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Braden Currie
New Zealand
World Rank
7
Weight
69kg
Height
1.73m
Age
35
DOB
05/30/86
Swim: BlueseventyBike: FeltRun: Asics
92%Swim88%Bike96%Run95%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Braden Currie

New Zealand’s Braden Currie takes the term multisport athlete to a new level.

The Christchurch-born talent did not develop the sporting goal of becoming the first Kiwi male to win the IRONMAN World Championship via a conventional path.

Currie developed a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors from a young age, growing up on a farm on the South Island.

Braden says he is a “simple Kiwi man at heart,” and outside of his athletic exertions you’ll find him “mowing lawns, driving machinery, building stuff and chopping down trees”.

His love of the outdoors was a natural fit with the sport of adventure racing and the Coast to Coast race (World Multi-Sport Championships) across the South Island presents one of the highest-profile events on home soil.

Currie was made for a challenge which features running, cycling and kayaking and which covers a distance of more than 240km. After finishing third on his first attempt in 2006, he would return in future years to claim four titles back-to-back between 2013 and 2016.

Currie would also soon find more sporting avenues to follow.

Be like water

One discipline missing from the Currie sporting arsenal in his early days was swimming. Picking up the sport in your mid-20’s is a challenging task as developing the mythical feel for the water is best achieved as a young athlete, but Braden’s progress was unusually rapid. He puts that down to his kayak experience.

“Paddling teaches you a lot about the water. You get to see your paddle enter the water, catch the water, pull the water, and then exit,” he says.

“That’s what gave me a base for swimming. I got in the pool and was like, ‘All right, what does my paddle do?’ From there I just got the hang of it.”

Adding his newly-acquired aquatic skills, triathlon was the next target and after to committing to the sport full-time in 2013, he was soon delivering results once again.

Off-road XTERRA racing was a natural choice with his mountain-biking experience. Fifth on his debut (2013) and second (2015) at the World Championship in Maui were added to a string of podium performances, including New Zealand and Asia Pacific Championship titles. An ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship Bronze followed in 2016.

A natural endurance athlete, it was inevitable that middle and long-distance road-based triathlon would also feature on the Currie racing schedule.

With Challenge Wanaka on his doorstep, the half distance event saw him start with a win in 2013, before he added New Zealand Championship titles, at Olympic and long distance, a year later.

His victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo in 2015 was a significant breakthrough at the top level, notable for losing less than a minute to uber-swimmer Dylan McNiece through the opening 1.9km discipline.

His full-distance debut would arrive at IRONMAN New Zealand in 2017, also in Taupo, and another victory was a fine way to announce his arrival over the longer distance, holding off 12-time winner Cameron Brown in the process.

That win would secure a first start at the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii in October. Despite leading early in the bike ride, any chances of a fairytale ending were ended by an early puncture.

“I would have loved to have pulled out but I just felt like it was a part of life that I had to go through,” said Braden.

“I made it to the finish. I’ll take the bright side away from it - my biking is there and my swimming is there and if I’m in the front and I’m feeling competitive then I can run. There’s always next year I guess.”

After the defeating the legendary Javier Gomez in Cairns at the Asia-Pacific Championship, hopes were rightly high for Currie’s return to Hawaii.

Puncture-free and with valuable experience on his side, Braden produced a superb display against the world’s best to secure a fifth-place finish on Ali’i Drive. A year later, seventh position more than proved his status in the top tier of the sport, as reflected by PTO World Rankings.

Finding his way, thanks to a wise teacher

While the outdoor environment and the Kiwi lifestyle have contributed significantly to Braden Currie’s sporting development, he attributes his success to “to a teacher who believed in him”.

Dyslexic, and regularly feeling isolated and inferior at school, it was a teacher who spotted his struggles and started turning up to school early every morning to run with the young Braden. That teacher provided the route to build back his confidence and provided the self-belief that everything is possible, “With commitment, dedication and heart”.

Those early lessons are very much mirrored by his outlook on life now. “Being a dad and sharing life's experiences with my kids and giving every day of life my best shot,” is what he is most proud of.

For a man renowned for his capacity to cope with the relentless grind and hard work required to succeed over many years in top-level sport, his favourite piece of training advice certainly resonates:

“Treat recovery as seriously as you treat your key sessions.”

