Appleton and Luxford take Ironman 70.3 Geelong titles

Sam Appleton and Annabel Luxford led the way in the surprisingly cooler conditions at Ironman 70.3 Geelong.

| February 19, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >Phil Wrochna

“We rode really hard and tried to put some time on those guys chasing and, fortunately, we were able to do that and it ended in a running race between Josh and myself,” Appleton said post race. Then three became two as Montgomery was dropped in the last few kms of the bike. “We rode really hard and tried to put some time on those guys chasing and fortunately we were able to do that and it ended in a running race between Josh and myself.” Appleton continued.

Amberger and Appleton pushed each other hard with Dan Wilson and Cyril Viennot going hard, but not really in contention for anything but the last step of the podium. Appleton took the win with a slick 1:15 run and served notice that he was intent on delivering on the promise of a season ago. Amberger also improved his run (1:16) and held for second with Wilson in third.

“It is great to start the year with a win. My main goal is the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga in September and I am gearing my whole season around that.” said a beaming Appleton post race.

Luxford takes the women's title

The women’s saw Annabel Luxford coming into the event with a heavy pre-Ironman New Zealand block of training in her legs. With some talent in the field in the form of Sarah Crowley, Barbara Riveros and rising star Ellie Salthouse it would be a tough day for Luxford. Or so the theory goes. When you bike seven minutes quicker than your nearest rival and you swim like a fish, the run is usually academic. And that was the case for Luxford who made the rest of the women irrelevant on the bike as she powered to the lead and never looked back. Riveros, Crowley and Salthouse were brave in pursuit, but when Luxford is on song she is world class.

Place

Name

Country

Total

1.9k Swim

90k Bike

21.1k Run

1

LUXFORD, Annabel

AUS

4:21:20

0:25:40

2:24:18

1:27:35

2

RIVEROS, Barbara

CHL

4:26:30

0:25:46

2:35:32

1:21:39

3

CROWLEY, Sarah

AUS

4:27:34

0:28:02

2:31:05

1:24:34

4

SALTHOUSE, Ellie

AUS

4:28:14

0:25:42

2:33:20

1:25:11

5

SEIDEL, Kirralee

AUS

4:31:14

0:27:19

2:33:52

1:25:43

6

GIBB, Katey

AUS

4:32:37

0:27:20

2:33:53

1:27:07

7

THISTLETON, Jacqueline

AUS

4:34:21

0:27:18

2:36:06

1:26:55

8

MULHOLLAND, Kerry

AUS

4:36:15

0:27:35

2:32:00

1:31:52

9

MITCHELL, Jessica

AUS

4:39:49

0:31:36

2:35:30

1:27:13

10

ARMSTRONG, Laura

NZL

4:47:42

0:31:28

2:41:52

1:29:45

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Place

Name

Country

Total

1.9k Swim

90k Bike

21.1k Run

1

APPLETON, Sam

AUS

3:49:41

0:22:58

2:07:24

1:15:59

2

AMBERGER, Josh

AUS

3:50:29

0:22:40

2:07:30

1:16:52

3

WILSON, Dan

AUS

3:51:49

0:22:54

2:12:10

1:13:21

4

VIENNOT, Cyril

FRA

3:53:04

0:24:40

2:10:35

1:14:10

5

MONTGOMERY, Jake

AUS

3:53:46

0:22:52

2:09:56

1:17:12

6

SKIPWORTH, Todd

AUS

3:54:51

0:23:03

2:12:10

1:15:58

7

VAN BERKEL, Tim

AUS

3:56:28

0:24:35

2:10:27

1:17:39

8

FETTELL, Clayton

AUS

3:57:17

0:22:55

2:12:24

1:18:48

9

KOUTNY, Philipp

SUI

3:57:43

0:24:42

2:12:31

1:16:43

10

BURTON, Matt

AUS

3:59:24

0:26:16

2:08:49

1:20:25

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