Nervous Courtney Hancock awaits final race in Ironwoman Series

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EVEN the mighty suffer from butterflies, as Courtney Hancock would attest in the days before she takes aim at a third Kellogg’s Ironwoman Series crown at the Sunshine Coast.

A top four finish in Sunday’s series climax at Coolum Beach would seal another professional surf lifesaving series title for Hancock, who has been the most consistent women over the three-leg test of endurance and surf skills.

Despite all her experience and hunger for success, the 25-year-old admitted to feeling some performance anxiety.

“There’s always nerves, especially when you get to the last round because you know this is it,” Hancock said.

“You either win the title or not.

“The more I taper, the more energy I’ve got so I just have to try and bottle it.”

Liz Pluimers, Kristyl Smith and Hancock are the only ironwomen with a shot at claiming this season’s crown.

Hancock would need to fail miserably in the final round eliminator format and have either Pluimers or Smith win to miss out on her third Kellogg’s series victory.

She has won three of the five rounds this summer — two in Western Australia and one at Newcastle — and thrives in the eliminator format.

Another win for Hancock would put her one step closer to her idol and mentor, seven-time professional series champion Karla Gilbert.

IN the men’s series, Shannon Eckstein needs only to finish to seal his eighth title.

(article credit: Courier Mail)

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