They said it: Mooloolaba post-race

The athletes provide some insight after their race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

| September 4, 2016 | NEWS

Tim Reed runs ahead of Sebastian Kienle | Tim Reed moves ahead of Sebastian Kienle halfway through the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Tim Reed moves ahead of Sebastian Kienle halfway through the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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Sebastian Kienle

The two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion was, as usual, both frank and entertaining at the press conference following his runner-up finish in Mooloolaba. When asked if he thought he had finally broken Tim Reed when he was able to open up about a 20 m gap with 5 km to go, he said:

"To be honest, I thought yes, and that is probably the reason I lost the race. I wasn’t pushing at my limit, I was concerned about Ruedi Wild which is why I went to the front."

"I thought I would smash him [Tim Reed] on the hill, but he was the one who smashed over the hill ... my legs didn’t respond the way I wanted them to."

"I always race better when I am not 100 percent happy and I am not 100% happy. There is some steam in the engine for Kona."

Daniela Ryf running in Mooloolaba

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Daniela Ryf

"It was a tough day for me. Big respect to these girls. It was just a day where things were painful. It was not the day I was hoping for. On the run I felt like I might get back to the podium. For me it was a good wake up today that the pace is much faster."

Holly Lawrence wins Ironman 70.3 worlds in Mooloolaba

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Holly Lawrence

I was pretty pleased with my swim. I was able to stay on Lauren Brandon’s feet until the first turn. I was getting some time checks and they were getting a bit bigger. I was able to drop Lauren in the hilly section. On the run I got checks of three minutes, but knowing Caroline and Mel ..."

"I like being off from the front, but it’s not a nice position having the time go down on the run and having people catch you."

Tim Reed

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Tim Reed

"Early on Sebi and I worked together on the run – we were very worried about Lionel Sanders."

"I knew if I could stay with him through the top of the hill, I don’t think that there are too many guys who can sprint down a hill on tired legs like I can."

"I think today was a great example of why the world championships should rotate. You’ve got a kiwi and two Aussies in the top 5. It was great in Australia – we had that advantage today."

Rudie Wild

"My goal was top three. I thought with Jan missing there was a chance to fight for the win. In the last transition I lost a few valuable seconds. On the second lap I realized that I was getting closer and closer. I thought there was a chance of challenging these two guys. A few years ago I was sprinting here with three other guys at the ITU race … today I was within a few seconds at the top of the hill, but they sprinted away.

Terenzo Bozzone

"With the preparation over the last few months I am really happy to be on the podium. That desire to be great is still there."

Caroline Steffen on the run in Mooloolaba

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Caroline Steffen

"I really enjoyed it today. I really felt at home – the swim was a piece of cake, I was just cruising. The bike was really good, I know the course so well. I was hurting a bit on the run … you can’t finish on the podium all the time, but top 5 is OK."

"I don’t have family here, but there were so many friends – my dentist, my hairdresser – even my dog was out there dressed up in a Swiss cycling jersey. The run course was absolutely packed."