5 Mar 2012

Belgian claims NZ ironman title

5:22 am on 5 March 2012

Belgian athlete Marino Vanhoenacker claimed the New Zealand ironman title in Taupo.

Tim Reed of Australia was second behind Vanhoenacker, 36.

Cameron Brown of New Zealand, who dominated the race for more than a decade, was third.

Meredith Kessler from the United States won the women's event. Kate Bevilaqua of Australia was second, three seconds ahead of Jo Lawn of New Zealand, third.