Starykowicz and Jackson capture Chattanooga

Andrew Starykowicz’s blast-on-the-bike strategy paid off as the he held on through the run for the win, while Heather Jackson finally pulled clear of Meredith Kessler on the run at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.

| May 21, 2018 | NEWS

Andrew Starykowicz wins the 2017 Ironman Louisville triathlon.

Andrew Starykowicz wins the 2017 Ironman Louisville triathlon.

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There was no stopping Andrew Starykowicz this time after a number of super bike splits (including an Ironman bike record 3:54 in Texas) this spring. The American arrived in T2 with a lead of almost seven minutes, which was more than enough to keep him clear on the run to take Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.

Americans Heather Jackson and Meredith Kessler came off the bike just a few seconds apart and ran together for the early part of the run before Jackson was able to finally run away for the win over the new mom.

Starykowicz pulls clear on the ride

Canadian Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches led a group of four out of the water that included Americans Andy Potts, Kevin Collington and Starykowicz, but from then on the day belonged to Starykowicz, who blasted through a two-hour bike split and arrived in T2 well ahead of the rest of the field – his lead was 6:53 over another Canadian, Jackson Laundry, 7:10 on Desroche and 7:30 on Ironman Texas champ Matt Hanson.

The gap was more than enough to keep Starykowicz clear through the finish, although Laundry did manage to get the gap down to less than a minute by the finish to take second. American Adam Otsot took third with Hanson finishing fourth.

Jackson runs to the win

Meredith Kessler’s impressive comeback after becoming a mom last year continued with the days fastest swim that put her 34-seconds up on Robin Pomeroy and almost two-minutes ahead of Jackson starting the bike.

Jackson used the day’s fastest bike split to get herself alongside Kessler into T2, where she found herself in a stride-for-stride showdown with Kessler through the run, finally breaking away with three miles (5 km) to go and cruising in to take the title. Kessler hung tough for second with countrywoman Linsey Corbin rounding out the top three.  

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga | Men

May 20, 2018 | Chattanooga, USA

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Andrew Starykowicz

USA

3:46:28

0:19:23

2:00:37

1:22:10

2

Jackson Laundry

CAN

3:47:16

0:19:55

2:07:14

1:16:27

3

Adam Otstot

USA

3:48:13

0:21:15

2:07:06

1:15:48

4

Matt Hanson

USA

3:49:24

0:21:03

2:06:24

1:17:36

5

Joe Gambles

USA

3:50:27

0:20:17

2:08:52

1:17:02

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Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga | Men

May 20, 2018 | Chattanooga, USA

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Heather Jackson

USA

4:11:08        

0:22:44

2:19:33

1:25:13

2

Meredith Kessler

USA

4:12:20          

0:20:54

2:20:49

1:25:32

3

Linsey Corbin

USA

4:16:43     

0:22:47

2:23:25

1:26:10

4

Skye Moench

USA

4:18:18       

0:22:42

2:23:35

1:27:30

5

Holly Benner

USA

4:19:02

0:22:21

2:23:47

1:28:23

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