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Alexander Targets Hawaii Ironman History

October 10th, 2013

Craig Alexander is confident he can be a contender in what could be his last Hawaiian Ironman World Championship.

The 3-time Ironman World Champion is aiming to make history this weekend as the first 40-year-old to win the Hawaiian Ironman.

It’s likely to be his last attempt at the sport’s most famous event – the Ironman-distance world championship – which he has won three times and where he is the race record holder and oldest men’s champion.

“Whenever you’re trying to do something that’s never been done – statistics like that exist for a reason,” said Alexander.

“I know what I’m capable of …I feel I’m the same athlete as two years ago when I last won here.

“It does appeal to me, it would nice to achieve something that’s never been done.

Alexander feels better prepared than last year, when he struggled with a back injury that at one stage forced him to pull over to the side of the road during the bike leg.

Two years ago, he broke the 15-year men’s race record by winning in eight hours three minutes 56 seconds.

“This year I’ve been good at doing what I usually always do, which is all the little things that stop it (his back injury) being a problem.

“I don’t envisage that being an issue at all this year.”

Speaking from the race site at Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island, Alexander was nursing a sore throat courtesy of baby daughter Lani.

But he was confident that will not affect his race.

“It’s a week out, we still have plenty of time,” he said.

“Other than the throat, my body feels alright.

“A lot of people get sick in the (pre-race) taper.”

This article reproduced from SBS with thanks. You can find the original article here.

Craig Alexander racing. Photo from AAPCraig Alexander racing. Photo from AAP

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