Caroline Steffen Wins Asia Pacific Ironman Championship in Melbourne
Affectionately referred to in the industry as “Xena,” after the warrior princess character, Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen is tough; as her nickname suggests. The Swiss Miss proved so Down Under this weekend, claiming the Asia Pacific Ironman Championship in Melbourne over some of the best triathletes in the women’s field.
Steffen won the race in 2012, but was unable to defend her title last year. She looked to reclaim what was hers in 2014, and did just that.
“After last year I wanted to get back to win this race,” Steffen said. “It feels like home. I can’t say thank you enough it’s a great course and a great support the aid stations are amazing,” she said.
Steffen’s main form of competition in Australia came in the form of American Mary Beth Ellis. Ellis exited the water over two minutes ahead of Steffen, but quickly lost that advantage on the bike. Steffen went on to overtake Ellis on the run, finishing the race in a staggering time of 8:57:56, edging the rest of the field by over four minutes.
When speaking to a coaching change and other tweaks to her training this season, Steffen had the following to say:
“People expect results straight away, and the last couple of months have been a lot of changes, and that’s my race after last year I just wanted to get that trophy back. I’m totally over the moon.”
Watch for Steffen to be a force to be reckoned with on her journey to compete for the Ironman World Championship title this October in Hawaii.
Asia Pacific Ironman Championship
Top Five Women Finish
1 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 8:57:56
2 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 9:02:14
3 Kim Schwabenbauer (USA) 9:10:05
4 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 9:11:05
5 Asa Lundstrom (SWE) 9:16:08