COURTNEY Hancock took out her second National Ironwoman Series crown at Noosa yesterday after two dramatic weeks racing.
It was only seven days ago that Hancock broke through at Coolum for her first victory of the summer after overcoming a horrendous concussion. In the previous Surfers Paradise event, a freak wave smashed into Hancock mid-race, snapping her paddle board in two and dumping her into a sand bank.
Only a few points separated the 24-year-old and former series leader Naomi Flood going into the final round, however the eliminator format caused Flood’s series to finish at the end of race two.
“This means everything to me,” Hancock said.
“This is the one I wanted to win this year and I have done it.
“To come back from round four at Surfers Paradise it shows how much I wanted it, because coming 11th did not help me at all.”
The Gold Coast athlete powered through a week-long flu, but didn’t let anyone know of her illness.
“I have had a bad flu all week but kept it to myself. I didn’t want to let any of my competition know I have been in bed all week, so I kept it really quiet.
“I push myself so hard and I guess I want to come out of this sport to be remembered and to be a great like Karla Gilbert.”
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