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Braden Currie Ironman Cairns

Cairns, Australia – June 18, 2024 – The Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championships saw an extraordinary display of athleticism and record-breaking performances as athletes battled perfect conditions. New Zealand’s Braden Currie finished second, behind Australia’s Matt Burdon, with fellow Kiwi Mike Phillips securing third place. All three athletes shattered the course record, making it a historic day for the event.

Braden Currie Running Ironman Cairns

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Matt Burdon not only claimed first place but also broke the bike course record, while Braden Currie recorded the fastest run of the day. Despite Currie’s impressive run, it wasn’t enough to reclaim the top spot. Reflecting on the race, Currie shared his thoughts:

“Happy enough with the day – it was great to see my body in good form and I felt good overall. I had a really good swim, got off to a strong start, and managed to gain some ground early on. On the bike, it was consistent riding throughout a stunning course. During the run, I felt comfortable and believed I could catch Matt in the 2nd half of the marathon. However, Matt had an outstanding race and managed to run consistently right to the line. It came down to some really tight racing amongst the top 5-6 guys.”

Braden Currie Deboer Swim Gear Ironman Cairns

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Currie admitted to feeling nervous leading into the race, given his goal to earn points in the IRONMAN Pro Series and secure a Kona slot for later in the year. Once the race began, however, he found his rhythm and performed confidently.

“This race is a really good base to work from,” Currie said. “I still raced conservatively and pulled off a good result. It’s nice to have that under the belt and if I can build into the year, we can look forward to good results when it counts. During the run, I was conserving a bit. I needed Matt to have a breakdown for me to catch him, but I didn’t want to completely turn myself inside out as Kona qualification was my number 1 goal. Still, it was a solid run time that I know I can build from throughout the season.”

Braden Currie Ironman Cairns Race Start

Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Currie was gaining ten seconds per kilometre on Matt for the first 30 kilometres of the run before maintaining a steady pace to the finish. The race was fast overall and with this performance, Currie has secured his Kona slot and now ranks sixth in the Ironman Pro Series standings after just two races. Given that many athletes ahead of him have completed more than two races, Currie is optimistic about his progress with the Ironman Lake Placid next on July 21.