David McNamee takes the win at IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca
After taking the win with a time of 3:56:49, David described his race in Mallorca as “The best executed race of my life”, and when you lead out the swim, give up ‘only’ three and a half minutes on the bike to an uber-biker like Dreitz and then produce the fastest run of the day to win by one minute, that’s a fair call. McNamee and Dreitz were really in a different post code today, with third placed Miquel Blanchart (ESP) almost eight minutes behind the Scot. Just a few weeks after his great effort at IRONMAN Texas, Will Clarke took fourth. David's next major target is IRONMAN UK.
Lucy Charles, 1st lady in the Lanzarote Open Water 3.8km swim in just 44:16
Last weekend saw Lucy Charles compete in the Pre Lanzarote long course 3.8km swim. Not happy with being first woman Lucy smashed the swim in her HUUB Atana wetsuit to record 44:16. To put that in to context the fastest Kona swim in 2016 was a time of 52:46 my Meredith Kessler.
Jenson Button wins age group category at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa
Jenson Button has a genuine and long-term passion for triathlon, initially finding the sport as a great way to achieve the fitness goals of his motor racing career. Yesterday at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa he won the Men’s 35-39 category. That result will qualify him to take part in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships later this season in Chattanooga where Alistair Brownlee will also be competing.
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Britain’s Sophie Coldwell comes close to a first WTS podium in Yokohoma
The 2017 WTS in Yokohama was wet, very very wet, causing a few problems on the bike leg...
In the Womens race, 22 year old Sophie Coldwell who was the strongest Brit on the bike, made light of the conditions, and joined ITU’s best cyclist, Duffy, to form a breakaway that would last the whole race and eventually reach T2 with a lead that was approaching a minute and a half. It was impressive riding – with Sophie contributing to the effort too. Coldwell had a better transition than World Champion Duffy, hitting the run course first (as she did in her first ever WTS race in London two years ago). That day she drifted back to 27th but two years on and now 22 years old, Coldwell has continued to develop and for much of the run it looked as though she may join the small club (currently of four) of British female athletes to secure and ITU World Triathlon Series podium. While Duffy dominated, Zaferes got the better of Kirsten Kasper for third, while Coldwell held off a fast closing Vicky Holland for fourth.
For the Mens race, it was a case of four great athletes and only three medals. 2016 World Champion, 2016 Yokohama winner and Gold Coast 2017 winner, Mario Mola, soon made sure the Gold would be his. Fernando Alarza (ESP), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) produced the most excitement of the race. While Alarza made it a Spanish double, Schoeman looked set for Bronze - before the Norwegian produced a sprint from somewhere in the depths of his being to take the Bronze, just as he did 12 months ago.
Derby’s Tom Bishop came off the bike but did a great job to get back to the group taking 12th.
Despite taking the lead out of the swim, a crash took out Jonathan Brownlee who hit a barrier hard and seemed to somersault over it. In the process, his new bike was broken – and shortly after the ITU had put up a ‘DNF’ graphic, Jonathan was seen running with his bike over the final few hundred metres! You just can't keep Jonny out of the headlines! His race wasn’t over but his chance of any top result was long gone, finishing 42nd.