A COURAGEOUS performance from Sawtell’s Courtney Hancock has seen the former Ironwoman series champion finish fourth in Newcastle last weekend.
With the temperature rising to over 40 degrees conditions were tough with Hancock forced to battle through the four race Eliminator format.
Strong form through the opening three races of the day saw the 24 year old qualify for the final with ease however fatigue was beginning to set in.
“It was so tough out there, the heat really began to take its toll,” Hancock said.
“I was really happy with my form throughout the day and thought i had a chance of pushing for a podium finish.”
Entering the final swim in second, Hancock saw her chances fall away at the death when she missed a wave which the rest of the field rode to the finish.
Brodie Moir continued her incredible form winning her second straight round while Olympic kayaker Naomi Flood finished second.
Hancock was disappointed with the result but believes she is in great shape ahead of the remaining four rounds of the series.
“I thought i had done enough to finish in the top three but missing that last wave was the difference,” she said.
“Fourth is still a strong result and there is a long way to go till the end of the series.”
Bonnie Hancock also performed well to finish seventh overall narrowly missing out on qualifying for the final eliminator race.
Following the result Courtney Hancock now sits in third overall on the season standings.
Source: Coffs Advocate