Photo Credit: Alyx Hayes & John Marsh
Australia’s Clayton Fettell and Carrie Lester were crowned Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie champions here in Port Macquarie today. In ideal racing conditions, eight-hundred professional and age group athletes toed the start line in Hastings River and set out on a challenging course that produced fantastic racing.
Fettell’s emphatic wire-to-wire win was the maiden Ironman 70.3 title for the talented athlete from the NSW North Coast. Fettell established more than a five-minute lead coming into to T2 after posting an impressive bike split of 2:11:12 over what is regarding as an extremely challenging bike course. In a quality field featuring Luke Bell and Luke McKenzie, Fettell held off challenges from Tim Reed and Chris Kemp towards the latter stages of the run to record the finest win of his career in a time of 3:53:29.
Speaking to Fettell after the race he was overwhelmed by his first 70.3 win. After giving up Uni and work and spending seven years to get to this win it was almost and immense relief to get the monkey off his back. Joey Lampe, who trains with Fettell and said later that in training he just can’t keep up with Fettell when he starts to apply the top end power on the bike.And that showed yesterday when Fettell decided to start to put the pressure on in the bike leg.
Known for being a couple of the faster runners around Kemp and Reed started the run together and stayed that way for the first few kms. Reed then put in a surge when it started to get hilly. “We ran together at the start and I felt fine but when it started to get hilly Reed kicked up a gear and I couldn’t stay with him. I enjoyed the race and was more than happy with my performance today and my 3rd place”.
Tim Reed had a great race but knew he had his work cut out once Fettell turned the pace on while out on the bike. He started around five minutes behind Fettell and slowing ate in to his lead but in the end ran out of road and finished exactly two minutes behind for a great second place. Clayton Fettell has to be commended for taking the race to the field and playing to his strengths. He backed himself to put enough time in to the field on the swim and the bike to give himself the gap that he needed to have on the run knowing that there were some fast guys in the field. After coming so close to a win this year at Wildflower 70.3 he knew he had the recipe to win the race this weekend. Last week at Noosa Clayton had a great 4th place and this gave him added confidence going in to Port 70.3.
Local favourites Tim Berkel and Mitch Robins were not a factor today with Berkel withdrawing prior to the race start due to illness and Robins experiencing an early puncture on the bike, which discounted him from the win early in the day. Port Macquarie’s Adam Holborrow flew the flag for local pro athletes with a top ten finish.
Joshua Amberger had a great 70.3 debut. He showed that with a bit of time and experience he will be a force to be reckoned with. As one of the top swimmers in triathlon he now just has to build his bike and run speed a bit to get on to some podiums. Luke Bell said after the race that his legs were tired on the bike and he just couldn’t get them going. Bell, Luke McKenzie and Paul Ambrose have all had a long hard season of racing and felt it on Sunday. The final race of the year for most of the pros, Port with it wind on the bike and hills on the run, was a tough day at the office and the legs that were already tired found the race fairly exhausting. These guys and many of the other guys and girls in the field have hammered themselves this year and they are all up for a well deserved break. Luke Bell’s first race back next year will be Ironman Melbourne and he is looking forward to relaxing for a while.
After having some much needed time off Peter Schokman got back in to racing long course which he is more suited to. He showed that his swim and run is right up there but he lacked bike speed. He has some left knee issues which is not helping the bike and run. Once these are sorted he will work out what is going wrong with the bike. It will be good to see him focusing on long course.
In the women’s race, Carrie Lester was on familiar ground and took full advantage of her experience in Port Macquarie. Lester, the champion at Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia in 2010 in Port Macquarie outlasted the New Zealand pairing of Samantha Warriner and Joanna Lawn to record her first Ironman 70.3 title in Port Macquarie. Lester’s calculated race plan saw her come off the bike within range of Warriner and Sydney’s Lisa Marangon who set the pace on the swim and bike. Lester would reach the front of the field on the second lap of the undulating run course and record a 1.29:27 run split and take the win in 4:28:25.
