Crowley, van Berkel win Ironman Australia

Triathlon star Sarah Crowley has held off a fierce New Zealand problem to hitch Tim van Berkel as first-time Ironman Australia winners.

It’s the first time since 2013 that two Australians have gained the Port Macquarie race on the NSW north coast.

Crowley, the highest title in Sunday’s race, was pushed all the way in which by Rebecca Clarke and solely beat her by one minute seven seconds.

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In contrast, van Berkel pulled clear within the marathon to comfortably win by 11 minutes.

Crowley has completed third twice on the Hawaiian Ironman world championships and was the overwhelming favorite for the ladies’s race.

However Clarke led after the three.8km swim they usually duelled all through the 180km cycle, earlier than Crowley held her off within the 42.2km marathon.

Crowley gained in 9 hours six minutes 4 seconds and compatriot Courtney Gilfillan took third in 9:30:48.

Crowley has struggled over the past couple of years with damage and the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Port Macquarie was an necessary step for her buildup to October’s Hawaiian Ironman.

“That was one of many hardest races I’ve truly ever needed to do to win, so full credit score to Bec for being there all day and placing the stress on,” she stated.

“It means quite a bit as a result of I’ve had a tough couple of years. I have not been in a position to get my type again to the place it must be, and I feel that is the beginning of one thing actually good.”

After feeling out of types halfway by way of the bike, when he was about six minutes off the tempo, van Berkel steadily regained floor and took the lead 16km into the run.

He powered away to win in 8:15:14, 11 minutes forward of compatriot Josh Amberger, with New Zealand’s Jack Moody third in 8:35:40.

“It feels good, particularly as I am turning 38 this 12 months and I began to lose just a few sponsors and some folks saying ‘you are getting too outdated, you would possibly must retire’,” stated van Berkel, who’s a top-10 finisher at Hawaii.

“Just a few mates have truly nicknamed me the journeyman so simply good to stay it to them, there’s nonetheless some struggle left on this outdated canine.”

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