Pro and age-group athletes featured in Ironman 70.3 Austin results 2017

Many races in 2017 have featured age-group athletes only, but Austin, Texas, perhaps the fittest city in America, welcomes both on Sunday October 29, 2017.

The race was kicked off with a 1.2-mile one-loop swim in Decker Lake. It was followed by a one-loop 56-mile bike through hilly farmland. The 13.1-mile run was three loops and took athletes along the Lake Decker shoreline.

MALE PRO START LIST

Tollakson TJ
Hanson Matt
Long Sam
Bach Elliot
Bradley Scott
Cavelier Sacha
Cook James
Deckard Robbie
Dominguez Ivan
Jolicoeur Desroches Antoine
Ems Tyler
Fast Andrew
Garufi Beau
Good Cameron
Hemming Eli
Joaquim Bruno
Jordan Tyler
Loeschke Franz
Matthews Paul
Melo Breno
Metzler Justin
Reid Taylor
Schroeder Chris
Schuster Patrick
Staer Nathan Mikael
Svensson Jesper
Winslow Timothy
Zawaski Steven

As the race got underway, it was Jesper Svensson leading the way out of the water for the pro men with a very fast swim split of 23:25.

He managed to create a gap of almost one minute on second place Bruno Joaquim who led a chase group of six in to transition one.

TOP TEN MALE PRO SWIM TIMES

23:35...........Jesper Svensson      
24:27...........Bruno Joaquim        
24:33...........Franz Loeschke       
24:34...........Tj Tollakson         
24:35...........Paul Matthews        
24:35...........Eli Hemming          
24:39...........Cameron Good         
25:10...........Justin Metzler       
25:16...........Timothy Winslow      
25:23...........Taylor Reid          

TJ Tollakson was the class of the field as far as the bike leg going into the race and he showed why on the course.

Once he got to the front, he never looked back. He finished the bike with a lead of 2:54 over Justin Metzler who was in second place. Unfortunately, a very slow transition cost Tollakson much of his lead. He began the run with a lead of about one minute.

At the the one mile mark the lead was still one minute over Franz Loeschke who was hanging onto second. Justin Metzler was just two seconds behind him, and Taylor Reid was just ten seconds behind the leader.

By mile two, his lead was cut in half as Loeschke closed the gap. A mile later there was a lead change as Loeschke moved to the front.

By mile seven it was Loeschke with a lead of 90 seconds over Metzler who had moved into second.

Tollakson and Reid were two minutes off the pace.

Loeschke could not be caught and claims top spot on the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Austin results 2017.

Svensson beats Metzler by one second to claim second place.

MALE PRO FINISH TIMES

3:53:50.........Franz Loeschke       
3:55:06.........Jesper Svensson      
3:55:07.........Justin Metzler       
3:57:07.........Tj Tollakson         
3:57:53.........Taylor Reid 

It was a very strong field of pro women who answered the starting gun for the swim.

Exciting to see Canadian Paula Findlay in the race today. I believe this might be her very first pro start. She was one of Canada’s best international triathletes for several years.

Best of luck Paula!

FEMALE PRO START LIST

Seymour Jeanni
True Sarah
Wendorff Amanda
Brown Christen
Bruck Kate
Davis-Hayes Cecilia
Findlay Paula
Hill Alycia
Lester Sarah
Oliver Brittany
Parubocha Kateryna
Ramsey Lenny
Rusch Maggie
Sanjana Frankie
Shannon Caroline
Smith Kearci
Spieldenner Jennifer
Thoren Annie
Van Der Merwe Natasha
McQuaid Melanie
Higgins Brittany

Jennifer Spieldenner, Jeanni Seymour, and Sarah True battled it out in the swim with Spieldenner coming out on top with a swim split of 25:21. Only two seconds separated third from first.

Paula Findlay had a strong start to her race and finished fourth, just forty seconds off the pace of the leaders.

FEMALE PRO SWIM TIMES

25:21.........Jennifer Spieldenner 
25:22.........Jeanni Seymour       
25:23.........Sarah True           
26:03.........Paula Findlay        
26:48.........Annie Thoren         
27:11.........Brittany Oliver      
27:31.........Christen Brown       
28:29.........Melanie McQuaid      
28:45.........Kearci Smith         
29:49.........Natasha Van Der Merwe
29:53.........Brittany Higgins    

Jennifer Spieldenner, Sarah True, Paula Findlay, and Jeanni Seymour were in a group of four leading the way on the bike course at the 25 mile mark. By the end of the bike, six women were through transition and onto the run course separated by 40 seconds.

A speedy transition vaulted True into the lead. At the one mile mark she was leading second place Paula Findlay by almost a minute.

True was unable to shake off Findlay who was matching her pace one minute back at the six mile mark. At mile nine nothing changed. Findlay was still a bit over a minute back, and a sure bet for second place at least as Jeanni Seymour was a full two minutes behind her in third spot.

Just past the ten mile mark and True had stretched out her lead to 1:30 over Findlay who was still well-placed in second. Jeanni Seymour was still in third, almost 4:30 off the pace of the leader.

Sarah True is the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Austin champion with a time of 4:21:18.

In just her first 70.3 start, Paul Findlay of Canada takes second place. Great job Paula!

TOP FIVE FEMALE PRO FINISH TIMES

 4:21:18..........Sarah True           
 4:23:02..........Paula Findlay        
 4:26:35..........Jeanni Seymour       
 4:29:48..........Jennifer Spieldenner 
 4:31:27..........Christen Brown       

Top age-group finishers in Ironman 70.3 Austin results 2017

OVERALL MALE………Corbin Hudacek
OVERALL FEMALE…….Chealsea Tiner

FEMALE 18-24

Amanda Milner............4:48:30

MALE 18-24

J M Flores...............4:23:13

FEMALE 25-29

Fiona Moriarty...........4:54:23

MALE 25-29

Corbin Hudacek............4:14:01

FEMALE 30-34

Chealsea Tiner............4:48:30

MALE 30-34

Josiah Leuenberger........4:18:03

FEMALE 35-39

Katie Corbin..............5:02:13

MALE 35-39

Mike Mendoza..............4:43:49

FEMALE 40-44

Gemma Hollis..............5:18:29

MALE 40-44

Jack Cartwright............4:23:21

FEMALE 45-49

Heather Meizer.............5:22:37

MALE 45-49

Carlos Sandoval............4:35:39

FEMALE 50-54

Colleen De Reuck............4:50:01

MALE 50-54

Darren De Reuck............4:40:40

FEMALE 55-59

Lauren Smith...............5:12:21

MALE 55-59

Chris Hughes...............5:14:05

FEMALE 60-64

Karlene Ivy................6:03:13

MALE 60-64

Tony Dalessandro...........5:59:51

FEMALE 65-69

Diane Cridennda............6:38:31

MALE 65-69

David Hodges..............5:52:13

MALE 70-74

Timothy Mason.............6:29:43

These results originated on Ironman.com. Be sure to visit them for complete race results and info on upcoming WTC events.

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