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12th Nov 2010Issue 181

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This weekend sees the final World Championship event of the 2010 season, with the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3. This will be the final time for the event to be held in Clearwater, Florida, as from 2011 the event moves location to Las Vegas, and a new time slot, with an 11th September 2011 race date. This should be a good thing in my opinion. A more challenging course and better scheduling should set up on even more prestigious event in 2011, as there are plenty of big names missing this year who could have had an impact - had the race been held before Kona.

Having said all that...the ladies race at least is likely to see two Kona podium finishers, Caroline Steffen and defending champion Julie Dibens, in the mix for the win. Julie is joined by Brit pro athletes Tamsin Lewis, Emma-Kate Lidbury, Lesley Paterson and someone who is certainly in form this year, Jodie Swallow. Julie has finished third in Kona and then second in Maui in recent weeks - can she go one better? Expect Jodie to go very well...

For the men, Kona tiredness shouldn't be a factor - though Michael Raelert surely will! The defending champion, and younger brother of Andreas is the defending champion and clearly the standout 70.3 performer of 2010. Expect another win in Florida from Michael, before he joins big brother next year on the start line in Kona...

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Results

Weekend action

Ironman Florida

With the new Ironman Kona Pro Rankings (KPR) in place for the 2011 season, you can expect to see a lot more of the marquee names of Ironman racing to be still racing in 2011, even though Hawaii itself is now a month past as athletes look to secure enough points 'early', to secure their 2011 Kona slots. At Ironman Florida this past weekend, Dirk Bockel, a top-10 Kona finisher in both 2009/10 was one of those athletes racing who, in years past, you may have expected to be taking an end-of-season break around now. Despite his presence, in the weekend preview we did highlight the threat of South African James Cunnama who, after a tough start to the year, has continued to build upon his breakthrough 2009 season where he finished second at Ironman Austria. This proved to be correct as the talented young athlete secured his third consecutive event on US soil, and secured his first (WTC) Ironman win, having also won the Rev3 iron-distance race in September.

Despite a puncture on the bike that left him four minutes adrift, James is obviously a man on a serious roll as he made that all back and more on the run to take the victory in Panama City.

Despite a stop and go penalty on the bike the women's race was emphatically won by Jessica Jacobs. Britain's Toby Radcliffe was 18th in 9:01:02

Pos Male Female
1 James Cunnama (RSA) 8:15:59 Jessica Jacobs 9:07:49
2 Pedro Gomez (POR) 8:19:26 Erica Csomor 9:14:40
3 Dirk Bockel (LUX) 8:21:23 Kim Loeffler 9:21:26

BallBuster Duathlon

The biggest domestic race of the weekend was the BallBuster Duathlon, which we previewed courtesy of former winner David Vaughan.

It was another former champion however who added his name - again - to the BallBuster legend, as Wayne Smith secured his fourth win at the event, in a fantastic time of 2:37:58. He said “This was much better than last year. I am in much better running shape. It was quite slippery on the bike today and there seemed to be a lot more people on the course. But I am really pleased with that!” 

First woman home was Carla Molinaro from the Army Triathlon Association in 3hr 9min 2sec. Carla said of her performance: “That was tough! But I really enjoyed it. The good weather helped. I felt really strong on the run. I did this event in 2007 and finished fifth. I’m really pleased with my result today, but my legs hurt now!”

The full report for Human Race is available HERE, while the race results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Wayne Smith (Team FEAT) 2:37:58 Carla Molinaro (ATA) 3:09:02
2nd Rich Hunt 2:45:15 Claire Weldon (SLH Tri Club) 3:09:49
3rd Richard Anderson (Holmfirth Harriers) 2:45:50 Gillian Banks 3:15:55

In other racing, the Killingworth Winter Aquathlon was won by Michael Harcourt and Emma Pearson - full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Harcourt 26:28 Emma Pearson 28:44
2nd Charlie Harris-Pratt 27:36 Michelle Scott 31:02
3rd Gavin Sword 28:19 Ellen Tullo 33:28

Outside of the triathlon world, a triathletes did rather well at the inaugural Rutland Water Marathon. Hywel Davies is well known for his mulit-talented exploits at pretty much every distance and sport around, and he added a marathon win to his resumé, which also includes triathlon wins at every distance from Sprint to Double Ironman. Second place was Roger Canham, who I'm going to assume is the same Roger that recently finished in a fine 9 hours 50 mins at Kona. Great job guys. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Hywel Davies 2:47:30 Helen Taranowski 3:09:59
2nd Roger Canham 2:57:29 Sara Winter 3:12:02
3rd Philip Cooper 2:57:29 Angie Sadler 3:16:46

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