• 2012/03/03 Meredith Kessler (USA) wins Ironman 70.3 New Zealand on Challenge TRIATHLON mod. Tubulars !
    • Meredith Kessler (USA) wins Ironman 70.3 New Zealand on Challenge TRIATHLON mod. Tubulars !
      Belgian triathlete Marino Vanhoenaker & American pro Meredith Kessler won the first ever official 70.3 race in New Zealand after the annual Ironman race was postponed one day and shortened due to severe weather on Saturday March 3rd,2012.
      On the women's side of the race it was American triathlete Meredith Kessler who ruled the race ahead of Australia's Kate Bevilaqua (who managed to hold off Kiwi Joanna Lawn for second).
      Kessler was the day's second fastest swimmer, rode away on the bike, and clocked the fastest half marathon to win in 4:22.46.

      Top Ten Professional Women
      1. Meredith Kessler - 4.22:46 Pro
      2. Kate Bevilaqua - 4.30:37 Pro
      3. Joanna Lawn - 4.30:40 Pro
      4. Jessica Jacobs - 4.31:46 Pro
      5. Gina Crawford - 4.32:45 Pro
      6. Hilary Wicks - 4.32:51 F35-39
      7. Belinda Harper - 4.37:49 Pro
      8. Anna Ross - 4.39:47 F30-34
      9. Susie Wood - 4.41:33 F35-39
      10. Candice Hammond - 4.43:25 Pro