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Alistair Brownlee bounces back to win IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou in China

Alistair Brownlee bounces back to win Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou, China. (Ironman.com)

Despite a disappointing campaign at the Commonwealth Games recently, Alistair Brownlee (GBR) put that all behind him and bounced back to win the IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou in China.

And this time, the double Olympic champion won the race on his cycling efforts, instead of gaining his usual lead in the swim and run. His outstanding 2:01.16 effort over 90 km on the bike – a tick under an average of 45 km/h – nicely set up his victory of 3:45.28, over the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run race.

Brownlee was able to cruise through a 1:16 run to win by four minutes over multiple world champion Craig Alexander (AUS), with a further minute back to his fellow Australian Sam Betten.

The British star was a significant 70 seconds clear out of the 1.9 km swim before storming away on the bike to enter T2 a full six minutes faster than his nearest competitor over the two-lap ride.

Brownlee has made it two straight IRONMAN 70.3 wins this year, built on his 2:01 bike at Luizhou, and 1:58 in winning in Dubai.

Agnieszka Jerzyk wins Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou. (Ironman.com)

While the men proved a one-way masterclass, the women’s race was a barnstormer with Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) following up her win in Taiwan with a sprint finish victory over Switzerland’s Imogen Simmonds.

Simmonds led by 1:25 out of the swim before Jerzyk blasted her way to the fine after 22 km on the bike. But the pair could not be separated from that time, riding into T2 together. The pair ran side-by-side for virtually all of the run before Jerzyk managed to out-sprint her rival for the win. American Sarah Piampiano enjoyed the best run of 1:20 to climb up to third.

Top 5 Pro Men

1 Brownlee, Alistair GBR 3:45:28
2 Alexander, Craig AUS 3:49:23
3 Betten, Sam AUS 3:50:29
4 Buckingham, Mark GBR 3:54:29
5 Metzller, Justin USA 3:55:47


Top 5 Pro Women

1 Jerzyk, Agnieszka POL 4:19:13
2 Simmonds, Imogen SUI 4:19:16
3 Piampianio, Sarah USA 4:20:09
4 Huse, Sue USA 4:40:07
5 Eberhardt, Anna HUN 4:29:08

Source: Ironman.com