Wurf and Siddall awesome in Australia

Cameron Wurf took the men's title and set a new course record thanks to a stellar bike and impressive run, while Laura Siddall won a close duel over Caroline Steffen to take her third straight Ironman Australia title.

| May 6, 2019 | NEWS

Cameron Wurf charged to the front on the bike and never looked back to take Ironman Australia. (Archive photo.)

Cameron Wurf charged to the front on the bike and never looked back to take Ironman Australia. (Archive photo.)

Photo >Jose Luis Hourcade

"Winning this race gives me a lot of confidence five months before Kona," Australian Cameron Wurf said in an interview after his big win at Ironman Australia. While he didn't have the best swim, Wurf was quickly able to find his rhythm on the bike and use his awesome biking ability to move to the front of the race. His 4:22:53 bike split pulverized the course record. He followed that up with a new personal best time of 2:50:20 for the marathon. Wurf celebrated across the line with a lead of just under four minutes - his 8:06:17 finish sets a new course record.

Second was Wurf's countryman Tim Reed, who finished ahead of Wurf after the swim, but could not keep up on the bike and, despite running the day's fastest marathon in 2:44:30, couldn't close the gap and finished in 8:09:50. France's Denis Chevrot, the swim leader with a speedy 44:44 swim split, was just 20 seconds behind Reed in T2, but lost time in the marathon, finishing in 8:16:05.

Laura Siddall three-peat

The small eight-woman pro field saw a close battle on the bike between Great Britain's Laura Siddall and Switzerland's Caroline Steffen. Steffen had trailed American Kelsey Withrow by just a few seconds after the swim, with Siddall coming out of the water over six-minutes behind. 

Siddall steadily gained ground on Steffen through the bike ride, eventually coming off the bike 30 seconds up (thanks to the day's fastest bike split of 4:58:56) and then used the day's second-fastest marathon to run clear for her third-straight win in Port Macquarie, crossing the line in 9:11:58. Steffen hung on for second with her 9:17:28 finish, while Withrow completed the podium in 9:19:11, running the day's fastest marathon in 3:11:08.