Cameron Brown has gained one of his best results away from home in his illustrious career, finishing runner-up to world champion Craig Alexander in the Asia Pacific Ironman Championships in Melbourne yesterday.
The 39 year old pushed the world champion to the limit before Alexander edged away in the final eight kilometres on the marathon run after the pair ran shoulder to shoulder.
Brown ran in a fraction over 8:00 hours, his fastest ever Ironman performance, on the back of a 2hr 41min marathon.
His points from his recent third place in the New Zealand Ironman and second in the high rating Ironman Melbourne should ensure qualification for the Ironman World Championships later in the year.
Meanwhile seven time ironman New Zealand champion Jo Lawn finishing a solid fourth in the women's race.