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Potts and Warriner take New Orleans
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 18th April 2010


Tags  Amy Marsh  |  Andy Potts  |  Linsey Corbin  |  New Orleans  |  Paul Amey  |  Sam Warriner  |  Terrenzo Bozzone


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The major long distance event of the weekend was the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, which promised a good race with the likes of Chris McCormack, Andy Potts, Dirk Bockel, Terrenzo Bozzone and Frederik Van Lierde in the lineup.

We picked Chris McCormack out in the weekend preview as our likely winner - and were way of the mark this week on that one! Chris suffered on the bike, pulling out of the race early and then saying, via his Twitter account "6wks travel showed 2day. U can't bluff it. Struggled with power and fitness...". Oh well, we can't get them all right...

As usual, swim demon Andy Potts showed the way in the water, building a minute and half lead over virtually all the main contenders. Bozzone (NZL) and Van Lierde (BEL) proved to be the strongest on the bike, and were able to bridge the gap to Potts, while everybody else lost more time, leaving a three-way fight for the win on the run. This was to leave Van Lierde up against two former Ironman 70.3 World Champs as T2. Could the Belgian, recently fifth in Abu Dhabi match the two 70.3 specialists?

Potts proved conclusively that he was the best athlete on the day, a scorching 1:12:42 half marathon leaving him over three and a half minutes clear of Kiwi Bozzone. Behind, Van Lierde couldn't maintain his position, as Britain's former World Duathlon Champion Paul Amey ran a 1:15:45 to catch the Belgian in the late stages of the run to clinch the final podium position.

In the ladies race...well, we got that one wrong too!

2006 Ironman UK winner Dede Griesbauer set the pace on the swim, her 27:58 leaving her a minute clear of Meredith Kessler (USA). Surprisingly to us, former ITU World Cup Series winner Samantha Warriner (NZL) gave up almost four and a half minutes, with our pick, Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) just 45 seconds further in arrears. The Van Vlerken charge didn't really happen on the bike, and she made next to no inroads on Griesbauer on two wheels. Amy Marsh (USA) followed up a strong (29:42) swim with a solid bike, and caught Griesbauer by T2, leaving both athletes with over four minutes on Linsey Corbin (USA), Kessler, Warriner, Heather Jackson (USA) - who blitzed the bike course after a very poor swim - and Van Vlerken. Those five all left T2 within a minute, and looked likely to be in the battle for third.

It was all change on the run course! Sam Warriner, who to our eyes had a terrible swim given her ITU background, certainly had the running legs today and chargeD through for the win, her 1:21:35 allowing her to pass Corbin for a one minute margin of the Ironman specialist. Amy Marsh paid for her efforts on the swim and bike, but a 1:30:01 was enough to secure third place.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:43:44 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:16:44
2nd Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:47:17 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:17:51
3rd Paul Amey (GBR) 3:49:52 Amy Marsh (USA) 4:20:23

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