Ironman Cairns Pro Fields Announced

World class athletes are lining up for next month’s IRONMAN Cairns

Australian-based Brit Liz Blatchford will defend her title, named as top seed in the women’s race at the Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns next month.

She will be joined by veteran 10-time Ironman New Zealand champion Cameron Brown, who tops the seeds in the men’s race.

Defending champions are back for the Flight Centre Active Travel Ironman 70.3 Cairns, also staged on the stunningly beautiful course on North Queensland’s Tropical Coast on Sunday 8 June.

Courtney Atkinson will take on last year’s runner-up Brad Kahlefeldt, both former double Olympians, in the men’s race.

The 2013 winner and former world No 1 over the Olympic distance, Samantha Warriner from New Zealand gets the No 1 billing ahead of Ironman 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt and Ironman Asia Pacific champion Caroline Steffen in a women’s field chocked with world class.

Blatchford, based in Queensland, moved up to the full Ironman distance with aplomb last year with her victory in Cairns. She went on to claim third place in her debut at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and won’t forget her breakthrough victory in Cairns.