It was a ‘long time between wickets’ but Chris Legh showed some of his old form with a blistering 1:14:26 run to take the win at Lake Stevens over pre-race favourite Timothy O’Donnell. Legh’s swim was slightly off the pace but hiss 2:29 bike split was the second fastest and he finished it off in style running around 4mins faster than O’Donnell. Trevor Wurtele finished a close 3rd.
Chris Legh, of the Gatorade commercial fame, has been winning triathlons as far back as the mid 1990s. Legh was instrumental in bringing Ironman to Melbourne last year and at 39 is showing a return to form. Amongst many great races Legh narrowly missed a win at Ironman Australia in 1998 after racing side by side with 3 x Ironman World Champ Peter Reid. At the end it came down to a sprint finish.
Michael Fox punctured but stuck it out to be 9th pro and 22nd overall. This race was promising for Fox as his form has been progressing well. He has had some bad luck on the East Coast and this race delivered more. He brought home a solid 1:22 run.
In the women’s race Mirinda Carfrae put in one of her trademark blistering runs to take the win ahead of age grouper Sheila Croft and pro Tenille Hoogland who was 3rd.
Carfrae looks to be building very strongly as the world 70.3 champs and Ironman world champs get closer.