Rolli and Simmonds tops in Thailand

Imogen Simmonds and Markus Rolli rolled away from their competition on the bike to take Ironman 70.3 Thailand.

| November 28, 2017 | NEWS

Imogen Simmonds with coach Jurgen Zack after the 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Imogen Simmonds with coach Jurgen Zack after the 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Imogen Simmonds used her home-town knowledge to dominate the day at Ironman 70.3 Thailand, riding away from her competition on the bike and holding on strong for an impressive win that will no doubt have her coach Jurgen Zack smiling for a while.

A week earlier Simmonds crashed early on the bike and was never a threat to take the win at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, but for the 70.3 held in Laguna Phuket the following week the Brit, who lives and trains in the beautiful resort area, was certainly on her game. Out of the water Eimar Muillan (IRE) was just a few seconds behind Simmonds, but couldn't stay close on the bike and ended up into T2 with a deficit of over five minutes. Australia's Dimity Lee Duke rode her way to seocond off the bike. Mullan is coming back after almost two years off due to a variety of injuries and took the title at Ironman 70.3 Xiamen a few weeks earlier, but even though she did run a bit faster than Simmonds, was never able to threaten for the win. Simmonds cruised through the hot conditions to take the win by almost five minutes. Mullan did get passed Duke for second.

Rolli rides to the win

Markus Rolli came out of the water with a large group of the main contenders, but quickly dispatched the rest of the field on the bike to arrive into T2 with a comfortable lead that he was able to maintain through the run. Tim Van Berkel (AUS) and Fernando Toldi (BRA) were off the bike close together, but the Australian's 1:13 split saw him gain about two minutes on Rolli and easily pull away from Toldi. Rolli had lots of cushion, though, and took the win by almost three minutes.

Ironman 70.3 Thailand | Women

November 26, 2017 | Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Imogen Simmonds

GBR

4:16:49

0:26:18

2:21:53

1:24:54

2

Eimear Mullan

IRE

4:21:38

0:26:33

2:27:35

1:23:27

3

Dimity Lee Duke

AUS

4:22:54

0:28:18

2:22:01

1:28:20

4

Parys Edwards

GBR

4:28:52

0:30:09

2:27:10

1:27:32

5

Robin Pomeroy

USA

4:30:03

0:25:21

2:35:24

1:25:23

6

Manami Iijima

GUM

4:31:27

0:25:03

2:35:28

1:26:46

7

Annelise Jefferies

AUS

4:34:29

0:28:21

2:32:25

1:29:46

8

Kate Bevilaqua Crawford

AUS

4:34:47

0:26:28

2:34:07

1:29:45

9

Magda Nieuwoudt

RSA

4:35:13

0:28:16

2:26:55

1:35:47

10

Erika Tanno

JPN

4:47:25

0:25:02

2:48:14

1:30:07

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Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Markus Rolli

GER

3:49:02

0:23:15

2:06:07

1:15:45

2

Timothy Peter Van Berkel

AUS

3:52:49

0:23:16

2:12:47

1:13:25

3

Fernando Toldi

BRA

3:56:47

0:23:10

2:12:51

1:17:31

4

Alberto Casadei

ITA

4:01:34

0:23:13

2:14:25

1:19:52

5

Alexander Polizzi

AUS

4:04:03

0:23:12

2:16:02

1:20:56

6

Ricky Swindale

AUS

4:05:03

0:25:41

2:16:51

1:18:10

7

Bartosz Banach

KOP

4:05:33

0:27:11

2:12:07

1:22:15

8

Jakub Langhammer

CZE

4:07:52

0:25:44

2:17:04

1:21:14

9

Sebastien Jouffret

FRA

4:09:50

0:27:07

2:15:27

1:23:19

10

Tiaan Swart

RSA

4:10:38

0:26:04

2:13:34

1:25:52

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