Melissa Hauschildt flew through the bike and marathon to easily capture the Ironman North American Championship.
April 29, 2018 | NEWS|
On a day of super-fast splits, Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) showed her class with a blazing-fast marathon to take the Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands, Texas.
The day started off with a bang as super-swimmer Lauren Brandon (USA) blasted through the opening leg in just over 48 minutes, putting her five minutes up on the latest super-mom returning to competition in 2018, Meredith Kessler. Denmark's Michelle Vesterby was next out another two minutes back, with Hauschildt over 10 minutes behind Brandon as she started the bike.
Brandon gamely held the lead for much of the ride, but would eventually be passed by Great Britain's Kimberly Morrison, who was 1:26 up on the American at 100 miles and hit T2 with a lead of 2:22 over Brandon, just under four minutes on Jen Annett (CAN) (who posted a sizzling 4:25 bike split), and then five minutes on a group that included Vesterby, Hauschildt, Kessler, defending champ Jodie Robertson (USA) and Jocelyn McCauley (USA).
The run quickly became the Hauschildt show as the two-time 70.3 world champ cruised to the front by 12 km and never looked back, posting a 2:57 split to easily capture the championship title. Robertson managed to hold off the late charge by countrywoman Lesley Smith to take second. Vesterby hung tough for fourth ahead of Sweden's Sara Svensk.
Ironman Texas | Women
April 28, 2018 | The Woodlands, USA