Haug and Cunnama capture Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote

Anne Haug and James Cunnama took the top honors at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, each setting records along the way.

| September 2, 2017 | NEWS

James Cunnama and Anne Haug take the wins at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote.

James Cunnama and Anne Haug take the wins at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote.

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After winning Ironman Hambuerg last month James Cunnama continues to show great form with an impressive course-record performance at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. The South African was at the tail end of the lead swim group but quickly moved to the front of the race 30 km into the bike and never looked back.

"It’s a really great course, honest and tough, so it´s my kind of course and I really enjoyed it," Cunnama said after the race. "I worked hard to push the pace during the first 30 km of the bike, trying to tire out the other guys’ legs, before attacking to take the lead during the second loop."

Cunnama's bike didn't arrive until the night before the race, but that didn't seem to phase him, or stop him from flying through the course - he broke the old course record held by Eneko Llanos by a whopping 17 minutes. (There was a new bike course for this year's race.)

Swim leder Emilio Aguayo (ESP) made his Ironman 70.3 debut a memorable one, finishing second. Third across the line was Germany's Markus Rolli, but he's since been disqualified for "a violation of the competition rules on the run," (according to Ironman.com) which put Belgium's Kenneth Vandendriessche on the podium.

Haug runs to the win

Swim star Lucy Charles (GBR) was second out of the water, just a couple of seconds behind Aguayo. Charles, who is preparing for Kona, was strong on the bike and maintained her lead through the first half of the run, but was passed at that point by Germany's Olympic-distance specialist Anne Haug. Haug made her half-distance debut very special by taking the win thanks to a blazing 1:18:15 half-marathon, which broke Jodie Cunnama's run course record.  

"I really didn’t expect that, being my first 70.3. Running is my strongest discipline, but I´ve never done a half marathon after 90 km! But I train a lot at Club La Santa during the year, so I´m in great shape and pretty happy," Haug said after the race. 

Charles ran at a pace that was "exactly what I need to do in Kona," holding on to second spot, Rounding out the top three was Austria's Michaela Herlbauer.

Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote | Women

September 2, 2017 | Lanzarote, Spain

Place

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Anne Haug

GER

4:12:38

0:24:36

2:25:23

1:18:14

2

Lucy Charles

GBR

4:20:32

0:22:34

2:24:09

1:29:43

3

Michaela Herlbauer

AUT

4:29:34

0:25:08

2:34:53

1:25:07

4

Alexandra Tondeur

BEL

4:33:05

0:27:59

2:36:09

1:24:15

5

Ruth Purbrook

GBR

4:35:24

0:29:10

2:29:56

1:31:34

6

Anna Noguera

ESP

4:35:39

0:27:56

2:36:45

1:26:32

7

Annah Watkinson

RSA

4:40:53

0:28:15

2:41:14

1:26:40

8

Gemma Frost

GBR

4:41:14

0:27:19

2:34:39

1:34:16

9

Tessa Kortekaas

NLD

4:47:20

0:31:08

2:33:27

1:38:23

10

Laura Van den Beucken

ESP

5:03:16

0:36:01

2:47:17

1:32:40

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Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote | Men

September 2, 2017 | Lanzarote, Spain

Place

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

James Cunnama

RSA

3:47:07

0:22:53

2:06:31

1:14:02

2

Emilio Aguayo Muñoz

ESP

3:50:20

0:22:31

2:07:41

1:15:57

3

Kenneth Vandendriessche

BEL

3:57:15

0:25:58

2:09:51

1:17:35

4

Thomas Strange

DEN

4:00:15

0:22:41

2:14:36

1:19:14

5

Albert Moreno Molins

ESP

4:00:31

0:24:41

2:17:16

1:14:33

6

Martijn Dekker

NLD

4:02:20

0:22:34

2:16:25

1:19:24

7

Ruedi Wild

SUI

4:04:13

0:22:43

2:17:21

1:20:01

8

Ricardo Hernández Marrero

ESP

4:05:21

0:22:38

2:19:27

1:19:17

9

Colin Norris

GBR

4:05:27

0:24:25

2:20:34

1:16:00

10

Bertrand Billard

FRA

4:06:59

22:55

2:19:21

1:20:31

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