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Champion ironman Shannon Eckstein will compete in pain for the Nutri-Grain ironman opener this weekend in Western Australia. ...

Champion ironman Shannon Eckstein will compete in pain for the Nutri-Grain ironman opener this weekend in Western Australia. Picture: Luke Marsden Source: News Limited

SURF star Shannon Eckstein has revealed he will race in pain after suffering a million-to-one injury which almost forced him out of this weekend’s Nutri-Grain ironman series.

The multiple series champion admitted he considered pulling out of the six-round event, which begins in Western Australia on Saturday, after suffering internal bleeding as the result of a torn diaphragm.

Eckstein believes he suffered the injury in training and admits if it flares again it may require surgery. (more…)

 Ali Day on his way to winning the Coolangatta Gold endurance ironman race earlier this month.

Ali Day on his way to winning the Coolangatta Gold endurance ironman race earlier this month.Source: News Corp Australia

SURF star Ali Day is a shock withdrawal from the upcoming Nutri-Grain ironman series with a barrage of medical tests failing to identify why he has been feeling so low and unable to train for a month.

Day last month defied the odds to win his second Coolangatta Gold title while on the comeback from an ankle injury.

But the 23-year-old ironman has since been fatigued, unwell and unable to train properly for the Nutri-Grain series, which opens this weekend at Smiths Beach at Margaret River.

“Basically the last time I felt well was the day of the Gold,” said Day, who will head to Sydney next week for more tests in a bid to discover the cause of his illness.

“I am so disappointed.

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Australian Ironwomen Tara Coleman (left), Candice Falzon and Courtney Hancock at Bondi Icebergs.

Australian Ironwomen Tara Coleman (left), Candice Falzon and Courtney Hancock at Bondi Icebergs.Source: News Corp Australia

SYDNEY ironwoman Tara Coleman has been thrown a lifeline to the Nutri-Grain ironman series starting next weekend, following the retirement of triple Coolangatta Gold champion Hayley Bateup with injury.

The Maroubra surf lifesaver failed to make the cut for the six-round series but Bateup’s decision to forge ahead with shoulder surgery has opened up a spot in the women’s ranks.

Bateup, who is planning to transform herself into a triathlete after recovering from the operation, had hoped she could compete in one last season in the surf.

Australian Ironwomen champions Tara Coleman (left), Candice Falzon and Courtney Hancock at Bondi Icebergs.

Australian Ironwomen champions Tara Coleman (left), Candice Falzon and Courtney Hancock at Bondi Icebergs. Source: News Corp Australia

 

But the pain from her shoulder thwarted her plans, with the Gold Coast ironwoman forced to go under the knife on Tuesday.

“It’s been my life for so long,” said Bateup, who has won countless Australian titles and been a dominating force on the ironwoman series since her teenage years.

“But I just couldn’t go on.”

Ironwoman Hayley Bateup, centre, has retired from surf racing due to a shoulder injury.

Ironwoman Hayley Bateup, centre, has retired from surf racing due to a shoulder injury. Source:News Corp Australia

 

The opening rounds of the Nutri-Grain ironman and ironwoman series will be played out at Smith’s Beach at Margaret River on November 30 and December 1.

Shannon Eckstein is the reigning men’s champion and Courtney Hancock the defending ironwoman titleholder.

See more:http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/more-sports/ironwoman-tara-coleman-gets-nutrigrain-series-spot-as-hayley-bateup-retires/story-fnibbyyv-1226765248066