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Jacobs, Steffen take Ironman Australia as Neyedli finishes fourth
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 1st May 2011

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The town of Port Macquarie, home of Ironman Australia had a new race in town today as for the first time the event was held in conjunction with Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie on the same day.

Britain's Scott Neyedli, Ironman UK winner in 2007, had high hopes going into the event having finished second last year. The pre-race withdrawal of twice Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander looked like it would assist Scott, and indeed every other professional racing in seeking a podium place.

The men's race was a rare gun-to-tape victory for Australia's Pete Jacobs who finished ninth in Kona last season, and his six minute victory gave him his first Ironman win, and also ended the streak of Patrick Vernay who was seeking his fifth consecutive win at Ironman Australia. Scott was to finish in fourth, just one minute away from another Ironman podium finish, as the veteran of 50+ Ironman races Jason Shortis took third place at 40 years of age.


Switzerland's Caroline Steffen was the odd-on favourite for the ladies win, and while she lived up to expectations it wasn't without incident as she had to deal with two punctures on the bike plus a foot injury, but she battled on and her class still brought her home with a comfortable margin over Amelia Pearson.

Ironman Australia
Pos Men Women
1st Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:29:28 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:29:54
2nd Patrick Vernay (NCL) 8:35:50 Amelia Pearson (AUS) 9:38:23
3rd Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:46:07 Kirsten Molloy (AUS) 9:43:55
4th Scott Neyedli (GBR) 8:47:16 Nicole Ward (AUS) 9:49:23
5th Courtney Ogden (AUS) 8:49:56 Rebecca Eveleigh (AUS) 10:07:57
Ironman 70.3 Port Maquarie
Pos Men Women
1st Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:58:15 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:29:36
2nd Tim Berkel (AUS) 4:01:40 Madeleine Oldfield (AUS) 4:37:24
3rd Cameron Brown (NZL) 4:03:22 Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:41:10
4th Christian Kemp (AUS) 4:04:11 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:43:53
5th Joseph Lampe (AUS) 4:08:59 Melinda Cockshutt (AUS) 4:50:38



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