Gomez and Pallant brilliant in Barcelona

Javer Gomez led the way out of the water, off the bike and through the finish line to take Ironman 70.3 Barcelona. Emma Pallant was simply too good on the bike and the run as she took the women's race.

| May 22, 2018 | NEWS

Javier Gomez wins Ironman 70.3 Barcelona.

Javier Gomez wins Ironman 70.3 Barcelona.

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Javier Gomez (ESP) put together a wire-to-wire win, while Emma Pallant (GBR) used the day's fastest run split to win the women's race at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona.

Gomez from start to finish

Gomez led Adam Bowden (GBR) out of the water and then displayed his ever-improving bike skills as he lead through the entire bike ride, too. Coming off the bike his cushion to Bart Aernouts (BEL) was 30 seconds, with David McNamee (GBR) another two seconds behind, with the next-closest competitors more than four minutes behind the Spaniard.

Even a few-minute lead isn't safe when it comes to taking on Gomez over a half-distance run course, so when he's already in front starting the run you can pretty much dial in the post-race story. By the finish line Gomez was 3:06 up on McNamee and just over five-minutes ahead of Aernouts. It was an impressive showing by Gomez as he prepares for his first full-distance race in Cairns next month.

Pallant blasts the run

Sweden's Annie Thoren led the way out of the water with Fenella Langridge (GBR) and Camilla Pedersen (DEN) right on her feet. Just under two minutes later Pallant led a group of contenders out of the water that included Poland's Agnieszka Jerzyk and Austria's Eva Wutti. 

Once out on the bike Pallant moved up through the field, but a late surge by Pedersen got her into T2 with a minute lead over Pallant and Langridge. Pedersen had made it clear heading into the race that she was still in a building mode, so it wasn't surprising to see the two British athletes run by her to eventually take the top two spots on the podium. Wutti came close to catching Langridge for second, but came up 25 seconds short and had to settle with third, putting Pedersen in fourth.

Ironman 70.3 Barcelona | Men

May 20, 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Javier Gomez

ESP

4:01:39

22:31

2:25:26

1:10:08

2

David McNamee

GBR

4:04:46

22:47

2:25:43

1:12:32

3

Bart Aernouts

BEL

4:06:40

26:07

2:22:05

1:14:29

4

Etienne Diemunsch

FRA

4:08:33

23:37

2:28:32

1:12:46

5

Adam Bowden

GBR

4:08:53

22:32

2:31:44

1:10:05

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Ironman 70.3 Barcelona | Women

May 20, 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Emma Pallant

GBR

4:32:54

27:11

2:41:08

1:20:50

2

Fenella Langridge

GBR

4:39:04

25:13

2:43:05

1:25:32

3

Eva Wutti

AUT

4:39:29

27:14

2:46:30

1:20:51

4

Camilla Pedersen

DEN

4:40:23

25:14

2:41:55

1:28:47

5

Agnieszka Jerzyk

POL

4:48:53

27:11

2:47:15

1:30:06

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