Weekend Wrap-up: Ironman Mar del Plata and Ironman Cartagena 70.3
Ironman Mar del Plata
In the men’s race for much of the swim and the better part of the bike it was Matt Chrabot (USA), Igor Amorelli (BRA) and Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) duking it out and putting time on the field. Late in the bike Amorelli surged to the front while Chrabot eased off let Amorelli go as Colucci faded hard. Amorelli would eventually carry advantages of 3:53 on Chrabot and +9:35 on Colucci heading into T2.
It would take Chrabot 20 km’s to catch and pass Amorelli and storm on to the win by a margin of over six minutes on Jozsef Major (HUN) who passed Amorelli in the late km’s of the run.
The ageless Dede Griesbauer (USA) was in her element in the swim and bike in Argentina. The 47-year-old racked up a gap of 8:38 on Tine Deckers (BEL) and 9:29 Sarah Piampiano (USA) coming off the bike and looked like she would be a solid pick for a podium finish. Magilia Tisseyre (CAN) and Piampiano had other plans as the pair laid down the first and second fastest run splits on the day respectfully. Piampiano would grab the win by over eight minutes on Deckers and over 13 minutes on Tisserye who finished third after nipping Griesbauer for the podium close to the finish line.
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Ironman Cartagena 70.3
Kevin Collington (USA) closed out his 2017 season with a win in Colombia. The American was out of the water with the leaders and was within a minute of the front of the race after the 90-km bike in Cartagena.
TJ Tollakson (USA) took out the run hard and at one time was enjoying a three minute advantage on Collington in the first half of the run. Collington made a successful surge towards in the middle of the run and closed the gap at 14 km’s when he ran his way into the lead and eventual win.
Diana Castillo (COL) and Kelsey Withrow (USA) were content to race in each other’s shadow throughout the swim and the bike. The pair hit the run together with Castillo coming out on top of the battle to enjoy the thrill of winning her home country’s IRONMAN 70.3 race in front of her family and friends.
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