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Craig Alexander planning Kona comeback?

Australian champ considering return in 2015

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Aussie athlete Craig Alexander has told local media that he is considering coming out of retirement to make one more bid for victory at the Ironman World Champs in 2015.

The three-time Kona champion, 40, announced his retirement from Iron-distance racing last year after placing 23rd in Hawaii, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

However, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph, he still thinks he can win in Kona one more time, saying a return is a "definite possibility for next year with a longer lead-in.''

His first race of this year will be the Ironman 70.3 Auckland race taking place this weekend, where he will be targeting a top-five finish, according to the Telegraph.

Alexander won't be the first Kona champion to be coaxed out of retirement: US tri legend Dave Scott famously returned to the punishing race in 1994 at the age of 40, placing second behind Greg Welch (AUS).

And it appears the numbers may be on his side too: a recent study by Swiss researchers found that the average age of Kona winners has been rising steadily over the past two decades. 

Do you think Craig Alexander can win one more time in Hawaii? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tri Fly

Sorry don't think he will be able to win one more time.

But do I believe he will make a top 20 place

Jamie220

Thanks for the comment Tri Fly, looking forward to seeing how this develops! Would be a great story if he makes the podium.

LJB9791

Not sure about the study stats, given that the statistic is heavily reliant on the same people winning numerous times. i.e Mark Allen and Dave Scott were obviously older every time they subsequently won it (6 each),as were Crowie and Macca (there's another 5). Throw into the mix Chrissie's 4,Newby-Frasers 8, Badmanns 6 and you have 35 of 40 'titles'. So not exactly a surprise that the average age has increased.

coachjoebeer

I agree: many studies don't really "surprise" but to actually see the trend takes every day "logic" and actually proves this to be the case.

Ironman, rather than just being about those who start as Iron-people and carry on throughout their career is becoming the final career path of many Olympic Distance racers (Mark Allen won his first Kona the same year he became the first ITU World OD Champion in Avignon). So many of the OD speedsters of right now have 10+ years at Ironman ahead of them.

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