Shining through the beautiful surroundings of Mont- Tremblant, Quebec were Javier Gomez (ESP) and Daniela Ryf (SUI), as they captured the crown at the 2014 Subaru IRONMANÂ® 70.3Â® World Championship triathlon. Gomez posted a winning time of 03:41:30 outdoing a men’s field that saw the top 10 all finish within 10 minutes of each other. Ryf continued her dominant season with a winning time of 4:09:19. The race celebrated the first time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been held outside of the United States.
Just a week after his fourth ITU World Championship in Edmonton, it didn’t take long for Javier Gomez (ESP) and fellow race favorite Jan Frodeno (DEU) to get into a rhythm as they quickly moved to the front of the swim. The two kept the pace moving fast as they wanted to keep last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Sebastien Kienle (DEU) at bay. The defending champ found himself just over three minutes down after the swim and, instead of gaining time through the early portion of the bike as he has in years past, Kienle found himself losing time to the huge group at the front of the men’s race that included Gomez, Frodeno, Ben Collins (USA), Joe Gambles (USA), Nils Frommhold (DEU), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Josh Amberger (AUS), Tim Don (GBR) and Matt Chrabot (USA).
Collins was first off the bike, but it was Frodeno who surged out onto the run course with the early lead. Trailing by 30
seconds starting the run, Gomez quickly moved into second and within five km was only three seconds behind Frodeno. Feeling that he could run faster, Gomez surged past the German and opened up a 25-second lead. Frodeno looked like he might be gaining ground on the Spaniard with six km to go, but Gomez hung tough to get to the line 42 seconds ahead of Frodeno earning his first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title. Don put together a solid race and rounded out the podium, while Lionel Sanders, who was the last pro man out of the water, put together the fastest pro bike split and third fastest run (1:11:22, behind Gomez’s 1:09:27 and Frodeno’s 1:10:37) to move to fourth, with Germany’s Nils Frommhold finishing fifth.
Top 10 professional men’s results
SWIM Â Â Â Â Â Â Â BIKE Â Â Â Â Â Â Â RUN Â Â Â Â Â FINISH
1. Javier Gomez ESP Â Â Â Â 00:22:09 Â Â Â Â 02:06:18 Â Â Â Â 01:09:27 Â Â Â 03:41:30
2. Jan Frodeno DEU Â Â Â Â 00:22:10 Â Â Â Â 02:05:48 Â Â Â Â 01:10:36 Â Â Â 03:42:11
3. Tim Don GBR Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 00:22:41 Â Â Â Â Â 02:05:18 Â Â Â Â 01:12:44 Â Â Â 03:44:38
4. Lionel Sanders CAN Â Â 00:26:42 Â Â Â Â 02:04:14 Â Â Â Â 01:11:21 Â Â Â 03:46:03
5. Nils Frommhold DEU Â 00:22:39 Â Â Â Â 02:05:10 Â Â Â Â 01:14:45 Â Â Â 03:46:25
6. Joe Gambles AUS Â Â Â Â 00:22:58 Â Â Â Â 02:04:54 Â Â Â Â 01:14:55 Â Â Â 03:46:34
7. Tim Reed AUS Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 00:23:02 Â Â Â Â 02:04:52 Â Â Â Â 01:15:12 Â Â Â 03:47:07
8. Bart Aernouts BEL Â Â Â 00:24:38 Â Â Â Â 02:06:07 Â Â Â Â 01:13:18 Â Â 03:48:05
9. Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:23:02 Â Â Â Â 02:05:00 Â Â Â Â 01:16:47 Â Â 03:48:20
10. Will Clarke GBR Â Â Â Â 00:23:02 Â Â Â Â 02:07:12 Â Â Â Â 01:14:48 Â Â 03:48:44
In the midst of an incredible season, Daniela Ryf (SUI) once again proved she is a force in the sport of triathlon. Ryf exited the water just six seconds behind 2010 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Jodie Swallow (GBR), before the pair were joined at the front of the bike by Annabel Luxford (AUS) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA). Ryf and Swallow drove the pace through the first half before Ryf made her move and, by the 66 km, she had separated herself from Swallow, Ellis, Luxford and the rest of the field.
Once on the run, Swallow, who came off the bike in second, made things exciting as she managed to gain back a bit of time.
But, in the end, Ryf was simply too strong as she finished in 4:09:19, 2:24 ahead of Swallow. The win added to her impressive 2014 campaign including, a win at the 5150 European Championship, a win in her first IRONMAN race at IRONMAN Zurich, a win at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden and a win at KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen.
Canada’s own Heather Wurtele ran her way to the podium after passing Meredith fourth (USA) and Ellis who rounded out the top five.
Top 10 professional women’s results:
SWIM Â Â Â Â BIKE Â Â Â Â Â Â Â RUN Â Â Â Â Â FINISH
1. Daniela Ryf SUI Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 00:24:04 Â Â 02:16:46 Â Â 01:24:30 Â Â Â 04:09:19
2. Jodie Swallow GBR Â Â Â Â 00:23:59 Â Â 02:19:28 Â Â 01:24:10 Â Â Â 04:11:43
3. Heather Wurtele CAN Â Â 00:26:24 Â Â 02:21:53 Â Â 01:22:19 Â Â Â Â 04:14:55
4. Meredith Kessler USA Â Â 00:24:36 Â Â 02:22:32 Â Â 01:24:12 Â Â Â Â 04:16:03
5. Mary Beth Ellis USA Â Â Â 00:24:01 Â Â 02:20:04 Â Â 01:28:45 Â Â Â 04:17:03
6. Radka Vodickova CZE Â Â 00:24:32 Â Â 02:25:42 Â Â 01:23:33 Â Â Â 04:17:47
7. Lisa Huetthaler AUT Â Â Â 00:26:26 Â Â 02:25:24 Â Â 01:22:24 Â Â Â 04:18:16
8. Svenja Bazlen GEO Â Â Â Â 00:24:34 Â Â 02:25:35 Â Â 01:24:30 Â Â Â 04:18:48
9. Rachel McBride CAN Â Â Â 00:26:33 Â Â 02:22:30 Â Â 01:26:39 Â Â Â 04:19:52
10. Magali Tisseyre CAN Â Â 00:24:37 Â Â 02:25:32 Â Â 01:26:31 Â Â Â Â 04:20:38