Hauschildt Caps Off Year By Winning in Mandurah
Australian Mel Hauschildt found the perfect way to end her magnificent season by winning the Australian 70.3 Professional Championship in Mandurah
In only her third season in a sport she took up to avoid the crippling injuries which hindered her athletics career, Hauschilt yesterday completed her best ever season in triathlon with her ninth victory from twelve starts in 2013.
“It’s been almost a faultless season and I couldn’t be more delighted,”
“To win two world titles and an Aussie one, you just couldn’t ask for more than that.”
Hauschildt is one of the only two Australian triathletes to have won a senior world triathlon crown this year, adding a second Ironman 70.3 World Championship to her list of accomplishments. The Brisbane-based triathlete also won the ITU long distance crown while fellow Queenslander Mirinda Carfrae won the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona last month for the second time.
Hauschilt said she has found her home in triathlon – a sport which better suits her once fragile body.
“I had a lost of stress fractures when I was running,” said Hauschilt ,who prepared for yesterday’s race with a third place at the Noosa Triathlon last Sunday.
“Now I spend a lot more time on the bike and less on the running and that is paying of for me on the injury front.”
Hauschildt covered the course in 4hrs 03min 45 sec with New Zealander Terenzo Bozzane winning the men’s crown in the Western Australian race.
Bozzane finished in 3:42.58 with Australians Tim Berkel (3:44.30) and Sam Appleton (3:45.01) filling the minor placings.
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