Tim Don wins 70.3 Costa Rica
Eight months after his near fatal cycling accident, which resulted in a broken neck, Tim Don cements his place in the history books with a win at Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica
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Tim Don's quest to qualify for Kona 2018 following his recovery from a neck fracture he obtained in a cycling accident just before Kona 2017 has got a step closer with a win at Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica. The Brit is back!
Ironman.com reported that he exited the swim in the leading group and stayed with the leaders on the bike, until he made his move in the latter stages of the bike leg.
This saw Don enter T2 with a minute lead on a chase group of three athletes, including USA triathlete Ryan Fisher, who was the only one that managed to stay within reach of the Don on the run.
Don finished in a time of 03:49, 48 seconds ahead of the American. Ascenco Santiago from Brazil was third in 03:54:26
In an exclusive interview with 220 earlier in the year Don revealed that after racing a 70.3 at the end of June (big tick) he would race either Zurich or Hamburg Ironman in July, which should, he hopes, give give him enough points to do Kona. But this does depend on the results.
"If I finish say 5th at Hamburg but I’m 22 minutes after the winner, then I don’t think I’ll go to Kona. If I go, I want to be where I believe I can be," he says.
Well given this last result only fools would bet against him achieving his dream. The road to Kona is open...