Phillips and Visser win Ironman NZ

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Triathletes Mike Phillips and Els Visser have been crowned Ironman NZ champions.

Phillips claimed his second Ironman New Zealand crown after beating defending champion Braden Currie in a tight race in Taupo.

Phillips completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike, and 42km run in a time of seven hours, 56 minutes, and 05 seconds.

Switzerland’s Jan Van Berkel was third and German Great Sebastian Kienle, in his first appearance at the Taupo race.

Dutch athlete Els Visser won the women’s race, beating defending champion Hannah Berry of New Zealand by just under three minutes, in a time of 9hr 05min 44sec.

Visser struggled slightly over the closing stages of the run but had enough energy to keep Berry at bay.

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