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IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth returns to the Jurassic coast and a strong professional line-up, full of some of the UK’s best professional triathletes, will battle it out for the top of the podium. A repeat of the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth podium could be in the cards for Great Britain’s Elliot Smales and India Lee, as both have had strong season in 2019. Along with many more standout names, the women’s and men’s professional fields for the September 22nd race, in Weymouth, will be one not to miss.

The professional women’s field will have tough competition for the top of the podium, with five of Great Britain’s strongest racers gearing up for this race. Powerhouse, India Lee, crossed the finish line in 1st place last year, and she is ready to defend her title once again. Lee has had a strong season in 2019 and with her renowned biking strength, claimed 3rd place at IRONMAN 70.3 Aix-en-Provence and then took 1st place at IRONMAN 70.3 Finland.

Looking to push the pace, Fenella Langridge, will be aiming to improve on her 3rd place finish at 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth. Langridge battled it out in the rain and wind last year, and her determination saw her finish three minutes behind Lee. Langridge 2019 season has been quite successful, with her 2nd place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Elsinore and her top of the podium finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona. As a strong swimmer, expect to see Langridge as one of the first athletes to exit the water.

Another pro to watch in the swim is Claire Hann, who is a contender to be first out of the water. Hann has been coming back from a running injury earlier this year and won her first top of the podium finish at 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Jonkoping. Fellow British racer, Corinne Abraham, will be a threat on the run course and expect to see her make big gains here. With her 1st place finish at 2019 IRONMAN Tallinn and her 1st place finish at 2018 IRONMAN France, Abraham is ready to compete for the top of the podium. Rounding up the five pro women to watch, Tara Grosvenor, has worked hard in 2018 with her bike training and is looking to power her way through the bike leg of the race. With her dedication and determination Grosvenor will push herself for a top three finish.

In the professional men’s race, the competition for top of the podium runs deep. With the top three winners from 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth on the starting list, expect to see a very quick race this weekend. Great Britain’s, Elliot Smales, is looking to defend his 2018 IM 70.3 Weymouth first-place finish. After a strong 2018 season, Smales continues to see podium finishes in his 2019 season. With a 3rd place finish at 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, a 2nd place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire and a 1st place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Jonkoping, Smales will be one to watch through the race.

Fellow Brit, Sam Pictor, finished 3 minutes behind Smales and claimed 2nd place at last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth. Pictor seems to thrive in unpredictable weather, as he used this to his advantage in last year’s race and gradually working his way up to cross the finish line in second place. Rounding last year’s podium was Sam Proctor, who finished in 3rd place at 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth. Proctor is looking to improve on this finish and will be a strong contender for the top of the podium.

George Goodwin, who is in his second full year as a professional triathlete, will be a threat on the run course at this year’s race. After winning 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, Goodwin will look to push the pace whenever he can. Finishing up these five British male pro’s is David Bishop, who will be adding pressure to this stacked men’s field. Bishop is a strong swimmer and will be expected to set a quick pace at the start of the race.

From a spectator perspective, IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth will offer an exciting experience given the depth of professionals racing. Spectators in Weymouth can look forward to watching the race from locations such as Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth’s esplanade, and the spectacular seaside swim start at Weymouth Bay.

Alongside the strong professional field, over 2000 individual athletes from over 41 different countries are expected to line up at IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth on Sunday, 22 September 2019.

For more information please visit the event website, www.ironman.com/weymouth

Professional Men:
Elliot Smales (GBR)
Sam Pictor (GBR)
Sam Proctor (GBR)
George Goodwin (GBR)
David Bishop (GBR)

Professional Women:
India Lee (GBR)
Fenella Langridge (GBR)
Claire Hann (GBR)
Corinne Abraham (GBR)
Tara Grosvenor (GBR)