Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs will be back in action at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii on 1 June.

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Current Ironman World Champion, Pete Jacobs of Australia, continues his journey to defend his title this October by visiting the Big Island to race Ironman 70.3 Hawaii this weekend.

Speaking to Ironman, Jacobs said: “It will be my first race since my injury this year; I will have done six weeks of training so I won’t be as fit as I normally am when on the Big Island, but I’m always mentally in a good place when I’m in Hawaii.”

The women’s race will be headlined by the USA’s Linsey Corbin, who set a new course record at the event in 2012 and is returning to defend her crown. Speaking to Ironman, she said: “Last year was my first time racing Honu 70.3 and the race lived up to all the great expectations I had. It was [in] extremely tough conditions and I was happy to come away with the win.

“Honu has a great vibe, much more laid back than Ironman and the course suits my strengths with the challenging conditions, a tough bike course and hot and humid weather.”

The event begins with a 1.9km swim from the beach of Hapuna State Park before the event’s 2,000 age-group competitors hop on their bikes for a 90km route that borrows the second half of the bike course from the Ironman World Championship. A 21.2km run finishes off the day at the Fairmont Orchid.