Courtney Hancock wins ironwoman round at Newcastle to edge closer to title

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COURTNEY Hancock has dedicated her round five win in the Nutri-Grain ironwoman series at Newcastle to sister Bonnie, after her younger sibling made the tough decision to drop out of the series due to fatigue.

Bonnie Hancock, on the comeback from chronic fatigue, found the going tough too tough today and watched from the sand as Courtney broke through for her first ever win in the Newcastle surf.

Hancock produced a spectacular superman dive which saw her pip her closest rival for the series title, Liz Pluimers, for the race honours with swim specialist Rebecca Creedy coming in third.

“I though it (the dive) was the quickest way to cover the last five metres,” said Hancock who revealed she has been taking advice from seven-time ironwoman champion Karal Gilbert in the lead-up to her races.

“I was hoping to slide across the sand but actually came to a dead stop,”

Hancock is now favourite to claim a third Nutri-Grain title with Pluimers and Kristyl Smith the women most likely to cause an upset in the decider at Coolum in February

Pluimers, who won back-to-back rounds on Saturday, admitted she felt off the pace in Sunday’s racing and was delighted with her second to Hancock.

“I woke up and just didn’t feel right all day so I have to be happy with that,” she said.

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