USA, Canada, Great Britain pros against best of New Zealand and Australia for podium in Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2016.
For the pro men it was Scott Drew of the USA hoping to find a way onto the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2016 against a stacked field of Australians and New Zealanders.
MALE PRO START LIST
Franklin, Matt Allan, Dougal Brown, Cameron Cochrane, Simon Wall, Lindsey Hall, Jason Petrie, Alexi Barber, Zac Shaw, Olly Paul, Cameron Elstob, Sam McGuigan, Daniel Djouad-guibert, Alain Bowstead, Mark Kerin, Lachlan Scott, Drew Phillips, Mike Currie, Braden Ambrose, Paul Rawles, Eddie Skipworth, Todd
It was a group of five pro men making a bit of a break on the rest of the field as the 1.9k swim was in the books. Braden Curtis of New Zealand led the way with his clocking of 24:04 but he had plenty of company.
The next four to reach the swim finish were within four seconds of the leader.
Mark Bowstead of New Zealand posted the fastest bike split of the day and vaulted into the lead as the 21k run began. Australian Lachlan Kerin and American Scott Drew were right behind him in second and third.
MALE PRO SWIM AND BIKE SPLITS
Bowstead, Mark 00:24:06 02:06:30 Kerin, Lachlan 00:25:10 02:07:01 Scott, Drew 00:25:10 02:07:08 Phillips, Mike 00:25:12 02:07:02 Currie, Braden 00:24:04 02:09:42 Ambrose, Paul 00:25:09 02:08:43 Rawles, Eddie 00:24:06 02:09:45 Skipworth, Todd 00:24:08 02:10:14 Franklin, Matt 00:24:07 02:39:04 Allan, Dougal 00:27:41 02:39:40 Brown, Cameron 00:26:59 02:40:36 Cochrane, Simon 00:25:08 02:15:06 Wall, Lindsey 00:25:13 02:15:15 Paul, Cameron 00:26:52 02:13:21 Petrie, Alexi 00:26:06 02:15:15 Hall, Jason 00:25:15 02:18:32 Elstob, Sam 00:27:38 02:28:24 McGuigan, Daniel 00:35:11 02:28:50
Mark Bowstead who led coming off the bike dropped out of the race due to injury.
Just past the 10k mark it was Braden Currie taking over the lead for the pro men. It was a tight race. Mike Phillips was right behind him in second and Drew Scott of the USA was just 1:30 back in third place.
Braden Currie won in 2015 and he successfully defends his title as he takes top spot on the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2016. Fellow New Zealander Mike Phillips finishes in second.
MALE PRO FINISH TIMES
Currie, Braden 03:52:45 Phillips, Mike 03:53:18 Skipworth, Todd 03:56:57 Rawles, Eddie 03:57:51 Scott, Drew 03:58:10 Kerin, Lachlan 03:59:41 Allan, Dougal 03:59:53 Brown, Cameron 04:03:14 Ambrose, Paul 04:04:47 Cochrane, Simon 04:06:21 Wall, Lindsey 04:07:08 Hall, Jason 04:07:52 Franklin, Matt 04:12:44 Petrie, Alexi 04:14:03 Paul, Cameron 04:15:09 Elstob, Sam 04:37:17 Djouad-guibert, Alain 04:44:53 McGuigan, Daniel 04:49:40
As the swim got underway for the female pros it appeared that Meredith Kessler of the USA, Laura Siddall of New Zealand, and Canadian Melanie McQuaid would be the early favorites to take the top of the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2016.
However, there were several others in the race who could reach the podium on their best effort and that includes Amelia Watkinson who was second in 2015.
FEMALE PRO START LIST
McQuaid, Melanie Siddall, Laura Hayes, Tamsyn Lawrence, Hannah Furness, Erin Brent, Elaine Meo, Pip Kessler, Meredith Clarke, Rebecca Wood, Laura Watkinson, Amelia Cleaver, Anna
As expected it was Meredith Kessler at the front of the pack in the swim. She had company as Rebecca Clarke of New Zealand matched her stroke for stroke. They recorded times of 25:36 and 25:37 respectively.
They entered transition one with a one minute lead over third place Laura Wood of New Zealand.
