AUSTRALIAN Peter Jacobs, who recently moved to Noosa, claimed a stunning victory at the prestigious Hawaii Ironman yesterday.
Mooloolaba's David Dellow snared ninth place in the gruelling event, while his partner Swiss star Caroline Steffen, who spends much of her time on the Sunshine Coast, claimed second place in the women's race.
But it was Jacobs who stole the show in arguably the world's toughest endurance event, which consists of a 3.86km swim, a 180km ride and a 42.1km run.
After finishing second behind compatriot Craig Alexander last year, Jacobs cruised to victory this time around.
"I am so honoured to be the sixth Australian to win this race. So honoured," the 31-year-old said.
"I love this sport. I love my wife, I love the world.
"This is a magic moment I will never forget. Jacobs covered the gruelling course in 8hr 18min 37sec to finish ahead of German Andreas Raelert and Belgium's Frederik Van Lierde.
Australia has now won the past six Hawaii Ironman titles.
Jacobs paced himself well throughout the race, finishing the 3.8km swim in the first chase group and less than a minute behind American leader Andy Potts.
Jacobs was second off the bike, more than eight minutes behind Belgium's Marino Vanhoenacker, and passed him with little more than 10 miles left in the marathon.
Renowned for his running prowess, Jacobs immediately started making up ground on Vanhoenacker.
Jacobs, 31, is the fourth Australian men's winner after Greg Welch (1994), Chris McCormack (2007 and '10) and Craig Alexander ('08, '09 and last year).
He and his wife Jaimelle have just moved to Noosa permanently.
Jacobs is expected to compete in the Noosa Triathlon next month, when he will attempt to do what Chris McCormack did in 2005, the Hawaii-Noosa double.
Meanwhile, Dellow snared ninth place with a time of 08:35:02.
And Steffen claimed her second runner-up tag in the Hawaii Ironman after letting slip a lead with just 5km remaining.
She led after the bike, 8:09 ahead and deep into the marathon before American Leanda Cave moved through to take the lead. Steffen was unable to go with her but gritted it out for second.
She finished with a time of 09:16:58, behind Cave (09:5:54) and ahead of Australian Miranda Carfrae (09:21:41).
In the age-group categories, the Sunshine Coast also had some impressive results.
Justin Whitely managed a brilliant 9:31:27 to finish 28th in his category and 120th overall.
Other Sunny Coast finishes included Cath Thiele in just over 11 hours (11:02:56), closely followed by Ann Campbell in 11:19:49.
Leanne Southwell added another Hawaii finish to her extensive resume, completing the ironman journey in 11:41:29.
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