Currie and Adam capture the day in Cairns

Kiwis Braden Currie and Teresa Adam topped some big names at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns, Australia.

| June 10, 2018 | NEWS

Braden Currie wins Ironman Cairns in 2018.

Braden Currie wins Ironman Cairns in 2018.

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In the end a pair of New Zealand athletes took the day and nailed their starting spots for the Ironman World Championship in Kona. Braden Currie managed to outrun no less a legend than Javier Gomez to take the men's title, while Teresa Adam held off Mirinda Carfrae for the women's championship at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns, Australia.

Adam holds on

Teresa Adam competed for New Zealand in both water polo and triathlon in years past, so it shouldn't have been a surprise that the woman from Auckland would come out of the water in second behind super-swimmer Lauren Brandon. Adam, competing in just her second full-distance race - she was second at Ironman New Zealand - had been forced to take a few years out of the sport due to injury, but seems to have bounced back in style with her new-found long-distance career.

Brandon managed to hold on to the lead through 130 km of the bike and held on for second into T2, but was 5:13 down at that point. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) continued her impressive comeback to racing after giving birth to baby Isabelle last year, arriving into T2 10:28 behind Adam. (Carfrae was 12:25 behind Brandon out of the water and trailed Adam by 10:25.)

Out on the run course Carfrae made up some time thanks to a solid 3:03 marathon split, but it wasn't enough for the win. American Beth McKenzie flew through a 2:55 marathon to run her way to the final spot on the podium.

Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship | Women

June 10, 2018 | Cairns, Australia

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km swim

180 km Bike

42 km Run

1

Teresa Adam

NZL

8:53:17

50:42

4:50:13

3:08:45

2

Mirinda Carfrae

AUS

8:59:18

1:01:06

4:50:31

3:03:20

3

Beth McKenzie

USA

9:03:11

1:01:39

5:01:27

2:55:24

4

Gurutze Frades

ESP

9:09:53

1:01:37

5:01:35

3:02:59

5

Melanie Burke

NZL

9:12:32

1:01:40

4:56:50

3:10:07

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Rookie Teresa Adam wins Ironman Cairns in 2018.

Rookie Teresa Adam wins Ironman Cairns in 2018.

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Currie breaks away at 34 km

The men's race turned into a strategic battle as swim-leader Gomez and a small leading group were joined by the chase group through the early stages of the bike. Through the halfway point of the ride just 12 seconds separated the top 10 that included pretty much all of the pre-race favorites: Gomez, Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Tim O'Donnell (USA), Tim Van Berkel (AUS), Tim Reed (AUS), Clayton Fettell (AUS), Denis Chevrot (FRA), Currie and Kyle Buckingham (RSA).

Heading into T2 Bozzone and Chevrot took a bit of a flyer, opening up a gap of just over 30 seconds on the group into transition, but that lead was quickly eaten up on the marathon by Currie. Through 8 km Currie was in front with Bozzone a few seconds back, with Gomez at 28 seconds and O'Donnell at 38 seconds. A few km later Gomez moved up to join Currie and the two would run together until the 34-km point. There Currie sensed Gomez was feeling his first full-distance effort and pulled away, holding off the Spaniard to take the win.

Bozzone managed a late surge to hold off O'Donnell for the final spot on the podium.

Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship | Men

June 10, 2018 | Cairns, Australia

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km swim

180 km Bike

42 km Run

1

Braden Currie

NZL

7:54:59

46:46

4:24:53

2:40:00

2

Javier Gomez

ESP

7:56:39

46:42

4:25:09

2:41:03

3

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

8:00:07

48:44

4:22:31

2:46:00

4

Tim O'Donnell

USA

8:00:55

46:43

4:24:59

2:46:01

5

Denis Chevrot

FRA

8:07:26

48:47

4:22:18

2:53:00

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