Melissa Hasuchildt took the day, but Mirinda Carfrae's comeback just seven months after becoming a mom grabbed the attention at Ironman 70.3 Texas.
April 8, 2018 | NEWS|
While the Australian relay team was grabbing all the headlines with their Commonwealth Games Mixed Relay win on the Gold Coast, a pair of Aussies quietly put on an amazing show in Galveston, Texas as two-time 70.3 world champ Melissa Hauschildt and three time Kona champ (and 70.3 world champ herself) Mirinda Carfrae went one-two at Ironman 70.3 Texas.
Hauschildt's win is hardly a surprise - when she is fit and healthy she is a force to be reckoned with. After struggling with injury for most of last year, she appears to be getting back into form now and the Texas win certainly bodes well for the rest of 2018.
The performance that will grab all the attention today is that of the latest of the string of super-moms we're welcoming back to racing in 2018, Mirinda Carfrae. Her run split of 1:18:49 was only 42 seconds slower than Hauschildt's and was enough to get her past Heather Wurtele (CAN) in the final mile of the race to grab second.
Not a bad way to start back into racing. Think that bodes well for her as she gears up for Kona in October? (Yeah, we do, too.)
Wurtele leads the contenders out of the water
Laurence Delisle (USA) led the way out of the water with a lead of over a minute on fellow Americans Rachel Olson and Haley Chura. Wurtele was out of the water in seventh at 3:20 behind Delisle, with Hauschildt and Carfrae just a few seconds back.
Once on the bike Kimberly Morrison (GBR) managed to pull well ahead of the field, coming off the bike 3:47 up on Hauschildt and Wurtele and five minutes ahead of Carfrae.
Hauschildt, a former national team runner back in Australia, cruised through the run, passing Morrison by seven miles and never looking back. Carfrae steadily closed the gap on Wurtele and was only 24 seconds down with just under two miles to go. Carfrae's closing kick serves notice that 1) the maternity leave hasn't slowed her down much and 2) her competition had best take notice: Mirinda Carfrae is back and looking for another Kona title this October.
Morrison hung tough for fourth, a solid result against this strong field.
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run