Gardner, Wasle win XTERRA Saipan

Mar. 12, 2016

(Saipan, Northern Marianas) - Australian Brodie Gardner and Austrian Carina Wasle captured the 15th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship titles on a picture-perfect day in the Northern Marianas on Saturday.

For Gardner, picking up his first-ever XTERRA World Tour win was all about timing … as in, just in time.

“I had troubles with my visa on Thursday so couldn’t get out of Australia,” he explained.  “Worked on the problem all night and the next day and with the help of a lot people back home I was able to catch a flight out yesterday and I just here at about 2am this morning.”

Roughly seven hours later Gardner was the champ.

“I led out of the swim and went as hard as I could not to give it up,” said Gardner, 29, who works full-time as a strength and conditioning coach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

“I got lost in the caves, went right instead of left, bumped into the walls. It was pitch black in there.  Then I was trying to enjoy how pretty the beach run was except I was tired and I didn’t know how far I had left to go so just had to keep my focus and keep going through the finish line.”

His winning time of 2:52:46 was more than one-minute faster than runner-up Takahiro Ogasawara from Japan. Joe Miller from the Philippines finished third.

In the women’s race Wasle came out of the water right behind Belinda Hadden and Renata Bucher, got in the lead early on the bike and never let go.

“I felt very good,” said Wasle.  “I had a good training camp in South Africa at the beginning of the year and felt really strong today.”

It’s the 12th world tour win in the storied career of Carina Wasle, and her second in three years here in Saipan.

“I love this place, and have friends here that I have to come see every year,” said Wasle.  “It’s a really beautiful course.  It tests you a lot.  The run is very technical.  It’s just a very special course with the jungle and the caves. There is no race quite like this one.”

Wasle will now head back to Europe for the XTERRA European Tour season-opener in Malta, then go to XTERRA Reunion before continuing on the Asia-Pacific Tour in Australia and Malaysia.  She is one of the most adventurous, well-traveled XTERRA elites of all-time since her debut in 2005.

“It’s part of my life to travel and train and race.  I love to visit the countries and experience the culture. It’s a good life,” said Wasle.

Mieko Carey finished 2nd in the women's race, followed by 7-time Saipan Champ Renata Bucher in third.

Pos Name, NAT Time S B R Points
1 Brodie Gardner, AUS 2:52:46 15:21 1:33:40 1:03:45 100
2 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:54:14 17:10 1:33:27 1:03:37 90
3 Joe Miller, PHI 3:05:03 17:03 1:41:19 1:06:41 82
4 Kaon Cho, KOR 3:21:08 17:21 1:50:47 1:13:00 75
Pos Name, NAT Time S B R Points
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:05:40 17:16 1:43:06 1:05:18 100
2 Mieko Carey, JPN 3:12:40 17:20 1:44:31 1:10:49 90
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:22:38 17:02 1:52:16 1:13:20 82
4 Belinda Hadden, AUS 3:40:21 17:00 2:05:18 1:18:03 75

Complete Results

Year Men Women
2002 Mike Vine Jamie Whitmore
2003 Jason Chalker Jamie Whitmore
2004 Olivier Marceau Jamie Whitmore
2005 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2006 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2007 Olivier Marceau Renata Bucher
2008 Andrew Noble Renata Bucher
2009 Sam Gardner Renata Bucher
2010 Sam Gardner Renata Bucher
2011 Sam Gardner Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 Ben Allen Renata Bucher
2013 Ben Allen Jacqui Slack
2014 Ben Allen Carina Wasle
2015 Ben Allen Jacqui Slack
2016 Brodie Gardner Carina Wasle


XTERRA Saipan was the third of six races in the 2015-2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour where pros and amateurs count their best three scores (the finale in Malaysia counts double).

With the win Gardner moves into second-place in the Tour standings with 182 points (he was third in the Philippines) while Ogasawara continues to lead the men's tour title chase with three scoring races and 247 points.

Reigning XTERRA Japan champion Mieko Carey is in the lead of the women’s tour chase with 272 points followed by Lizzie Orchard and Wasle.

Next up on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour is XTERRA New Zealand (April 16, 2016), followed a week later by the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia (April 23, 2016) and then the tour finale at XTERRA Malaysia (May 7, 2016).


1 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 82 75 90 247
2 Brodie Gardner, AUS DNS 82 100 182
3 Charlie Epperson, USA 75 69 DNS 144
4 Joe Miller, PHI DNS 49 82 131
5 Kaon Cho, KOR 53 DNS 75 128
6 Cameron Oneal, USA 63 53 DNS 116
7 Courtney Atkinson, AUS 100 DNS DNS 100
8 Bradley Weiss, RSA DNS 100 DNS 100
9 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 90 DNS DNS 90
10 Ben Allen, AUS DNS 90 DNS 90
11 Taro Shirato, JPN 69 DNS DNS 69
12 Taylor Charlton, AUS DNS 63 DNS 63
13 Hsieh Jason, HKG 58 DNS DNS 58
14 Michal Bucek, SVK DNS 58 DNS 58
15 Barry Lee, MAS DNS 45 DNS 45
1 Mieko Carey, USA 100 82 90 272
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 90 100 DNS 190
3 Carina Wasle, AUT DNS DNS 100 100
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR DNS 90 DNS 90
5 Renata Bucher, SUI DNS DNS 82 82
6 Belinda Hadden, AUS DNS DNS 75 75


XTERRA Saipan was the fourth of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 23.

7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Playa Reserva Conchal
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Dique Ullum, San Juan
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Majjistral Nature Reserve
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, North Island
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Langkawi
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
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