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70.3 Monterrey three-peat win for Tim Don
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 21st March 2016


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Tin Don and Heather Wurtele take the honours in Mexico

Adding to wins in 2014 and 2015, Great Britain's Tim Don took his third consecutive win at Ironman 70.3 Monterrey on Sunday, in Mexico.

Close to the leading group in the swim which was headed by Matt Chrabot (USA), the bike leg in Monterrey saw little in the way of separating the front end of the field either, with seven athletes (Sylvain Sudire (FRA), Don, Chrabot, Trevor Wurtele (CAN), Ben Hoffman (USA), Drew Scott (USA) and Kevin Colling (USA)) all arrive at T2 separated by just 41 seconds. Also part of that leading group through most of the ride, Stuart Hayes has lost time in the final section to reach transition three minutes in arrears.

With a 28:56 (road) open 10km time on his C.V., Don has always been a superb runner and he closed out the race with a 1:12:46 half marathon for exactly one minute over second place Wurtele at the finish line. Chrabot just got the better of Sudri for the final podium spot.

It was a good day for the family Wurtele, as Trevor's wife Heather Wurtele went one better in the women's race to take top spot on the podium. Her healthy four minute victory margin over a talented field which included three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae owed much to a blistering 2:16:49 bike leg that quickly turned her 90 second swim deficit into a three minute lead at T2. A 1:22:09 run split left little scope for others to close her down. Carfrae (who finished third), gained slightly with a 1:20:48, but she was still three minutes down on Camilla Pedersen (DEN) and almost seven on Wurtele.

Brits Emma Pallant and Emma-Kate Lidbury finished sixth and eight respectively, both swimming/cycling/running within seconds of each other, the biggest difference being that Pallant spent over one minute less in transition in total. With $1,250 for sixth and $500 for eighth, they could have been quite costly.

Ironman 70.3 Monterrey, Mexico - Sunday 20th March 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Don (GBR) 3:42:53 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:08:19
2nd Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:43:53 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 4:12:05
3rd Matt Chrabot (USA) 3:44:37 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:15:11

13th - Stuart Hayes (3:56:39)
16th - Robert Wade (IRL) - 4:00:08
19th - Tim Hancock (4:11:47)

6th - Emma Pallant (4:25:49)
8th - Emma-Kate Lidbury (4:27:15)
12th - Frankie Sanjana (4:39:58)


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