Tim Reed does Australia proud

As he prepares to defend his title at Ironman Australia, our photo of the day looks back at Tim Reed's big win in Mooloolaba last year.

| May 5, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

With all the excitement around the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship showdown this weekend, there hasn't been much noise made about one of the sport's historic races - Ironman Australia. On Sunday Tim Reed will be in Port Macquarie to defend his title at the race that started in 1985, one of the original Ironman World Championship full-distance qualifiers.

After adding his name to the historic list of Ironman Australia champions, Reed put his name on an even more exclusive list when, a few months later, he thrilled the Australian crowd watching in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast by taking the sprint and winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship title over two-time world champion Sebastian Kienle.

In winning last year's race in Port Macquarie Reed set a new course record (8:16:34). Fellow Aussie's Paul Ambrose, Clayton Fettell and David Dellow appear to be his main competition on Sunday.

In the women's race Laura Siddall (GBR) is the prohibitive favorite after a pair of runner-up finishes already this year (Challenge Wanaka and Ironman New Zealand). Australian Michelle Gailey, the 2012 champion, overcame a cancer scare a few years ago to finish third in Port Macquarie in 2015, so she arrives as both a home-town and sentimental favorite.