Alexander and Sheedy-Ryan blast in Busselton

Craig Alexander ran his way to yet another title, as did former duathlon world champ Felicity Sheedy-Ryan at Ironman 70.3 Busselton, which served as the Triathlon Australia Long Course Championships.

| May 5, 2019 | NEWS

Craig Alexander does it again, topping the field at Ironman 70.3 Busselton.

Craig Alexander does it again, topping the field at Ironman 70.3 Busselton.

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The ageless Craig Alexander (45) did it again, running his way clear of the rest of the field to win in Western Australia, adding yet another 70.3 crown to his impressive resume.

Eric Watson led the way out of the water, joined at the front by Max Neumann and Steven McKenna, with Mike Phillips, Guy Crawford and Alexander trailing by about 45 seconds. Out on the bike it was Matt Burton who would charge through the field to lead the way into T2, with Phillips just a few seconds behind and Alexander still in the hunt 42 seconds behind the leaders.

Once out on the run Alexander would pull clear to take the win over Phillips, while Burton would hang on for third.

"Mike had some stomach issues on the run, which opened the door for me," the always-classy Alexander posted on his Facebook page after the race. "The race doubled as the Australian Long Course Championships, so I was pumped to take the title nearly 20 years after winning it for the first time. Well done to everyone who raced, that wind was tough!"

Sheedy-Ryan runs to the win

Rebecca Clark led the way out of the water with a lead of just over a minute on Felicity Sheedy-Ryan. By the halfway point of the bike the two had made it a two-woman race as just two seconds separated them, while Renee Kiley had moved herself into third just under a minute behind. Kiley continued her charge through the second half of the bike and led Sheedy-Ryan and Clarke into T2 by just over 1:30.

It didn't take long for Sheedy-Ryan to blast her way to the front, though - by 3.5 km her lead over Kiley was 47 seconds. The 2017 world duathlon champ cruised through the rest of the run to win by 6:30 over Clarke. Emily Loughnan also managed to run by Kiley to round out the podium.

Ironman 70.3 Busselton | Men

May 4, 2019 | Busselton, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Craig Alexander

AUS

3:49:53

27:10

2:04:40

1:15:13

2

Mike Phillips

NZL

3:51:14

27:07

2:04:02

1:17:14

3

Matt Burton

AUS

3:53:08

29:55

2:01:09

1:19:18

4

Max Neumann

AUS

3:55:29

26:27

2:05:33

1:20:39

5

Sam Tebeck

AUS

3:59:01

29:10

2:08:35

1:18:02

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Ironman 70.3 Busselton | Women

May 4, 2019 | Busselton, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan

AUS

4:20:16

29:54

2:23:19

1:24:07

2

Rebecca Clarke

AUS

4:26:46

28:45

2:24:19

1:30:22

3

Emily Loughnan

AUS

4:30:48

31:29

2:29:41

1:26:06

4

Renee Kiley

AUS

4:32:54

32:40

2:18:29

1:37:42

5

Laura Armstrong

AUS

4:37:15

33:23

2:24:47

1:35:29

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