Melissa Hauschildt out of Kona

After setting a new Ironman record in Texas earlier this year, Melissa Hauschildt has been forced out of Kona due to injury.

| October 1, 2018 | NEWS

Melissa Hauschildt sets a new Ironman record with her 8:31:05 winning performance at Ironman Texas.

Melissa Hauschildt sets a new Ironman record with her 8:31:05 winning performance at Ironman Texas.

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When she's healthy Melissa Hauschildt is hands down one of the strongest triathletes on the planet, but once again injury has sidelined the Australian 70.3 world champion and Ironman record holder, preventing her from competing at the Ironman World Championship in a couple of weeks.

After returning from surgery for "External Iliac Artery Endofibrosis" in her left leg, Hauschildt now requires the same surgery in her right leg, according to a post she put up on her Instagram account.

Hauschildt's record-setting day in Texas was overshadowed by race-day issues out on the course (Ironman pulled all officials off the course and huge packs formed), but she has been in outstanding form throughout the year. Her unbeaten record in 2018 includes wins at the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman in New Zealand, Ironman 70.3 Texas, Ironman Texas, which served as the North American championship and the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark. Her unbeaten streak actually started last November - she took the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Western Sydney and followed that up with a win at Ironman Western Australia last December.