Hancock returns to the podium

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COURTNEY Hancock has bounced back from last week’s disastrous round at Newcastle to finish third in the fourth round of the Kellogg’s Ironwoman series in Perth.Courtney Hancock competing in the fouth round of the 2011-12 Nutri-Grain Ironman Series in Perth. Hancock finished third.

DELLY CARR

COURTNEY Hancock has bounced back from last week’s disastrous round at Newcastle to finish third in the fourth round of the Kellogg’s Ironwoman series in Perth today.

The marathon format event which covered 11.2km is the longest event of the series and lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest.

Hancock was strong throughout the race which exposed competitors to blistering heat and blustery conditions.

Despite a strong swim leg, Hancock was unable to catch long time rival Elisabeth Pluimers and 18 year old Jordan Mercer.

The reigning Ironwoman series champion said she was happy with her third place finish.

“I wasn’t quite there today but I did enough to get on the podium and I’m definitely happy with that,” Hancock said.

“I knew it was going to be tough out there today and full credit to Elisabeth (Pluimers) and Jordie (Mercer) they both had a great race and deserve to be on the podium.”

The result sees Hancock move to third in the series but is only seven points behind Pluimers the current series leader.

It continues to be a tough season for Bonnie Hancock who finished in 14th.

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