Multi-talented Tasmanian athlete Cameron Wurf has again saved his best for the biggest stage.
For the second year running, the former Olympic rower and WorldTour cyclist has claimed a course record at the ironman world championships.
The Sandy Bay 35-year-old blitzed his own record on the 180-kilometre bike leg of the gruelling eight-hour event in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Hitting the overall race lead after the opening 3.86km swim leg, Wurf rolled into the second transition having completed the bike leg in 4:09:06 – more than three minutes faster than he rode last year.
American Andrew Starykowicz also went under the existing record with a 4:12:18 split.
Leading the race into the marathon run for the second year running, Wurf was caught early in the 42km final leg and eventually finished ninth in 8:10:32 – the highest finish by a Tasmanian and third fastest by an Australian.
He was 17:54 behind German Patrick Lange who won the race in 7:52:38 – setting a new overall record in the 40th running of the iconic event.
An under-23 world champion in rowing, Wurf also attended the 2004 Athens Olympics in the lightweight double scull before switching his sporting focus to cycling.
In a decade-long pro cycling career, the former Hutchins student rode three Grand Tours and came third in the time trial at the 2015 Oceania Road Championships.