Currie and Adam make it a Kiwi double in Cairns

New Zealand's Braden Currie and Teresa Adam successfully defended their Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship titles in Cairns - Currie thanks to a blazing bike, while Adam's consistency in all three-sports allowed her to run through some tough competition.

| June 9, 2019 | NEWS

Teresa Adam successfully defended her title at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns.

Teresa Adam successfully defended her title at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns.

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There was no stopping the Kiwi connection in Cairns as New Zealanders Braden Currie and Teresa Adam both defended their Ironman Asia-Pacific titles.

Currie took his title thanks to a wire-to-wire win that saw him bike to an eight-minute lead into T2 (19 minutes on the two men who would eventually finish second and third - Tim Van Berkel and David Dellow), more than enough to ensure he'd easily nail his trip to Kona.

“Cairns turned it on and it was a really special day again," he said after the race. "I was here to win and I knew there was going to be some tough competition. Luck rolled my way and I had a good race as well. Defending my title and getting my slot for the Ironman world champs in Kona is amazing, but going post to post is a cool feeling and a real bonus.”

“There were lots of tactics going on and lots of people looking for the Kona ticket, but once I got my break I stopped thinking about Kona and sunk it, to make sure I got the win," Currie continued. "I was pretty happy to have that eight-minute lead coming off the bike and I knew that if I didn’t do anything silly I should have been able to hold on.”

“I feel people have underrated my biking over the years and it is great to show that I can ride solo and hold my own against some of the better guys in the sport on the bike, and put time into them," the champion said. "It was a real step forward for me. Obviously, I didn’t run what I ran last year, but I probably wasn’t under the pressure that I was under last year.”

Van Berkel would hang tough for second over Dellow after the pair got off the bike almost 20 minutes behind Currie.

Adam paces her way to the win

Adam and American Olympian Sarah True led the way out of the water, only to be joined by Australian Sarah Crowley on the bike. Adam and Crowley would lead much of the way, with True eventually pushing her way back up to the front to join the other two off the bike. After surging out of T2 in the lead, though, True would run in to some issues and wasn't able to finish, but it was Adam's patient approach on the marathon that would eventually net her another Asia-Pacific title.

“It was a tough race and so close all day," Adam said after the race. "I just stuck to my pace and kept going. I’ve have come home with the win and I can’t believe it.”

“The girls went flying off the bike and I wasn’t sure they were going to be able to hold that pace," she continued. "I knew I couldn’t, so I just started running my pace. I was catching Sarah True and I saw her fall, so she didn’t finish. It was quite scary initially, but I kept going. Everything in me was screaming to stop, but there were so many people with her and offering support straight away. I knew she was in good hands, so I just kept running, but it took me a little bit of time to get over it because I was having a rough patch.”

“I just stuck at my pace and when I passed Sarah Crowley she said, ‘Awesome running’ and I just said ‘Thanks mate’ and kept going," Adam said. “I just stuck to my pace and didn’t know what was going to happen. I managed to keep trucking along like a diesel and came through in the end. So, I am really happy and the Kiwi double is awesome.”

Crowley was only just able to hold off a charging Kaisa Sali, who finished just 14 seconds behind the third-place finisher at the 2017 Ironman World Championship thanks to a blazing 3:00:03 marathon split.

Braden Currie is all smiles after an impressive wire-to-wire win at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship.

Braden Currie is all smiles after an impressive wire-to-wire win at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship.

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Ironman Asia Pacific Championship | Men

June 9, 2019 | Cairns, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Braden Currie

NZL

8:04:19

47:29

4:28:59

2:44:33

2

Tim Van Berkel

AUS

8:23:48

50:03

4:45:22

2:45:03

3

David Dellow

AUS

8:32:11

49:38

4:45:45

2:53:11

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Ironman Asia Pacific Championship | Women

June 9, 2019 | Cairns, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Teresa Adam

NZL

8:48:33

50:11:00

4:51:48

3:02:56

2

Sarah Crowley

AUS

8:53:37

51:19:00

4:50:48

3:08:03

3

Kaisa Sali

FIN

8:53:51

56:00:00

4:54:18

3:00:03

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