The conditions in Wanaka seemed to be pretty hard, the race adjustment of –4:36 is one of the slowest in the last years. The course rating has dropped by more than a full minute to 2:03 – just barely faster than IM Hawaii.
Aaron Farlow put in a solid race to win another long distance triathlon:
Rank Name Nation Actual Time Expected Time 1 Aaron Farlow AUS 08:41:53 08:48:52 2 Jamie Whyte NZL 08:51:53 09:02:20 3 Kieran Doe NZL 08:57:17 08:50:17 4 Courtney Ogden AUS 09:08:42 08:50:32 5 Jimmy Johnsen DNK 09:09:05 08:54:10 6 Petr Vabrousek CZE 09:15:21 09:02:34 7 Scott Defilippis USA 09:16:00 09:31:21 8 Marc Pschebizin GER 09:22:35 09:22:22 9 Simon Cochrane NZL 09:23:15 n/a
Last year’s champion Jamie Whyte also had a strong race and finished second. After more than a year of not finishing Ironman-distance races and being in a crash with severe injuries close to this race, Kieran Doe grabbed the last podium spot in a time that was only a little bit slower than predicted.
Gina Crawford proved that she is back after her baby-break and won in a convincing fashion:
Rank Name Nation Actual Time Expected Time 1 Gina Crawford NZL 09:44:06 09:42:51 2 Britta Martin NZL 09:47:39 10:01:14 3 Simone Maier GER 09:57:42 10:20:34 4 Candice Hammond NZL 09:58:39 09:57:26 5 Julia Grant NZL 10:01:49 n/a 6 Nicole Ward AUS 10:12:39 10:10:10 7 Tamsyn Hayes NZL 10:16:23 n/a 8 Jodie Scott AUS 10:53:43 10:46:32 9 Jo Carrel NZL 11:26:19 10:57:27 10 Sarah Richardson 11:40:20 n/a
Britta Martin ran her way into second place. She and third-place Simone Maier were the only women who managed to finish faster than their expected times.