Australian brigade ready to tackle the Big Island

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Swimming Australia: October 11, 2017: Australian Sarah Crowley will head into the 2018 Ironman World Championship as a real contender for a podium after just two short years as a full-time professional. 
 
A 15th place in 2016 seemed to be a springboard that unleashed a career best year in 2017 that included two regional Ironman championship wins in a month. The first at Ironman Cairns (Asia-Pacific Championship) out splitting noted American biker Sarah Piampiano, and then running down UK’s Lucy Charles at Ironman Frankfurt (European Championship).


While her focus remains on this race for 2018, going in relaxed and under the radar could be the key to a best performance.

Joining her, fellow Queenslander based in Melbourne and long-time professional Annabel Luxford who has just a few Ironman finishes to her name will be looking to execute her best performance on the biggest stage. 

Three-time World Champion Melissa Hauschildt had a stand out 2016 season with wins at Ironman Frankfurt, Ironman 70.3 European Championship, course record at Ironman WA and second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on the Sunshine Coast. The only blemish a DNF at Kona which ultimately led to a diagnosis of a long-term issue and Iliac Artery surgery to correct a kink in the artery of her left leg which cut off the blood supply when in the time trial position on the bike for extended periods of time.  She has spent 2017 rebuilding the fitness she went into Kona with last year and if she can replicate that will be in the mix.

Carrie Lester made her win at Ironman France look relative ‘easy’ and if she can reproduce that form  will be a top ten candidate.

Tim van Berkel made his debut at the Ironman World Champion in 2014 and came away with 7th, but unable to replicate that for the past two years. The new dad is looking to reverse that this year.

2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and sometime training partner to Berkel will be looking to put his best Ironman feet forward at Kona and show he can match it over the full distance. 

Australia has long history in the men’s race and Pete Jacobs is one that has his name written in the winners list in 2012. It would be a fairy tale comeback for Jacobs who has struggled with health issues since that win. 

Nick Kastelein has a had a breakthrough year firstly a second place at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona to training partner, Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno then a win at Ironman Zurich. He credits much of this success to the partnership with Jan and his mentorship.  But the progress has been steady with results in 2016 that included 3rd at Ironman Western Australia, 6th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and 5th at Challenge Roth.

Rising-star Josh Amberger (AUS) will make his debut in Kona after capturing the 2017 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns and while he will have his Kona training wheels on will no doubt have an impact on this race early on.

“I’m focused on not obsessing over the fact that it’s Kona. It will be my first time there, ever. Not just to race. So, I really have no experience there, and I want to use this to my advantage. All I’m wanting to do is prepare as best I can, and take the experience as it comes when I arrive on the Island,” said Amberger.

Triathlon’s top professional talent will convene in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 14 for the 41st edition of the IRONMAN® World Championship, the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world. Leading one of the most competitive and talented professional fields in race history.

Jan Frodeno (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) will both be looking to win their third-straight IRONMAN World Championship title.

The 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will offer a $650,000 total professional prize purse which will be distributed to male and female first through tenth place finishers.
In addition to the competitive professional field, more than 2,400 registered age-group are registered to compete in this year’s IRONMAN World Championship. The largest international athlete field in this race’s history represents 66 countries, regions and territories on six continents. Athletes ranging in age from 18 to 84 have earned their championship opportunity by having finished among the best at one of more than 40 qualifying IRONMAN events worldwide. 

The United States of America is the most represented nation with 741 registered competitors, followed by Australia (234), Germany (217) and Great Britain (150).
 

HOW TO WATCH
Race Start:
Saturday 14 October 6.35am local time
Sunday 15 October: 2.35am AEST | 3.35am AEDT

Live race coverage of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will be available on a number of platforms, including NBC Sports in the United States and Red Bull TV internationally (outside of the United States) and on www.ironman.com globally. A full-listing of ways to watch can be found at www.ironman.com/tunein. Comprehensive coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, capturing every aspect of the race with a hosted show to go along with an available athlete tracker and live blog. For live tracking, real-time results and instant notifications, fans can follow both the professional and age-group athletes on the IRONMAN Tracker app available for download from the Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
 
START LISTS
Women

BIB  Surname  Name  Country 
101  Ryf  Daniela  CHE (Switzerland)               
102  Crowley  Sarah  AUS (Australia)
103  Sali  Kaisa  FIN (Finland)
104  Piampiano  Sarah  USA (United States of America)
105  Jackson  Heather  USA (United States of America)
106  Vesterby  Michelle  DNK (Denmark)
107  Cheetham  Susie  GBR (United Kingdom)
108  Beranek  Anja  DEU (Germany)
109  Herlbauer  Michaela  AUT (Austria)
110  Corbin  Linsey  USA (United States of America)
111  Cave  Leanda  GBR (United Kingdom)
112  Lyles  Elizabeth  USA (United States of America)
113  Joyce  Rachel  GBR (United Kingdom)
114  Luxford  Annabel  AUS (Australia)
115  Siddall  Laura  GBR (United Kingdom)
116  Robertson  Jodie  USA (United States of America)
117  Lester  Carrie  AUS (Australia)
118  Charles  Lucy  GBR (United Kingdom)
119  Stienen  Astrid  DEU (Germany)
120  Tondeur  Alexandra  BEL (Belgium)
121  Pedersen  Camilla  DNK (Denmark)
122  Lundstrom  Asa  SWE (Sweden)
123  Abraham  Corinne  GBR (United Kingdom)
124  Stage Nielsen  Maja  DNK (Denmark)
125  Moeller  Kristin  DEU (Germany)
126  Tajsich  Sonja  DEU (Germany)
127  Duke  Dimity-lee  AUS (Australia)
128  Hufe  Mareen  DEU (Germany)
129  Frades  Gurutze  ESP (Spain)
130  Brandon  Lauren  USA (United States of America)
131  Kaye  Alicia  USA (United States of America)
132  Riesler  Diana  DEU (Germany)
133  Hauschildt  Melissa  AUS (Australia)
134  Schaerer  Celine  CHE (Switzerland)
135  Grohmann  Katharina  DEU (Germany)
136  McCauley  Jocelyn  USA (United States of America)
138  Chura  Haley  USA (United States of America)
139  Bartlett  Nikki  GBR (United Kingdom)
140  Collonge  Jeanne  FRA (France)

 
Men

BIB  Surname  Name  Country
1  Frodeno  Jan  DEU (Germany)
2  Kienle  Sebastian  DEU (Germany)
3  Hoffman  Benjamin  USA (United States of America)
5  Lange  Patrick  DEU (Germany)
6  O’Donnell  Timothy  USA (United States of America)
7  Van Lierde  Frederik  BEL (Belgium)
8  Buckingham  Kyle  ZAF (South Africa)
9  Don  Tim  GBR (United Kingdom)
10  Stein  Boris  DEU (Germany)
11  Jacobs  Pete  AUS (Australia)
12  Hanson  Matthew  USA (United States of America)
14  Potts  Andy  USA (United States of America)
15  Bozzone  Terenzo  NZL (New Zealand)
16  McNamee  David  GBR (United Kingdom)
17  Russell  Matthew  USA (United States of America)
18  Aernouts  Bart  BEL (Belgium)
19  Cunnama  James  ZAF (South Africa)
20  Kastelein  Nicholas  AUS (Australia)
21  Amberger  Josh  AUS (Australia)
22  Currie  Braden  NZL (New Zealand)
23  Schildknecht  Ronnie  CHE (Switzerland)
24  Reed  Tim  AUS (Australia)
25  Frommhold  Nils  DEU (Germany)
26  Nilsson  Patrik  SWE (Sweden)
27  Gambles  

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