It took very little time for the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship, held in Melbourne, Australia, to become a monumental and historic race. Sporting the new Oakley RadarLock sunglasses, Craig “Crowie” Alexander earned top honors at the inaugural event in record time, amidst one of the strongest fields ever assembled outside of Kona. Alexander’s win came at a sub-eight hour pace, a time that is rarely seen and highly sought after in the triathlon world. To say the first running of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship was thrilling would simply be an understatement.
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.
Oakley's Cameron Brown Makes History With Ninth Victory, Oakley's Jo Lawn Wins With New Course Record
Oakley’s Cameron Brown claimed his ninth title, a world record, previously held by Paula Newby-Fraser in Kona (8 times), at the Bonita Ironman New Zealand. Oakley’s Terenzo Bozzone placed second. Oakley’s Jo Lawn gained the upper hand over rival Gina Crawford to reclaim the women’s title that she lost to the Christchurch triathlete last year in Taupo, setting a new course record in the process despite the windy conditions.