Thompson and Norton take Ultraman titles

Australian Richard Thompson took the men's title over defending champion Rob Gray, while Canadian Tara Norton captured the women's race at the Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii.

| November 27, 2018 | NEWS

Richard Thompson wins the 2017 Ultraman Australia race.

Richard Thompson wins the 2017 Ultraman Australia race.

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Age group Ironman world champion Richard Thompson and former pro triathlete Tara Norton led from start to finish at this year's Ultraman world championship. The three-day race consists of a 10 km swim and a 145 km bike on day one, a 276 km bike on day two and an 84.4 km run on the final day of racing.

As a pro triathlete Norton competed at the Ironman World Championship six times, with her best finish as 12th. Earlier this year Norton became the first woman to ever complete the Doxa Threelay race as an individual, completing the 36 legs over 285 miles (458 km) of racing. Two years ago she finished second at the Ultraman. All of which no-doubt prepared the super-mom (her daughter, Maya, was out on the course supporting her mom in Hawaii) for her big weekend - she beat runner-up Mary Knott by just under 75 minutes.

Thompson, who won the 18 to 24 age group in Kona in 2008, would also race as a pro for a number of years. He won the Ultraman Australia event last year, setting a world-best time in the process. This year the Aussie would defeat defending champion Rob Gray (RSA) by just under an hour.