Christian Kemp of Australia celebrates winning the Ironman
70.3 Auckland triathlon today. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty
New Zealanders Bevan Docherty and Clarke Ellice and
finished second and third behind surprise Ironman 70.3 Auckland
winner Christian Kemp of Australia today.
Kemp had too much speed on the 21km run for Docherty, pulling
away to win in 3:56:02, 34 seconds ahead of the Kiwi, the
two-time Olympic triathlon medallist making a full-time move
into longer-course racing this year.
Ellice, who races on the ITU Olympic distance circuit,
finished an excellent third in 3:58:23.
The inaugural race also saw an Australian take out the
women's title - Annabel Luxford leading from start to finish
to come home in 4:19:18, almost six minutes ahead of Caroline
Steffen of Switzerland, with American Meredith Kessler third.
Anna Ross was the best of the New Zealand women, finishing
The race was held in drizzly, humid conditions, and saw
competitors start with a 1.9km swim in the Viaduct Harbour
and cycle the 90km bike leg over the Harbour Bridge and
around part of the North Shore. The run was a two-lap affair
from the Viaduct along Tamaki Drive and back.
Ironman 70.3 Auckland results:
Men: Christian Kemp (Australia) 3:56:02, 1; Bevan Docherty
(New Zealand) 3:56:36, 2; Clark Ellice (New Zealand) 3:58:23,
3; Paul Ambrose (UK) 3:59:26, 4; James Hodge (Australia)
Women: Annabel Luxford (Australia) 4:19:18, 1; Caroline
Steffen (Switzerland) 4:25:15, 2; Meredith Kessler (USA)
4:29:24, 3; Sarah Crowley (Australia) 4:32:04, 4; Anna Ross
(New Zealand) 4:34:25, 5.