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IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth was off to a wet and windy start, but that did not dampen the spirit of the athletes and spectators this morning. With a shortened swim of 950m, due to the weather conditions, the pros took to the water and swam at record speed. India Lee (GBR) put on a stellar performance for the entire race, as she swam her way into first place and never looked back. Lee defended her IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth title and took the top step on the professional women’s podium, in a time of 04:15:55. In the men’s professional race, it was on the run when a clear winner was determined. George Goodwin (GBR) set a quick pace right from T2 and fought his way to win IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth in 03:44:02.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S RACE

The professional women’s field featured a great British match-up going into the race, with the likes of India Lee (GBR), Claire Hann (GBR), and Katrina Rye (GBR) all entering the race as podium contenders.

It was India Lee (GBR) that took the lead early in the race, where she made quick of the shorten swim with a time of 00:13:35, in rainy and grey conditions. This set Lee up for a slight, 9 second, lead over Claire Hann (GBR) who finished the swim just in front of the chase pack consisting of Katrina Rye (GBR), Chloe Lane (AUS) and Anne Reischmann (GER). Lee put the power down on the bike and continuously grew her lead throughout this leg of the race. Hann held on to second while riding on the bike and even though she saw Lee’s lead grow, Hann managed to gain time between herself and Reischmann, who was holding onto third.

Onto the run Lee maintained her confident lead, as she had throughout the entire race, and widened her lead at 17KM of the run. Lee crossed the IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth finish line and defended her 2018 first place finish in 04:15:55 and she managed to do so with a massive smile across her face. Lee said that she was “really please with today, as that was actually really hard” and that “it is always nice to defend the title”.

Just under two minutes behind Lee, Hann managed to make up some time and finished with the fast run time for the female pros. Hann made up for her race at the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth and crossed the finish line in second place in 04:17:31. To round up the all British female pro podium, Rye claimed her third place victory and finished in 04:22:38. Rye showed what true grit and determination can get you as she overtook Reischmann on the run and held on to that lead to cross the finish line in third.

PROFESSIONAL MEN’S RACE

The professional men’s race was off to a speedy start with Thomas Davis (GBR) as the first male out of the water in 00:12:16. Close behind him were Adam Bowden (GBR), Sigurdur Ragnarsson and Elliot Smales (GBR), all who were under 7 seconds behind Davis.

However, once out of T1 the competition was on and Marcus Herbst (GER) climbed from his seventh-place swim exit and at 44.5KM on the bike, pushed himself into first place. With about a 2-second lead over George Goodwin (GBR), the two began to battle throughout the Dorset Countryside and gained a 2-minute lead over the rest of the group. Herbst and Goodwin then left T2 together, now with a 4 minute lead ahead of the chaser group. After just 3KM on the run, Goodwin pushed the pace and opened the lead of almost 1 minute over Herbst. Goodwin maintained this quick pace and the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire winner took first place, once again, at a time of 03:44:02.

Adam Bowden (GBR) saw himself just within reach of a top position finish throughout the entire race, but once it came to the run Bowden became a real threat for first place. Clocking the fast half-marathon of the day, at 01:14:05, Bowden ran himself from 5th place at T2 into 2nd place, with a finishing time of 03:47:46. Elliot Smales rounded up the all Brit male podium finish, by narrowly beating Herbst, by just 31 seconds. As last years winner of IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth, Smales knew this run course very well and used it to his advantage. In the end, Smales running was too powerful for Herbst and Smales managed to earn third place in 03:49:06.

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Results

Top 5 Women

1. India Lee, GBR, 04:15:55

2. Claire Hann, GBR, 04:17:31

3. Katrina Rye, GBR, 04:22:38

4. Anne Reischmann, GER, 04:25:33

5. Chloe Lane, GBR, 04:48:32

Top 5 Men

1. George Goodwin, GBR, 03:44:02

2. Adam Bowden, GBR, 03:47:46

3. Elliot Smales, GBR, 03:49:06

4. Marcus Herbst, GER, 03:49:37

5. Davis Thomas, GBR, 03:51:43