Olympic Triathlon winner Alistair Brownlee (GBR) has now stamped his mark in the IRONMAN 70.3 distance race, with yet another record-breaking win at the IRONMAN 70.3 St. George in Utah, USA last weekend.
The Brithis two-time Olympic gold medallist was the second out of the 1.9km swim, just two seconds behind American Ben Kanute. Zipping into a speedy transition ITU style, Brownlee had chalked up a two-minute gap on the fastest cyclists in the sport, Sebastian Kienle and Lionel Sanders by the time they exited their swim.
Without a doubt, Brownlee made his mark on the bike as he rode the entire 90km solo. Lionel Sanders (CAN), and Sebastian Kienle (DEU), both worked together to try and close the gap to no avail. Although, all three triathletes equalled in timing on the bike leg, just seconds apart.
Brownlee was almost 1km into the run when Sanders and Kienle dismounted their bikes and faced a three-minute deficit on one of the most gifted athletes currently in the sport. Even running at a blistering pace with all their might, only Sanders managed to trim the deficit down to almost a minute at the finish line.
Brownlee, looking fresh, grabbed the finish line banner in a course record time of 3:41:58 to hold off a fast-charging Sanders in the final few kilometers.
Watch out IRONMAN professionals, there’s a new force to be reckoned with and his name is Brownlee.
In what has become her signature winning race strategy, the reigning IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, Holly Lawrence (GBR)was in the front of the women’s field out of the water and built upon her advantage throughout the 56-mile bike course with a smoking bike split. Just how good was Lawrence’s bike split St. Gerorge? Jeanni Seymour (ZAF) recorded the second fastest bike split and her best resulted in spotting the champ +7:14 over the challenging course in Utah.
It was only Seymour’s gutsy race-best run on the day that made the women’s race somewhat close at the end. Seymour started the run +7:27 down to Lawrence and only managed to whittle her deficit down to three minutes at the conclusion of the race. Once again, Lawrence proved that her prowess in the swim and on the bike sets her up perfectly to not have to go all out on the run unless absolutely necessary, which hasn’t happened so far this year in her IRONMAN 70.3 starts.
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