ALI Day and Liz Pluimers have put aside concerns about injury and illness to claim their third Coolangatta Gold wins on Sunday.
Gold Coast-based Day crossed the line in the 3 hours, 42 minutes and four seconds, beating home Nathan Smith and Jeremy Cotter to add to his 2012 and 2013 wins in the surf lifesaving endurance event.
The 25-year-old was forced to sit out last year’s torture test because of chronic fatigue which began affecting him following his 2013 victory in the 23km surf ski, 1.8km run, 3.5km swim, 6.1km board and 7.1km run event.
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After the race Day revealed he almost pulled out after a gastro attack the night before left him resigned to watching from the beach.
He now only trails surf life saving endurance legend Caine Eckstein (five wins) for most victories in the event.
Pluimers broke the tape in 4:03.08 to claim her third straight crown.
The North Burleigh athlete finished ahead of Brodie Moir and Rebecca Creedy to become the first female athlete to claim a hat-trick of wins.
After tearing her calf last month, Pluimers was only cleared to compete on Friday.