Aussies Craig Alexander, Emma Moffatt Dominate Scorcher At Ironman 70.3 Geelong
It was all Australia all day long at Ironman 70.3 Geelong where hometown favorites Craig “Crowie” Alexander and Emma Moffatt took the victories Down Under. While the focus was on the brutal course conditions the pair of Australians took to race experience to excel in the heat. Moffatt the 2008 Beijing Games bronze medalist blew away the women’s field, winning by over 13 minutes, while Crowie finished roughly three and a half minutes ahead of fellow countryman, Tim Reed.
The conditions in Geelong were not much to be desired with hot temperatures and heavy winds. Combine that with an already difficult course, and the best of the best were bound to rise above.
“A dry and hot day in Geelong or Melbourne is as tough as it gets,” Alexander said.
“The swim was challenging and choppy,” Moffatt said of the course. “The bike was hot and windy and it was exactly the same in the run. It just got windier and it just got hotter.”
Moffatt lead the women’s race from start to finish and finished tenth overall in the entire race. This was Moffatt’s first win at the 70.3 distance.
40-year-old multiple-time Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander proved why he is a legend of the sport, ignoring brutal temperatures to dominate the men’s field in Geelong. Citing experience with hot-weather racing, Crowie was able to fend off fellow Australians Tim Reed and Brad Kahlefledt by almost four minutes for the defiant win.
“It was one of those courses where you needed to use your experience and run quick when you were able to do it with the wind and bear down into the wind and be as conservative as possible,” Alexander added.
Ironman 70.3 Geelong Results
Top 5 Men
1. Craig Alexander 4:05:59
2. Tim Reed 4:09:33
3. Brad Kahlefledt 4:10:41
4. Peter Robertson 4:13:53
5. Casey Munro 4:15:20
Top 5 Women
1. Emma Moffatt 4:30:57
2. Rebecca Hoschke 4:43:10
3. Lisa Marangon 4:50:14
4. Jessica Fleming 4:54:15
5. Tineke Stewart 4:56:33