14 Sep 2010

NZ Ironman stars impress in world championship shakedown

6:24 am on 14 September 2010

New Zealand triathletes Gina Crawford and Joanna Lawn have found top form leading into next month's Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Crawford, the 2009 New Zealand champion, set a course record in dominating Ironman Wisconsin by more than 12 minutes, setting a new race

record of 9:27.26.

Meanwhile seven-time Ironman New Zealand winner Lawn finished runner-up to Australian Mirinda Carfrae in the Ironman 70.3 race in Muskoka, Canada.

Both were using the races as a final shakedown to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on October 9.

Crawford, who's from Christchurch, recorded her fifth Ironman victory and broke the course record she set in her first win over the distance at Wisconsin

three years ago.

She says she was also motivated by the news of the earthquakes in Canterbury.