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Jorgensen, Murray win Island House Triathlon
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Posted on: Monday 31st October 2016


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Gwen Jorgensen and Richard Murray win the second Island House Invitational Triathlon

After three days of competition in The Bahamas, Gwen Jorgensen (USA) retained her title at the second edition of the Island House Invitational Triathlon, while Richard Murray (RSA) stepped up one place from 2015 to take the title and the $60,000 first prize.

After leading the even on day one, Great Britain's Holly Lawrence - the current IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion - took third place overall.

Here is the full report from Day three, which took place on the private island of Highbourne Clay.

DAY ONE REPORT | DAY TWO REPORT


After 3 days of racing, Gwen Jorgensen and Richard Murray take overall wins at the Island House Invitational Triathlon

USA’s Gwen Jorgensen and South Africa’s Richard Murray fend off tough competition to claim victory on the final day of competition at the three day triathlon stage race in the Bahamas.

For the third and final day of racing in the Island House Invitational Triathlon, the top ten female and male athletes on general classification relocated to the private island of Highbourne Cay for the final sprint distance stage to determine the overall champions at this unique event. Athletes started the race according to their deficit on GC to the overnight leaders, Jorgensen and Murray.

On the women’s side Great Britain’s Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence dove into the water, 45 seconds behind Jorgensen with reigning ITU World Champion, Flora Duffy just 10 seconds further back. Duffy closed the gap quickly to Lawrence and the two worked to reduce the deficit to Jorgensen out of the swim to 30 seconds. Once on the bike, the duo went to work reeling in the Olympic Champion.

Island House Invitational Triathlon 2016

“I knew I had to go hard from the start if I wanted to shoot for the win today,” acknowledged Duffy.” After catching Jorgensen at the beginning of the second lap of the three-lap bike course, Duffy attacked through the technical sections and gained time heading into T2.

“Flora absolutely owned the technical sections of the bike course”, noted Lawrence post-race. “It’s a pretty technical course and I need to get some tips from her for the future!”

Island House Invitational Triathlon 2016

Lawrence was second off the bike but Jorgensen refused to allow the elastic to break and remained in close contact. On the run, the American used her dominant run speed to reel in her competitors, taking the lead by the 3km mark of the run. Once in front, there was no looking back and Jorgensen broke the tape first to seal victory for the second consecutive year.

Island House Invitational Triathlon 2016

The men’s race was expected to be a showdown between the overnight leader on GC, Murray and non-draft specialist from the USA, Cameron Dye, winner of the third day’s stage at the 2015 edition of this race. Murray retained his lead through the swim but Dye quickly ate into Murray’s lead on the bike portion of the race.

Island House Invitational Triathlon 2016

Dye caught Murray during the second lap of the bike: “he started to put time into me and I was worried,” said Murray, “I knew I needed to manage the gap in preparation for the run.”

Despite his 30 second advantage off the bike, the buffer was not enough for Dye against Murray’s class on the run. The South African took the lead at the halfway point of the run and breezed to victory, even stopping to plant a kiss on his time trial bike before crossing the line.

Island House Invitational Triathlon 2016

Thrilled with the step up in performance relative to his second place last year, Murray gushed at the finish line: “I’m very happy. This is the best race of the season. Period.”

Dye crossed the line in second place but the battle for the third and final podium spot was a heated one with Australia’s Aaron Royle sneaking past Terenzo Bozzone on the run to claim 3rd place.

Island House Invitational Triathlon 2016

For more details on the event, check out the Island House Invitational Triathlon website

Final Results - General Classification

Men

1 - Richard Murray - 3:35:35
2 - Cameron Dye - 3:36:04
3 - Aaron Royle - 3:38:13
4 - Terenzo Bozzone - 3:38:19
5 - Eric Lagerstrom - 3:38:35
6 - Leon Griffin - 3:38:55
7 - Brent McMahon - 3:39:01
8 - Joe Maloy - 3:39:19
9 - Sebastian Kienle - 3:39:46
10 - Lionel Sanders - 3:41:19

Women

1 - Gwen Jorgensen - 3:55:01
2 - Flora Duffy - 3:55:19
3 - Holly Lawrence - 3:56:17
4 - Sarah True - 3:58:51
5 - Rachel Klamer - 3:59:01
6 - Ellie Salthouse - 3:59:09
7 - Helle Frederiksen - 4:00:00
8 - Lauren Goss - 4:01:33
9 - Katie Zaferes - 4:02:16
10 – Emma Moffatt - 4:02:52


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