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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Sept. 8
Sunday was host to the Midwest favorite located in Madison, Ironman Wisconsin. German Maik Twelsiek was one of the first out of the water and after hitting the challenging bike course, his lead continued to grow. As Twelsiek pulled further away, Daniel Bretscher (Mount Vernon, Iowa) and Elliot Holtham of Canada danced with second place. Bretscher pulled ahead of Holtham and began closing the gap on Twelsiek, who started the run with a 15-minute advantage. Yet the gap proved to be too large and Twelsiek held onto his run to finish first in a time of 8:40:15. Bretscher’s sub-3 hour run split moved him into second with a time of 8:46:00 and Holtham followed in third in 8:50:45.
In the women’s field, Hillary Biscay (Tucson, Ariz.) exited the water first with Malaika Homo (Ogden, Utah) following close behind. Biscay was chased down by Homo throughout the bike course as Homo posted the fastest bike split of the field. Jackie Arendt (Madison, Wis.) and Beth Shutt (Natrona Heights, Pa.) also posted solid bike splits to move within striking distance of Homo. Arendt took over the lead and went on to take first place in a time of 9:47:07 with Shutt following in second with a time of 9:53:42. Homo rounded out the podium in 9:58:49.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
The Ironman 70.3 World Championships were held Sunday in Henderson, Nev., located just outside of Las Vegas. In the men’s field, the swim was a back-and-forth battle with no decisive leader. As racers began heading out on the bike, the packs were quickly split up with Germany’s Sebastian Kienle slowly making his way to the front with the fastest bike split of the day. Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand came in behind Kienle and made his move to chase him down on the run. He overtook Australia’s Joe Gambles with the fastest run split of the day but it was not enough to close the gap Kienle made on the bike. Kienle finished first with a time of 3:54:02. Bozzone followed in second with a time of 3:56:06 and Gambles rounded out the podium in third with a time of 3:56:55.
In the women’s field, Australian Annabel Luxford gave herself a significant lead coming out of the water and heading out onto the bike. Fellow Australian Melissa Hauschildt and Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) came out of the water to form the chase group. Hauschildt posted the fastest bike split of the field to pull away from Jackson and begin chipping away at Luxford’s lead. Hauschildt and Luxford came into T2 nearly together to head out onto the run. Hauschildt was not finished with her field-best splits and she went on to post the fastest run to pull away from Luxford and take first place in a time of 4:20:07. Jackson was also able to reel in Luxford throughout the run to finish in 4:25:19. Luxford finished third with a time of 4:25:59.
Ironman 70.3 World Championships
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Sebastian Kienle (GER) 3:54:02
2. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:56:06
3. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:56:55
4. Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 3:57:36
5. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:57:36
6. Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.) 3:57:48
7. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:58:17
8. Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) 3:59:36
9. Tyler Butterfield (BER) 3:59:42
10. Will Clarke (GBR) 3:59:56
1. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 4:20:07
2. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) 4:25:19
3. Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:25:59
4. Catriona Morrison (SCO) 4:27:50
5. Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:27:52
6. Lisa Huetthaler (AUT) 4:29:58
7. Lisa Norden (SWE) 4:21:44
8. Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) 4:32:30
9. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:33:11
10. Amy Marsh (Austin, Texas) 4:33:43