So close she could taste victory
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YOU wouldn’t blame Rebecca Creedy for thinking she was about to win her first Aussies open ironwoman gold medal.

Rebecca Creedy was almost home when a little surf inexperience cost her top spot.

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YOU wouldn’t blame Rebecca Creedy for thinking she was about to win her first Aussies open ironwoman gold medal.

It was so close the commentators were already touting her as the 2011 champion.

But a brief lapse in skill ultimately cost the Met Caloundra competitor.

Coming in on the board in the final leg of the race, Creedy had built a healthy lead on the rest of the field.

But as Northcliffe’s Courtney Hancock caught up something went wrong and Creedy, a Commonwealth Games medallist, tumbled off her board, letting Hancock glide away to her first Aussies ironwoman gold.

It was heartbreaking for Creedy and her supporters to see her finish third behind Liz Pluimers but she was adamant she’d be better for it.

“These girls have got about 10 years surf experience on me and it’s moments like that that it really shows,” the former swimmer said. “It’s back to the drawing board and something to work on for next year.

“It’s a great confidence booster. I probably wasn’t in the best position for that swim but picked up some really good waves.

“I have the race experience but nothing can replace the years in the surf and I guess that’s all I can work on.”

In the men’s final Shannon Eckstein once again proved he is the ultimate modern day ironman, beating the aging Ky Hurst and his brother Caine Eckstein.

Northcliffe’s Eckstein was barely challenged, having time to kiss his mother and wife before crossing the finish line.

The final field was weaker than expected after Mooloolaba’s Matt Poole and defending champion Pierce Leonard were surprising eliminated in the semi-finals.

“People say I haven’t been racing well this season but I’ve won the worlds and Kellogg’s series and now the Aussies. Caine’s got the Coolangatta Gold so it’s all in the family which is nice,” he said.

“I haven’t raced too well this year. I’ve had good results but even today I felt like I was struggling to find a fifth gear, it’s always stuck in fourth. Maybe that’s fatigue, hopefully it comes back next year.”

In the under-19’s ironman, Noosa Heads’ Mitch Miller overcame adversity to take bronze.

Miller, one of the sport’s most exciting prospects, was leading in the opening swim leg before being overtaken by half the field on a wave. He fought back from 12th position to take bronze and while being livid at his luck, he was pleased with his performance to make the podium.

“Unfortunately that’s surf. I came back from 12th to third so I’m happy with the end result.”

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