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Swallow heads British podium sweep in Boulder
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 16th June 2014


Tags  Boulder  |  Jodie Swallow  |  Joe Gambles  |  Leanda Cave  |  Rachel Joyce  |  Tim Don


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Joe Gambles proved once again to me the king of Boulder with a fourth consecutive win to hold off Tim Don, while a super impressive Jodie Swallow led home a British podium clean sweep at Ironman 70.3 Boulder on Sunday.

Pro Women

In typical style, the always fish-like Swallow headed the Pro Women out of the water, a full minute clear of Leanda Cave and Laura Bennett (USA), with a further minute gained on 2013 Kona second placer Rachel Joyce. Jodie was showing no sign of letting that buffer slip either, and once on the bike pulled further away on all but a hard-charging Rachel Joyce, who after a second placed last week at 70.3 Kansas was keen to show she was back in good shape and form after a relatively slow start to her 2014 campaign. Swallow gained time on everyone but Joyce, and they would eventually reach T2 together, with a significant margin over their chasers.

A great battle then followed, with Swallow only just leading Joyce by a handful of seconds into the second half of the run, the pair proving their efforts ont he bike had not taken away their running legs. In the late stages of a great battle, Swallow was able to pull away from Joyce and reach the finish line less than 90 seconds clear. A great race from two great athletes - let's hope for more in Kona this October.

Fron the chasers, Leanda Cave showed great reslience to take third place, as 3rd/4th/5th were separated by just 35 seconds, the four-time World Champion joining fellow Brits in completing the podium in one of the iconic venues of triathlon history. Add in the likes of Liz Blatchford, Julie Dibens, Cat Morrison, Lucy Gossage and Corinne Abraham to that trio, and British interest on the big island this October could/should be very significant.

Pro Men

With wins in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Joe Gambles has proven once again the 'horses for courses' approach, taking top spot despite a super speedy 1:11:49 half marathon from the in-form Tim Don, who added another second place to wins at Monterrey, Brasilia and Knoxville already this year.

The key to success for Gambles once again on this course was a storming, solo effort on the bike course. A 2:03:03 bike split was four minutes clear on the bulk of his pursuers, and while Don scorched the roads with his running and closed the gap, a 1:14:03 from Joe was more than swift enough to take another win here.

Ironman 70.3 Boulder, Sunday 15th June 2014
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:42:13 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:07:37
2nd Tim Don (GBR) 3:44:05 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 4:09:00
3rd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:46:54 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:13:03
4th Callum Milward (NZL) 3:47:23 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:13:23
5th Paul Matthews (AUS) 3:47:50 Laura Bennett (AUS) 4:13:38

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