Stacked fields set for Taiwan, Campeche and San Juan

Ironman has three 70.3 events on tap for this weekend, all with stacked fields.

| March 17, 2017 | NEWS

Helle Frederiksen | Helle Frederiksen returns to San Juan to compete at Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico this weekend. She has won her two previous appearances there.

Helle Frederiksen returns to San Juan to compete at Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico this weekend. She has won her two previous appearances there.

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Ironman 70.3 Taiwan

After receiving a penalty that was overturned at Ironman 70.3 in the Philippines last week, Michael Raelert will certainly be a man on a mission this weekend at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan. He'll have his work cut out for him, though - last weekend's men's champion Ruedi Wild is hoping to take back-to-back wins, while his countryman Sven Riederer will also be one to watch. The list of contenders just keeps going, though, including Timothy O'Donnell (USA), Guy Crawford (NZL), Fredrik Croneborg (SWE), Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) along with Aussies Tim van Berkel and Jake Montgomery.

On the women's side Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE) is hoping to make it two in a row as well. As she did last weekend she'll face some stiff competition from the likes of Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) and Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHL).

Ironman 70.3 Campeche

Xterra world champ Mauricio Mendez Cruz (MEX) heads the men's field in his home country this weekend. He'll take on a bunch of Ironman champions including Tim Don (GBR), Micheale Weiss (AUT), Jordan Rapp (USA), Jeff Symonds (CAN) and Trevor Wurtele (CAN).

In the women's race, 2012 Ironman world champ Leanda Cave takes on Canadian Heather Wurtele, who has been near unbeatable over the 70.3 distance over the last few years with numerous titles and three podium finishes at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship (third in 2014 and 2016, second in 2015). Liz Lyles is another woman to keep an eye on, too.

Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico

Helle Fredericksen (DEN), the 2012 Olympican and the fastest woman ever over the half-distance, is back in San Juan looking for her third title this weekend, but she'll face some tough competition in the form of Americans Kelly Williamson, Alicia Kaye and Linsey Corbin, Tine Deckers (BEL) and Carrie Lester (AUS).

The men's race is expected to be a showdown between American Andy Potts and Will Clark (GBR), but look for Paul Ambrose (AUS), Matt Russell (USA). Taylor Reid (CAN) and former short-course specialist Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) to factor in the race at some point.