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Thomas and Cave take Wildflower wins
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Saturday 30th April 2011

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Well that was a surprise! Probably fair to say that virtually nobody has Jesse Thomas on their 'athetes to watch' list prior to the Avia Wildflower Triathlon today, one of the iconic races on the triathlon calendar and regularly referred to as the 'Woodstock' of the sport.

While the men's field was not as strong as in recent years - Ironman 70.3 World Champion Michael Raelert was the winner last year - we had James Cunnama (RSA) and Jordan Rapp (USA) as our tips for the top. Cunnama performed very well, again, and took third spot courtesy of the third best (1:17:18) half marathon of the day, which wasn't quite enough to close the swim/bike deficit to Australian Clayton Fettel. The story of the day though was Thomas who hit the front of the race late on on the run with a stunning 1:13:53 half marathon (which is tough, hilly and much of it off-road) to surprise both himself and the triathlon media.

Last season Julie Dibens took the Wildflower title in fine style, and while she was a pre-race withdrawal due to illness, the evergreen Leanda Cave made sure that Wildflower win stayed in British hands with a very hard fought and close victory over Mary Beth Ellis. Provisionally, her finish time was only five seconds outside of the course record set by Dibens in 2010.

Jodie Swallow took seventh place (4:43:50), and if start lists are to be believed we'll see her take on her first Ironman next weekend at Ironman St. George. Interesting...!

Pos Men Women
1st Jesse Thomas (USA) 4:04:45 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:27:58
2nd Clayton Fettell (AUS) 4:05:22 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:28:05
3rd James Cunnama (RSA) 4:05:59 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:32:06
4th Matt Lieto (USA) 4:09:05 Tenille Hoogland (NED) 4:36:26
5th Chris Legh (AUS) 4:09:49 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 4:37:16


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