Reed and Raelert rip it up in Thailand, while Watkinson wins women's race

Just 15 seconds separated Tim Reed and Michael Raelert in the men's race, while Amelia Watkinson takes the women's title at Ironman 70.3 Thailand.

| November 28, 2016 | NEWS

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Tim Reed (AUS) and Michael Raelert (GER) made it a two man show by riding away from the rest of the field in Phuket, Thailand. The two were well clear of the field on the bike when Raelert dropped his bottle with his energy gels. Showing some great class and sportsmanship Reed chose not to attack his German rival while he was recovering the bottle, setting up a footrace in the final leg of the race.

Raelert "had good legs" through the first half of the run, but defending Ironman 70.3 world champion Reed opened up a 40 second gap in the second half of the run. Raelert mounted one final charge and was able to close the gap to just 15 seconds, but Reed was able to hang on to take the title.

As she did last week at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, Amelia Rose Watkinson led from start to finish to take the women's title. The only woman who was even close to the Kiwi was age grouper Imogen Simmons (GBR) who finished second overall about a minute behind.

Name

Country

Swim

Bike

Run

Overall

Reed, Tim

AUS

00:22:32

02:04:57

01:17:38

03:48:33

Raelert, Michael

DEU

00:22:28

02:05:01

01:17:59

3:48:48

Van Berkel, Tim

AUS

00:24:14

02:12:05

01:25:22

4:05:32

Burton, Matt

AUS

00:24:23

02:11:43

01:26:24

4:06:34

Watson, Eric

AUS

00:22:24

02:19:58

1:23:50

4:10:18

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Name

Country

Swim

Bike

Run

Overall

Watkinson, Amelia Rose

NZL

00:25:20

02:20:43

01:31:19

04:21:01

Simmonds, Imogen

GBR

00:25:34

02:20:37

01:31:23

04:22:08

Duke, Dimity-Lee

AUS

00:28:31

02:25:34

01:31:31

04:30:05

Edwards, Parys

GBR

00:28:52

02:28:53

01:29:05

04:31:02

Oelerich, Imke

DEU

00:28:54

02:25:30

01:36:33

04:35:16

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