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Matt Hanson and Melissa Hauschildt claim titles at 2018 IRONMAN Texas

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Matt Hanson (USA) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) battled their way onto the podium with victories at today’s 2018 Memorial Herman IRONMAN® North American Championship Texas triathlon. Hanson repeated his 2015 and 2017 Lone Star state successes finishing with a time of 07:39:25, while Hauschildt claimed the women’s title with a time of 08:31:05 – both receiving automatic bids to this year’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

Ivan Tutukin (RUS) finished in second place for the men with a time of 7:39:57 while Will Clarke (GBR) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 7:45:22, respectively. On the women’s side, Jodie Robertson (USA) finished second with a time of 8:43:16 and Lesley Smith (USA) finished third with a total time of 8:43:51.

Top five professional men’s results:
                                                                    SWIM             BIKE*               RUN              FINISH

  1. Matt Hanson                    USA        00:52:31         04:07:27         02:34:40         07:39:25
  2. Ivan Tutukin                     RUS        00:49:30         04:10:22         02:35:19         07:39:57
  3. Will Clarke                       GBR        00:49:49         04:09:58         02:40:44         07:45:22
  4. Tim Berkel                       AUS        00:54:45         04:51:45         02:51:58         07:47:42
  5. Jan Van Berkel                CHE        00:49:28         04:10:14         02:44:17         07:48:40

* bike course shortened to approximately 110 miles

Top five professional women’s results:
                                                                    SWIM              BIKE*              RUN              FINISH

  1. Melissa Hauschildt           AUS        00:59:07         04:29:55         02:57:07         08:31:05
  2. Jodie Robertson               USA        01:00:42         04:27:31         03:08:52         08:43:16
  3. Lesley Smith                    USA         00:57:50         04:39:56         02:58:48         08:43:51
  4. Michelle Vesterby             DNK        00:56:05         04:33:11         03:11:21         08:45:47
  5. Sara Svensk                    SWE        00:59:33         04:32:34         03:09:53         08:46:49

* bike course shortened to approximately 110 miles

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Prior to the start of the 2018 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas triathlon, IRONMAN made the decision to cut a portion of the bike course reducing the distance from the standard 112 miles to approximately 110 miles. This decision was made in the interest of athlete safety. Because of the shortened distance, no time records will be recognized. The event saw more than 2,500 athletes representing 50 states and 53 countries start the race. Competitors ranged in age from 18–78 years old. One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas triathlon led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 110-mile bike and 26.2-mile run throughout The Woodlands and its surrounding areas. The swim took place in Lake Woodlands, while the one-loop bike course took participants through Montgomery and Harris Counties. Greeted by the supporting crowd, athletes then undertook the triple-loop run entirely within The Woodlands that concluded with a finish on Waterway Ave. The event offered a total professional prize purse of $150,000 and 80 coveted age group qualifying slots to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on October 18 in Kailua Kona, Hawai`i.

More race weekend details will be available at Full results for the 2018 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas triathlon can be found at

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