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International weekend roundup June 08-09: British podiums around the globe
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Posted on: Monday 10th June 2013


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Catching up on a huge weekend of international racing - after spending the weekend at a huge domestic race, the Blenheim Palace Triathlon - and once again, British athletes racking up podium places and wins all over the globe. Here is roundup of what has been going on where...

Ironman Cairns / 70.3 Cairns

Great Britain's long-time ITU circuit stalwart Liz Blatchford, who has shown excellent form with multiple wins of the 70.3 distance following her non-selection disappointment for London 2012, proved she could win first time out over the Ironman distance too. It was a tough race too, battling multiple iron-distance winner (including Challenge Henley last year), Gina Crawford all day. Blatchford was able to earn victory with her 3:09 marathon getting the better of the 3:13 from Gina for a three and a half minute margin at the finish line. "I'm pretty darn stoked" she said via Twitter about her win. Time to update this then!

Australia's Luke McKenzie added to his CV courtesy of, primarily, a monster bike leg of 4:21:52 which to give some context, was over 19 minutes faster than eventual second placer Timothy Berkel. He backed up that ride with a solid 3:01:31 marathon, which meant even the speedy running legs of Berkel (2:44:24) were not going to catch a superb effort from McKenzie. Twice Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack, who won here two years ago under the Challenge banner, took third place and now has his Kona start conformed for 2013.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:17:43 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 9:19:51
2nd Timothy Berkel (AUS) 8:22:16 Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:23:14
3rd Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:32:50 Stephanie Jones (USA) 9:31:46

There was top quality in the supporting 70.3 event in Cairns too, where reigning Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs was pushed into fourth place by fellow Aussies Atkinson, Kahlefeldt and Reed. Samantha Warriner proved she is back to race shape by winning once again after the birth of her first child from Japan's Kiyomi Niwata, building a big lead on the bike and then hold off the fast closing ITU veteran.

Pos Men Women
1st Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 3:56:34 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:39:19
2nd Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 3:57:26 Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) 4:40:25
3rd Tim Reed (AUS) 3:59:54 Ange Castle (AUS) 4:45:41

Ironman 70.3 Kansas

Second last week in Raleigh, Emma-Kate Lidbury took her second 70.3 victory of the year (having previously won in Texas), and her sixth career 70.3 title in Kansas. Her fastest swim and bike combination was closed out with a very solid 1:24:14 half marathon for a clear victory - making it the fifth consecutive British win in Kansas following Chrissie Wellington (2009/10/11) and Rachel Joyce last year.

Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander took the men's win, as US-based Brit James Hadley closed out the podium in third.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:51:26 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:15:49
2nd Daniel Bretschner (GER) 3:52:54 Daniel Kehoe (USA) 4:21:47
3rd James Hadley (GBR) 3:59:07 Mandy Mclane (USA) 4:23:36

5150 Klagenfurt

While wife and coach Michelle Dillon was at Blenehim supporting her athlete Emma Pallant, Stuart Hayes was racing - and winning - in Klagenfurt, Austria. Speaking to Michelle at Blenheim, she told me "he's got his running speed back, finally; he should go well", and that was to prove correct - as just a couple of hours later Stuart won the race on the run, ahead of Ruedi Wild (SUI) and the newly crowned ITU World Long Distance Champion Bertrand Billard of France. Another British podium too, as Holly Lawrence took second place behind the diminutive Barbara Riveros (CHI).

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:51:25 Barbara Riveros (CHI) 2:05:00
2nd Ruedi Wild (SUI) 1:54:39 Holly Lawrence (GBR) 2:07:59
3rd Bertrand Billard (FRA) 1:55:41 Olga Zausaylova (RUS) 2:10:42

XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, Virginia

Lesley Paterson continued her domination of everything XTERRA with another victory in the US, her sixth consecutive XTERRA win.

Pos Men Women
1st Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:12:47 Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:30:40
2nd Ryan Ignatz (USA) 2:18:30 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 2:33:23
3rd Bradley Weiss (RSA) 2:19:07 Brandi Heisterman (CAN) 2:36:06

Ironman 70.3 Italy

After the disappointment of an abandoned race due to the landslide at 70.3 Switzerland last week, Tamsin Lewis headed to Italy and almost took the race win. A strong swim and bike left her clear in the lead, but Hungary's former World Half Marathon Championship representative, Erica Csomor, was able to catch Tamsin in the last quarter mile to take a narrow win - a 'mixed emotions' result for Tamsin who had crashed heavily on the bike course on Wednesday, and carried those scars and bruises into the race. Frustrating clearly, but after a performance in Mallorca which we described as possibly her best ever, Tamsin Lewis is showing the signs of consistency and performance that her ability deserves - more to come from her this season we feel.

Pos Men Women
1st Horst Reichel (GER) 4:02:04 Erica Csomor (HUN) 4:33:18
2nd Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:03:12 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 4:33:39
3rd Manuel Küng (SUE) 4:03:32 Michi Herlbauer (AUT) 4:40:25

Challenge Kraichgau

Challenge Kraichgau represented the return to racing of Ironman Melbourne winner Corinne Abraham. It didn't prove to be a great day at the swim/bike/run office, Corinne finishing up sixth (4:39:30), some way off the pace of the leading trio of Van Vlerken, Gajer and Schulz. Not a good day for Andreas Raelert either - but he kept going when he could easily have pulled to plug, crossing the line almost 35 minutes behind fellow German Boris Stein

Full report HERE

Pos Men Women
1st Boris Stein (GER) 3:53:07 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:26:35
2nd Maik Petzold (GER) 3:56:26 Julia Gajer (GER) 4:27:12
3rd Timo Bracht (GER) 3:58:43 Jenny Schulz (GER) 4:28:21

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:47:46 Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:14:06
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 3:49:00 Laura Bennett (USA) 4:17:21
3rd Vikto Zyemtsev (UKR) 3:53:24 Amber Ferreira (USA) 4:22:26

Ironman 70.3 Japan

Pos Men Women
1st James Hodge (AUS) 3:50:58 Ai Ueda (JPN) 4:18:26
2nd Ryosuke Yamamoto (JPN) 3:52:17 Chihiro Ikeno (JPN) 4:28:17
3rd Yuichi Yosada (JPN) 3:56:13 Shiao-Yu Li (TWN) 4:29:27

Ironman 70.3 Boise

Bevan Docherty really is proving to be the real deal at the longer distances, the Ironman New Zealand winner already has a stack of podium finishes this season and he added another win at 70.3 Boise, Idaho on Saturday afternoon.

Pos Men Women
1st Bevan Docherty (NZL) 3:52:55 Liz Lyles (USA) 4:28:37
2nd Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:54:36 Heather Jackson (USA) 4:32:42
3rd Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:57:09 Uli Bromme (USA) 4:42:07

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