3rd the one with the hairy chest! Tim Don gets Bronze at 70.3 world champs 201401-Oct-2014
On a new course that will now be rotated every year, the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship took place in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Because the race fell during the sweet spot of two years after the London Olympics and two years out from the next games in Rio, the stacked field was populated with strong ITU racers who took their speed to long course, making for some heated competition for the entire field.
It was seemingly distance-agnostic 2012 Olympians Javier Gomez (ESP) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) who took the 70.3 titles, both with impressive recent results—Gomez just earned the ITU world championship title last weekend in Edmonton, and Ryf was coming off of two Ironman wins in eight weeks as well as winning the Ironman 70.3 European Championship title.
The Men’s Race
The front pack out of the water included Javier Gomez (ESP), Jan Frodeno (DEU), Josh Amberger (AUS), Clayton Fettell (AUS) and Jimmy Seear (AUS). Frodeno took charge out in front to start the bike, with Ben Collins, Amberger and Joe Gambles (AUS) all taking the front at times to set the pace. Although there was shifting in front, a group of about 10—including Gomez and Tim Don (GBR)—stayed close during the ride. By the end of the bike, 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle was more than five minutes back from the leaders.
Out of T2, Frodeno, Collins, Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) and Amberger started the run together with a 30-second gap on Gomez, but it wasn’t long before it became a battle between the 2008 Olympic gold medalist (Frodeno) and 2012 silver medalist (Gomez). Four miles in, Gomez started to pull ahead, building a gap of 25 seconds through the halfway point. Frodeno never let the gap grow too large, and kept charging through the last 5K, but it wasn’t enough to catch the versatile Gomez, who clocked a 1:09:27 half marathon (the fastest of the day).
Gomez crossed first in 3:41:30, followed by Frodeno in 3:42:11, and Don—also a former Olympian—stayed strong to make his way into third in 3:44:38. Behind the podium came a solid performance by Lionel Sanders (CAN), who posted the fastest bike split (2:04:14) then ran his way to fourth with a third-fastest 1:11:22 after leaving T2 3:10 down from the leaders. Nils Frommhold (DEU) rounded out the top five.
Ironman 70.3. World Championship Results
Top 5 Men
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 3:41:30
2. Jan Frodeno (DEU) 3:42:11
3. Tim Don (GBR) 3:44:38
4. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:46:03
5. Nils Frommhold (DEU) 3:46:25
Top 5 Women
1. Daniela Ryf (CHE) 4:09:19
2. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:11:43
3. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:14:55
4. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:16:03
5. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:17:03
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