Daniela Ryf dominated the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, becoming the first person to take three 70.3 world titles.
September 9, 2017 | NEWS|
The Ironman 70.3 World Championship became a really boring race pretty much right after the swim. When Daniela Ryf (SUI) came out of the water a minute ahead of Holly Lawrence (Ryf was sixth place, 1:03 behind American super-swimmer Lauren Brandon), it was game over. By the time the women were at the top of the climb up Lookout Mountain Ryf was over a minute ahead of the rest of the field and literally never looked back. By the end of the bike she was over eight minutes in front and then the defending Ironman world champ got to cruise through the run, finishing 7:36 up.
The race for second was exciting, though. Once the women had sorted themselves out at the top of the five km climb that will come to define this course a chase group formed behind Ryf that included Lawrence, Alicia Kaye (USA), Helle Frederiksen (DEN), Annabel Luxford (AUS), Haley Chura (USA) and Jeanni Seymour (RSA). About two minutes behind that group was another bunch that included Heather Wurtele (CAN), Emma Pallant (GBR), Brandon and, just a few seconds back, Laura Philipp (GER).
Shortly after the speedy descent at about 40 km into the bike the first chase group seemed to lose a bit of momentum, possibly when Lawrence pulled out of the race ("it just wasn't my day"), which opened the door for Wurtele, Pallant and Philipp to work their way back into the mix - at about 60 km Philipp was suddenly pushing for the front of that group.
Philipp continued to push at the front by couldn't get clear, which meant she hit T2 8:30 down with some company - Luxford, Frederiksen, Wurtele, Lisa Huetthaler (who had worked her way up to the group, too), Pallant, Seymour and Kaye all pulled on their running shoes within seconds of each other, setting up the exciting dash for the remaining two spots on the podium.
Within 1 km that was decided, too. Philipp pushed hard out of transition, but couldn't match former world duathlon champion Pallant's speedy pace. Pallant would hang tough for the runner up spot, followed by a thrilled Philipp, who rounded out the podium.
True, who made her 70.3 debut in May right here in Chattanooga had a stirling performance for fourth, while Frederiksen came back from her silver medal at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship two weeks ago to take fifth.
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run