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Auckland Ironman 70.3 to claim Asia-Pacific Champion on Sunday

The race on Sunday, January 18th, which doubles as the official IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, comprises a 1.9km swim in the Viaduct Harbour, 90km three-lap bike over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and 21km two-lap run along the waterfront.

The event carries a NZ$90,000 prize purse for professionals and 50 qualifying slots for age group contestants for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, and is based at the Viaduct Events Centre, with action beginning from 6:15am.

Pre-Race Favorites
A world class field will be toeing the line led by former World Champion at the distance, Kiwi Terenzo Bozzone, who along with Cameron Brown will have the local support as Auckland is their hometown. The duo will be challenged by former Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander, who just won Port Tauranga last weekend.  Others athletes who are likely to be in the front pack are Dylan McNiece who has one of triathlon’s strongest swimbike combo and Tim Berkel who was 7th in Kona last year.
On the ladies side the level of the competitors are just as strong. Kiwi Gina Crawford and Meredith Kessler are two of triathlon’s best athletes. They will be challenged by Amelia Watkinson who burst onto the scene by winning Challenge Gold Coast last year, and 2014’s fifth place getter at this event, Kym Coogan.
Dylan McNiece from New Zealand has one of triathlon’s strongest swimbike combo and should be setting the pace from the go
Male Professional Athletes
Number Category Code Surname First Name
1 MPRO A BOZZONE Terenzo
2 MPRO A REED Tim
3 MPRO A BROWN Cameron
4 MPRO A ALEXANDER Craig
5 MPRO A VAN BERKEL Tim
6 MPRO A AMBROSE Paul
7 MPRO A SEEAR James
9 MPRO A GRIFFIN Leon
10 MPRO A LAMPE Joe
13 MPRO A BOWSTEAD Mark
14 MPRO A COCHRANE Simon
15 MPRO A ELLICE Clark
16 MPRO A FRANKLIN Matt
17 MPRO A HULTGREN Marcus
18 MPRO A MCNEICE Dylan
19 MPRO A MILLWARD Callum
21 MPRO A READ Carl
22 MPRO A RIX Josh
23 MPRO A SMITH Reilly
24 MPRO A STABRYLA Leigh
Female Professional Athletes
Number Category Code Surname First Name
32 FPRO B KESSLER Meredith
33 FPRO B CRAWFORD Gina
35 FPRO B WATKINSON Amelia
36 FPRO B BOHLIN Amanda
37 FPRO B BURKE Melanie
39 FPRO B COOGAN Kym
41 FPRO B GRANT Julia
42 FPRO B HALLETT Kristy
44 FPRO B RUSSELL Anna
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