Wilson and Hauschildt take Western Sydney

Dan Wilson and Melissa Hauschildt took the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific titles in winning the event in Western Sydney.

| November 28, 2017 | NEWS

Melissa Haushcildt wins the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.

Melissa Haushcildt wins the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.

Photo >Delly Carr | Ironman

It came down to the run for both Dan Wilson as he out-paced a large group off the bike, while Melissa Hauschildt was unstoppable once she got out of the water as the two took the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific titles.

A big group hits T2

Aaron Royle led the way out of the water for the men with Wilson and Sam Appleton about 40 seconds behind. By the halfway point of the bike there was a group of five out front that included Jake Montgomery, Royle, Appleton, Michael Raelert and Wilson. By T2, though, that group had been joined by Joe Gambles, Tim Reed, Braden Currie and Sam Betten, turning things into a half-marathon footrace for the title.

Wilson was able to run clear to capture the men's title, while Reed would use his patented finishing kick (he outkicked Sebastian Kienle in Mooloolaba last year to take the 70.3 world title) to beat Currie to the line.

According to Ironman.com Wilson is retiring after this race to focus on his PhD.

Hauschildt blasts through the bike and run

After trailing Americans Lauren Brandon and Haley Chura by five minutes out of the water, Hauschildt steadily worked her way through the field on the bike, coming into T2 in second place, about 90 seconds behind. Once on the run it was a no-brainer as Hauschildt quickly passed Brandon and never looked back. Her 1:19 run split was more than enough to keep her clear and to give the two-time 70.3 world champion her 11th 70.3 title. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan would also post a 1:19 run split to finish second, while Kiwi Amelia Rose Watkinson, fresh off a win at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon the week before, rounded out the podium.

Liz Blatchford's fifth place finish was certainly one of the performances of the day - the new-mom is certainly going to be one to watch in 2018.

Dan Wilson defends his Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney title.

Dan Wilson defends his Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney title.

Photo >Delly Carr | Ironman

Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney | Men

November 26, 2018 | Sydney, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Wilson, Dan

AUS

3:42:12

0:23:52

2:04:23

1:12:06

2

Reed, Tim

AUS

3:43:34

0:24:38

2:03:14

1:13:40

3

Currie, Braden

NZL

3:43:37

0:24:48

2:03:04

1:13:40

4

Appleton, Sam

AUS

3:44:50

0:23:54

2:04:11

1:14:53

5

Gambles, Joe

AUS

3:46:26

0:24:56

2:02:57

1:16:37

6

Royle, Aaron

AUS

3:47:12

0:23:13

2:04:43

1:17:10

7

Betten, Sam

AUS

3:48:45

0:23:58

2:03:46

1:18:47

8

Raelert, Michael

GER

3:50:26

0:24:49

2:03:11

1:20:22

9

Montgomery, Jake

AUS

3:54:25

0:24:30

2:03:30

1:24:18

10

Munro, Casey

AUS

3:56:58

0:24:33

2:10:26

1:19:52

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Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney | Women

November 26, 2018 | Sydney, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

4:07:06

0:29:51

2:15:37

1:19:03

2

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan

AUS

4:08:31

0:27:07

2:20:16

1:19:07

3

Amelia Rose Watkinson

NZL

4:12:53

0:27:04

2:18:53

1:24:47

4

Haley Chura

USA

4:16:07

0:24:49

2:23:46

1:25:00

5

Liz Blatchford

AUS

4:18:14

0:27:03

2:24:27

1:24:28

6

Laura Dennis

AUS

4:21:06

0:27:10

2:26:55

1:24:56

7

Lauren Brandon

USA

4:23:31

0:24:44

2:19:27

1:36:55

8

Christine Cross

USA

4:25:04

0:30:29

2:27:34

1:24:26

9

Christen Brown

USA

4:25:17

0:28:07

2:25:41

1:28:59

10

Rebecca Clarke

NZL

4:30:00

0:24:55

2:28:51

1:33:17

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