Sam Warriner was very happy with her second placing after having only got back in to training a week ago since racing Hawaii four weeks ago. But with a base like these top girls have they aren’t going to loose much in that period. Joanna Lawn loves racing at Port now and in her second race here this year she was happy to get back on the podium. Lisa Marangon was the early leader off the bike but succumed to a bit of dehydration and stomach cramps about 4kms in to the run. With Shepparton 70.3 this weekend she decided that pushing herself any further at Port was going to be detrimental to her race next weekend.
Joanna Lawn, Sam Warriner & Carrie Lester
Nicole Ward struggle on the bike this weekend. Ward came out of the water with the leaders but found the first few hill heading out of Port Macquarie really tough and she lost the lead girls on the bike. Ward then continued on at a comfortable pace and finished with a run well within herself. Once again Ward is racing at Shepparton this weekend and now has a week to rest and prepare.
Another Kiwi in the field, Elaine Brent, continues to grow race by race as she learns more and more about open racing. Brent’s swim needs a lot of work but her bike is has improved and her run is also getting stronger over the longer distances. Sarah Crowley also had a good solid race.
Age group divisions were hotly contested with each age group winner being crowned Ironman 70.3 Australian Age Group Champion. Newcastle’s Finbar Crennan was the first age group athlete across the line in an overall time of 4:13:17. Incredibly, Crennan competed in the male 40-44 age group and finished in ninth place overall. Crennan, along with each age group winner will have the opportunity to enter the sold-out Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia event to be held in Port Macquarie on May 6, 2012.
Finally the teams event was won outright by Coastal First Aid with an amazing 22:51 swim by Warren Keegan, 2:31:51 bike by Karl Hayes and a 1:26:14 run by John Marsh.
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Full results click here. The link from the race website is to May’s results.
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|2||MID COAST WINDOWS||4:38:51||T-Male||0:27:49||2:35:55||1:32:44|
|3||WII NOT FIT||4:43:46||T-Unisex||0:30:08||2:24:06||1:47:15|
|5||NO OIL PAINTINGS||4:55:11||T-Male||0:29:39||2:44:46||1:38:24|
|9||UNSW RURAL CLINICAL SCHOOL||5:09:47||T-Male||0:24:39||3:01:53||1:40:31|
|10||GO HARD OR GO HOME||5:16:23||T-Male||0:36:47||3:02:35||1:34:44|
|13||MEDICINE IN MOTION||5:36:34||T-Unisex||0:28:00||3:27:05||1:38:21|
|16||CLOSING THE GAP||5:49:29||T-Male||0:34:45||3:02:18||2:09:08|
|17||THE OLD FARTS||5:56:56||T-Male||0:36:31||3:18:43||1:58:36|
|18||MOVERS AND SHAKERS||6:07:17||T-Female||0:26:01||3:29:25||2:09:21|
|19||GIVE US A PUSH|
Ironman World Championship: Europeans Dominate and Records Fall
European dominance of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona has continued but not as the pre-race script had been written.
While Switzerland’s “Angry Bird” Daniela Ryf made it three Kona victories, it was not defending champion Jan Frodeno’s day, with the men’s championship title transferring to fellow countryman Patrick Lange.
Coming from a nine-minute deficit off the bike, Lange revelled in near perfect conditions to write himself into the IRONMAN history books to destroy the course record set in 2011 by Australian Craig Alexander, with a 2:39:59 marathon that helped deliver a total race time of 8:01:40.
In a record-breaking day, Aussie Cameron Wurf won the battle of the bikers taking control of the race at the 110km mark and leading into the bike/run transition to set a new bike course record of 4:12:54, more than five minutes faster than Normann Stadler’s 2006 record.
Wurf surrendered his lead early on in the run, as Lionel Sanders (CAN and Sebastian Kienle (GER) made their presence felt, but very quickly all eyes turned to a charging Patrick Lange who had moved into third at 21km of the marathon intent on reducing the six-minute deficit to the leading Sanders.
Lange was on a mission and keen to improve on his third place last year and with 5km to go on the run he flew past Sanders, heading for town and the adoring crowd lining the run course and the finish line on Ali’i Drive.
