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Two Western Australians created a history-making clean sweep at their home Ironman triathlon, the SunSmart Ironman Western Australia, in Busselton. (Courtney Ogden and Kate Bevilaqua are pictured here in a photo shoot held in Perth earlier this week.)
Katanning’s Courtney Ogden and Perth’s Kate Bevilaqua became the first Western Australians to win the race.
Ogden, 38, had never finished higher than fourth in his three previous attempts at SunSmart Ironman Western Australia during his eight-year professional career. However, he surprised the crowd with a spectacular come-from-behind win, passing early leader, Melbourne’s Luke Bell, and holding off a fast-finishing Pete Jacobs to win in 8 hours, 14 minutes and one second.
“It was very difficult, but you never know what’s going to happen, so you keep plugging away and hopefully you’re in front at the end,” he said at the finish line. “It was awesome to have so much support. My father, my brother and some of my cousins are here today. On the third lap of the run I was really struggling into a head-wind and it was the crowd that got me home.”
Ogden beat South Australian Matty White by four minutes, with a further three minutes separating Sydney’s Pete Jacobs from the win.
Bevilaqua hangs on for the win