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Swallow soars to 70.3 Jonkopping title
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Posted on: Monday 11th July 2016


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Jodie Swallow and Kimberley Morrison on the podium in Jönköpping, Sweden

The expansion of IRONMAN® racing within Scandinavia continued on Sunday with the first edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköpping. On a great day for British sport generally, it was another fine day for two British female athletes too.

A winner three years ago at IRONMAN Kalmer, the former ITU Long Distance and Ironman 70.3 World Champion Jodie Swallow returned to make it a Swedish double - and was made to work hard for it by the up-and-coming Kimberley Morrison.

Morrison, along with recent Challenge Galway winner Emma Bilham (SUI) and Lauren Parker (AUS) kept their swim deficit to the always fantastic Swallow to 'just' two minutes, no mean feat given the consistent excellence that Jodie has delivered in pretty much every swim she has done for the best part of two decades. She always delivers - but we never take it for granted!

With Swallow alone at the front, Morrison was having a great day on the bike and managed to close down that gap and the pair would be in close contention over the final third of the 90km ride, reaching T2 together. Home favourite Åsa Lundström was also riding well, just out-splitting Morrison, but having exited the swim five and half minutes back on Jodie, she would start the run just over three minutes back on the British duo.

Showing her class on the run (people tend to forget that Jodie has regularly set the fastest split in all three disciplines during her greatest performances), Swallow was able to pull clear of Morrison and so the reall battle would be for second place.

At the 10km mark Lundström had closed the gap (slightly) to Morrison, to around two and a half minutes, but by 18km that was just a hanful of seconds. While Lundström was finally able to make the pass, Morrison was far from broken and the gap at the finish line was just 22 seconds. Lundström ran 1:27:25 versus the 1:30:50 of Morrison. The fastest split of the day went to Bilham (1:21:35), but that wasn't enough to make up the almost 11 minutes lost on the bike to Morrison, and she had to be content with fourth.

Speaking to Bahrain Endurance 13 media, Swallow commented: “Happy to come away from the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Jönköping with the win! It is quite difficult going into a race with the favourite tag, but I am glad that I was able to carry that weight despite being a little underprepared and under-the-weather this week. Two out of two wins on Swedish soil - I think there should be more races here!”

For Morrison, her season goes from strength-to-strength in her first full year in the Pro ranks.

That's now 1st (Buenos Aires) / 2nd (Staffordshire) / 3rd (Jönköpping) and 4th (Pays D'Aix) positions in 70.3 races this season for Morrison.

IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköpping, Sweden - Sunday 10th july 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

WOMEN

1st - Jodie Swallow (GBR) - 4:19:19
2nd - Åsa Lundström (SWE) - 4:24:58
3rd - Kimberley Morrison (GBR) - 4:25:20

MEN

1st - Andreas Dreitz (GER) - 3:49:45
2nd - Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) - 3:52:40
3rd - James Cunnama (RSA) - 3:53:01


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