“It’s everything I ever dreamed of. Oh, my god, I cannot believe it,” Lange said. “I always, always, always since I was a child dreamed of having this crown. From time to time you think someone is hitting with a baseball beneath your knees and you just want to drop out. I had to fight, I had to fight so hard,” Lange said at the finish line.
A fading Sanders managed to hold off the hard-charging David McNamee (GBR) for second with Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) crossing the finish to take fourth and fifth.
Swiss miss Daniela Ryf joined an exclusive club at the IRONMAN World Championships, recording her third win in Kona with a very skilful and strategic victory that while remarkably effective, lacked her usual flair and total dominance.
Ryf didn’t have it all her way, with Lucy Charles dominating the swim and majority of the bike before Ryf decided that enough was enough. Ryf wrestled the lead off the Brit and charged home with the fastest run of the day, putting a nine-minute gap to her chasers by the end of the 42.2km run.
“It was the hardest I had to ever fight for the win. I’m so happy to turn it around today,” a more emotional than usual Ryf said at the finish line.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Smashes Course Record and Daniela Ryf Earns Third Straight Win
Patrick Lange (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) earned championship titles with momentous performances today at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lange passed Lionel Sanders (CAN) in the final three miles, clocking in at 8:01:40 and establishing a new course record (formerly 8:03:56 by Craig Alexander, 2011). Ryf earned her third consecutive crown with a time of 8:50:47, joining an exclusive “three-peat” winners’ circle alongside the newest IRONMAN Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Wellington and Natascha Badmann, Dave Scott, Paula Newby-Fraser and Mark Allen. Over 2,350 athletes from 66 countries, regions and territories on six continents started the IRONMAN World Championship race on the Island of Hawai`i in the toughest one-day endurance event in the world.
Lange, who raced in only his fourth IRONMAN to-date, had an incredible ascension after having been 17th out of the swim in today’s race. Shortly after the swim, a pack of strong cyclists including Sanders, Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Cameron Wurf (AUS) broke away from the group. Wurf would sail into T2, shattering the 2006 bike course record held by Normann Stadler (4:18:23) with a 4:12:54 split. Sanders and Kienle also smashed the record with 4:14:19 and 4:14:57 split times, respectively. On the run, Sanders took a quick lead as Kienle fell into second. Meanwhile, Lange moved from 11th place to a steady third-place position by the half-marathon marker. Lange then made a decisive pass at mile 23 on the run, as he moved ahead of Sanders to take a hold of the lead, finishing strong in first place. With a 2:39:59 run split, he was only 14 seconds away from breaking the run course record he set last year (2:39:45).
Sanders hung on for second place, ultimately concluding his race with a time of 8:04:07. David McNamee (GBR), Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) rounded out the top five.
McNamee had the second fastest run split of the race with 2:45:30, helping him clinch a third-place podium finish by more than two minutes ahead of Kienle.
Defending champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno dug deep after back spasms slowed him first to a complete stop and then run/walk pace, mustering enough strength to finish the race.
Lucy Charles (GBR) led the professional women out of the water with a 48:48 split, missing the course record by only five seconds. After a speedy transition, Charles took the lead on the bike and had an approximately a five-and-a-half-minute lead over defending champ Daniela Ryf (CHE), Sarah Crowley (AUS) and Annabel Luxford (AUS). This pace remained consistent down the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway until Ryf attacked, making up over five minutes over the final 25 miles of the bike, which positioned her at the front of the pack. Ryf then greatly extended her lead on the run, with Charles, Crowley and Heather Jackson (USA), fighting for the remaining podium positions.
Ryf took first at 8:50:47, almost exactly four minutes off of her own 2016 course record time of 8:46:46. Calling on her epic running abilities, the Swiss star claimed her third successive IRONMAN World Championship victory.
Charles, a Kona rookie, maintained her second-place position throughout most of the run and ultimately to the finish. Crowley rounded out the top three in her second-ever appearance at the IRONMAN World Championship, finishing her race exactly two minutes behind Charles. Jackson and Kaisa Sali (FIN) rounded out the top five women.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Run Images from Kona 2017
It’s never an easy day out when racing any Ironman race let alone the World Championship. Then add in some hot and humid weather and you really have a very tough set of conditions.
