As he prepares to defend his title at Ironman Australia, our photo of the day looks back at Tim Reed's big win in Mooloolaba last year.
May 5, 2017 | PERSONALITY|
With all the excitement around the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship showdown this weekend, there hasn't been much noise made about one of the sport's historic races - Ironman Australia. On Sunday Tim Reed will be in Port Macquarie to defend his title at the race that started in 1985, one of the original Ironman World Championship full-distance qualifiers.
After adding his name to the historic list of Ironman Australia champions, Reed put his name on an even more exclusive list when, a few months later, he thrilled the Australian crowd watching in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast by taking the sprint and winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship title over two-time world champion Sebastian Kienle.
In winning last year's race in Port Macquarie Reed set a new course record (8:16:34). Fellow Aussie's Paul Ambrose, Clayton Fettell and David Dellow appear to be his main competition on Sunday.
In the women's race Laura Siddall (GBR) is the prohibitive favorite after a pair of runner-up finishes already this year (Challenge Wanaka and Ironman New Zealand). Australian Michelle Gailey, the 2012 champion, overcame a cancer scare a few years ago to finish third in Port Macquarie in 2015, so she arrives as both a home-town and sentimental favorite.