Watkinson and Phillips masterful at Challenge Melbourne

Kiwis took the top of the podium at Challenge Melbourne on the weekend as Amelia Rose Watkinson took the women's race and Mike Phillips successfully defended the men's title.

| April 16, 2019 | NEWS

Amelia Rose Watkinson is all smiles after a big win at Challenge Melbourne.

Amelia Rose Watkinson is all smiles after a big win at Challenge Melbourne.

Photo >Con Chronis/ Challenge Melbourne

Amelia Rose Watkinson managed to outdistance two of the hottest half-distance racers in Australia at Challenge Melbourne last weekend, finishing ahead of Annabel Luxford and Radka Kahlefeldt. The three were within seconds of each other out of the water, but Kahlefeldt fell off the pace during the bike, leaving the race to come down to a footrace between Watkinson and Luxford. Watkinson's 1:18 split was more than enough to get her clear for the win. Luxford took second, with Kahlefeldt rounding out the podium.

Mike Phillips made it two in a row thanks to blistering run that saw him outdistance a close field thanks to a blazing 1:10 run split. Phillips exited the water alongside Aussies David Mainwaring and Casey Munro, but that group was joined out on the bike course by Matt Burton, Luke McKenzie and Matt Slee, turning the race into a half-marathon footrace for the title. Mainwaring was able to just hold off Burton for second.

 

Annabel Luxford, Amelia Rose Watkinson and Radka Kahlefeldt.

Annabel Luxford, Amelia Rose Watkinson and Radka Kahlefeldt.

Photo >Con Chronis/ Challenge Melbourne

Challenge Melbourne | Women

April 14, 2019 | Melbourne, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Amelia Rose Watkinson

NZL

4:03:18

27:24

2:14:21

1:18:26

2

Annabel Luxford

AUS

4:06:43

27:22

2:14:30

1:21:41

3

Radka Kahlefeldt

CZE

4:08:29

27:22

2:17:28

1:20:27

4

Grace Thek

AUS

4:13:38

28:18

2:21:20

1:20:29

5

Kate Pedley

AUS

4:14:01

31:51

2:21:54

1:16:59

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David Mainwaring, Mike Phillips and Matt Burton.

David Mainwaring, Mike Phillips and Matt Burton.

Photo >Con Chronis/ Challenge Melbourne

Challenge Melbourne | Men

April 14, 2019 | Melbourne, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Mike Phillips

NZL

3:42:15

25:38

2:03:38

1:10:26

2

David Mainwaring

AUS

3:45:25

25:44

2:03:21

1:13:18

3

Matt Burton

AUS

3:45:57

27:14

2:01:51

1:13:47

4

Casey Munro

AUS

3:46:25

25:38

2:03:52

1:14:34

5

Luke McKenzie

AUS

3:47:26

27:07

2:01:48

1:15:19

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