of rain has fallen to just 2 percent. We're in for a great day of racing!
  • Frankston sits just south of the city along Port Philip Bay

  • This is Crowie's first Ironman race in Australia since 2007 when he placed 3rd in his Ironman debut at the Ironman Australia Triathlon in Port Macquarie. Last year had planned to race Ironman Port Macquarie, but had to withdraw due to illness.
  • In the women's race at 20k:
    Caroline Steffen
    8:00 Rachel Joyce
    15:00 Jo Lawn
    16:00 Bek Keat
    20:00 Mirinda Carfrae
  • Based on the time Rinny's making up on the leaders, she could very well run her way into third place.
  • It's a great day for the Kiwis. Cam Brown and Jo Lawn are both having great days, at the head of their games.
  • Besides the obvious race leaders that we have in Brown, Alexander, Steffen and Joyce, there are some stellar races unfolding in the third, fourth, and fifth positions as well.
  • Update: Men's Top 10 through 30 km

    Craig Alexander
    00:02 Cam Brown
    1:12 Eneko Llanos
    1:14 Frederick Van Lierde
    3:48 David Dellow
    3:57 Paul Matthews
    5:57 Luke Bell
    8:52 Joe Gambles
    12:33 Marko Albert
    14:13 Josh Rix
  • Eneko Llanos is one of the sport's most versatile athletes. He competed at two Olympic Games before turning to Ironman.
  • Llanos was first in last year's Ironman Arizona and Ironman Texas and now he's in third behind two of our sport's most impressive veterans.
  • Race time is 7:52:18 and Crowie is headed for the finish line at the St. Kilda sea baths...
  • The fast conditions everyone's been dreaming about could very well become our reality here at the Asia-Pacific Championship here in Melbourne.
  • It's just like in Kona last year, when everyone knew it would be Crowie, and the only question was how fast he would go.
  • Alexander is about to start out his 2012 season with a win at home and 4000 Kona points.
  • Update on the women's race at 26k: Caroline continues to lead, with Rachel in second. Jo Lawn is in third running a 4.5 k pace. Rinny has narrowed the gap running a 4:10 k pace. At this pace she'll catch Jo by 30 k. Bek Keat is 2:10 back from Rinny in fifth.
  • Craig Alexander is our first Ironman Asia-Pacific Champion!
  • It's a 7:57:44 for Crowie today!
  • A sub-8:00 performance on the inaugural course.
  • It was a fast day here, with Cam Brown, our second male finisher, crossing the line in 8:00:12.
  • A short video of Crowie heading for the finish.

  • Our top male finishing times:

    1. ALEXANDER, Craig 07:57:44
    2. BROWN, Cameron 08:00:12
    3. VAN LIERDE, Frederik 08:01:26
    4. LLANOS, Eneko 08:02:23
    5. DELLOW, David 08:04:19
    6. MATTHEWS, Paul 08:05:58
    7. BELL, Luke 08:10:38
    8. GAMBLES, Joe 08:12:46
    9. ALBERT, Marko 08:18:04
    10. AERNOUTS, Bart 08:18:17
  • Caroline Steffen is running into the finish area to become our champion.
  • Craig Alexander will receive the Greg Welch Championship trophy for his efforts today.
  • A little bit of blue sky is appearing at the shore in St. Kilda, as Switzerland's Caroline Steffen runs for the world record!
  • Caroline is embracing her boyfriend, David Dellow at the finish.
  • They both had fantastic races.
  • "I love Australia and I'm so happy to be here. It feels like a home race for me." -Steffen.
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