Here are some of the amazing images that were captured during today’s race.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Bike Images from Kona 2017
With the backdrop of the most infamous course in the world, the Ironman World Championship bike course never misses by the providing the most amazing landscapes for the bike course. This year was nothing short of spectacular.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Beats Sanders by a Hair for the Win & New Record
The results are in. The 2015 and 2016 winner of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, Jan Frodeno, suffered an injury early in the run today. This is when the world turned its eyes to Lionel Sanders of Canada, who led most of the race. That is, until the final few kilometres, when Germany’s Patrick Lange took the lead, setting a new world record of 8:01:39.
Lange came in 3rd place in the 2016 championship, following Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle, both from Germany.
As of this writing, 2015 and 2016 women’s winner Daniela Ryf is leading the women with 14km to go with Britain’s Lucy Charles behind her. This is Charles’ first Kona championship as a professional.
Sanders came in 14th and 29th place in the 2015 and 2016 races, respectively. Today was his first time making the top 10 in Kona. Earlier this year, Sanders announced that he would not compete in Kona. Later, he had a change of heart.
2017 has been a good year for Sanders. He competed in August’s International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship, and a few Ironman 70.3’s. He won every race except the St. George 70.3, where he came in 2nd place.
Trizone predicted that Sanders would do well this year. After losing Kona in 2016, he decided to take this year’s championship very seriously. Sanders has been the wild card of the race.
Congratulations to Lange and Ryf, and to Sanders for his unexpected near-win.
Ironman World Championship: Are We Stuck with Jan Frodeno & Daniela Ryf in Hawaii Again?
It’s time again for another Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The triathletes have already arrived on the Big Island, and sports news sites are speculating about who’s going to interrupt the winning streaks of Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf.
Frodeno & Ryf Are Each Going for their 3rd Consecutive Kona Win
Both Frodeno and Ryf were the winners of the 2015 and 2016 races. Frodeno pulled ahead of Germany’s Sebastian Kienle by 3:32 in 2016 and Andreas Raelert, also from Germany, by 3:03 in 2015. In the 2016 women’s race, Ryf led Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae by 23:44. She beat Britain’s Rachel Joyce by 13:02 in 2015.
Most of Ryf’s Rivals Dropped Out
Many of Ryf’s past competitors are not competing this year. Carfrae has a newborn baby. Canada’s Heather Wurtele, who opted out of this race, came in 3rd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, leaving Ryf in 4th. The winner of that race was Holly Lawrence of Britain, who is also not competing this year.
Ryf’s Competition Could Still Be Fierce
The three rivals for Ryf to look out for are Heather Jackson of the USA, Rachel Joyce of Britain, and Melissa Hauschildt of Australia. Hauschildt made 2nd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and Ryf finished behind her by 3:00 to land 4th Place.
In the 2013 70.3, Jackson won 2nd place, losing to Hauschildt by 5:12. Ryf came in 6th, finishing 3:27 behind Jackson.
Who Should Frodeno Be Afraid Of?
The conversation around Jan Frodeno centres around two other German guys, Sebastian Kienle and Patrick Lange. Kienle won the 2014 Hawaii championship. Frodeno settled for 3rd place and followed behind Kienle with 8:20:32 vs 8:14:18. USA’s Ben Hoffman came in 2nd place.
These are the guys Frodeno has to worry about most.
Frodeno’s Possible Wild Card Nemesis
Another contender who could give Frodeno a run for his money is Lionel Sanders of Canada. He won 11 out of 11 races in 2013 and has won a lot of them since. Sanders, who almost skipped this year in favour of the 70.3 World Championship, missed the top 10 in Kona for the past two years in a row. He said he did not take the championship seriously in 2016, and he vows to do better this year.
Sanders is known for rapid improvement and the ability to surprise people with wins in the races he truly sets his mind to winning. He’s also known for performing below expectations now and then. Rest assured, he’s serious about Kona this time. He would not have signed up otherwise.
This May Not Be Totally Boring After All
Well, this is the data. We can leave it up to the reader to decide who will win Hawaii’s Ironman.
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