After winning Kona two years on the trot, Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) will be the headline act at the 2015 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne this March – though she again faces her Swiss nemesis Caroline Steffen.

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This will be the first time Rinny has raced on Aussie soil since finishing third in the event’s 2012 edition, when she came third behind Steffen. “I’m looking forward to racing again at home. Winning an Australian Ironman title is not something I’ve done yet, so I’d love to add one to my résumé,” Carfrae said.

“It’s a championship race so some of the girls will be really targeting it and be in great shape. I’ll put my nose to the grindstone for the next four weeks, aiming to be as fit as I can be to have a shot at the title.”

It is also the first time in over a year that Carfrae has trained in Australia, as she’s usually based in Boulder, Colorado. “My family is excited to have me back and I enjoyed spending time with them in Brisbane,” she added. “I have six nieces and nephews and the oldest is seven, they change so quickly so I always miss out when I’m away too long.”