Ahead of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand on Saturday 5 March, the question on everyone’s minds is whether Cameron Brown can defy all odds and add to his extraordinary record for this event?
Brown will wear the number one bib for the 15th time in a total of 19 starts at the event. He’s preparing to defend his title he won for the 11th time last year, among an elite line-up of triathlon stars.
Considering his strong record at last year’s events including winning his first IRONMAN New Zealand in four years and second at IRONMAN Cairns, he’s ready to return to his Kingdom of Taupo.
“It is the race that has made me as an athlete and I’ve a lot to thank the race,” said Brown. “It has given me a lot of coverage and lot of support and winning that race has held a lot of importance for me.”
Along with last year’s podium retuners, Terenzo Bozzone and Dylan McNeice, a mob of international athletes also has their eyes on the prize. Among them are Frenchman Cyril Viennot, American Matt Hanson and Australian Paul Matthews. Locals Callum Millward and Mark Bowstead who have both wont the IRONMAN 70/3 circuit in USA will also be racing.
American Meredith Kessler is looking forward to returning to her home away from home to chase her fifth win.
“The course just makes my heart sing,” said Kessler, the women's course record holder. “A cool, clear fresh water swim in gorgeous Lake Taupo, rolling bike terrain on a tougher chip seal and a run along the shoreline to streaming fans of people.”
Like the men, the podium from last year is back featuring Kiwis Gina Crawford and Melanie Burke.
Watch out for American doctor Amanda Stevens and Britain’s Lucy Gossage.
Attracting a powerful professional field and 1350 age groupers from 51 countries, Saturday’s race is set to be a show stopper.
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