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Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt looked like she easily took the victory at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship, but very few realized that she had crashed with 3K to go on the bike. Hauschildt spoke about the race and her background as a steeplechase runner on the latest podcast of Competitor Radio:
“The Vegas course is three laps of up and down, so you can always see your competitors. I think you see them a couple of times each lap, so I knew I was extending my lead, but what I was more concerned with was that I crashed on the bike with 3K to go. I was worried that things were going to seize up, so I didn’t want to slow down. I wanted to get to the finish line as soon as possible so that’s why I kept pushing it. I guess I had time up my sleeve to slow down a bit, but I was a bit worried I wouldn’t get there.”