Guy Crawford and Kate Bevilaqua have taken out the inaugural Albany Half Ironman in Western Australia, but not without a slice of controversy, as South Australia’s Matthew White was disqualified for littering.
In a sea-sawing contest, Guy Crawford, who was second over the finish-line, was declared the inaugural champion at the Albany Half Ironman after South Australian pro was formally disqualified by technical officials after the finish of the event.
White was handed a red card on the bike, but was told at the time by a technical official it was a warning. The Adelaide-based athlete then continued on the run working hard to hold off a fast-finishing Crawford. Five minutes after crossing the finish-line in first place, White was told he was in fact disqualified despite being allowed to finish the run.
With White handed a DQ, Frenchman Simon Billeau and Leon Griffin were upgraded up the standings to second and third, respectively.
In a fantastic show of sportsmanship, Crawford was quick to credit White on Twitter for his big performance in Albany earlier today: “
@MattyWhite77 sorry about the DQ mate, you got me fair and square today Tough tough day at the office .. #AlbanyHalf”
The other story out of Albany was young Matty Burton made a great start to his new professional triathlon career, finishing fourth overall.
In the women’s race, Kate Bevilaqua showed her class to take a convincing victory ahead of Rachel Smith and Alex Bailie, who crossed the line in second and third, respectively.
With splits of 27:38 for the swim, 2:34:39 for the bike and a 1:30:46 run, Bevilaqua was in a class of her own in Albany and was rewarded with a dominant wire-to-wire victory.
Bevilaqua’s finishing time of 4:33:03 saw her go around the inaugural course a few minutes quicker than some of the men’s elite athletes, and gave her a comfortable seven minute win over Smith.
1. Guy Crawford (NZL) – 4:06:08
2. Simon Billeau (FRA) – 4:07:27
3. Leon Griffin – 4:09:42
4. Matt Burton – 4:15:20
5. Ryan Baugh – 4:19:09
1. Kate Bevilaqua – 4:33:03
2. Rachel Smith – 4:40:58
3. Alex Bailie – 4:54:14
4. Caroline Ashby – 5:01:44
5. Nathalie Laurendeau – 5:08:08