Barry Loveday of Australia winning the 2016 IAU 24-Hour Asia and Oceania Championships (© Frank Kuo and Samantha Wang)
Australians Barry Loveday and Nikki Wynd triumphed at the IAU 24-Hour Asia and Oceania Championships in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, on Sunday (20).
Loveday tallied 235.868km over the 1.75-kilometre loop course around Kaohsiung’s National Stadium, the host venue of the 2009 World Games, to claim the title over pre-race favourite Takayoshi Shigemi of Japan, who talled ran 230.794km. John Pearson, the next Australian, took bronze with 224.000km.
In the women’s contest, Wynd led a a podium sweep for Australia with 209.497km, ahead of Nicole Barker who tallied 205.995km. Sharon Scholz was third with 189.000km to easily clinch Australia's team gold over host nation Chinese Taipei.
Australia also won the men's team title, with Chinese Taipei second and Korea third.
In all 101 athletes competed in the event, with teams from Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines and New Zealand taking part.
Organisers for the IAAF