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Pooley podiums at Challenge Philippines
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Saturday 22nd February 2014

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The debut Challenge Philippines today saw Australian athletes dominate the podium in beautiful Bataan Province, as a challenging course incorporating the Seven Hills of Bataan provided a fitting challenge to an event with more than $50,000 of prize money on offer.

Matt Burton took the title for the men ahead of some of the higher profile names, but the women's race went to expectation as the incredibly impressive Melissa Hauschildt, the current Ironman 70.3 World Champion, dominated to cross the line in sixth place overall and less than 10 minutes in arrears of the men's winner.

Matt Burton and Melissa Hauschildt

“It was an incredible race, well organized, just amazing, I loved it! Maybe one of the toughest I have ever raced, but great!” said Hauschildt to Challenge media.

Earlier in the week we profiled the participation for Great Britain's former World Time Trial Champion Emma Pooley, and a fine race she produced too, indicating we can expect to see her combining her multisport aims alongside her Pro cycling commitments in 2014. Despite losing seven and a half minutes to swim leaders Annabel Luxford (AUS) and Laura Bennett (USA) in the water (and five to Hauschildt), Pooley went very close to matching Melissa on both the bike and run legs, which would bring her through to third place, 39 second behind Luxford who herself took the Bronze in Vegas last year. A very encouraging performance and a glimpse of her future potential.

Matt Burton had to recover from being close on five minutes down once on dry land against the fast swimming of Michael Murphy and Greg Bennett, but he excelled on the tough cycle leg to erase most of that deficit and start the run in striking distance of Murphy. Adding a well paced run to his standout bike leg brought him home to a two minute margin of victory.

Great Britain's Darren Jenkins was 10th male overall (4:44:27), highlighted by the second fastest run split of the day.

Challenge Philippines, Saturday 22nd February 2014
1.9km 90km 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Burton (AUS) 4:26:53 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 4:39:26
2nd Michael Murphy (AUS) 4:28:41 Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:47:04
3rd Frederik Croneborg (SWE) 4:29:42 Emma Pooley (GBR) 4:47:43
4th Greg Bennett (AUS) 4:32:34 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:52:30
5th Mitchel Anderson (AUS) 4:36:41 Laura Bennett (USA) 5:17:55


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