Fans celebrated a double in Antwerp and it was a good day for Britain too, writes Phil Mosley…
Men: B Aernouts (BEL) 3:43:37
Women: S Goos (BEL) 4:13:39
Just four weeks after winning Ironman Austria in a super-fast 7 hours 52 minutes, Marino Vanhoenacker was back racing over half the distance in Antwerp, this time settling for second place behind fellow Belgian Bart Aernouts. Racing his first-ever Ironman 70.3, and in his hometown, former duathlete Aernouts blitzed the bike and run sections, recording the fastest run split of 1:10 for the half-marathon distance.
Another Belgian, Sophie Goos, took first place in the women’s race, two minutes 45 seconds ahead of second place Rachel Joyce from Great Britain. It was a happy return to racing for Joyce after severing three ankle tendons on her chainring at the Abu Dhabi triathlon in March. Fellow Brit Emma-Kate Lidbury also impressed in third place.