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Currie claims Ironman NZ crown

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/03/2017

Braden Currie. © Mead Norton Photography/Getty Images Braden Currie. Wanaka distance athlete Braden Currie has denied Cameron Brown a 13th Ironman New Zealand crown in Taupo.

Three weeks after finishing runner-up at the Coast to Coast multisport race in the South Island, Currie held off a strong finish from Brown, 44, to lodge victory.

The 31-year-old powered past another Kiwi, Terenzo Bozzone, early in the marathon run leg and kept a chasing Brown at bay to win in 8hr 20min 58sec. Brown finished 3min 32sec back, with Frenchman Cyril Viennot third.

Bozzone, a former Ironman 70.3 half-distance world champion, led by up to 6min during the 180km bike leg, had his lead reduced at the transition to the run.

Currie is a two-time winner of the Taupo half Ironman.

American Jocelyn McCauley was a winner of the women's race, dominated by overseas athletes.

She crossed more than 12min clear of Briton Laura Siddall, with five-time winner Meredith Kessler below her best in third.

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