Hawaii trip on the cards for top Coast triathletes
THREE Sunshine Coast athletes have qualified for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii and more are likely to follow this weekend.
Scott Farrell, Damien Collins and Jason Cheshire have all booked their spots for the pinnacle of long distance triathlon racing after standout efforts at Ironman New Zealand.
Farrell, from Palmwoods, finished first in the 30-34 age division and was the 16th fastest men's competitor after completing the 3.8k swim, 180k bike, 42km run course in 9 hours 15.01 minutes.
After completing the run in 54.14 and the cycle in 5:09.06, Farrell stormed home on the run in 3:06:37.
Collins finished eighth in the 18-24 category and Cheshire was sixth in the 40-44 division.
A host of Coast competitors will take the line at Ironman Melbourne this weekend and many stand a good chance of qualifying for the world championships.
Dave Dellow and Caroline Steffen have both performed well at Melbourne before and will be considered red-hot chances of earning tickets to Hawaii. Steffen won Melbourne in 2012, the same year Dellow came home fifth.
Casey Munro will also be competing in the elite race in Melbourne.
Mooloolaba's Kasey Willoughby and Catherine Thiele and Alexandra Headland's Leanne Southwell are all considered strong chances for Kona in the age group race.
Willoughby and Thiele competed at the world championships last year.
Southwell possesses a strong swim leg and could lead the women out of the water.