Jorgensen and Murray out in front at Island House

While the new format for the Island House Triathlon has made it a much more even playing field for the Olympic vs. Ironman athletes, the ITU stars lead the way heading into the final stage of the Island House Triathlon.

| October 30, 2016 | NEWS

Photo >Nils Nilsen / Island House Triathlon

It comes as no surprise to see Gwen Jorgensen leading the way into the third and final day of racing at the Island House Triathlon in the Bahamas - the Olympic gold medalist won the event last year and, since she's preparing for her first marathon in the next few weeks, has no-doubt been doing just the kind of training to put her in even better stead for three days of grueling competition.

Race organizers Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes have done a great job of refining the format this year to make things more competitive between draft-legal ITU types and longer-distance specialists, and the changes have resulted in some close racing as we head into the final day of racing on Highbourne Cay.

Jorgensen in the drivers seat

Which is why things promise to be both exciting and interesting in that final sprint event. Jorgensen will get to start the final race with a 45 second cushion over Ironman 70.3 world champ Holly Lawrence. Giving an athlete like Jorgensen a 45-second advantage probably means the final result is a foregone conclusion, but all it will take will be one miscue or bit of bad luck and we'll be back to having an exciting race. Add to all the fun that ITU world champ Flora Duffy (fresh off her third straight Xterra world titles) is only 10 seconds further in arrears and things get even more interesting - both Duffy and Lawrence are great swim/ bikers and will no-doubt hammer as hard as they can in the first two legs of the race to put some pressure on Jorgensen.

Based on the times it would seem that those three are the most likely to vie for the $60,000 first prize at the Island House Tri, but there's still likely to be lots of action rounding out the final spots as just over three minutes separate fourth through 10th in the women's race. 

Position

Name

Country

Swim

Bike

Run

Overall

1

Gwen Jorgensen

USA

0:32:47

1:32:22

0:51:46

2:56:53.5

2

Holly LAWRENCE

GBR

0:33:03

1:28:42

0:55:55

2:57:38.8

3

Flora DUFFY

BER

0:33:02

1:30:33

0:54:15

2:57:48.4

4

Ellie SALTHOUSE

AUS

0:33:35

1:30:20

0:55:30

2:59:23.6

5

Helle FREDERIKSEN

DNK

0:33:18

1:30:09

0:56:43

3:00:08.9

6

Sarah TRUE

USA

0:32:40

1:33:23

0:54:19

3:00:20.7

7

Rachel KLAMER

NED

0:32:42

1:33:17

0:54:51

3:00:49.4

8

Emma MOFFATT

AUS

0:33:00

1:33:30

0:54:50

3:01:19.0

9

Katie ZAFERES

USA

0:33:07

1:32:59

0:55:50

3:01:54.3

10

Lauren GOSS

USA

0:33:17

1:32:25

0:57:06

3:02:47.4

11

Alicia KAYE

USA

0:34:21

1:31:50

0:58:15

3:04:25.9

12

Magali TISSEYRE

CAN

0:36:11

1:32:39

0:57:36

3:06:24.5

13

Leanda CAVE

GBR

0:34:45

1:32:42

0:59:19

3:06:44.3

14

Heather WURTELE

CAN

0:37:20

1:29:52

1:00:01

3:07:12.3

15

Mirinda CARFRAE

AUS

0:37:13

1:33:05

0:57:19

3:07:35.5

16

Lauren BRANDON

USA

0:32:26

1:31:46

1:04:40

3:08:51.6

17

Carolina ROUTIER

ESP

0:32:32

1:40:29

0:56:26

3:09:25.7

DNF

Lisa NORDEN

SWE

0:21:47

1:32:10

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Photo >Wagner Araujo / triathlon.org

Murray leads the way

The men's race, on paper, doesn't appear to be as close as the women's race. Richard Murray takes a lead of just over a minute into the final sprint over Cam Dye, who has another 13 seconds on Terenzo Bozzone. Just like with Jorgensen, giving an athlete like Murray, who is fresh off his fourth-place finish in Rio, a minute head start in a sprint is a bit crazy, but the gap is small enough that he'll need to stay sharp to ensure he gets that $60 grand paycheck.

What's really interesting about the men's race is how many of the Ironman specialists are near the front. Bozzone sits in third, Brent McMahon is in fifth and a couple of not-great swimmers in the form of Sebastian Kienle and Lionel Sanders have managed to sneak into the top 10.

What's even more interesting is just how good Sanders has been on the bike and run. He trails Murray by 6:09 in the various swim components of the race, but only trails the South African by 3:27 overall.

It's hard to imagine that this will be anyone other than Murray's race, but there will be nine other athletes on Highbourne Cay tomorrow who will be pushing as hard as they can to make sure he doesn't cruise to an easy pay check.

Position

Name

Country

Swim

Bike

Run

Total

1

Richard MURRAY

RSA

0:31:15

1:23:26

0:48:14

2:42:53.2

2

Cam DYE

USA

0:31:24

1:20:43

0:51:53

2:43:58.7

3

Terenzo BOZZONE

NZL

0:31:39

1:20:49

0:51:45

2:44:11.4

4

Aaron ROYLE

AUS

0:30:57

1:22:53

0:51:14

2:45:02.6

5

Brent MCMAHON

CAN

0:31:54

1:23:21

0:50:01

2:45:15.1

6

Eric LAGERSTROM

USA

0:30:44

1:22:57

0:51:42

2:45:20.8

7

Leon GRIFFIN

AUS

0:32:32

1:23:16

0:49:58

2:45:44.0

8

Sebastian KIENLE

GER

0:33:57

1:21:16

0:50:37

2:45:49.2

9

Joe MALOY

USA

0:31:25

1:23:49

0:50:38

2:45:50.9

10

Lionel SANDERS

CAN

0:37:24

1:18:45

0:50:13

2:46:20.8

11

Tim DON

GBR

0:32:43

1:24:38

0:50:46

2:48:05.7

12

Tim REED

AUS

0:33:02

1:22:55

0:53:02

2:48:58.6

13

Mario MOLA

ESP

0:35:07

1:26:29

0:49:16

2:50:50.8

14

Tim O’DONNELL

USA

0:32:44

1:25:22

0:53:42

2:51:46.8

15

Trevor WURTELE

CAN

0:36:16

1:23:34

0:53:24

2:53:12.9

16

Jorik VAN EGDOM

NED

0:34:20

1:29:30

0:51:55

2:55:43.9

17

Ben HOFFMAN

USA

0:34:06

1:28:56

0:54:48

2:57:47.7

18

Barrett BRANDON

USA

0:32:04

1:29:34

0:57:08

2:58:45.5

19

Andreas DREITZ

GER

0:34:23

1:37:12

0:53:31

3:05:04.5

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