Bowden and Lewis run to wins in Roma

In his first long-distance race Adam Bowden ran his way to a big win, while Sarah Lewis also used a brisk run to claim the women's title at Challenge Roma.

| April 16, 2018 | NEWS

Sarah Lewis finished second at Ironman 70.3 Dubai earlier this year.

Sarah Lewis finished second at Ironman 70.3 Dubai earlier this year.

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We're going to assume that some aspect of the course was short considering the finishing times, but that hardly takes away from the impressive performances of Britain's Adam Bowden and Sarah Lewis, who led the way at Challenge Roma.

Bowden is known for his ITU performances, the highlight of which was his fourth at WTS Leeds last year.

"I did not expect it, it was my first time at this distance," Bowden said after the race. "The hardest part was the bike, because the distance of swimming is not much longer than the Olympic one and running is my specialty."

The run certainly was special for Bowden today as he scorched through a 1:05:57 split after leaving T2 2:17 behind bike leader Johann Ackermann (GER). The impressive run put Bowden over two minutes ahead of Spain's Pablo Gonzalez by the finish. Another Spaniard, Inaki Baldellou, rounded out the podium.

Lewis continues impressive 2018 season

After a stellar runner-up finish at Ironman 70.3 Dubai in February, Sarah Lewis is on a roll. The Brit rolled into T2 alongside Camilla Pedersen (DEN), but like Bowden, flew through the run to take a huge win. Pedersen would pull out of the race leaving another British athlete, Alice Hector, to run her way into second. Rounding out the podium was Italian Marta Bernardi.

"The race course was easier and faster than I thought," Lewis said. "I am very satisfied. Rome is fantastic and many will want to come back next year, too."

Challenge Roma | Men

April 15, 2018 | Rome, Italy

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

 1 

Adam Bowden

GBR

 03:22:03 

23:03

1:50:19

1:05:57

 2 

Pablo D. Gonzales

ESP

 03:24:11 

23:00

1:50:11

1:08:06

 3 

Inaki Baldellou

ESP

 03:24:38 

23:35

1:49:55

1:08:52

 4 

Ivan Kalashnikov

RUS

 03:24:40 

23:44

1:49:35

1:08:43

 5 

Patrick Dirksmeier

GER

 03:25:04 

23:36

1:47:45

1:10:57

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Challenge Roma | Women

April 15, 2018 | Rome, Italy

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

 1 

Sarah Lewis

GBR

 03:46:48 

26:47

2:01:20

1:15:24

 2 

Alice Hector

GBR

 03:51:19 

29:20

2:00:08

1:18:27

 3 

Marta Bernardi

ITL

 03:52:47 

29:23

2:02:21

1:18:06

 4 

Katrien Verstuyft

BEL

 03:53:53 

29:22

2:02:27

1:18:55

 5 

Yvonne Van Vlerken

HOL

 03:55:16 

30:53

2:02:23

1:18:09

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