Tim Don masters Ironman 70.3 Monterrey

British athlete opens the throttle on the run to win his first middle distance race of 2015 by more than 3mins

(Credit: Jason Budd/FinisherPix.com)

He told us he wants to do a competitive 70.3 season until mid-July before the focus swings to Kona, and Britain’s Tim Don sure has started well with victory at Ironman 70.3 Monterrey in Mexico over the weekend.

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Don trailed Germany’s Faris Al-Sultan out of the water by nearly a minute, along with contenders including Christian Kemp (AUS), Richie Cunningham (AUS) and Drew Scott (USA), son of Kona’s most successful athlete ever, Dave Scott.

Throughout much of the bike, Kemp, Collington and Don traded places out front while a chase group of 10 hovered a minute and a half back. As the bike neared completion, Don led into transition, but the first 10 were all within a minute. 

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For the first half of the run, Don held a narrow lead over Cruz and Collington. Once the second loop started, though, Don put the throttle down and pulled away from his challengers and went on to win in a blistering 3:42:49. Collington nudged out Cruz for second by 11 seconds.