Nutri-Grain IronMan Ali Day has become the first person in the history of the sport to complete the perfect season, after taking out the round win and overall win in the 2021 Nutri-Grain IronMan Series.

With the legendary Trevor Hendy in his corner the Surfers Paradise star dominated in his return to the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series after more than 670 days on the sidelines with injury and COVID delays.

A class above the rest, Day crossed the line today more than 30 seconds ahead of the chase pack, with former Series champion Matt Poole and break through Ironman Jy Timperley rounding out today’s podium.

With his wife and new born son cheering from the sidelines, Day couldn’t hide the elation as he etched his name in the history books.

“That’s easily, hands down, the best thing I’ve ever done.   I’m on top of the world right now – it’s a bit of a relief to be honest that it’s all over. But I’m sure it will sink in tonight, and I’m sure it will sink in a little bit more tomorrow and I’m sure it will sink in  five or six years time when I’m retired,” said Day.

“I’ll look back on this time as just a very, very special. I said to Zayne my coach at the start of the year, I just want to win maybe one or two races. I just wanted to win one more race while I was still racing and had Danny (son). But to win six (rounds), and more importantly win a third Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, is what I was chasing and I’m just a bit lost for words.

“I’ve won Coolangatta Golds, world titles and I’ve won two Series before that. But from what I came back from, to now is amazing.

“This time last year I could barely even bring myself to put the TV on. I can’t believe that I’m standing here right now. That’s what I just kept reminding myself on the start line today, that hey you want to be here, this is what you missed, be grateful for being here,” he said.

Finishing on the podium with Day for the overall results were two breakthrough athletes in Jy Timperley and young gun Joe Collins.

Day and Timperley were the only two Ironmen to finish on the podium in all six rounds, with the 22 year old Timperley declaring himself the one to watch for future years.  18 year old Joe Collins proved his move from New Zealand to the Gold Coast last year has paid dividends, finishing top three in his Nutri-Grain Ironman Series debut.

To see results from round 6 and the overall series leader board click here.

To catch up on all the actions from the Nutri-Grain IronMen and IronWomen Series click here.