Collington and Wassner tops in Taiwan

Kevin Collington led from start to finish to take the men's title, while Laurel Wassner pulled ahead on the bike as the two overcame the tough conditions to take Ironman Taiwan.

| October 1, 2017 | NEWS

Laurel Wassner wins the 2017 Israman Triathlon.

Laurel Wassner wins the 2017 Israman Triathlon.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

As usual the conditions at Ironman Taiwan were hot - or, to quote the Ironman.com coverage "stifling" - but that didn't stop an American sweep of the top spots on the podium as Kevin Collington and Laurel Wassner took the wins at Ironman Taiwan in Penghu.

Collington from start to finish

Collington led the way out of the water, just three seconds ahead of Hungary's Balazs Csoke and a few more up on Jaroslav Kovacic (SLO), with race favorite Marino Vanhoenacker a bit over three-minutes down in fourth.

Out on the bike course Collington quickly pulled away from the field with Kovacic and Vanhoenacker riding in second and third. Off the bike Collington's lead was 6:37 on Vanhoenacker and, while the Belgian was able to get the gap to just under five minutes at one point, in the end there was no touching Collington, who cruised to a 12-minute win. Vanhoenacker hung tough to finish second, while New Zealand's Simon Cochrane rounded out the top three.

 

Ironman Taiwan | Men

October 1, 2017 | Penghu, Taiwan.

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Kevin Collington

USA

8:34:39

48:30

4:34:30

3:07:27

2

Marino Vanhoenacker

Belgium

8:46:40

51:40

4:37:49

3:12:51

3

Simon Cochrane

NZL

9:09:46

51:42

4:46:47

3:26:28

4

Mikolaj Luft

POL

9:28:49

56:02

4:34:03

3:54:58

5

Guy Crawford

NZL

9:46:54

51:39

4:46:48

4:03:49

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Wassner wins again

Laurel Wassner started her season off with a win over an extremely tough course at the Israman Triathlon, so it comes as no surprise that the American would thrive on another hard day in Taiwan.

After coming out of the water with France's Charlotte Morel, Wassner quickly pulled clear on the bike and never looked back, eventually winning by a huge 46-minute margin over Aussie Kate Bevilaqua, who ran her way to the second spot on the podium. Morel hung on for third in the pro women's race, although third overall went to Andrea Hopkin in the women's 40-44 category.

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Laurel Wassner

USA

9:50:21

54:26

5:00:40

3:49:13

2

Kate Bevilaqua

AUS

10:36:13

57:45

5:26:03

4:06:36

3

Andrea Hopkin

NZL

10:54:13

1:06:20

5:44:52

3:55:32

4

Charlotte Morel

FRA

10:54:25

54:30

5:10:02

4:43:00

5

Anna-Maria Kahkonen

FIN

11:15:09

1:12:01

5:55:20

3:59:36

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