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Port Macquarie, Australia  (May 4, 2014) – Two time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt produced her trademark run to claim victory on debut at the Toyota IRONMAN Australia event today in Port Macquarie.

Hauschildt surprised many after exiting the swim only just over a minute down on Lisa Marangon. But out on the bike and the expected dominant bike leg wasn’t there with Lisa Marangon asserting her dominance on the race early on.

Melissa Hauschildt wins Ironman Australia on debut - Photo Credit: Delly Carr

It took Hauschildt until the 25km mark on the run to pass fellow Australian Lisa Marangon who led all day and held on for second to record her best result over the distance.

Hauschildt’s last minute decision to enter the event after dominating the 70.3 distance paid off.

“I decided to do this only three weeks ago and had two weeks off before that,” said Hauschildt.

It felt amazing crossing that line that was the toughest…

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