Brownlee and Jerzyk take Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou

Alistair Brownlee isn't running up to his normal standards, but still handily took the win at Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou over the ageless Craig Alexander, while Agnieszka Jerzyk managed to sprint away from Imogen Simmonds for the women's win.

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Alistair Brownlee runs to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dubai title.

Alistair Brownlee runs to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dubai title.

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A calf injury that held Alistair Brownlee (GBR) back on the run certainly affected his chances of defending his Commonwealth Games title in Australia a few weeks ago, but the calf was more than able to hold on for the win in Liuzhou, China on the weekend. Brownlee led from start to finish, posting the day's fastest swim and bike splits to come off the bike with a healthy eight-minute lead, which was more than enough to hold off the incredible 44-year-old Craig Alexander (AUS). Alexander's countryman Sam Betten rounded out the podium.

The women's race turned out to be a battle to the line between Poland's two-time Olympian Agnieszka Jerzyk and Great Britain's Imogen Simmonds. Simmonds led the way out of the water, but Jerzyk quickly made up her 1:25 deficit after the swim, catching up to Simmonds by 20 km in the windy conditions. Simmonds stayed close to Jerzyk through the remaining 70 km of the ride before the two set out on the run together.

With speedy-running Sarah Piampiono coming from behind, Simmonds went to the front and pushed the pace to ensure the pair would stay clear. Try as she might, Simmonds, who lives in Thailand and trains with Jurgen Zack, couldn't shake the wily Pole, who tucked in behind for much of the final stretch of the run, only to surge away over the last 300 m for the win. Piampiano would run her way to third. 

Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou | Men

April 14, 2018 | Liuzhou, China

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

 1 

Alistair Brownlee

GBR

3:45:42

0:21:49

2:00:57

1:16:35

 2 

Craig Alexander

AUS

3:49:26

0:23:10

2:07:12

1:13:00

 3 

Sam Betten

AUS

3:50:38

0:23:05

2:08:07

1:13:21

 4 

Mark Buckingham

GBR

3:54:40

0:23:12

2:08:19

1:17:03

 5 

Justin Metzler

USA

3:55:58

0:23:11

2:08:20

1:18:39

 6 

Filipe Azevedo

MEX

3:58:36

0:23:07

2:13:42

1:15:24

 7 

Guy Crawford

NZL

4:00:53

0:23:09

2:07:39

1:23:48

 8 

Mitchell Robins

NZL

4:01:20

0:23:12

2:13:33

1:18:30

 9 

Rudolf Naude

RSA

4:03:31

0:23:01

2:08:16

1:25:11

 10 

Blake Kappler

AUS

4:10:14

0:24:27

2:11:56

1:26:40

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Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou | Women

April 14, 2018 | Liuzhou, China

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

 1 

Agnieszka Jerzyk

POL

04:19:52

0:26:36

2:21:13

1:24:58

 2 

Imogen Simmonds

GBR

04:20:01

0:25:11

2:22:16

1:25:06

 3 

Sarah Piampiano

USA

04:20:55

0:30:31

2:22:05

1:21:02

 4 

Sue Huse

CAN

04:21:52

0:30:38

2:21:19

1:21:58

 5 

Anna Eberhardt

HUN

04:30:03

0:31:13

2:21:55

1:29:52

 6 

Tine Holst

DEN

04:48:14

0:31:19

2:32:51

1:35:46

 7 

Jacinta Worland

AUS

04:48:30

0:29:14

2:38:41

1:32:30

 8 

Giulia Bedorin

ITA

04:50:13

0:27:30

2:39:23

1:34:50

 9 

Caroline Martineau

CAN

04:57:17

0:31:02

2:36:11

1:40:10

 10 

Shannon Florea

USA

04:58:44

0:32:05

2:35:34

1:40:56

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