Reed withstands fierce battle with Kienle to raise Aussie flag on home soil; Lawrence caps impressive 2016 season with victory over the world’s female elite
MOOLOOLABA/TAMPA (Sept. 4, 2016; IRONMAN, A Wanda Sports Holding Company) — Today, in the first-ever IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in the Southern Hemisphere, Tim Reed (AUS) and Holly Lawrence (GBR) claimed victory with times of 3:44:14 and 4:09:12, respectively. Reed edged two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, Sebastian Kienle (DEU) by two-seconds, capping a perfect Down Under Father’s Day on home soil while Lawrence took home the championship title, proving she isn’t just a short-course threat. Over 2,700 other athletes from more than 80 countries also competed in this globally renowned event.
Coming out of the 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, Brisbane’s Josh Amberger had a 43 second advantage over a chase pack that consisted of 26 other professionals all within a minute of each other. Onto the 56-mile (90km) bike, the men’s field held a steady and tight pace with Tim Reed and former pro cyclist Tyler Butterfield (BMU) quickly positioning themselves along with German super riders Sebastian Kienle and Andreas Dreitz. Butterfield held the advantage out of T2 by the slimmest of margins as 14 other riders exited transition within the next 37 seconds. The 13.1-mile (21 km) run had a similar feel in competitiveness, but by the halfway mark it would become a two-person race as Reed and Kienle battled the remainder of the way for the win, with Kienle surging to a 30 meter lead heading back from Maroochydore. Reed, however, dug deep to close the gap before making his final push on the downhill run towards the finish, taking the win at 3:44:13, with Kienle just two seconds behind.
After the titanic battle, Reed was welcomed at the finish line by his wife and two children and with the support of his home community. The popular Aussie capped off a remarkable year that also included wins at the Cobra Energy Drink IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Cebu and an emotional victory at IRONMAN Australia.
“Full credit to Seb. He broke me about four times, but with this amazing crowd I was able to fight back. I owe it to them,” Reed said. “I cannot believe it. This is something I have only ever dreamed about.”
Former Olympian Ruedi Wild (CHE) pushed hard on the run to finish third ahead of the 2009 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) and this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Buenos Aires winner Sam Appleton (AUS).
The host country saw four of their own finish in the Top-10, including multi- IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander.
SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
- Tim Reed AUS 00:22:53 02:06:12 01:11:03 03:44:14
- Sebastian Kienle DEU 00:24:14 02:04:45 01:11:18 03:44:15
- Ruedi Wild CHE 00:22:47 02:06:28 01:11:07 03:44:40
- Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:22:44 02:06:20 01:12:44 03:45:52
- Sam Appleton AUS 00:22:40 02:06:23 01:12:51 03:46:02
- Nicholas Kastelein AUS 00:22:43 02:06:41 01:12:46 03:46:21
- Tim Don GBR 00:22:51 02:06:37 01:12:57 03:46:32
- Maurice Clavel DEU 00:22:53 02:06:18 01:13:39 03:46:47
- Lionel Sanders CAN 00:25:41 02:06:42 01:10:34 03:47:14
- Craig Alexander AUS 00:22:49 02:06:39 01:14:03 03:47:28
Lauren Brandon (USA) led the women out of the water onto Mooloolaba Beach, with Holly Lawrence hot on her heels just 30 seconds back, followed by Annabel Luxford (AUS), Leanda Cave (GBR), Daniela Ryf (CHE), and Caroline Steffen (CHE) an additional a minute behind. Out onto the 56-mile (90km) bike, Brandon managed to hold her lead early before Lawrence overtook her on the first climb. By the halfway point, a chase pack including Steffen, Cave, and Alicia Kaye (USA) allowed Lawrence to build her lead by three minutes. Meanwhile, Heather Wurtele (CAN) fought her way back into the mix exiting the bike in third.
Two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and local favorite Mel Hauschildt (AUS) made a significant push on the 13.1-mile (21 km) run, however Lawrence’s 1:21 run was enough to hold off the charge. Lawrence claimed the title as Hauschildt used her 1:18 run to earn second, ahead of Wurtele. Defending IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf fought hard for fourth, while the Sunshine Coast-based Steffen earned an impressive fifth-place finish.
“Going out hard and leading is always my tactic; I get out of the swim in that position, so I just put the hammer down and see how I go,” said Lawrence. “Mentally it’s nice on the bike as the time splits are getting bigger, but on the run I just try and stay calm. I didn’t think about winning until I was in the finishing chute.”
“Racing at home was amazing,” Hauschildt said. “The crowd was fantastic, and they were all cheering my name.”
SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
- Holly Lawrence GBR 00:23:24 02:19:28 01:21:48 04:09:12
- Melissa Hauschildt AUS 00:26:46 02:21:06 01:18:43 04:11:09
- Heather Wurtele CAN 00:25:05 02:22:26 01:21:38 04:13:36
- Daniela Ryf CHE 00:24:12 02:23:47 01:21:19 04:14:09
- Caroline Steffen CHE 00:24:13 02:23:09 01:25:10 04:17:16
- Annabel Luxford AUS 00:24:11 02:23:44 01:24:58 04:17:26
- Laura Philipp DEU 00:27:16 02:24:46 01:21:00 04:17:40
- Alicia Kaye USA 00:24:17 02:23:31 01:25:35 04:17:53
- Radka Vodickova CZE 00:24:10 02:26:51 01:22:37 04:18:17
- Magali Tisseyre CAN 00:24:16 02:23:49 01:25:36 04:18:19
The impressive field of athletes tackled a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) ocean swim off of Mooloolaba Beach, followed by a 56-mile (90 km) bicycle ride through the Sunshine Motorway and into the hinterland, capped with a 13.1-mile (21 km) run on the Mooloolaba Esplanade along striking shores and a spectator-lined course that finished in the heart of Mooloolaba. In order to qualify for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, more than 130,000 age-group athletes competed to earn slots at over 85 IRONMAN 70.3 events held worldwide.
“The naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast is the host region and official destination partner for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events throughout the state.”
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IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. This year, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. More than 130,000 athletes participated in a season of qualifying races for the championship, a series which consists of over 85 events in locations such as Australia, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Approximately 3,000 registered athletes from around the world took part in this prestigious race. Participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship ranged in age from 19 to 75-plus, and represented over 80 countries. In 2017, the event will return to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will become a two-day race for the first time.
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