The Images from 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dubai as Brownlee Wins in 3:35
Alistair Brownlee (GBR) celebrated a sensational comeback race after a long injury-related break at the IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai. The two-time Olympic champion went into the race as the clear favorite, and he demonstrated his outstanding talent the whole day. It was without any question that Brownlee would take over control early in the water, but eventually the biggest surprise was the bike performance of the 29-year-old Brit. Brownlee hammered his way in spectacular fashion and jumped off the bike with a huge lead. He was the only athlete to nail a sub 2-hour bike split, and added a breathtaking 10-kilometer run split of 31:28 minutes. A strong group of four battled hard behind, but they never had a real chance to come close to Brownlee. Once he was on his way in Dubai, he was racing on different level.
Compared to men’s field, Anne Haug (DEU) had one of the best run splits in Dubai. Only six pro men ran faster than the 35-year-old Olympian who powered her way into the lead with about 11 kilometers to go. The 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, Holly Lawrence (GBR) opened up a gap of almost two minutes in the water and maintained the lead throughout the complete bike course. But the Brit was not able to keep Haug’s pace on the run. The surprise of the day was Sarah Lewis (AUS) thanks to a strong run that paved her way into second.
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