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This weekend our nation’s capital will host the final edition of the event. A race that has struggled in recent years with course issues and timing making it a tough race to market on the Australia Pacific calender.

While it may be the last time the event, as we know it will run, and also the final race of the year world wide, the pro field is not without talent.

The overwhelming pre race favourite has to be our very own Witsup ambassador Bek Keat. Keat is without argument in the form of my career and after a disappointing early exist from Kona, she absolutely smoked Ironman 70.3 Shepparton and should be able to cruise to victory on the weekend.

You would think something would have to go wrong for anyone to get close. Having said that there are some very talented women that can give Keat a run for her money.

Michelle Wu is having a cracking last half of the year, with a win at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan, a second at Ironman Japan and a third at Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon. Wu is coming off an unfortunate bike crash at Challenge Forster so the question will be has she recovered fully.

Madeleine Oldfield is coming off ninth at Ironman 70.3 Mandurah last month and a win at the Victorian Olympic Distance Championships in October. This followed on from a fifth place at Yeppoon.

Oldfield can have a great race here but will need to bike well and be close to the front to vie for the title. A podium finish is very much within her grasp.

Another athlete that will be a major podium contender is Xterra star Jacqui Slack.

Slack has had a great year with some very impressive results on the Xterra circuit, the highlight no doubt being winning Xterra England and becoming the British National Champion.

Slack is also coming off a third place the 5150 Subic Bay and a third at Ironman 70.3 Italy.

The big surprise packet will likely be Kym Jaenke. Jaenke is a first year pro but with some serious racing credentials to her name. Jaenke won her age group at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs this year. Was second in her age group at Kona in 2012 and on timing was close to one minute faster at Ironman 70.3 Cairns than the female pro winner. Since turning pro, Jaenke placed 10th at the super competitive Noosa Triathlon. The 36 year old could definitely be right up there.

Start List

Bek Keat AUS
Michelle Wu AUS
Jacqui Slack GBR
Madeleine Oldfield AUS
Kym Jaenke AUS
Wendy McAlpine AUS

 

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