Currie banks the golden ticket to Ironman World 70.3 Champs 2020 with Sunshine Coast 70.3 win
Press Release, September 8 2019
Author: Cat Pattison
Red Bull athlete Braden Currie has gained not only an emphatic confidence-boost for the upcoming Ironman World
Championship in Hawaii next month, he’s also booked a slot to the 2020 World Ironman 70.3 Championship in Taupo, by
winning the Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast today.
The current Asia-Pacific Ironman champion – after defending his 2019 title at Cairns - Currie’s 70.3 success has
previously been on home territory, including two Taupo victories and a win in California at Santa Cruz. That changed
today when he stamped his Trans-Tasman mark with a debut win over this distance in Australia.
The flying Kiwi never faltered over the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run at Australia’s Mooloolaba-based race,
finishing in 3hours:44mins:48secs. The location was only 30 minutes away from the Wanaka athlete’s winter training base
in Noosa and the warm weather obviously agreed with Currie as he clocked a PB run in an incredibly swift 1hour:10min.
“It was a good day and I’m stoked to get the win here. It was a beautiful day for racing and a beautiful course,” Currie
He elected not to do the long-haul travel to Nice, France, for the World Ironman 70.3 Championships, which is also held
today, concentrating instead on qualifying for Taupo next year and cementing his build-up to Kona, Hawaii.
“My body feels pretty good to be honest. The big focus for me is in five weeks’ time in Kona and although I’m happy to
win this race, I won’t be celebrating for too long. Training will start back next week with my last build phase towards
racing in Hawaii.”
Currie described the swim as “one of the best in the world” especially today, which dawned picture-perfect bluebird
skies. The water was a balmy 21.6degC for the wetsuit-optional, one-lap swim and Currie was fourth out of the water in
22min:32secs, only 4secs down on leader Australian Clayton Fettell.
He headed out on the two-lap ride in a pack of seven in cool conditions with an initial tailwind. At the 20km mark
Australian athlete Pete Jacobs lead from Currie, Fettell and another Australian Steven Mckenna.
By the halfway point of the bike, the wind started to be a factor – gusting up to 20-30kph - and by the 65km mark, the
bunch of super seven riders remained locked together, flying along at 44kph. Currie dropped the hammer as he surged
towards his first win on the Sunshine Coast, taking over the lead from Fettell as they approached T2 and clocking
2hour:08min for the bike stage.
For the first 7km of the run, Currie was locked in duel with McKenna, before stretching out a 20m lead at the halfway
point. The Kiwi enjoyed the Mooloolaba atmosphere as the locals urged him on over the Alexandra Headland.
“First lap over the hill things were all pretty tight and I was nervous there for a bit. I knew that if I had Ironman
legs and kept strong maybe the other boys would crack and they did and I got to enjoy it,” Currie says.
Continuing to set a blistering pace, Currie left McKenna well behind, eventually crossing the finish line 2mins:01sec
ahead of the Australian.