Crowley and Amberger set course records in Cairns

Sarah Crowley and Josh Amberger were super-speedy at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns, setting new course records in taking the wins.

| June 11, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >Courtesy Ironman Cairns

It was a big day for the hometown crowd and athletes as Australia's Josh Amberger and Sarah Crowley took the Ironman Asia-Pacific titles, both setting course records in the process.

Crowley stays in front

After trailing Canadian Karen Thibodeau out of the water, Crowley quickly took the lead in the women's race and never looked back as she held on for the biggest win of her career.

“I have been performing really well over the past six months in the 70.3 races and I went away with my coach Cam Watt to extend my running to long course and the work we have done on the swim has unlocked my whole race,” Crowley said. “Coming out of the water up the front I don’t have to chase and hurt yourself in the first part of the bike by trying to play catch up and you can set your ride up better. It happened here, I was able to build through the ride and I really hammered the back end where I knew the race would be won. In the past I would have had to hurt myself out to Port Douglas to try and catch up. Taking that off the table has unlocked my racing for me.”

“This race is pay off for all the work we have been doing. I won the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain at the back end of last season, but it hasn’t got the status of a regional championship," Crowley continued. "This is definitely my best result. It is unbelievable and who knows from here.”

Pre-race favorite Sarah Piampiano chased hard throughout the day but was never a threat for the win after trailing by 7:32 after the swim and losing another three minutes on the bike to Crowley. She would come across the line almost 10 minutes behind. Rounding out the top three was Germany's Kristin Moeller.

 

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Three times the charm

In just his third full-distance race Amberger put together a perfect race to take the Asia-Pacific Championship.

“I have never won a major championship, so to put it together on a day like this is amazing," he said. "Everyone talks about how wonderful this race in Cairns is and all the guys that do it always seem to come back. I can see why, it was just unbelievable. One of the best, if not the best course I have raced on. It was literally like a dream. I led out of the water, I was first off the bike and I managed to have good legs. I am still new at IRONMAN so I was unsure of the run pacing. I think I went out a bit too hard but managed to hold it together and run a really good marathon. I had a feeling I had the race wrapped up but I didn’t want to celebrate too early. The last two km was lined with spectators and, being a Queensland boy, to take this race out in front of a lot of family and friends and people who have watched my career over the last ten to fifteen years it was fantastic.”

Countryman Joe Gambles was the best of the rest, finishing less than two-minutes behind Amberger for second, while New Zealand's Braden Currie continued his hot streak (he won Ironman New Zealand in March) by rounding out the podium.

Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship (Cairns) | Men

June 11, 2017 | Cairns, Australia

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Joshua Amberger

AUS

8:02:17

0:47:15

4:17:29

2:53:26

2

Joe Gambles

AUS

8:04:03

0:50:02

4:25:19

2:44:30

3

Braden Currie

NZL

8:07:46

0:49:46

4:26:12

2:47:56

4

Tim Van Berkel

AUS

8:09:22

0:49:50

4:25:46

2:49:54

5

David Dellow

AUS

8:11:33

0:49:49

4:25:51

2:51:32

6

Michael Fox

AUS

8:11:42

0:49:45

4:25:56

2:51:53

7

Cameron Wurf

AUS

8:11:55

0:49:49

4:15:13

3:02:35

8

Mark Bowstead

NZL

8:16:37

0:49:48

4:25:44

2:56:42

9

Cameron Brown

NZL

8:19:08

0:50:13

4:35:17

2:49:15

10

Daniil Sapunov

UKR

8:21:14

0:49:57

4:35:14

2:51:27

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Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship (Cairns) | Women

June 11, 2017 | Cairns, Australia

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Sarah Crowley

AUS

8:58:14

0:57:06

4:50:00

3:06:01

2

Sarah Piampiano

USA

9:08:20

1:05:38

4:52:58

3:02:49

3

Kristin Moeller

GER

9:14:08

1:05:22

5:00:50

3:03:29

4

Dimity-Lee Duke

AUS

9:20:04

1:01:27

4:58:47

3:14:32

5

Katharina Grohmann

GER

9:21:16

1:13:02

4:57:19

3:06:36

6

Jessica Mitchell

AUS

9:29:50

1:05:17

4:59:42

3:18:29

7

Tine Holst

DEN

9:31:00

1:06:50

4:59:12

3:20:15

8

Diane Luethi

SUI

9:37:28

1:01:23

5:01:02

3:29:11

9

Michelle Leason

USA

9:50:56

0:59:35

5:15:26

3:28:04

10

Karen Thibodeau

CAN

9:54:38

0:57:01

5:11:54

3:40:25

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