TRI247
Search
shop

‘The most happy, disappointed race’ – Crowley on her Kona 2022

Sarah Crowley was full of mixed emotions after her seventh-place finish in the IRONMAN World Championship

Last updated -
SHOP

Sarah Crowley was full of mixed emotions after her seventh-place finish in the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship 2022 in Kona, Hawaii.

It was an impressive performance from the 39-year-old Australian on the gruelling 226km course, and she persevered despite a five-minute penalty she picked up for drafting on the bike.

Advertisement

‘Good but bad’

Crowley was seventh with a time of 9:01:58, but if it wasn’t for her penalty, she could have potentially slipped below the 9-hour mark.

“It was the most happy, disappointed race of my life, I think,” she explained after the race.

“I got a penalty on the bike, so I had to run super hard today to get back and earn a spot, so it’s good but bad at the same time.”

It’s so good to see it back as it is, and then to remember how hard this race is,

Regardless, the Brisbane-based athlete loved being back on the punishing Kona course, the first time since 2019 that the IRONMAN World Championships have been able to take place at its spiritual home in Hawaii.

sarah-crowley-kona-2022-swim
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

“It was brilliant, it’s so good to see it back as it is, and then to remember how hard this race is,’ she said.

“We got a pretty hot one today. Out of all the races I’ve done this is probably the hottest. Quite challenging but it’s so good to see everyone out there, the boys cheering, and they’ll get their turn in a couple of days.”

Advertisement

Race analysis

Tenth out of the water but onto the bike in eighth, it was shaping up to be an impressive race from Crowley.

She rode strongly in a group of four, but at the 40km mark she received a five-minute penalty for drafting.

“A whole heap of rude words but Laura [Philipp] came in at the same time and she was really upset, I was really upset,” Crowley remarked.

“Matt Lieto was there and was like, ‘people have come back from five minutes before to win the race.’”

I’m real sick of getting crappy points and people just thinking that I’m done

While Crowley didn’t quite manage that, she clawed back several places on the concluding marathon, running a 3:06:56 to regain her eighth spot and more, finishing seventh.

“I think I started back pretty slow, Laura could just go but I needed a bit of time to work back into it,” she said.

“But as I sort of got into the race again, I finished quite strong on the bike and felt pretty good on the run immediately so you just never know, focus on your own race and things come to you.

“My highlight is I think just fighting, being able to fight. I just haven’t had it in me as much for the last few years and I wasn’t super sure how I’d tolerate overcoming something that bad, so yeah for me, being able to fight and use all my skills that I have from many years of racing to claw my way back.

“I guess it means really that I’m back, I’m real sick of getting crappy points and people just thinking that I’m done but I’m not, and I think today just showed that there’s still a bit of fight left in me.

“I’m excited to race again.”

Patrick Ryan
Written by
Patrick Ryan
Patrick is a major contributor to TRI247 and RUN247. A keen hiker and wide experience in sports journalism, he has covered Olympics, Commonwealth Games.

THE SBRX Show

In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Anne Haug wins IRONMAN Lanzarote 2024
Anne Haug bounces back with SENSATIONAL season opener at IRONMAN Lanzarote
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Sumarpo Vanguard triathlon and swimming wetsuit review – Can it challenge the mainstream tri wetsuit brands?
sea swimming sumarpo triathlon wetsuit
How to get faster at open water swimming – triathlon swim training tips to up your race pace
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Best middle distance triathlon bike courses – from the fastest courses to the most epic scenery
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Five reasons to race Challenge St. Pölten – kickstart your race season with this scenic middle distance triathlon
latest News
PTO European Open 2023 Ibiza - Max Neumann
Former PTO Tour winner targeting triathlon comeback at London T100 after injury spell
India Lee (GBR) and Kyle Smith (NZL) celebrate together at the finish line in Samorin.
Victorious India Lee and Kyle Smith react to course record breaking day at The Championship
Challenge Family The Championship 2024 - Men Pro Podium
The Championship results: Full finishing order and times for Kyle Smith, Joe Skipper and more
Challenge Family The Championship 2024 - Women Pro Podium
The Championship results: Full finishing order and times after emphatic India Lee win
India Lee (GBR) took the win at The Championship 2024.
The Championship 2024 women’s results: India Lee takes back-to-back titles and breaks her 2023 record
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
Share to...