Laura Siddall lived up to her role as women's favorite while David Dellow pulled away from Tim Reed on the run to take Ironman Australia.
May 7, 2017 | NEWS|
Clayton Fettell (AUS) put on his usual swim and bike show in Port Macquarie, setting a new bike course record (4:30:39) to lead the way into T2, but his countrymen Tim Reed and David Dellow ran out of transition together and mounted a fierce chase through the opening stages of the marathon. By 10 km the two had caught the swim/ bike leader and turned the race into a two-man duel for the title.
Dellow appeared to have cracked at the 15 km mark, losing 90 seconds to the defending champion, but Reed had his own struggles later in the marathon and got passed at 30 km as Dellow regained his form and Reed struggled to refuel at an aid station. Dellow never looked back and surged to the win (8:15:35).
“I ran really well for the first 15 km but I had a bad patch between 15 to 20 km and Tim (Reed) got about 90 seconds on me," Dellow said. "I tried not to think too much. I just ran a bit slower to try and recover over the next six km, caught my breath a bit and had some coke and water and some ice down the front of my suit. I just regathered, kept grinding away and I clawed my way into the lead.”
Reed (8:22:42) would follow Dellow across the line just over seven minutes down while Fettell hung on for third (8:30:02).
Canada's Karen Thibodeau led the way out of the water but it didn't take long before Laura Siddall (GBR) powered by on the bike. Siddall's 5:03:14 bike split gave her an 18-minute buffer heading into the marathon. Siddall would open up even more time by the time she crossed the finish line in 9:16:38. Australians Michelle Gailey (9:44:15) and Jessica Mitchell (9:53:48) took second and third.
“I felt good on the bike and I knew I wanted to put some time into the girls so that when I got off I could just run my own race," Siddall said. "I knew I was on the bike record pace at the start, but I dropped off at the end. I was thereabouts and it would have been nice to get the record, but I am still super happy. I would have liked to have felt stronger on the last lap of the run so there is still some work to do there. There is always something to take away from a race.
“This is a great race and the community really comes out for it with so much support on the bike and run. You never get too lonely out there and it is an amazing atmosphere and the town really supports it. It was a stunning day and I did have a few opportunities to look around at the scenery on the bike course. It really takes your breath away."