Sport

Day happy to chase Eckstein in ironman series opener

NO COMPLAINTS: Mooloolaba’s Ali Day ensures he stays on this shore break during yesterday’s Nutri-Grain Ironman event at Scarborough Beach, Perth, yesterday.
NO COMPLAINTS: Mooloolaba’s Ali Day ensures he stays on this shore break during yesterday’s Nutri-Grain Ironman event at Scarborough Beach, Perth, yesterday. Delly Carr

MOOLOOLABA star Ali Day was left beaming after finishing a close second to his boyhood idol Shannon Eckstein at the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series opener at Perth.

In a confidence-boosting display, Day won the ski race and finished third in the swim and ironman events to finish two points behind the Northcliffe legend, Eckstein, overall.

Matt Poole was 10 points behind Day, his Mooloolaba teammate, in third at Scarborough Beach.

Poole won the afternoon's other event, the board race, and Day came seventh.

Day was leading going into the final event, the ironman, but finished third - and Eckstein again delivered, when it mattered, to take the win and the round.

Day - second overall last season and the bookmakers' second favourite for the series behind six-time champion Eckstein heading into round one - admitted to being "nervous but excited" before the event.

The 22-year-old said: "I suppose I'm lost for words, really. I didn't expect to do that well today … I pulled up really well and I can't wipe the smile off my face."

Day prefers the more endurance-based events, as evidenced by his debut Coolangatta Gold triumph in October.

He finished second behind Caine Eckstein, who is not competing this year, at Perth last season when it was an endurance event.

A new sprint accumulator-points format was unveiled yesterday as organisers attempted to make the event more watchable.

 

Day said the round was surprisingly demanding.

"On paper it looks like a short event, but it's a long day in the office," he said.

"There was four 15-min

ute races and a lot of rest between races. The longer it went, the better I got."

Despite the closeness of his tussle with Eckstein yesterday, Day said "probably not" when asked if he could get on top of the four-time world ironman champion this season.

CHASING his first Nutri-Grain race win, Day grew up idolising Eckstein.

He said: "Shannon did everything right today. I don't think I've ever really seen him make a mistake before.

"Everyone who saw him race today knows he is the man to beat … he's the ultimate ironman in our sport."

Day hopes to keep learning from Eckstein, a five-time national ironman champion, and one day get his measure.

"Like I said the other day, I'm not trying to push that (first win) and let it come when it comes," he said.

Overall results: 1. Shannon Eckstein; 2. Ali Day (Mooloolaba); 3. Matt Poole (Mooloolaba); 4. Thomas Trembath; 5. Ky Hurst; 6. Kendrick Louis (Mooloolaba); 7. Mitchell Miller; 8. Tom Atkinson; 9. Wade Krieger; 10. Corey Jones (Met Caloundra); 11. Hugh Dougherty; 12. Joshua Minogue; 13. Wes Berg; 14. Alex Tibbits (Mooloolaba); 15. Christopher Moors; 16. Jake Nicholson.

Topics:  ali day ironman shannon eckstein



200,000th resident unveiled in Ipswich population boom

MILESTONE: Megan Sabburg of South Ripley is Ipswich's 200,000th resident and her young son Jackson is the 200,001st.

South Ripley mum gets the honour as city targets 520,000 in 2041

How the city's population is actually measured

Deputy Mayor Paul Tully, councillors Kerry Silver and Andrew Antoniolli and Mayor Paul Pisasale welcome the 200,000th Ipswich resident Megan Sabburg and son Jackson.

Wheelie reliable way to track city's growth

Ipswich model to 'make history' in New York

Model Madeline Stuart now has a visa to live and work in New York City. Photo Contributed

"I am now officially a professional. New York here I come."

Local Partners

Spy trio hitting studio in 2017

GUITAR POP: Brisbane three-piece Dave is a Spy is made up of Fin Taylor, Sarah Bellamy and James Halpert.

Brisbane three-piece set for second EP

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

NEW: ALDI confirms opening date of seventh Ipswich store

NEW STORE: Aldi will soon open its seventh store in Ipswich.

Aldi is preparing to open its seventh store in Ipswich

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!