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Published on : Monday, December 7, 2015
More than 220km of South West scenery provided a spectacular backdrop on Sunday (December 6) when thousands of local and visiting triathletes descended on Busselton for the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia.
Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA, the event attracts some of the top triathletes in the country and across the world, who often achieve personal-best times on the course.
Australia’s Luke McKenzie crossed the finish line in seven hours and 55 minutes – the fastest IRONMAN time on Australian soil. Women’s winner Sarah Piampiano, from the USA, claimed her first IRONMAN victory after completing the course in just over nine hours.
Competitors started with a 3.8km dawn swim around Busselton’s famous jetty, followed by a flat and fast 180km bike ride near Tuart Forest National Park and a picturesque 40.2km run along Geographe Bay.
About 70 per cent of the 1,700 competitors were from interstate or overseas, bringing visitors and widespread media attention to WA.
Now in its 11th year, the Busselton event is one of only three Australian fixtures on the global IRONMAN calendar and is a qualifying event for the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii.
Trophies were awarded in each age group category and professional athletes had the chance to compete for more than $60,000 in prize money.
Source:- Tourism Western Australia