Cunnama and Verstuyft wonderful in Weymouth

James Cunnama continues his winning ways heading into to Kona while Katrien Verstuyft ran her way to the women's title at Ironman 70.3 Weymouth.

| September 18, 2017 | NEWS

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James Cunnama has been on a roll since his impressive win at Ironman Hamburg in August and he continued that trend with a big win at Ironman 70.3 Weymouth, blasting by the field on the bike and easily holding everyone off on the run. Belgium's Katrien Verstuyft ran her way to the women's title, catching Natalie Seymour (GBR) in the closing stages of the half marathon to capture the women's title.

Blasting the bike

Manuel Kueng (SUI) led the way out of the water with Finland's Panu Lieto coming out in second 42 seconds behind. Cunnama led a group of four that included Fraser Cartmell (GBR) out of the water about 1:15 behind,

On the bike only Cunnama was able to get passed Kueng - by the 63 km point of the ride the South African was in front and never looked back. He had a four-minute lead on Kueng into T2 and 5:23 on Tom Lecomte (FRA). Cunnama easily stayed clear of the Frenchman on the run, winning by a shade under five and a half minutes. Belgium's Kenneth Vandendriessche ran his way to third.

Verstuyft does it on the run

Hanna Drewett (GBR) was well ahead out of the water - she had a 54 second lead on countrywoman Kate Comber and a whopping three-minute advantage on Verstuyft, with the rest of the field even further behind.

On the bike, though, Natalie Seymour (GBR) moved to the front, coming into the transition just a second ahead of Drewett and a couple of minutes up on Joanna Soltysiak (SWE) and Verstuyft. On the run, though, Seymour couldn't hold off the fast-moving Belgian and, with three km to go, Verstuyft had moved to the front and would take the win with a comfortable 1:22 margin over Seymour. Soltysiak would round out the podium.

Ironman 70.3 Weymouth | Men

September 17, 2017 | Weymouth, Great Britain

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

James Cunnama

RSA

4:02:32

0:25:32

2:14:43

1:16:01

2

Tom Lecomte

FRA

4:08:01

0:26:51

2:19:29

1:16:39

3

Kenneth Vandendriessche

BEL

4:10:13

0:28:41

2:19:02

1:16:48

4

Fraser Cartmell

GBR

4:11:32

0:25:37

2:22:54

1:17:34

5

Manuel Kueng

SUI

4:13:00

0:24:17

2:20:17

1:22:18

6

David Breuer

GER

4:16:41

0:25:36

2:22:03

1:23:44

7

Kit Walker

GBR

4:21:05

0:25:40

2:21:10

1:28:01

8

Sam Pictor

GBR

4:21:30

0:31:28

2:27:52

1:15:43

9

Panu Lieto

FIN

4:23:49

0:24:59

2:23:09

1:29:26

10

Mikolaj Luft

POL

4:24:35

0:27:03

2:29:17

1:22:28

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Katrien Verstuyft takes Ironman 70.3 Weymouth.

Katrien Verstuyft takes Ironman 70.3 Weymouth.

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Ironman 70.3 Weymouth | Women

September 17, 2017 | Weymouth, Great Britain

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Katrien Verstuyft

BEL

4:42:35

0:31:03

2:41:27

1:23:43

2

Natalie Seymour

GBR

4:43:57

0:31:23

2:39:24

1:27:01

3

Joanna Soltysiak

SWE

4:49:56

0:31:36

2:41:17

1:30:56

4

Emma Deary

GBR

4:50:32

0:32:25

2:43:07

1:28:42

5

Gemma Frost

GBR

4:51:27

0:30:50

2:37:18

1:36:03

6

Corinne Abraham

GBR

4:51:39

0:32:14

2:45:58

1:25:34

7

Kate Comber

GBR

4:56:19

0:28:55

2:46:41

1:33:25

8

Magdalena Nieuwoudt

RSA

4:59:31

0:33:04

2:40:41

1:38:49

9

Melanie Baumann

SUI

4:59:54

0:40:02

2:38:53

1:31:47

10

Helen Backshall

GBR

5:05:37

0:31:43

2:43:28

1:43:06

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