Gomez, Kahlefeldt rule Ironman 70.3 Geelong

by Ironman Media/photo credit Ironman 70.3 Geelong

Javier Gomez (ESP), the two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, remained in cover of the lead pack in the swim and on the bike before unleashing on the run. Coming off the bike in a pack of five, the Spaniard had the race under control by the 3km mark on the run, clocking a 1:11 half marathon to win in 3:45:23. Josh Amberger (AUS) lost two minutes in T1 to correct an issue on his bike. That resulted in a 2:35 deficit on to the run but his 1:14 effort was enough for second place while Tim van Berkel (AUS) pushed on to the final spot on the podium also with a superb 1:14 run.

In the women’s race, an early group formed on the bike but thinned down to pre-race favorites Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE), Ellie Salthouse (AUS) and Caroline Steffen (CHE). Salthouse took the initiative with a strong move early on the run, opening up a 30-second advantage. But Kahlefeldt really went to work in the second half of the run, claiming the lead with 5km remaining, and going on to win in 4:09:56. It took a 1:21 effort on the run from Kahlefeldt to stop Salthouse from claiming the victory. She finished a minute back, while Australian Grace Thek worked her way past a tiring Steffen for the final spot on the podium.

Top 5 Pro Men

1 Gomez, Javier AUS 3:43:23
2 Amberger, Josh AUS 3:49:38
3 Van Berkel, Tim AUS 3:50:00
4 Munro, Casey AUS 3:50:03
5 Mitchell, Kibby AUS 3:50:48

Top 5 Pro Women

1 Kahlefeldt, Radka CZE 4:09:56
2 Salthouse, Ellie AUS 4:10:55
3 Thek, Grace AUS 4:12:23
4 Steffen, Caroline CHE 4:14:15
5 McKenzie, Beth USA 4:29:09
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Originally from: http://asia.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2019/02/the-monday-round-up-02.18.aspx#ixzz5fvzsXZBy

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