Britain’s Jodie Swallow and Germany’s Michael Raelert have been crowned Ironman 70.3 world champions after racing to victory in Florida this weekend.
Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow scooped the biggest prize of her career to date yesterday by dominating the Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater from start to finish. She exited the swim ahead of the pack and never looked back, holding off defending champion Julie Dibens on the bike leg and then consolidating her lead into T2 and beyond. Dibens was clearly still feeling the effects of her podium finishes at Kona and at the XTERRA World Championships a fortnight later, and she faded on the run to finish in eighth position. Swallow eventually came home over six minutes clear of the field, making it one of the most convincing victories at Clearwater in recent memory. Her compatriot Leanda Cave secured second spot, with Canada’s Magali Tisseyre rounding off the podium.
In the men’s race Michael Raelert (GER) became the first man to successfully defend the 70.3 World Championship, confirming himself as the finest 70.3 athlete on the planet. He reached T1 over a minute behind the leaders but moved through the pack effortlessly on the bike leg, joining the leading group at the 30-mile mark. The stage was set for an enthralling and tight running leg, but Raelert asserted his authority with six miles to go and hung on for a comfortable and historic win, 98 seconds ahead of Filip Ospaly from the Czech Republic.
1 M Raelert 3:41:19
2 F Ospaly 3:42:57
3 T O’Donnell 3:44:18
1 J Swallow 4:06:28
2 L Cave 4:12:34
3 M Tisseyre 4:13:04