domingo, 14 de novembro de 2010

Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Germany's Michael Raelert became the first person to defend an Ironman World Championship 70.3 title, while Great Britain's Jodie Swallow claimed her first, at today's Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3. Raelert, who set new run and course records last year, dominated a stacked men's field to solidify his status as the world's premier Ironman 70.3 athlete. Swallow conquered the women's race in an equally impressive style, leading the race from start to finish in her inaugural Clearwater appearance.
American Kyle Leto exited the water in first followed by top contenders including Sylvain Sudrie (FRA), Daniel Fontana (ITA), Timothy O'Donnell (USA) and Matt Reed (USA). Raelert trailed by more than a minute out of the water but moved up through the field on the bike, eventually joining the lead group by mile 30. Joe Gambles (AUS) pushed to the front at approximately mile 35 and led through mile three of the run, when he was overtaken by Raelert and Filip Ospaly (CZE). Raelert broke away shortly past the seven-mile point and cruised to his second-consecutive title.

The top five professional men's results are listed below:
1. Michael Raelert, DEU, 3:41:19
2. Filip Ospaly, CZE, 3:42:56
3. Timothy O'Donnell, USA, 3:44:18
4. Joe Gambles, AUS, 3:44:48
5. Richie Cunningham, AUS, 3:45:33

Swallow came out of the water well ahead of defending champion, Julie Dibens (GBR), and Amanda Stevens (USA) and flew through the opening stages of the bike. Dibens was within a minute of the leader through mile 30, when Swallow began to pick up the pace and increase her gap. Swallow stayed in front throughout the run; Dibens remained in second until she was overtaken by eventual runner- up, Leanda Cave (GBR), at mile eight. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) managed to get past Stevens in the closing miles of the run to round out the podium.

The top five professional women's results are listed below:
1. Jodie Swallow, GBR, 4:06:28
2. Leanda Cave, GBR, 4:12:34
3. Magali Tisseyre, CAN, 4:13:04
4. Amanda Stevens, USA, 4:13:32
5. Heather Jackson, USA, 4:17:08

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