IRONMAN champion Craig Alexander will defend Melbourne title

LEG LUBE: Three-time IRONMAN world champion Craig Alexander has announced he will defend his title at the 2013 URBAN Hotel Group IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne on March 24, 2013.

In 2012, Alexander posted his first ever sub-eight hour (7:57:44) time to claim victory last year from 10-time IRONMAN New Zealand champion Cameron Brown. Alexander claimed a silver medal at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, a win at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman then finished a disappointing 12th at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. In 2011 the Australian became just the fourth man in history to claim a third IRONMAN World Championship title in Kona, smashing the 15-year-old race record in his wake.

The triple world champion has chosen to start his 2013 season at home, allowing time to be with family, as he, and wife Neri prepare for the birth of their third child in March. “I feel it is always important to come back to a race and try and defend, particularly when that race is in your home country and has the prestige of being a regional championship,” Alexander said. “Outside of Kona, IRONMAN Melbourne is one of the marquee races in our sport and it is fitting that it takes place in such a great sporting city.”

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