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IM Cozumel: good day for Abraham & Hallam
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 28th November 2016


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Frederik Van Lierde and Michelle Vesterby win IRONMAN Cozueml 2016

Fourth for Corinne Abraham plus Age-Group excellence from Rachel Hallam

Ahead of Sunday's Ironman Cozumel I interviewed Great Britain's Corinne Abraham, who was returning to an Ironman start line for the first time since winning the same event in Mexico 12 months ago. While fourth place meant that she wasn't able to extend her winning run of "an Ironman win every year" to a fourth year, she can take a lot of positivs from the race. Despite having a double puncture on lap two, she finished just 11 minutes back on race winner Michelle Vesterby, who finished sixth at Kona this year. Closing the day with a race best marathon on 3:07:44 was a positive sign - let's just hope she can stay in one piece for 2017! 

"Happy with the day overall - really great to be out there racing again & performance wise I'm not complaining"

Another Brit who can be very pleased with her day is Rachel Hallam. Rachel finished eight overall (as she did at Ironman Lanzarote in May), and was the first age-grouper overall in the process of winning her F30-34 category. That's another Kona slot in the bag - and even more motivation to conquer the big island after a couple of disappointing results. She certainly has the talent to be an Umeke winner...

The men's race was won by former Ironman World Champion, Frederik Van Lierde (BEL). At the front of the race all day, he held off the running efforts of Matt Russell (USA) to take the tape.

It wasn't such a good day for Stephen Bayliss. His usual swift swimming left him with the leading group at T1, he would eventually finish in 9:55:49, 27th MPro.

IRONMAN Cozumel, Mexico - Sunday 27th November 2016
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

Pos Men Women
1st Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:03:09 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:08:06
2nd Matt Russell (USA) 8:04:24 Lauren Brandon (USA) 9:12:43
3rd Chris Lieferman (USA) 8:09:11 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 9:14:11
4th  Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:10:44 Corinne Abraham (GBR) 9:19:14
5th Chris McDonald (USA) 8:15:59 Rachel McBride (CAN) 9:29:33

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