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Jodie Swallow untouchable in Ironman 70.3 South Africa

Jodie Swallow wins Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Image from Ironman.com

Defending champions Jodie Swallow and Matt Trautman celebrated superb victories at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa. Swallow managed her sixth win in a row.

Jodie Swallow showed another demonstration of her strength at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa. The 34-year-old Brit had a sensational start-to-finish victory and took her sixth win in Buffalo City.

Since 2011, no one has ever been able to follow the Swallow here. This year, the 2010 IRONMAN 70.3 world champion Jodie Swallow seemed to be on fire.

Image from Twitter
Image from Twitter

Swallow was already on her road to a superb victory after the swim. She came into T1 with a lead of more than three minutes ahead of Lucie Zelenkova (RSA) and Susie Cheetham (GBR). On the first half of the bike, Swallow eventually hammered way.

Through 45 kilometers, Jodie Swallow had already opened up a gap of 10 minutes, entering T2 she was more than 15 minutes in front of Germany’s Astrid Stienen.

Swallow had a very consistent run, too. She crossed the line with a breath taking lead ahead of Stienen and Annah Watkinson (RSA).

Matt Kautmann wins Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Image from Twitter
Matt Trautman wins Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Image from Twitter

The defending champion took it in the men’s race as well. South African Matt Trautman exited the water in fifth place, 1:20 minutes behind leader Mark Threlfall (GBR). Trautman and his compatriot Kyle Buckingham early hook up with Threlfall on the bike, before they made a decisive move.

When they hit the 45 kilometer mark, those two were more than 3:30 ahead of a strong chase group including James Cunnama and Stuart Marais (both RSA), Threlfall and Germany’s Konstantin Bachor. Trautmann entered T2 about 30 seconds ahead of Buckingham before adding a consistent run.

Especially during the second part of the half marathon, Trautman was able to put time on Buckingham who had to stay a grueling fight with Cunnama on the final kilometers.

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Top 5 Men

1 TRAUTMAN, Matt ZAF 0:26:03 2:13:39 1:17:34 4:01:53
2 BUCKINGHAM, Kyle ZAF 0:25:18 2:14:45 1:24:23 4:09:11
3 CUNNAMA, James ZAF 0:26:08 2:18:42 1:19:49 4:09:12
4 MARAIS, Stuart ZAF 0:27:19 2:18:00 1:19:53 4:10:23
5 BACHOR, Konstantin DEU 0:26:05 2:18:57 1:24:04 4:13:55

Top 5 Women

1 SWALLOW, Jodie GBR 0:25:16 2:26:01 1:27:29 4:23:29
2 STIENEN, Astrid DEU 0:31:35 2:34:41 1:29:49 4:42:01
3 WATKINSON, Annah ZAF 0:29:09 2:39:20 1:29:25 4:43:35
4 CZESNIK, Maria POL 0:29:06 2:46:14 1:33:35 4:55:35
5 SCHINK, Lina-Kristin DEU 0:37:34 2:41:42 1:33:24 4:57:59

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2016/01/ironman-70.3-south-africa-recap.aspx#ixzz3ybdngAsz