Wānaka’s Braden Currie announced he will take on the 2020 World Ironman 70.3 Championship in Taupō; his placement was guaranteed after his win at the Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast last Sunday.
With a race finish time of 03:44:47 last weekend, it was the first time Currie, 33, has won in the Sunshine Coast, and the massive win offers a confidence-boost to his upcoming Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on October 12.
The Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast’s location was only 30 minutes away from the Red Bull athlete’s winter training base in Noosa. Currie described last Sunday’s swim as ‘one of the best in the world’ with the water registering at 21.6 degrees Celsius for the one-lap swim.
Currie, 33, opted to not travel to Nice, France, for the 2019 World Ironman 70.3 Championships last weekend, choosing instead to concentrate on qualifying for Taupō next year and cementing his build-up to Hawaii.
“My body feels pretty good to be honest,” he said. “The big focus for me is in five weeks’ time in Kona and, although I’m happy to win this race, I won’t be celebrating for too long. Training will start back next week with my last build phase towards racing in Hawaii.”
Currie, the current Asia-Pacific Ironman champion, has secured many of his previous 70.3 victories on home territory, including two Taupō wins and a win in Santa Cruz, California, United States.
The World Ironman 70.3 Championship in Taupō is scheduled on September 7, 2020.