As is customary, Melanie McQuaid of Canada had to count on strong bike split to get back in touch with the leaders. She was three minutes off the pace as she began the 90k bike leg.
Kessler followed up her strong swim with the second fastest bike leg of the day to maintain the lead as the left the bike/run transition. Amelia Watkinson had the fastest bike split and moved into second place ahead of Laura Siddall of Great Britain.
Melanie McQuaid worked her way into fourth after the bike. Both Siddall and McQuaid left too much to do after the swim and would most likely be battling it out for third place. They were both six minutes or more behind the leader.
Much would depend on how strong Amelia Watkinston was on the run. Siddall was within striking distance of second place, but McQuaid over three minutes behind Watkinson.
FEMALE PRO SWIM AND BIKE SPLITS
Kessler, Meredith 00:25:36 02:23:39 Watkinson, Amelia 00:27:56 02:23:34 Siddall, Laura 00:28:44 02:26:58 McQuaid, Melanie 00:28:44 02:26:58 Hayes, Tamsyn 00:31:13 02:30:10 Wood, Laura 00:26:39 02:35:08 Clarke, Rebecca 00:25:37 02:37:06 Lawrence, Hannah 00:31:13 03:09:17
Meredith Kessler held a sizeable lead for most of the run, but as she reached the 16k mark her lead had been cut down considerably.
Laura Siddall had moved into second and was running well. She was just over two minutes back of the leader. Amelia Watkinson slipped down into third spot.
What a finish to the race for the pro women. Meredith Kessler barely hangs on to win the race by eight seconds over a hard-charging Laura Siddall. Kessler repeats as champion.
As it turned out, the three podium finishers were the same as last year.
FEMALE PRO FINISH TIMES
Kessler, Meredith 04:22:36 Siddall, Laura 04:22:44 Watkinson, Amelia 04:28:25 Clarke, Rebecca 04:42:52 Wood, Laura 04:45:06 Hayes, Tamsyn 04:45:12 Lawrence, Hannah 04:45:20 Meo, Pip 04:52:04 Brent, Elaine 04:53:21 McQuaid, Melanie 04:56:40 Furness, Erin 05:02:54
Top age-group finishers in Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2016.
Swanson, Molly 05:10:30 Mitchell, Grace 05:19:38 Treseder, Phoebe 05:39:49 McVerry, Katie 05:47:18 Watson, Megan 05:49:02 Haresnape, Billie-Lee 05:49:25 Chisholm, Jess 05:50:29 Lusby, Jess 05:52:25
Robinson, Jack 04:25:27 Hirschberg, Bryce 04:40:32 Humby, Robert 04:42:08 Millett, Maxwell 04:47:33 Thomas, Josh 04:49:36 Taylor, Ted 04:52:07 Bullen, Liam 04:54:49 Kettle, Sam 05:02:56
Elliott, Rebecca 04:37:58 Wilson, Alison 04:39:05 Ryan, Taryn 04:56:15 Davis, Alysha 05:01:12 Kendrick, Emily 05:12:05
Robinson, Mike 04:31:07 Twist, Ryan 04:34:59 Hyde, Benjamin 04:39:46 Meech, Sam 04:42:21 McNeice, Marshall 04:43:54 Matuschka, Brent 04:45:14 Tennent, William 04:45:25 Bennett, Kit 04:50:51
Toulmin, Karen 04:55:09 Lawrence, Matilda 05:01:21 Milner-Olsen, Ngarama 05:01:29 Meyer, Pamela 05:07:55 Grew, Lana 05:12:23 Coombs, Alice 05:14:18 Reardon, Cass 05:15:00 York, Rebecca 05:15:35
