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Kim Morrison wins 70.3 Buenos Aires
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 6th March 2016


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Kim Morrison opens first full Pro season with victory in Argentina

Close finishes at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires

Great Britain's Kimberley Morrison told us as we previewed her appearance at Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires today, that she was "excited to test out the improved speed and endurance that her training progress is indicating". Well, you can't do much more than win the first race of your first full season in the Pro ranks. May as well make it a winning margin of just nine seconds to keep things interesting!

After coming out of the water 90 seconds down on the USA's Heather Lendway, Morrison used her favourite discipline - the bike - to pull clear with a 2:18:28 split which was four minutes faster than the experienced Dede Griesbauer (USA), a former Ironman UK winner. She needed (almost) all of that, as Griesbauer returned the favour on the run, the gap at the finish was just nine seconds. Behind, Ariane Monticeli (BRA) a sub-nine iron-distance finisher was running close on 11 minutes faster than Morrison, but while it was enough to run through for the Bronze, it was the British athlete who took the honours. The top three were separated by just 45 seconds. Morrison, I'm sure, will enjoy her holiday in Argentina even more now (with $5,000 spending money, courtesy of the win).

There was close racing in the men's event too, where Sam Appleton (AUS) and Ben Hoffman (USA) spent most of the day in close order, with Appleton finally taking the top podium spot by just six seconds.

IRONMAN 70.3 Buenos Aires - Sunday 6th March 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:45:33 Kimberley Morrison (GBR) 4:20:43
2nd Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:45:49 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:20:52
3rd Ben Collins (USA) 3:47:13 Ariane Monticeli (BRA) 4:21:28
4th Fabio Carvalho (BRA) 3:49:49 Heather Lendway (USA) 4:24:06
5th Mario De Elias (ARG) 3:52:31 Sofie Goos (BEL) 4:24:20

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