On Sunday May 4 a compact but highly competitive field of pros took part in the 29th running of Ironman Australia in Port MacQuarie, New South Wales.
The favorite going into the race was Luke Bell, especially since he came into the race as defending champion.
True to form, Bell came out of the water with a slight lead and then began to build on the lead on the 112-mile bike course.
In the final stages of the bike Bell's lead had grown to over 12 minutes over Paul Ambrose who was in second spot.
Due to a nagging injury Bell was unable to maintain his lead on the run course and Canadian Elliot Holtham passed both Ambrose and Bell to take over the lead.
With just 7k to run Holtham increased his lead to almost two minutes over Ambrose who had passed Bell for second place.
Elliot Holtham who was running in just his third Ironman beat the two race favorites and is the winner of Ironman Australia 2014.
For the pro women it looked from the start that Lisa Marangon, Hillary Biscay, and Melissa Hauschildt would be the main contenders for top spot on the podium.
All three had solid swims but it was Lisa Marangon who was in the lead for most of the bike course.
Hauschildt continued to hold down second place and was just two minutes behind the leader for much of the 180k bike.
Hillary Biscay fell off the pace and dropped back into sixth place.
Marangon led the race until just after the halfway point of the marathon and then was caught and passed by Melissa Hauschildt.
The race was still in progress at press time.
Visit IronStruck.com for the results of the race for top spot among the pro women and the top pro and top age-group finish times as they become available.