Two new triathletes have been crowned New Zealand Ironman champions after a brutal day racing in Taupo.
Kiwi Braden Currie won the men’s race and American Jocelyn McCauley was dominant in the womens race.
The new champions both ended the lengthy reigns of Cameron Brown and Meredith Kessler.
In the men’s event, Currie, 31, repelled a late charge from Brown, who was seeking to extend his world record to 13th Ironman New Zealand victories.
Brown ran the quickest marathon of the day, but Wanaka-based Currie would not be denied crossing the line in 8:20:57 to win by 3 minutes.
In the women’s race, just two years after turning pro, McCauley stopped Kessler winning her sixth straight title.
McCauley produced a time of 9:09:46.
Professional Male: Braden Currie, NZL, 8:20:57, 1; Cameron Brown, NZL, 8:24:31, 2; Cyril Viennot, FRA, 8:25:42, 3; Marko Albert, EST, 8:30:15, 4; Mark Bowstead, NZL, 8:31:00, 5.
Professional Women: Jocelyn McCauley, USA, 9:09:46, 1; Laura Siddall, GBR, 9:21:52, 2; Meredith Kessler, USA, 9:27:18, 3; Annabel Luxford, AUS, 9:41:47, 4; Emma Bilham, SUI, 9:52:32, 5.