COURTNEY Hancock bounced back from the disappointment of a controversial world Championships to win yesterday’s open ironwoman at the $15,000 Maroochy Classic.
It came just a week after she finished third in a controversy-full open ironwoman final at the world championships in Adelaide which Hancock labelled “disgusting”.
Hancock and Northcliffe teammate Kristyl Smith were involved in an ugly ski leg of the race which saw some competitors get pushed inside the turning cans by the pack.
They were forced to wait for the pack to pass before re-joining from the end, essentially ending their hopes.
“I was surprised I was even able to get on to the podium with that race. It was a really disappointing race for a couple of us,” Hancock said.
“It wasn’t a nice feeling. I was disgusted with how it all unfolded.
“I’m 24 now and with all the years of racing I’ve done, it was the most disgusting race I’ve been a part of.
“It was good to race this weekend after being disappointed about the whole fact of being stuck at the can.
“For me to take control and race from the front was nice.”
Hancock said she was pleased with her form in the lead-up to the first round of the Ironwoman Series in Perth on December 23.
“I took this week pretty easy after the world titles,” she said.
“I felt really good this weekend. My race today went really well.
“I didn’t have any assistance. I didn’t get a wave in any leg.
“I did all the hard work and that gives me a lot of confidence that I don’t need any help to win.”