Aussie ironman Craig Alexander limbers up for the Hawaii Ironman with a silver medal in Las Vegas
MULTIPLE ironman champion Craig Alexander has limbered up for his October assault on a third world title in the famous ultra-distance race in Hawaii with a silver medal in the world 70.3 championships in Las Vegas this morning.
In high heat approaching 40 degrees, Alexander fell just short of defending his world crown in the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run race which is half the distance of an ironman triathlon.
Instead the main honours in a classy men’s field went to German Sebastian Kienle won the the 70.3 world crown in a course record time of 3:54:35.
Former Australian triathlete Leanda Cave, who now races for Great Britain, won the women’s crown while defending champion Melissa Hauschildt from Queensland finished fourth.
Alexander looked the goods early in the race after making up 30 seconds after the swim to be right in the mix in the bike leg.
But it was on the cycle that Kienle struck, claiming a lead close to three minutes which catapulted him to his course record win and first ever world triathlon crown.
Kienle covered the course in 3hrs 54min 35sec with Alexander second (3:55:36) and former Olympic triathlon champion Bevan Docherty from New Zealand third (3:56:25).Alexander is chasing his fourth his fourth Hawaii ironman world crown in October having won the gruelling event in 2011, 2009 and 2008.He had hoped to add a third world 70.3 crown to his resume today after winning the half ironman race last year and also in 2006.Cave won the women’s title in 4:28:05 to finish ahead of American pair Kelly Williamson (4:29:24) and Heather Jackson (4:32:32).From http://www.heraldsun.com.au