Ironwoman Courtney Hancock claimed her second national series victory in three seasons with a sensational effort in Noosa this morning.
Ironwoman Courtney Hancock claimed her second national series victory in three seasons with a sensational effort in Noosa this morning. John McCutcheon

Courtney Hancock wins second national ironwoman series

COURTNEY Hancock took out her second national series crown at Noosa this morning after two dramatic weeks that will go down in the annals of the sport.

It was only seven days ago that the one-time Sawtell surf life saver broke through at Coolum for her first victory of the summer after overcoming a horrendous concussion.

In the previous Surfers Paradise event, a freak wave smashed into Hancock mid-race, snapping her paddle board in two and dumping her into a sand bank.

For a day or two, it looked like her campaign had come to an end.

But she made it back in brilliant fashion and overall consistency left her in a winning position going into today's decider - eight points behind series leader Naomi Flood.

This morning, Flood was eliminated in the three race format leaving Hancock victorious.

Hancock last won the crown in the 2010-11 summer.


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