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70.3 Panama: Sanders, Haskins on top
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 1st February 2016


Tags  Antony Costes  |  Lionel Sanders  |  Lisa Roberts  |  Panama  |  Sarah Haskins


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Sanders and Haskins take the spoils in Panama

With $100,000 on offer and a P-1500 status within the Kona Pro Ranking (KPR) system, there was plenty on offer on Sunday at Ironman 70.3 Panama - as well as 'Pan American Pro Championships' status. While the weekend 70.3 headlines will likely go the the first round of the Triple Crown at Ironman 70.3 Dubai on Friday, one might reasonably suggest that the stronger race - in depth at least - started within the banks of the Panama Canal.

First out of the water for the men were Tylor Arboleda (VEN) with former ITU racer and World Cup winner Matt Chrabot (USA) just seconds behind. They had built a 30 second buffer over most of the race favourites, including Austrlians Tim Reed, Richie Cunningham plus Luke McKenzie, who performed so brilliantly before Christmas at Ironman Western Australia. Luke's day would not go to plan, ending with a DNF and an amusing tweet...

From that group Frenchman Antony Costes was soon alone at the front on two wheels. Fourth last year at the Ironman 70.3 European Champs in Wiesbaden, Costes pulled clear and reached T2 alone, courtesy of a 1:57:22 bike split. Three minutes down out of the swim is a familiar position for Cananda's Lionel Sanders - but so is blasting past most, if not all in front, on the bike leg. The bike stats of Sanders are evn more eye-opening, with a best of the day 1:55:04 leaving him clear in second place and with one minute to make up on Costes starting the run. We're making no claims on the accuracy (or not) of the 90km bike course.

A super runner as well as an ace on the bike, Sanders came close to the fastest run of the day too, his 1:14:48 allowing his to pass Costes early on and go on to a clear victory margin of three minutes. Costes ran strongly for a clear runner-up spot while a couple of minutes further back Tim Reed, Jeff 'rhymes with diamonds' Symonds and the veteran Oscar Galindez (ARG) all finished within 45 seconds of each other for 3rd/4th/5th respectively. Symonds (1:14:32) managed to take the run split honours from race winner Sanders. Given Sanders won $20,000 and Symonds $4,000, he'll be losing no sleep over that particular statistic.

The women's race was a close battle throughout. While Lauren Brandon (USA) was first out of the water, fellow Americans Sarah Haskins, Heather Lendway and Lauren Goss were right with her. They spent much of the ride in close contention through the 90km, Lendway eventually pulling a small lead at T2 of around a minute over Haskins and Brandon, as Goss faded in the later stages and lost a further two minutes.

Barely two miles into the run and the experienced Haskins passed Lendway, took the lead and held it for the remainder of the race for victory. The fast feet on the run came from Lisa Roberts. For some perspective, while race winner Haskins ran 1:28:34, Roberts flew through the field courtesy of a 1:22:04 half marathon - enough to finish just six second in front of T2 leader Lendway, to take the runner-up spot, while another fast run (1:24:03), this time from Kirsty Jahn (USA) gave her fourth position.

IRONMAN 70.3 Panama, Pan American Pro Championships - Sunday 31st January 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:38:52 Sarah Haskins (USA) 4:08:53
2nd Antony Costes (FRA) 3:41:53 Lisa Roberts (USA) 4:10:35
3rd Tim Reed (AUS) 3:44:08 Heather Lendway (USA) 4:10:41
4th Jeff Symonds (CAN) 3:44:20 Kirsty Jahn (CAN) 4:10:49
5th Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:44:53 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:12:23
6th Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:45:46 Lauren Brandon (USA) 4:15:03
7th Raul Tejada (GTA) 3:45:49 Lauren Goss (USA) 4:15:44
8th Matt Hanson (USA) 3:47:41 Beth Gerdes (USA) 4:19:21
9th Francisco Serrano (MEX) 3:48:08 Liz Lyles (USA) 4:22:13
10th Bruno Pais (POR) 3:49:00 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:22:56

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