Current PTO World Ranking Points
7
2021 IM New Zealand
99.44
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
93.42
Average
96.43
Ranking History
#2#52#102#152#20220152016201720182019202020212015Overall156.28 pts#158Swim138.88 pts#190Bike114.37 pts#198Run114.41 pts#1492016Overall197.20 pts#99Swim161.50 pts#122Bike140.14 pts#123Run122.31 pts#1542017Overall251.14 pts#37Swim191.32 pts#13Bike142.58 pts#139Run161.51 pts#452018Overall282.59 pts#14Swim195.17 pts#9Bike167.69 pts#57Run184.04 pts#192019Overall290.45 pts#8Swim192.93 pts#19Bike167.69 pts#53Run193.41 pts#122020Overall280.27 pts#11Swim189.63 pts#24Bike153.63 pts#76Run184.77 pts#112021Overall96.43 pts#7Swim89.28 pts#30Bike78.97 pts#59Run95.63 pts#7
Rivals
wins / races
Results
34 Races12
1
6
2
5
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
27 Mar
1
IM New Zealand
47:29
4:23:46
2:40:46
7:57:12
99.4407
07:56:4899.44
7 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka Half
23:47
2:08:52
1:14:56
3:50:28
80.2943
03:43:5180.29
23 Jan
2
Port of Tauranga Half
23:00
2:01:07
1:13:46
3:39:53
81.0845
03:33:4981.08
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
20 Dec
2
Rotorua Suffer
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:49:38
80.5796
03:43:0880.58
7 Mar
3
IM New Zealand
47:37
4:27:01
2:44:35
8:04:36
89.449
07:57:0389.45
15 Feb
1
Challenge Wanaka Half
23:13
2:17:07
1:15:31
3:59:48
78.2785
03:52:1478.28
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
7
IM Hawaii
47:41
4:30:30
2:46:25
8:08:48
91.9945
08:03:0091.99
8 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Sunshine Coast
22:31
2:08:12
1:10:56
3:44:47
80.6719
03:38:2780.67
7 Jul
DNF
Challenge Roth
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:53:23-
9 Jun
1
IM Cairns
47:29
4:28:59
2:44:33
8:04:19
98.8279
08:03:2898.83
2 Mar
3
IM New Zealand
47:57
4:31:02
2:45:51
8:09:04
89.0544
08:01:1089.05
16 Feb
1
Challenge Wanaka Half
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:00:00
79.3322
03:52:4779.33
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Oct
5
IM Hawaii
49:28
4:17:17
2:53:38
8:04:41
95.0811
08:01:0895.08
2 Sep
8
IM 70.3 World Championship
21:58
2:09:15
1:14:05
3:49:17
83.2079
03:43:3983.21
5 Aug
3
IM 70.3 Philippines
25:17
2:03:45
1:15:14
3:48:12
90.969
03:45:0990.97
10 Jun
1
IM Cairns
46:45
4:24:52
2:39:59
7:54:58
96.5433
07:52:3196.54
3 Mar
DNF
IM New Zealand
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:56:16-
17 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka Half
23:21
2:16:34
1:13:32
3:57:44
78.2331
03:50:1378.23
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Dec
2
IM 70.3 Taupo
9:53
2:12:32
1:14:59
3:38:32
55.1214
03:24:4555.12
26 Nov
3
IM 70.3 Western Sydney
24:47
2:03:03
1:13:40
3:43:36
80.198
03:37:0980.20
29 Oct
7
XTerra World Championships
19:10
1:32:27
45:03
2:39:03
0
--
14 Oct
30
IM Hawaii
48:41
4:41:29
3:15:19
8:50:05
48.1288
08:11:4948.13
10 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
10:21
2:07:04
1:12:38
3:33:57
87.1907
03:29:5587.19
11 Jun
3
IM Cairns
49:46
4:26:12
2:47:56
8:07:46
80.6617
07:54:0180.66
4 Mar
1
IM New Zealand
48:11
4:39:55
2:48:23
8:20:58
83.2896
08:08:4383.29
7 Jan
1
Port of Tauranga Half
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:45:38
--
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Taupo
24:04
2:09:42
1:14:43
3:52:45
71.3197
03:43:0971.32
7 Aug
4
IM 70.3 Philippines
24:10
2:09:16
1:21:24
3:58:42
56.567
03:44:0656.57
9 Apr
DNF
WTS Gold Coast
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
0
--
9 Jan
1
Port of Tauranga Half
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:52:26
--
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Taupo
24:34
2:08:29
1:14:42
3:51:48
69.3141
03:41:3669.31
16 Aug
11
IM 70.3 Timberman
25:19
2:16:05
1:20:29
4:04:12
43.6467
03:45:1043.65
9 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Ecuador
24:21
2:18:45
1:20:07
4:06:00
22.2836
03:40:1922.28
22 Feb
5
Challenge Wanaka
50:01
4:57:12
3:05:09
8:56:11
43.3165
08:14:1043.32
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
96
7
2020
280
11
2019
290
8
2018
282
14
2017
251
37
2016
197
99
2015
156
158
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
89
30
2020
189
24
2019
192
19
2018
195
9
2017
191
13
2016
161
122
2015
138
190
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
78
59
2020
153
76
2019
167
53
2018
167
57
2017
142
139
2016
140
123
2015
114
198
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
95
7
2020
184
11
2019
193
12
2018
184
19
2017
161
45
2016
122
154
2015
114
149
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