Hauschildt, Symonds hang tough for Ironman Melbourne win

There were some moments of high drama yesterday at the 2015 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne, with winner Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) stopping to tend to painful blisters on the run and Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) overtaking defending champ Caroline Steffen (SUI) within sight of the finish line for second place.


Annabel Luxford (AUS) led out of the water with a 1:22mins lead over Steffen and Aussie compatriot Bree Wee. Steffen caught Luxford and the pair pushed clear on the bike while Hauschildt, who enjoyed one of her best swims, powered up to third. She was 3:17mins behind at the 90km mark and 4:13mins back on to the run. 

Hauschildt caught Steffen by the midway mark of the 42.2 km marathon run but her 3:30 advantage all-but disappeared when she faltered and then stopped to tend to blisters. The Queenslander recovered and went on to win in 8:52.50.