Plews, Daniel 04:09:04 Campbell, Peter 04:24:34 Ford, Tim 04:28:01 Goretti, Martino 04:28:32 Kadar, Peter 04:34:44 Sumner, Matt 04:36:39 O'brien, Scott 04:40:40 van Kampen, Michael 04:40:57
Dewe, Kerri 05:05:05 Edwards, Nikki 05:05:55 McDougall, Liz 05:05:57 TawharaWilson,Christina 05:08:24 Mathews, Nikkola 05:15:45 Cox, Kylie 05:17:40 Revie, Janice 05:27:16 Warren, Nikki 05:32:53
Randall, Joshua 04:23:59 Merrick, Matt 04:31:04 Corkin, Hayden 04:32:19 Leuchten, Thomas 04:33:48 Clark, Brad 04:38:41 Blackburn, Leon 04:41:48 BOUCHER, Arnaud 04:42:07 Nieper, Craig 04:45:14
Sharp, Tanya 04:54:39 Olsson, Malin 05:07:14 Sutherland, Nicki 05:11:04 Harvey-Heyward, Gail 05:18:10 Murdoch, Carrie 05:29:46 Maas, Shan 05:31:29 Penney, Ange 05:45:41 Brown, Annalie 05:52:28
Allen, Kevin 04:39:16 Van hellemond, Glen 04:43:27 Yeates, Shane 04:44:51 Parris, Hugh 04:46:55 Scheepers, Andrew 04:46:59 Tucker, Reuben 04:47:06 Cresswell, Scott 04:47:54 McGrath, Jeff 04:49:35
TOKAI, Kaori 05:03:43 Wade-Fleming, Vicki 05:14:47 Dooley, Dawn 05:16:21 Sproule, Nicola 05:29:17 Clark, Gayle 05:33:33 Tisch, Jo 05:38:18 Clifford, Soolan 05:45:23 Robotham, Hilary 05:47:20
Morris, Jason 04:30:16 Cowan, Anthony 04:37:09 simonsen, ricky 04:37:53 McSkimming, Glen 04:41:29 Galt, Dean 04:41:40 Sanders, Steve 04:43:40 Mattson, David 04:45:49 Ross, Wayne 04:50:39
Houston, Keri 05:23:53 Hirschberg, Cheryl 05:39:46 Hermann, Jane 05:40:30 Baldwin, Jane 05:41:42 Wickham, Liz 05:42:57 Shean, Zena 05:59:15 McIntosh, Madeleine 06:02:39 Exeter, Kim 06:13:58
Cane, David 04:43:36 Searle, Robert 04:45:32 Bond, Mike 04:46:05 Hill, Paul 04:48:22 Pennifold, Chris 04:51:16 Burke, Mark 04:51:54 Brenton-Rule, Tim 04:52:04 Turner, James 04:52:39
Searle, Eileen 05:19:08 McMaster, Sue 05:40:52 Walker, Gillian 05:46:08 Hunsche, Ingrid 05:57:24 Shouksmith, Christine 06:00:13 de Lacey, Emma 06:18:47 Earl, Vicki 06:29:04 Reardon, Vicki 06:34:33
Morreau, Philip 04:54:07 Lockey, Ross 05:01:12 McLeod, Andrew 05:12:24 Manson, Tony 05:12:42 Janssen, Shane 05:15:10 Spice, Roger 05:15:15 MacDonald, Graeme 05:25:45 Tweed, Malcolm 05:27:53
Hann, Lauren 05:59:03 Clarkson, Jo 06:23:26 Allison, Heather 06:26:49 Kowalewski, Dianne 06:39:55 Marshall, Mary 07:26:14 Ruddenklau, Veronica 08:00:47
Madsen, Niels 04:58:47 Wylie, Rob 05:08:18 Story, Cor 05:09:35 Fletcher, Alan 05:36:20 Dallinger, Tony 05:38:55 Primmer, Evan 05:39:21 Moriarty, David John 06:01:21 O'Driscoll, Christopher 06:02:10
Rolston, Shirley Jean 07:05:48
Berry, Paul 05:15:13 Tubb, Robert 05:48:44 hann, kevin 06:06:13 McGrath, Brian 06:30:02 Whitaker, Shaan 06:52:30 gaffaney, Mike 08:10:49 Robinson, Harold 08:12:59
Van Zon, Marieke 07:44:34
Bragg, Max 07:10:18 King, Ian 07:13:33 Ramsay, Mike 07:17:53 Taylor, Peter 07:18:17 Shadbolt, Douglas 07:28:53 Schmid, Manfred 07:31:41
Boyle, Brian 06:10:21
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