Currie books ticket to Taupo with Sunshine Coast win

Braden Currie. Photo: Sean Beale
Braden Currie. Photo: Sean Beale
Triathlete Braden Currie kicked off both shoes with his win in the Ironman Sunshine Coast on the weekend.

Not only did he gain an emphatic confidence boost for the upcoming Ironman World Championship in Hawaii next month, he also booked a slot to the World Ironman Championship in Taupo next year.

Current Asia-Pacific Ironman champion - after defending his 2019 title at Cairns - Currie's success has previously been on home territory, including two Taupo victories and a win in California at Santa Cruz.

That changed on the weekend when he stamped his transtasman mark with a debut win over this distance in Australia.

The flying Kiwi never faltered over the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run in Australia's Mooloolaba-based race, finishing in 3hr 44min 48sec.

The location was only 30 minutes away from the Wanaka athlete's winter training base in Noosa and the warm weather obviously agreed with him, as he clocked a personal-best run - an incredibly swift 1hr 10min.

''It was a good day and I'm stoked to get the win here,'' Currie said.

He decided not to do the long-haul travel to France for the World Ironman Championships, which were also held at the weekend. His priority instead was to qualify for Taupo next year and cement his build-up for the Hawaiian ironman.

''The big focus for me is in five weeks' time in Kona and although I'm happy to win this race, I won't be celebrating for too long.

''Training will start back next week with my last build phase towards racing in Hawaii.''

Currie was fourth out of the water in 22min 32sec, only 4sec down on leader Australian Clayton Fettell.

He headed out on the two-lap ride in a pack of seven. At the 20km mark Australian athlete Pete Jacobs led from Currie, Fettell and another Australian, Steven McKenna.

By the halfway point of the cycle leg, the wind was a factor, gusting up to 20kmh-30kmh.

Currie dropped the hammer as he surged towards his first win on the Sunshine Coast, taking over the lead from Fettell.

For the first 7km of the run Currie was locked in a duel with McKenna, before stretching out a 20m lead at the halfway point. The Kiwi enjoyed the Mooloolaba atmosphere as the locals urged him on over the Alexandra Headland.

Continuing to set a blistering pace, Currie left McKenna well behind, eventually crossing the finish line 2min 1sec ahead of the Australian.

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