On Sunday December 15 Canberra, Australia played host to the final WTC Ironman event of the 2013 season.
Ironman 70.3 Canberra was pretty much an all-Australian event.
The race for top spot among the pro men was up for grabs after the 1.2-mile swim and 66-mile bike as only seconds separated the top three leaders.
James Hodge, Michael Fox, and Samuel Appleton all of Australia left the bike/run transition virtually together, but it was Samuel Appleton who proved to be the strongest runner.
Appleteon pulled away from the rest of the field and crossed the line almost four minutes ahead of Matthew Pellow who was full value for his second place finish. James Hodge hung on for third.
The winning time for Appleton was 3:54:54.
It was a far different scenario for the pro women. Rebekah Keat came out of the water in second place and early on in the bike she took over the lead and was never caught.
She continued to extend her lead through-out the bike and run and was almost eight minutes ahead of second place Madeleine Oldfield when she crossed the finish line. Kym Jaenke rounded out the podium to make it another Australian sweep.
The winning time for Keat was 4:25:58.
The pros were racing for prize money as well as Kona Ranking Points toward the Ironman and Ironman.70.3 World Championships set to take place in the Fall of 2014.
Check out IronStruck.com for the finish times of all the top pro and age-group triathletes.