The incredible Kiwi legend Cameron Brown took out his 12th straight victory in the 2016 IRONMAN New Zealand. At the tender age of just 43, he extended his own world record as the oldest winner of any IRONMAN race and became the first professional man to win the same IRONMAN race on 12 occasions.
Brown put in a patient and perfectly judged physical effort to stop the clock in a time of 8:07:57 at the Taupo venue. Fighting his way back from 11th place after the 3.8km swim, he completed the gruelling 180-kilometre bike ride close to his compatriot Callum Millward. In the run they quickly swept to the front then shortly after the 28-kilometre mark, Brown made his winning strike opening a 30 second lead.
“Aside from that first win here, this would have to go down as the best,” says Brown.
“I’m a couple of months shy of my 44th birthday so to win this for a 12th time, and set a new course record is incredibly special.”
We agree that completing a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a marathon run of 42.2km in 8:07:57 is truly extraordinary. So too is the fact Suzuki NZ have been supporting Cameron for the last 14 years, since 2002. Cameron has no plans of stopping. So keep an eye out for his Suzuki Grand Vitara as he hits the road for his next training session.
To catch up with Cameron go to Cameron’s Facebook page.