Aussie athlete Joe Gambles took his fourth consecutive win at Ironman 70.3 Boulder last weekend, but it was the British who dominated proceedings in the women’s race, led by Jodie Swallow.
The super-speedy swimmer left the water with over a minute’s lead on her nearest rivals Leanda Cave (GBR) and Laura Bennett (USA), while fellow Brit Rachel Joyce was an extra minute behind. Joyce started to eat into that lead on the bike however, reaching T2 alongside Swallow with a big margin over the remaining field.
It was only on the second half of the run that Swallow managed to pull away from Joyce, eventually crossing the line in 4:07:37. Joyce followed shortly after in 4:09:00, and Leanda Cave took bronze with 4:13:03.
In the men’s race, Gambles put in a huge effort on the bike to cover 90km in just over two hours, leaving him in pole position for the 21.1km run which he duly completed in 1:14:03, crossing the line in 3:42:13. Britain’s Tim Don secured silver after covering the half-marathon in 1:11:49, followed by Australia’s Richie Cunningham.
For full results head here.
|1st||Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:42:13||Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:07:37|
|2nd||Tim Don (GBR) 3:44:05||Rachel Joyce (GBR) 4:09:00|
|3rd||Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:46:54||Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:13:03|
|4th||Callum Milward (NZL) 3:47:23||Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:13:23|
|5th||Paul Matthews (AUS) 3:47:50||Laura Bennett (AUS) 4:13:38|
(Main image: Nils Nilsen)