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Gossage wins, Abraham third in Lanzarote
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 17th May 2014


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At today's Ironman Lanzarote Canarias, Duracell Bunny Lucy Gossage joined an elite group of British female athletes (Bella Bayliss, Chrissie Wellington and Rachel Joyce), to have won more than two official Ironman™ events, as she added another win to her 2013 victories at Ironman UK and Ironman Wales. That win, alongside her second place at Ironman South Africa, effectively confirms her qualification for the 2014 Ironman Championship in the process.It is also is her fourth win over the iron-distance, have joined the sub-nine club at Challenge Barcelona in 2012.

Lucy Gossage ©Rob Holden Photography

Lanzarote was also a welcoem return to racing - and the podium - for Corinne Abraham, who has not been able to build upon her breakthrough performance at Ironman Melbourne 14 months ago due to injury. A bronze today, 10 minutes back on the in-form Gossage is a healthy place to start her return to racing action. Unlike Lucy, with no other KPR points on her current ranking, she will have to perform again - and well - to ensure her start at Dig Me beach in October.

Via Uplace-BMC media, Corinne commented on her race:

“I felt quite pleased with my swim. I am showing some improvements, so that is really good. I had to work very hard to stay positive through the bike leg. It was so challenging to not be as strong as I have been previously and to stay positive whilst everyone else was pulling away from me on the bike course. The support I got along the course gave me much-needed encouragement. It helped me to keep pushing. In the marathon, I just tried to keep a steady pace, run my own race. I was pleased to run without pain or secondary issues related to the injury, and to pick up a few places. Overall, I am really happy it went well and that I was able to perform for the team. It’s a way to thank everyone who helped me get back into race shape. Today gave me a good idea of where I am. Onwards and upwards!”

The day was also a god one for Joel Jameson. Joel took fourth in Lanzarote in 2011, his best previous M-Dot result, and he matched that once again, to finish behined Romain Guillaume (FRA), Miguel Blanchart (ESP) and twice previous champion Miguel Blanchart (ESP).

Age Group success too for James Gilfillan (35-39), who crossed the line in 9:12:30 to finish eight overall, a fine effort from the 2010 ITU Age Group Duathlon World Champion.

Ironman Lanzarote Canarias, Saturday 17th May 2014
2.4 miles / 112 miles / 26.2 miles

Pos Men Women
1st Romain Guillaume (FRA) 8:47:39 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 9:41:40
2nd Miguel Blanchart (ESP) 8:58:06 Susan Blatt (GER) 9:44:59
3rd Bert Jammaer (BEL) 9:00:44 Corinne Abraham (GBR) 9:51:41
4th Joel Jameson (GBR) 9:08:32 Kristin Möller (GER) 10:05:55
5th Henrik Hyldelund (DEN) 9:09:14 Saleta Castro (ESP) 10:12:35

Nico Ward Munoz was 11th Pro (9:20:59) while there were DNF's for Craig Twigg, Scott Neyedli, Paul Hawkins and Joe Skipper.

For the GB Pro ladies, Eleanor Haresign was 10th (10:42:20) and Jo Carritt 11th (10:44:19).

Scott Neyedli: "Disappointed to DNF after good ground made on bike, evident I still have a virus lost all power & backwards rapid"

Paul Hawkins: "Not the day I had planned but pulled out on the bike at IM Lanzarote, body still not 100% ready to race"


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