Weekend Wrap-up: Ironman 70.3 Qujing, Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun and Ironman Coeur d’ Arlene
Ironman 70.3 Qujing
Running legs proved the key for Italy’s Domenico Passuello and the USA’s Sarah Piampiano when they grabbed their first wins over the distance this year at IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing in China.
Passuello, who has not win since 2015, came off the bike locked with New Zealand multisport guru Dougal Allen and less than three minutes to the chasers. His 1:18 run secured victory in 3:54:06, with 1:38 to Allan while Ukraine’s ex ITU athlete Daniil Sapunov ran 1:19 to push through to third but five minutes from the winner. Passuello and Sapunov were the only athletes to run under 1:20.
American Sarah Piampiano had a 2:45 buffer on compatriot Kelsey Withrow off the bike but her 1:27 run paved the way for victory in 4:18:17. Withrow held for second but 12:42 back with Aussie Kate Bevilaqua claiming her second podium in eight day for third, over 25 minutes behind the winner.
Piampiano has been impressive over the full IRONMAN distance in recent times. She was second at IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champs in Cairns this year, won at Vineman last year and at Western Australia in 2015. But this showed she is still a threat as one of the best bike-runners in the sport. She had the best bike and run splits in China.
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Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun
Boris Stein made the decisive move in the men’s race during the swim in the beautiful Lake Zell at IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun. He had one of the best swims of his career in the crystal-clear water and reached the first transition only 1:57 behind the lead. The weaker swimmer is well known for his impressive bike rides, and that’s what Stein did again in Zell. His fellow countryman Nils Frommhold had the fastest swim and set off for a fast bike, too. But Stein downsized the gap step by step. It looked like Stein would take over the lead on the tough bike course including spectacular climbs and views early, but Frommhold really pushed the speed button and reached T2 with a gap of 50 seconds. After seven kilometers of the run, Stein eventually benefited from his strong swim performance. He took the lead while Frommhold had to undergo a second tough battle with Austria’s Andreas Giglmayr for second place.
Laura Philipp came from behind in women’s race, too. Anja Beranek was side by side with Austria’s Beatrice Weiss in the water, but it was no question that the strong German biker would take control of the race early on the bike course. Beranek dropped Weiss and she was pushing hard to open up a gap to Philipp, but the winner of the IRONMAN 70.3 Austria and the IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca proved her bike and running strength again. Philipp took over the lead early on the bike and hammered away from Beranek who took silver with a huge smile after ranking third at the world championship here two years before.
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Ironman Coeur d’ Arlene
North Idaho provided a beautiful backdrop for athletes from around the world today at the 2017 IRONMAN® Coeur d’Alene triathlon. Mike Saroni (M25-29) from San Antonio, Texas and Haley Cooper-Scott (F35-39) from Spokane, Washington took the top honors with finishing times of 9:29:52 and 10:19:06, respectively.
The 2017 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon saw nearly 1,000 athletes representing 16 countries and 44 states start the race. One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, athletes took on a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run throughout Coeur d’Alene and its surrounding areas. The swim took place in Lake Coeur d’Alene, while the two-loop bike course brought athletes through rural northern Idaho. Athletes then enjoyed a three-loop run course along the shores of the lake blending the energy of a small-town resort atmosphere with a world-class course. The event offered 40 coveted age-group qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on October 14 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
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