Swim canceled and Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2017 features 3km run, 90km bike, 21km run.
An Algae bloom discovered in Lake Taupo meant canceling the swim portion of the race and replacing it with a 3km run. The rest of the race stayed the swam with a 90km bike and 21km run to end the race.
New Zealand of course was well represented and it would be interesting to see if anyone could step up and prevent a New Zealand sweep of the podium. For the pro men, Michael Raelert of Germany can be tough if he’s on form. Sam Betten of Australia and Ben Collins of the USA could also enter the mix for a run at the podium.
MALE PRO START LIST
Braden Currie NZL Mike Phillips NZL Michael Raelert DEU Sam Betten AUS Dylan McNeice NZL Ben Collins USA Callum Millward NZL Allister Caird AUS Sam Clark NZL Simon Cochrane NZL Matt Franklin NZL David Mainwaring AUS Johannes Moldan DEU Casey Munro AUS Paul Cameron NZL Alex Polizzi AUS Tim Rea AUS Chris Schroeder USA Olly Shaw NZL Matthew Slee AUS Paul Speeed AUS
Braden Currie and Mike Phillips led the way for the pro men with times of 3:18 in the 3km run that began the race. They had plenty of company as the first ten men entered transition two with seven seconds of each other.
Mike Phillips finished the 90km bike with the lead. He was one minute ahead of Benjamin Collins as the run began. Callum Millward and Dylan McNeice were 2:30 back in a close battle for third place.
There was no catching Mike Phillips as he went wire-to-wire to take top spot on the podium in the Ironman 70.2 Taupo results 2017 with a winning time of 3:36:03.
It was indeed a sweep of the podium for New Zealand as Braden Currie and Callum Millward were second and third.
Laura Siddall of England and Jocelyn McCauley seemed the most likely candidates to challenge the strong New Zealand female pro entries for a spot on the podium.
FEMALE PRO START LIST
Laura Siddall ENG Jocelyn McCauley USA Gina Crawford NZL Amelia Watkinson NZL Rebecca Clarke NZL Laura Wood NZL Christen Brown USA Christine Cross USA Laura Dennis AUS Rebecca Elliot NZL Julia Grant NZL Renee Kiley AUS Indy Kraal NZL Robin Pomeroy USA Ellie Salthouse AUS Kirrale Seidel AUS Alise Selsmark AUS Karen Toulmin NZL Amanda Wilson AUS
Amanda Wilson took the early lead with a time of 3:42 for the 3km run to begin the race. Much like the pro men, she had plenty of company with a host of women less than ten seconds behind her.
Amelia Watkinson of New Zealand proved to be strongest on the bike course and came away with a lead of 28 over Laura Siddall who had moved into second place. Jocelyn McCauley was third, just 51 seconds behind the leader.
Amelia Watkinson had to fend off a strong finish my Jocelyn McCauley in order to cross the finish line first. McCauley was 1:17 behind her in second place, and Laura Dennis of Australia was full value for her third place finish.
Best age group male was Auckland’s Jack Moody, one of the country’s promising young runners, home in 7th overall in 3:44.53, on the back of a 1:14 half marathon. he finishes ahead of the remarkable Dan Plews, in the 35-39 years category, who was 8th overall.
The leading female age grouper was Marion Tuin from the Netherlands (30-34) in 4:28.10 in 21st ahead of Katherine Reardon (2529) in 4:31.27.
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