New Champions at the 70.3 Ironman New Zealand

New Champions at the 70.3 Ironman New Zealand

Meredith Kessler (USA) - Iroman New Zealand 2012Photo by: CHRIS HILLOCK/Fairfax NZ


Severe weather forced  a one day delay to Ironman New Zealand and shortened it to a 70.3.  Although disappointing race-wise, the good news for professionals is that the KPR points and prize money stayed in tact. Both champions Meredith Kessler (USA) and Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) lost their goggles in the choppy surf, but managed to end the day victorious.  For the women’s race, Kessler managed an 8 minute lead with a killer bike split and fastest run split that kept her out front unchallenged.  The race behind was a battle with 3 seconds separating Kate Bevilaqua (AUS -2nd place) and Jo Lawn (NZL – 3rd place). In the men’s race, both Tim Reed (AUS – 2nd place) and Cam Brown (NZL – 3rd place) fought hard were less than a a few minutes from the win.