Break­through Iron­man vic­tory

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EMERG­ING from the shadow of train­ing part­ner and world cham­pion Jan Fro­deno, part-time Noosa res­i­dent Ni­cholas Kastelein claimed a break­through vic­tory at Iron­man Switzer­land on Sun­day.

Train­ing with Jan at Noosa for half of the year, Nick was re­turn­ing from a bro­ken col­lar­bone suf­fered in a bike crash on his way to fin­ish­ing sec­ond at 70.3 Barcelona.

Af­ter a two sec­ond deficit in the swim in his come­back race, Nick led on the bike from the 37km mark and was never headed.

He stopped the clock in 8:13:28 (48:18, 4:31:13, 2:50:24), more than seven min­utes ahead of Ruedi Wild and 13 min­utes bet­ter than Jan Van Berkel.

“Win­ning is un­like any feel­ing. And es­pe­cially af­ter work­ing so hard for it,” he said.

“It was made ex­tra special be­cause my dad flew from Aus­tralia to help me with the prepa­ra­tion.

“I had a film crew doc­u­ment­ing my col­lar­bone re­cov­ery as well as all the spon­sors work­ing with me all week­end..it's a lot of pres­sure but good pres­sure.

“I'm just glad I could show all the re­sults of all the hard work that ev­ery­one put in.”

That books him a spot at the world cham­pi­onship in Kona, where Jan has al­ready set up his back-to-back de­fence af­ter he clocked the only sub eight-hour time at Iron­man Aus­tria last month.

Even though the Ger­man had ill­ness be­fore the race, he still raced head-and-shoul­ders above the field.

Jan was first out of the 3.8km swim leg with a two-minute lead. He grew that gap through­out the chal­leng­ing 180km bike course to 10 min­utes by the time he hit the marathon, then dug in to in­crease the lead to 17 min­utes at one point. While the chasers clawed back two min­utes as they bat­tled for sec­ond place, Jan had more than enough time to cross the fin­ish line, col­lapse in re­lief, then sit and wave at the crowd.

“Only had one tac­ti­cal card, go hard on the swim and hope the boys bunch up on the bike and play cat and mouse – I love it when a plan works,” Jan said.

PHOTO: IRON­MAN

Nick Kastelein claims vic­tory at Iron­man Switzer­land on Sun­day.

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