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It was all about the Aussies at the inaugural Scody Challenge Melbourne on Feb. 2, with Tim Berkel and Annabel Luxford both showcasing stellar performances to take out the title in the elite male and female events.
Berkel earned the victory on the run, coming back from a five-minute deficit to Clayton Fettell off of the bike. In the women’s event, Luxford led from start to finish. Never looking stretched, she comfortably took line honors in a time of 4:16:01 ahead of Caroline Steffen and Rebecca Hoschke.
“I had a great race out there today, the conditions were perfect, the venue was amazing, and the support was fantastic,” Luxford said after the race.
See photos from the inaugural event above.
Melbourne, Australia – Feb. 2, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Tim Berkel – 3:52:37
2. John Polson – 3:53:30
3. Michael Fox- 3:53:58
4. Todd Skipworth- 3:54:32
5. Clayton Fettell- 3:55:01
1. Annabel Luxford- 4:16:01
2. Caroline Steffen- 4:20:05
3. Rebecca Hoschke- 4:25:29
4. Madeleine Oldfield- 4:31:30
5. Wendy McAlpine- 4:32:01