Brownlee and Lawrence stellar in St. George

Alistair Brownlee took two of the sport's best while Holly Lawrence continued her 70.3 dominance at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship.

| May 6, 2017 | NEWS

Alistair Brownlee seen here winning Challenge Gran Canaria in April.

Alistair Brownlee seen here winning Challenge Gran Canaria in April.

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The triathlon world was watching St. George, Utah this morning as three of the biggest names in the sport were on hand for a men's showdown. He might be a long-distance rookie, but Alistair Brownlee lived up to his reputation as possible one of the most talented triathletes the world has ever seen as he took the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship over defending champion Lionel Sanders and two-time 70.3 world champ Sebastian Kienle.

In the women's race Holly Lawrence made it a clean sweep for the Bahrain Endurance team and continued her domination of the 70.3 world with a clear win on the tough course.

Brownlee blasts

After trailing American Ben Kanute out of the water by three seconds, Brownlee quickly moved to the front of the race on the bike. His 2:01:39 bike split was only 15 seconds slower than super-cyclist Sanders would go after trailing the English two-time Olympic gold medalist by just over three minutes out of the water. Kienle ended up riding 14 seconds slower than Brownlee. He trailed by just over two minutes out of the water and found himself entering T2 alongside Sanders, three minutes down.

Out on the run course Brownlee flew through the opening few miles of the race, but eventually slowed down and Sanders started to claw back time. Kienle was spat out the back by the Canadian early on and was never in the hunt for the win. In the end Sanders would run a 1:12:19 half-marathon, 2:20 faster than Brownlee, but it wasn't enough as Brownlee made it two-for-two in his half-distance career after taking Challenge Gran Canaria a few weeks ago. Kienle finished third to round out the podium.

Lawrence dominates

As has become her typical race strategy, Holly Lawrence dominated on the bike and never looked back - well, OK, she gave back some time on the run, succumbing a bit to the tough St. George course - to add another major title to a resume that is topped with last year's 70.3 world championship. The Brit led the way out of the water, then annihilated the rest of the women's field with a 2:17:46 bike ride that left her more than seven minutes clear of South Africa's Jeanni Seymour starting the run, with Aussie Ellie Salthouse third into T2 at 8:14 down on the leader.

Seymour would run over four minutes faster than Lawrence to lock up third while Salthouse hung tough for third, holding off super-mom Rachel Joyce, who continues her impressive comeback to racing after giving birth to Archie last year.

Ironman 70.3 St. George | Women

May 6, 2017 | St. George, Utah, USA

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Holly Lawrence

GBR

4:12:07

24:56

2:17:46

1:26:57

2

Jeanni Seymour

RSA

4:15:12

25:03

2:25:00

1:22:36

3

Ellie Salthouse

AUS

4:22:25

24:59

2:25:40

1:28:25

4

Rachel Joyce

GBR

4:25:46

27:18

2:26:15

1:28:49

5

Lesley Smith

USA

4:27:44

27:40

2:33:54

1:22:52

6

Jackie Hering

USA

4:29:42

26:20

2:33:22

1:27:18

7

Lisa Roberts

USA

4:35:24

30:25

2:34:33

1:27:15

8

Cecilia Davis-Hayes

USA

4:38:01

30:22

2:30:05

1:34:40

9

Skye Moench

USA

4:40:08

28:11

2:32:22

1:36:28

10

Jen Annett

CAN

4:40:53

30:22

2:28:44

1:39:01

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Ironman 70.3 St. George | Women

May 6, 2017 | St. George, Utah, USA

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Alistair Brownlee

GBR

3:41:58

23:18

2:01:39

1:14:49

2

Lionel Sanders

CAN

3:42:31

26:25

2:01:24

1:12:19

3

Sebastian Kienle

GER

3:46:20

25:23

2:01:53

1:16:10

4

Tim Don

GBR

3:48:26

23:57

2:05:27

1:16:41

5

Ben Kanute

USA

3:50:29

23:16

2:06:46

1:18:10

6

Brent McMahon

CAN

3:51:20

23:58

2:09:49

1:15:21

7

Joe Gambles

AUS

3:52:55

24:01

2:08:44

1:17:45

8

Jackson Laundry

CAN

3:56:27

24:23

2:06:28

1:23:23

9

Sam Appleton

AUS

3:56:43

23:22

2:07:39

1:23:19

10

Antony Costes

FRA

3:57:49

24:01

2:06:08

1:25:18

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