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Second for Emma Pallant at 70.3 Budapest
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 30th July 2016


Tags  Alice Hector  |  Budapest  |  Emma Pallant  |  Rob Barel  |  Stuart Hayes  |  Vanessa Raw  |  Will Clarke


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Bertrand Billard and Lisa Hütthaler win in Budapest

World Duathlon Champion Emma Pallant is second in Hungary

A strong turnout of British Pro athletes saw mixed results today at IRONMAN 70.3 Budapest.

On the 'down' side, both Stuart Hayes and Will Clarke appear to be DNF's after the second of four run laps.

They arrived at T2 together in a group covering positions 6th-10th, but at that point were already seven minutes down on the pace-setting Frenchman Bertrand Billard. Billard was hunted down on the run by Horst Reichal (GER), but he ran out of road and with 1:15:50 and 1:13:04 runs respectively, the win went to Billard. Ivan Tutukin (RUS) produced the fastest run (1:10:42) to complete the podium.

Things were more positive in the women's Pro race (and that's not just a sly dig at the winner... see what I did there?).

Austria's Lisa Hütthaler had built a lead of almost four minutes by the end of the 90km bike over the home pairing of Anna Halasz and Erika Csomor. The Briitsh Pro trio of Emma Pallant, Vanessa Raw and Alice Hector were only around 30 seconds further back, with Pallant perhaps the most likely to be able to close down that sort of margin, having run 16:07 for 5000m this year.

Emma was able to close approaching two minutes of her deficit over the first 5km lap, well inside the rate she needed, but (perhaps?) that early pace was a touch too fast, and the margin held relatively stable over the next 15km. Hütthaler would cross the line three minutes in front with Pallant in second, while Halasz would get the better of the veteran Csomor to be the first Hungarian athlete to complete the podium. In her first race for some time, Vanessa Raw had a solid return in fourth to separate the locals, having started the race with modest expectations.

Also of note - in the men's 55-59 division, perhaps one of the best Age Group performances I've ever seen? If you've been around as long as I have, the name Rob Barel will be known to you. The guys has been awesome since the mid-80's - check out his triathlon.org profile.

Well, today Rob won the M55-59 division. No surprise there, even without knowing who else was in the race, he's that good that it would be expected. But, Rob finished in... 4:06:51 (25:10 / 2:12:11 / 1:25:50) and won his AG my almost 30 minutes.

And in December this year, Rob will be... FIFTY NINE YEARS OLD. 

Yes, next year he moves up to M60-64. If you are racing him, I'd suggest you set your sights on Silver.

IRONMAN 70.3 Budapest - Saturday 30th July 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

MEN

1st - Bertrand Billard (FRA) - 3:41:11
2nd - Horst Reichal (GER) - 3:41:46
3rd - Ivan Tutukin (RUS) - 3:43:05
4th - Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) - 3:43:55
5th - Daniil Sapunov (UKR) - 3:43:59

WOMEN

1st - Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) - 4:06:36
2nd - Emma Pallant (GBR) - 4:09:31
3rd - Anna Halasz (HUN) - 4:12:16
4th - Vanessa Raw (GBR) - 4:14:57
5th - Erika Csomor (HUN) - 4:16:16

11th - Alice Hector (GBR) - 4:51:00


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