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70.3 Miami: Leanda Cave wins again
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 28th October 2012


Tags  Corinne Abraham  |  Jan Van Berkel  |  Jodie Swallow  |  Leanda Cave  |  Miami  |  Terenzo Bozzone


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This morning's Twitter update from Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave ahead of Ironman 70.3 Miami was "Oh boy. Not a lot of me is thrilled about racing today. I'm hoping this triple shot of coffee will turn that around!" And who could blame her; after the biggest victory of your career, getting 'back on the horse' as it were just a few weeks later must be a mentally tough task. Leanda must be made of the strong stuff though - as she won again, just as she did in 2010 and 2011 in Miami. Make no mistake, Cave is a seriously good late season performer... as two World Championships in the last two months have proven.

The key to Cave's success is her ability as an all-round triathlete - in Miami, as in many races - she didn't lead out of the swim, didn't set the fastest bike split or record the fastest run - but her across-the-board consistency keeps her very close to all of those, and with a frequency others would like to achieve, regularly brings her across the line finish line first. Cave proves time-after-time that it is swim/bike/run.

The swim pace was set by another British athlete, Jodie Swallow (23:23) with Cave around 30 seconds back on the always swim swift Swallow, herself an Ironman 70.3 World Champion. Cave was to reach T2 alone, her 2:15:44 better than all but eventual second place finisher Lisa Hütthaler (AUT), who set a race best 2:14:50, but had already conceeded almost three minutes to Cave in the swim. Swallow lost a lot of time on the bike with a 2:23:27 ride before pulling out on the run. Not a great day for Jodie, who commented "just can't perform atm. don't u worry I will work out the prob and get back doing what i love asap" via Twitter.

Hütthaler made up a few more seconds on Cave during the run, but it wasn't enough to deprice Leanda of a Miami three-peat. Finishing fifth in what was a tune up event for Ironman Arizona was Corinne Abraham. A very solid result, the highlight of which was a 1:20:08 closing half marathon, more than four minutes quicker than any of the other Pro women. That's a great sign ahead of her major late season objective.

The men's race would have had a sense of deja vu with Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) and Jan Van Berkel (NED) locked together for much of the race, just as they were in Galway at Ironman 70.3 Ireland. Van Berkel took the honours on that day courtesy of a sprint finish but the tables were turned this time with Bozzone able to pull away on the run, leaving the Dutchman to battle Horst Reichel (GER) for second, eventually breaking clear in the closing stages of the half marathon.

Plenty of 'interesting' comments around the Pro race floating around on Twitter too... suspect this story might not be finished just yet.

Ironman 70.3 Miami - Sunday 28th October 2012

Pos Men Women
1st Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:42:17 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:07:27
2nd Jan Van Berkel (NED) 3:43:52 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 4:08:48
3rd Horst Reichel (GER) 3:44:14 Margaret Shapiro (USA) 4:09:47
4th James Cunnama (RSA) 3:45:27 Lisa Mensink (CAN) 4:14:04
5th Nila Frommhold (GER) 3:46:11 Corinne Abraham (GBR) 4:14:04

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