Loeschke and True awesome in Austin

The ITU influx to half-distance racing continues as Franz Loeschke and Sarah True take Ironman 70.3 Austin over some old ITU rivals.

| October 30, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

We got to see more of the draft-legal racers who are making waves on the half-distance race front at Ironman 70.3 Austin on the weekend. The race for the podium featured former ITU race specialists who seem to be turning their eyes towards longer-distance racing.

Sarah True (USA) took the race between the Olympians, finishing ahead of Canadian Paula Findlay, while Germany's Franz Loeschke finished in front of Sweden's Jesper Svensson in the men's race.

True continues 70.3 excellence

2012 and 2016 Olympian Sarah True did her first half-distance event at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga in May and would eventually finish fourth at this year's Ironman 70.3 World Championship in that city in September. The American continued her impressive half-distance race season with an almost-wire-to-wire win over 2012 Olympian Paula Findlay.

True trailed Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) and Jeanni Seymour (RSA) out of the water, but remained near the front throughout the bike, trailing Christen Brown (USA) by a few seconds into T2 with Melanie McQuaid (CAN), Spieldenner, Findlay and Seymour all within 47 seconds.

Once out on the run, though, True used the day's fastest run split to easily cruise to the win, leaving Findlay to run her way to the runner-up spot followed by Seymour.

Loeschke runs through to the win

Jesper Svensson led the way out of the water, enjoying a lead of almost a minute over a group that included Bruno Joaquim (BRA), Loeschke, TJ Tollakson (USA), Paul Matthews (AUS), Eli Hemming (USA) and Cameron Good (AUS).

Once on the bike Tollakson powered to an almost-three-minute lead over Justin Metzler (USA), Taylor Reid (CAN), Loeschke and Svensson. It didn't take long for Loeschke to make his presence known on the run course - within three km he was just seconds out of the lead and by 10 km he was 1:27 ahead of Reid, Metzler and Svensson. The German would never look back and cruised to the win by over a minute. The fight for second was considerably closer as Svensson outsprinted Metzler to take the runner-up position. Tollakson hung tough for fourth while Reid would have to settle with fifth.

Ironman 70.3 Austin | Women

October 29, 2017 | Austin, Texas, USA.

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Sarah True

USA

4:21:18

0:25:23

2:33:32

1:19:25

2

Paula Findlay

CAN

4:23:02

0:26:03

2:33:22

1:20:18

3

Jeanni Seymour

RSA

4:26:35

0:25:22

2:34:14

1:23:42

4

Jennifer Spieldenner

USA

4:29:48

0:25:21

2:33:27

1:27:14

5

Christen Brown

USA

4:31:27

0:27:31

2:30:46

1:29:22

6

Melanie Mcquaid

CAN

4:34:32

0:28:29

2:29:30

1:32:22

7

Cecilia Davis-Hayes

USA

4:35:48

0:34:11

2:28:52

1:28:31

8

Natasha Van Der Merwe

USA

4:37:59

0:29:49

2:35:55

1:28:17

9

Lenny Ramsey

NED

4:43:57

0:36:15

2:36:57

1:24:49

10

Brittany Higgins

USA

4:46:51

0:29:53

2:41:14

1:30:41

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Ironman 70.3 Austin | Men

October 29, 2017 | Austin, Texas, USA.

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Franz Loeschke

Germany

3:53:50

0:24:33

2:14:46

1:11:15

2

Jesper Svensson

Sweden

3:55:06

0:23:35

2:15:27

1:12:32

3

Justin Metzler

USA

3:55:07

0:25:10

2:14:18

1:12:50

4

Tj Tollakson

USA

3:57:07

0:24:34

2:11:51

1:16:19

5

Taylor Reid

CAN

3:57:53

0:25:23

2:13:58

1:15:20

6

Matt Hanson

USA

3:58:19

0:25:48

2:17:50

1:10:39

7

Steven Zawaski

USA

4:06:59

0:26:32

2:16:41

1:19:11

8

Paul Matthews

AUS

4:09:18

0:24:35

2:22:29

1:19:01

9

Mikael Staer Nathan

FIN

4:10:57

0:26:46

2:21:41

1:19:06

10

Corbin Hudacek

USA

4:14:01

0:29:02

2:17:53

1:22:41

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