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Cheetham and Chevrot win Ironman 70.3 Dublin
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 9th August 2015


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Chevrot and Cheetham take inaugural Ironman 70.3 Dublin titles

Women's Pro Race

We did say in the weekend preview that Susie Cheetham was the "warm favourite for the top spot on the podium" in Dublin, and that proved to be correct as the hugely consistent Brit took a clear victory by over seven minutes from former ITU World Cup overall champion Samantha Warriner (NZL).

The pace in the swim was set by Switzerland's Emma Bilham, who would exit the water eight seconds clear of Warriner with the clock on 34:19. Cheetham was third Pro out of the water, 2:24 back on the leading pairing. Cheetham set to work on closing that gap, and at 40-miles into the ride she had hit the front to hold a small 20 second margin over Warriner, with Bilham falling back four and a half minutes in arrears. The final 16 miles of riding would see those gaps increase to just two minutes and eight minutes respectively. With an impressive running pedigree too, Cheetham looked to have this one in the bag with a half marathon left to run.

A 1:23:00 half marathon from the Brit saw her take a clear win, while Warriner held on comfortably for her second place finish with a 1:27:54. The final spot on the podium was where the action was however, as Germany's Soak Tajsich - a Kona fourth place finisher in 2012 - closed with a 1:25:31 run which was enough to pass Bilham (1:28:15) for third place.

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Men's Pro race

Recent Ironman UK runner-up Fraser Cartmell headed a trio including Kevin Thornton (IRL) and Denis Chevrot (FRA) out of the water in 28 minutes, a time perhaps indicating slight slow and/or long conditions.

Almost three minutes back on the swim, Germany's Markus Thomschke who impressed recently at Ironman 70.3 Staffs, set the fastest bike split of the day (2:11:59) to move through the field to second on starting the run, a minute back on the Frenchman Chevrot. Thornton maintained third place at that stage 2:48 in arrears, though Cartmell seems to have dropped away - we suspect there may have been a mechanical / other issue judging by his split times (UPDATE: now confirmed as a mechanical issue).

There was going to be no catching the French athlete today however, who added a fastest run (1:14:48) to a lead pack swim and second fastest bike time (2:13:52) for an impressive all round display and a winning margin approaching five minutes. Thomschke and Thornton both ran 1:18's to hold second and third respectively, with another Irish athlete, Robbie Wade, taking fourth.

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Top Age-Group athletes

The first overall Age-Group athletes were Chris Standidge (M35-39) who finished seventh overall in 4:14:54 and Dwynwen Lewis (F25-29) who was sixth female in a time of 4:49:48

Ironman 70.3 Dublin, Sunday 9th August 2015
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Denis Chevrot (FRA) 4:01:35 Susie Cheetham (GBR) 4:27:09
2nd Markus Thomschke (GER) 4:06:18 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:34:39
3rd Kevin Thornton (IRL) 4:08:34 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4:38:21
4th Robbie Wade (IRL) 4:12:21 Emma Bilham (AUS) 4:40:10
5th Oliver Simon (GBR) 4:14:09 Nikki Bartlett (GBR) 4:41:58

Caption competition material?!

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