Dellow primed to win Hawaii
PROMINENT Sunshine Coast triathlon coach Jason Crowther believes Mooloolaba's David Dellow has a genuine chance of winning the Hawaii Ironman this weekend.
Crowther reckons Dellow, 33, who won the Olympic-distance Noosa Triathlon last year and long-distance events in Thailand and Cairns this year, is primed to upset some of the sport's biggest stars in arguably the world's most high-profile endurance event.
"Not many people win in their first time at Hawaii but I reckon he's definitely one of the favourites," Crowther said.
It's Dellow's ability to handle the heat that Crowther believes could spur him to victory in the invitation-only race, which consists of a 3.86km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run.
"I took my squad up to Cairns and we watched him race there and he definitely performed well in the heat," Crowther said of Dellow's 8hr 15 min effort.
"It's one thing he definitely has got going for him. He's a warm-weather performer.
"At the back-end of these hot races, you usually get scorched out in the heat but he beat Cam Brown in Cairns and Cam is almost a 10-time Hawaii finisher who has finished second at Hawaii before. So Dave has done well to beat a class athlete like that.
The barren landscape and predicted temperatures of 30 Celsius could suit Dellow at Kona.
"There aren't too many hotter races, especially with those hot wind gusts as well. And it's pretty desolate there. You've got to enjoy the heat, otherwise it's a long day," Crowther said.
Dellow has emerged as a force on the world triathlon scene in recent times, with some dramatic improvements in all distances.
"It's the way he's been running," Crowther, who is head coach at Atlas Multisports, said.
"He ran sub 2 hr 50 min at Cairns and the winner at Hawaii is going to run a low 2:40.
"He's more than capable of that. If he puts a good race together he'll run a low 2.40.
"He's really developed his run. His run has become his strength and to win an ironman you have to have a strong run."
Dellow needs to beat the likes of last year's winner Craig Alexander and runner-up Peter Jacobs, along with two-time winner Chris McCormack.
Dellow's partner Caroline Steffen is also rated a good chance to win the women's race.
The Swiss international, who has also won the Noosa Triathlon, was second in Hawaii in 2010.