Aussie Josh Amberger's patented blistering swim and bike combo created a sufficient gap on the field to secure the win, while South Africa's Jeanni Seymour notched her second Ironman 70.3 win in two weeks.
November 13, 2016 | RACES|
Amberger holds off charge from behind
Josh Amberger lead the field out of the waters of the Strait of Taiwan, then put his head down and rode away from the field along the coastline bike course. The Aussie lept off his bike with close to a five-minute gap on Tim Don, who is well known for his blazing run splits.
Don started to chewing into the leader’s advantage at brisk rate on the run and managed to close the gap to less that minute with 7 kilometers remaining in the run. Don’s charge for the front of the race stalled in the final kilometers as Amberger punched through the finish line tape with a winning margin of 1:29 on Don.
Seymour continues winning ways
In the women’s race, South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour and Britain’s Emma Pallant exited the water side by side and worked together to pull away from the remainder of the women for much of the bike. Pallant grew impatient and pushed the pace in the final 20 km and carried a 1:53 lead over Seymour at the conclusion of the bike. That final surge late in the bike may have been her undoing, though, Pallant looked to have the race in control as she bumped up her lead to over two minutes in the early kilometers of the run when her race came to abrupt end and she pulled out of the race. Seymour was now thrust back into the lead and handily added another “W” to her resume.