Perfect 10: Cameron Brown Grabs 10th Ironman New Zealand Title, First Oakley Athlete to See Victory in New Fast Jacket™ Eyewear
Tally 10 NZ titles for Cameron Brown.
Oakley’s Kiwi (New Zealand native) Star Triathlete emerged from his home turf in Taupo with a time of 8:31:07 – and as the first person in history to have won a particular Ironman race 10 times. Even better. He’s the first-ever Oakley athlete in any sport to score a victory in the newly introduced Fast Jacket™ performance eyewear.
But the triumph was no walk in the park. Cameron led a field of fierce competitors that batted through non-stop rain dumping on the entire event from the beginning to the end.
Despite the miserable conditions, he powered away from his main rivals near the end of the bike, then passed Canadian Scott Curry early in the run to win in 8:31:07 – topping fellow Oakley athlete and Kiwi Terenzo Bozzone.
“I used to go and watch this race in Auckland as a kid and dream about going in it," Cameron said, rocking the new switchlock technology on the new eyewear piece. “To win it once was fantastic. But to do it 10 times is pretty special. I’ve not really had the chance for it to sink it.”
But despite shattering records, he’s not in any way, shape or form resting on his laurels. He still has some major unfinished business.
“I haven’t won in Hawaii. That’s what really counts. I would trade all my 10 wins here for one of those because that is the measure. That’s not taking anything away from any of my wins here.”
Cameron held position behind record-holder Brent Foster by four minutes out of the water and was also three minutes behind rival and fellow Oakley smasher Bozzone after the 3.8 km swim. Scott Curry powered to the front on the bike as Brown caught up the leading field: Bozzone, Hecht, Keegan Williams and James Bowstead by the 45km mark.
But he finally pushed the pace and surprised the rest of the contenders when he rode off the front with 60km remaining in the bike. After that point, the deal was all but sealed.
He blazed by Curry within 9 km of the run and went on to run 2:52.09 and win by 10 minutes.
Oakley star Mirinda Carfrae, the defending Ironman Women’s World Champion, grabbed a solid second place finish…also rocking her new Fast Jacket™ eyewear.
Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:31.07
Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 8:41.54
Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:45.34
Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:49.34
Scott Curry (CAN) 8:50.44
Samantha Warriner (NZL) 9:31.07
Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:31.33
Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:31.53
Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 9:40.01
Belinda Harper (NZL) 9:40.33