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70.3 weekend roundup: 22nd June 2014
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 24th June 2014


Tags  Aarhus  |  Julie Dibens  |  Laura Siddall  |  Mont Tremblant  |  Parys Edwards  |  Syracuse


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Having covered Saturday's Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg HERE, a slightly belated catch-up of the three other 70.3 races on Sunday (Aarhus, Mont Tremblant and Syracuse), which also resulted in British podium finishes for Julie Dibens, Laura Siddall and Parys Edwards.

Ironman 70.3 Aarhus, Denmark

The remarkable return to competitive action of Denmark's Camilla Pedersen continued on home soil in Aarhus on Sunday, with a big victory margin. Pedersen won this race last year - but in between then and now suffered a horrific bike crash and induced coma. She returned to racing (and victory), at Challenge Fuerteventura, and has continued that at 70.3 Barcelona, 70.3 Italy and now 70.3 Aarhus - all won in convincing style.

In her first 70.3 race as a Pro, last years fastest Age Group athlete at the PruHealth World Championships, Parys Edwards, took third place on the podium. No luck for Tamsin Lewis, who after a strong swim hit a bump on the bike ride which then cracked the forks on her bike, resulting in a DNF.

Pos Men Women
1st Henrik Hyldelund (DEN) 3:59:03 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 4:26:05
2nd Allan Steen Olesen (DEN) 4:07:13 Evi Neuscheler (DEN) 4:42:56
3rd Mads Vittrup (DEN) 4:09:46 Parys Edwards (GBR) 4:45:45
4th Andreas Helbo Beck (DEN) 4:10:54 Tasja Stenum (DEN) 4:45:29*
5th Esben Hovgaard (DEN) 4:12:15 Michaela Renner-Schneck (GER) 4:45:30

(* Age Group athlete)

Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant

The return to fitness and form for Julie Dibens continued at Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant, the venue which will hold the Ironman 70.3 World Champs later in the season. Her swimming ability has never been in doubt, and exiting the water with the ever swift in the water Meredith Kessler (USA) showed that to still be the case.

Dibens and Kessler battled hard on the bike, in the process building a huge lead of third placed fellow Brit and newly turned Pro Laura Siddall. Dibens couldn't hold the pace of Kessler on the run, but finished strong to take second place while Siddall recorded the fastest run of the day to complete the podium, following her fourth place at 70.3 Kansas recently.

Kessler continues her impressive form, having won Ironman New Zealand and Ironman 70.3 St. George already this year.

Pos Men Women
1st Jesse Thomas (USA) 3:52:31 Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:13:23
2nd Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:55:17 Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:20:53
3rd Leon Griffen (AUS) 4:05:20 Laura Siddall (GBR) 4:23:48
4th David Kahn (USA) 4:06:42 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:31:15
5th Andrew Fast (USA) 4:22:43 Suzanne Zelazo (CAN) 4:50:32

Ironman 70.3 Syracuse

In New York State, the USA's Andrew Yoder crushed his rivals on the bike leg with a blistering 2:07:50 split, which only Jordan Rapp (who would finish seventh overall), could come within three minutes of - the majority of his closest rivals losing far more. Leading at T2 isn't unusual for Yoder, but he hasn't consistently been able to turn that swim-bike prowess into victory. Not so this time, a 1:19:29 half marathon enough to take the honours - despite an eye-watering 1:09:54 from Canadian Lionel Sanders which took him from over 11 minutes back at T2, and from seventh to second.

Lauren Goss dominated the women's race, pulling away on the bike and then extending her winning margin to more than ten minutes during the run.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Yoder (USA) 3:53:53 Lauren Goss (USA) 4:22:21
2nd Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:55:43 Darbi Roberts (USA) 4:33:01
3rd Ben Collins (USA) 3:56:35 Beth Shutt (USA) 4:34:56
4th James Seear (AUS) 3:58:01 Heather Leiggi (USA) 4:39:09
5th Cody Beals (CAN) 3:59:00 Miranda Tomenson (CAN) 4:40:20

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