It was an American double at IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta on Sunday because the wins went to Jason West and Grace Alexander.
A blistering half marathon noticed West maintain off teenager and compatriot Trevor Foley, whereas Alexander’s run additionally proved decisive as she acquired the higher of Lottie Lucas (UAE) for her first 70.3 title.
Males – West runs away with it
West was to the fore all through as he notched the victory in one of many quickest 70.3 races seen on North American soil, crossing the road in 3:35:18.
The American star, winner of IRONMAN Chattanooga earlier this summer season and in motion simply final weekend on the PTO US Open, produced a blistering 1:07:24 half marathon to settle the difficulty.
A big entrance group loved a down-river swim, with defending champion Filipe Azevedo (POR) out of the water first in 21:12, only a fraction forward of West.
And a 2:03:35 bike break up saved West proper within the combine, however once more there was nearly nothing between the highest seven.
All that modified on the run. Foley led early on however by the midway level it was West who had moved to the pinnacle of affairs, although the up-and-coming teenager wasn’t letting him have all of it his personal manner.
Foley himself clocked a 1:08:22 half marathon for a primary 70.3 podium (and a slot on the Worlds subsequent 12 months) however was topped by West’s 1:07:24.
The pair have been properly away from the remainder, with Justin Metzler rounding out the rostrum, and Azevedo in fourth.
“I used to be second right here final 12 months and it’s nice to go one higher,” stated a delighted West on the end line. “It was a battle on the market however that’s what you need. I used to be pushed to the restrict as we speak.”
And West additionally revealed that he’d ticked off one in all his targets for the season, explaining: “A very massive objective of mine this 12 months was to run a 1:07 in order that was fairly particular.”
What was additionally particular was Foley’s show in second. We caught up with him earlier this season to search out out extra about his route into the game and he stated as we speak: “My first professional race was right here a 12 months in the past at this occasion after I was fifth.
“Since then I’ve actually been engaged on my bike rather a lot and that’s been essential.”
And there have been no complaints from Metzler in third, as he acknowledged: “It was a great, strong day. The dynamics didn’t fairly work out for me as Jason and Trevor are such sturdy runners however I’m pleased with my consistency.”
Ladies – Alexander wins duel with Lucas
The ladies’s race boiled right down to an absorbing battle on the run between Alexander and Lucas.
That they had been first out of the water earlier within the day however on the bike it was veteran Dede Griesbauer (USA), who celebrated her 52nd birthday earlier within the week, who surged forward.
By the point they reached T2, Griesbauer was 2:30 in entrance of her two youthful rivals.
That every one appeared more likely to change within the half marathon and so it proved, Alexander shifting to the entrance by the midway level with a slender 30 seconds cushion over Lucas.
With each looking for a breakthrough 70.3 win it was all the time going to be a tense finale however Alexander paced it completely and was in a position to maintain Lucas at bay to assert the victory in 4:12:28.
Mollie Hebda (USA) crossed the road in third however was DQ’d, seemingly for not serving a penalty in full after the bike leg, which left Sarah Bishop (USA) to assert the ultimate podium spot.
Talking afterwards, an understandably emotional Alexander stated: “It’s unbelievable. The previous two years as a professional have been powerful however I’m so completely happy to place a race collectively as we speak.
“All of it went properly and I just about hit my numbers – I’m so completely happy.”
And runner-up Lucas admitted she may by no means fairly get on phrases with the winner, explaining: “It was a extremely good day however Grace was so sturdy. I had her in my sights all day however simply couldn’t get to her.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta 2022 outcomes
Sunday 25 September 2022 – 1.9km / 90km / 21.1km
- 1. Jason West (USA) – 3:35:18
- 2. Trevor Foley (USA) – 3:36:07
- 3. Justin Metzler (USA) – 3:40:20
- 4. Filipe Azevedo (POR) – 3:41:04
- 5. Martin Ulloa (CHI) – 3:43:07
- 1. Grace Alexander (USA) – 4:12:28
- 2. Lottie Lucas (UAE) – 4:13:33
- 3. Sarah Bishop (USA) – 4:16:33
- 4. Dede Griesbauer (USA) – 4:17:50
- 5. Alycia HIll (USA) – 4:19:12