Costes and Sali master Monterrey

Antony Costes and Kaisa Sali topped stacked fields to take Ironman 70.3 Monterrey in Mexico.

| May 14, 2018 | NEWS

Antony Costes is interviewed at Thanyapura resort in Thailand.

Antony Costes is interviewed at Thanyapura resort in Thailand.

Photo >Silke Insel

Two of the sport's best runners dueled on the run in the women's race, while the sport's premier cyclist led the way off the bike in the men's race at Ironman 70.3 Monterrey, making for some exciting racing.

Starykowicz flies again

Just a few weeks after setting the fastest full-distance bike split ever at Ironman Texas, Andrew Starykowicz flew off the front again in Mexico on the weekend, posting the day's fastest bike split (1:54:04) to arrive into T2 well ahead of the rest of his competition, which included some pretty big names. Second into T2 was swim leader Tim O'Donnell with France's Antony Costes right on his heels, but the two trailed Starykowicz by almost four minutes.

Once out on the run Costes was able to pull clear of O'Donnell by the 10 km point of the half-marathon and would eventually reel Starykowicz in, taking the title by a little over a minute. Starykowicz managed to stay clear to get second. Third eventually went to Kevin Collington, who pipped O'Donnell at the line by just three seconds. 

Sali runs her way to the win

Jeanni Seymour (RSA) led a group of four that included Kaisa Sali (FIN), Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), Pamela Tastets (CHL) and Lesley Smith (USA) out of the water, but it didn't take long for Carfrae and Sali to pull clear on the bike. Carfrae continued her comeback after giving birth to baby Isabelle last year with another impressive showing on the bike, leading Sali into T2 by about five seconds. The pair had a lead of almost three minutes on Seymour starting the run.

Sali managed to pull clear of Carfrae at about the halfway point of the run and made the move stick, holding on for the win. Carfrae continued her impressive build to Ironman Cairns next month with another runner-up finish (after finishing second at Ironman 70.3 Texas last month), while Seymour hung tough for the last spot on the podium.

Ironman 70.3 Monterrey | Men

May 12, 2018 | Monterrey, Mexico

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Antony Costes

FRA

3:40:49

0:24:19

1:57:46

1:16:11

2

Andrew Starykowicz

USA

3:41:58

0:24:13

1:54:04

1:20:58

3

Kevin Collington

USA

3:42:35

0:24:14

2:00:12

1:15:49

4

Tim O'Donnell

USA

3:42:38

0:23:39

1:58:07

1:17:56

5

Matt Chrabot

USA

3:42:55

0:24:15

1:59:40

1:16:14

6

Alex Libin

COL

3:44:01

0:26:13

1:59:28

1:15:22

7

Cody Beals

CAN

3:44:16

0:25:19

2:00:32

1:15:46

8

Felipe Van

CHL

3:45:11

0:24:21

1:59:34

1:18:36

9

Francisco Serrano

MEX

3:47:22

0:26:14

1:58:31

1:19:53

10

Paul Matthews

AUS

3:48:16

0:24:22

1:59:39

1:21:46

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Ironman 70.3 Monterrey | Women

May 12, 2018 | Monterrey, Mexico

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Kaisa Sali

FIN

4:06:33

0:28:30

2:12:58

1:22:05

2

Mirinda Carfrae

AUS

4:08:25

0:28:32

2:12:56

1:24:09

3

Jeanni Seymour

RSA

4:11:39

0:28:10

2:15:48

1:24:55

4

Lesley Smith

USA

4:15:49

0:28:33

2:20:08

1:24:14

5

Laura Mathews

USA

4:32:40

0:29:48

2:21:51

1:37:46

6

Pamela Tastets

CHL

4:34:09

0:28:32

2:23:13

1:39:30

7

Paola Gamboa

ECU

4:36:24

0:29:32

2:23:48

1:38:35

8

Maggie Rusch

USA

4:40:13

0:30:08

2:24:43

1:42:23

9

Rina Cohen

MEX

4:41:58

0:27:02

2:35:39

1:34:51

10

Paula Masiel Ovalle

MEX

4:44:42

0:32:01

2:34:46

1:34:13

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