Surf lifesaving superstar Ali Day has made a triumphant return to the Coolangatta Gold, claiming his seventh win in the iconic endurance race on the Gold Coast.
Day, who missed the 2019 race after a freak accident left him with two broken wrists, continued a remarkable comeback to the sport which included a clean sweep of last summer’s Ironman series.
Sunday’s victory continues the 30-year-old’s record of having never been defeated in any Coolangatta Gold he’s contested since his breakthrough win in 2012.
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New Zealand’s Corey Brown finished second with 2019 champion Matt Bevilacqua coming home third.
The 41.8km race, which comprises ski, run, swim and board legs, was held on a modified course around Coolangatta due to COVID travel restrictions limiting the number of interstate athletes and volunteers that could attend.
Day and Bevilacqua were neck-and-neck coming off the 23km ski leg but Day’s superior swim pushed him clear of the pack and into a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.
By the time Day came off the board for the final 8km run, he was more than six minutes clear of the field in one of the most dominant displays in Gold history.
Such was Day’s advantage he was able to carry son Danny with him down the victory chute before crossing the line.