THE FOG of concussion lifted just in time for Courtney Hancock to claim her first race of the season in the national ironwoman series race at Coolum yesterday.
Hancock is now just one strong performance away from lifting a second crown, with the win powering the Northcliffe star to within eight points of Telstra Ironwoman Series leader Naomi Flood.
She was all smiles yesterday, but was far more subdued after the fourth round last week at Surfers Paradise, when a monster wave snapped her paddle board in half and speared her into a sand bank.
The rest of the race was a blur as a determined Hancock limped home in 11th place.
She could do little training during the week due to a migraine that gripped her head like a vice before releasing just three days ago.
“It was the biggest wave I’ve ever come across last week,” Hancock said. “But I’m not scared, I charged at it.
“It forced me into the sand and I hit it pretty hard. For the rest of the race I was so dizzy but I was so determined to pick as many points as I could.”
A resurgent Hayley Bateup scored her second consecutive podium finish ahead of 17-year-old Alexandra Headlands rookie Alyssa Bull.
Source: Daily Telegraph