Two-minute ticker: ITU worlds, Ironman events, Challenge in Korea

Our weekly recap of this past weekend's ITU, Ironman and Challenge series races.

| September 25, 2016 | NEWS

Ironman MAllorca | Jocelyn McCauley of the USA celebrates after winning the women\'s race during Ironman Mallorca

Jocelyn McCauley of the USA celebrates after winning the women's race during Ironman Mallorca

Event: ITU Long Distance World Championship

Sudrie and Swallow crowned LD world champs

The 2009 long distance world champion, Jodie Swallow, displayed her swim prowess and led a strong women's field out of the water. The Brit then took out the bike  hard on the flat and fast course in Oklahoma and increased her lead with each passing km. She was untouchable on the run and would cross the finish line seven minutes in front her closest rival, Caroline Steffen. The win saw her return to the top of the ITU podium for the first time in seven years when she won the very same title in 2009.

JODIE SWALLOW ITU LD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 | Jodie Swallow (GBR) claims her second ITU Long Distance World Championship title of her career.

Jodie Swallow (GBR) claims her second ITU Long Distance World Championship title of her career.

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The strong winds and waves made the swim difficult.  Brazilian Rafael Ribei was first out of the water, followed closely by Sylvain Sudrie.

Sudrie raced to the front of the race early into the 120 km bike course and came off the bike with a lead of over four minutes. The Frenchman managed to hold onto his advantage throughout the run to grab his second ITU Long Distance World Championship.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Sudrie, Sylvain

FRA

5:59:46

2

Viennot, Cyril

FRA

6:02:11

3

Chrabot, Matt

USA

6:06:13

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Swallow, Jodie

GBR

6:37:11

2

Steffen, Caroline

SUI

6:44:40

3

Mcbride, Rachel

CAN

6:56:05

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Event: Ironman Mallorca

Lopez and McCauley take wins in the Balearic Islands

Carlos Lopez Diaz was out of the water with the leaders and and made quick work of disposing the competition early on the bike. In front of a home crowd, Lopez Diaz carried a five-minute lead starting the run. Lopez Diaz, a native Mallorquín, would claim the win by over five minutes on Germany’s Markus Fachbach.

In the women’s race Jocelyn McCauley got out of the water with the leaders and dismounted her bike in second. The American knocked out a race-best 3:03 marathon to snag the first Ironman win of her career.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Lopez Diaz, Carlos

ESP

8:26:09

2

Fachbach, Markus

DEU

8:31:51

3

Rodríguez, Gustavo

ESP

8:32:32

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Mccauley, Jocelyn

USA

9:11:55

2

Stage Nielsen, Maja

DNK

9:23:40

3

Van den Berg, Tineke

NLD

9:24:27

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote

Heemeryck and Hutthaler tame Lanzarote

Pieter Heemeryck made his presence known quickly and divisively on the bike. The Belgian put four minutes into the field by the halfway point of the bike and successfully held that gap until the completion of the 90 km ride. Heemeryck had a solid run and was never under any real threat for the win, but the race for second and third was a hotly contested effort. The 26-year-old Heemeryck snagged his first Ironman 70.3 win on the legendary course in the Canary Island.

Lisa Huetthaler jumped to the lead at 35 km on the bike and never looked back for the rest of the day. The Austrian out-biked the field and put in a solid run to claim the win by over three minutes on Poland’s Maria Czesnik.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Heemeryck, Pieter

BEL

4:08:22

2

Vandendriessche, Kenneth

BEL

4:12:47

3

Passuello, Domenico

ITA

4:15:43

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Hütthaler, Lisa

AUT

4:47:06

2

Czesnik, Maria

POL

4:50:37

3

Corachán Vaquera, Judith

ESP

4:51:04

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Event: Ironman Chatanooga

Piece of cake for Vanhoenaker at Little Debbie Ironman Chattanooga

On paper Marino Vanhoenaker was going to be the man to beat in Tennessee, however there were a number of men with different agendas fully capable of putting the heat on the Belgian should he falter at all. The race unfolded as expected with Vanhoenaker taking the lead on the bike. He successfully shook off everyone on the bike with the exception of Matt Russell, who managed to keep Vanhoenaker’s lead to three and a half minutes into T2, while the rest of the field was over 10 minutes in a arrears. While Vanhoenaker was running towards the win, Canadian Jeff Symonds put in the fastest run split (2:50:13) to claw his way from fifth off the bike to a solid second.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Vanhoenacker, Marino

BEL

8:12:22

2

Symonds, Jeff

CAN

8:19:27

3

Russell, Matt

USA

8:24:53

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Augusta

 

Helle Frederiksen Ironman 70.3 Augusta | Denmark\'s Helle Frederiksen was in a league of her own in her dominating win at Ironman 70.3 Augusta.

Denmark's Helle Frederiksen was in a league of her own in her dominating win at Ironman 70.3 Augusta.

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Frederiksen makes it look easy in Georgia

Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen was on a mission at Ironman 70.3 Augusta. She came out of the water 20 seconds after super-swimmer Hailey Chura (USA) and the pair wasted no time in burying the competition early on the bike. Fredericksen's patience lasted about 10 miles before she took the lead and biked away from Chura. Coming off the bike with close to 11-minute leads on Chura and Mel McQuaid (CAN), Fredericksen’s lead afforded her the luxury of running the entire 13 miles uncontested as the field jockeyed for positions behind her. For Frederickson, it was “mission accomplished” as she established a winning margin of 9:21 on Malindi Elmore and 9:39 on Jeanni Seymour.

Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Frederiksen, Helle

DNK

4:10:45

2

Elmore, Malindi

CAN

4:20:06

3

Seymour, Jeanni

ZAF

4:20:23

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Gurye

Costes and Seidel tops in Korea

In Korea Antony Costes took control of the race on the bike and was able to fend off all his competition on the run. The Frenchman successfully defended his title by clocking a 3:56:47 finishing time.

“Dominating” is often an over-used description of an athletic performance, however, Kirralle Seidel’s win in Gurye was just that. When you take an Ironman 70.3 win in the sweltering heat of Jeju Island by over 25-minutes (that’s no typo) ... well, that says it all.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Costes, Antony

FRA

3:56:48

2

Watson, Eric

BAH

4:00:02

3

Crawford, Guy

NZL

4:00:37

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Seidel, Kirralee

AUS

4:18:49

2

Lester, Sarah

AUS

4:46:13

3

Duffield, Michelle

AUS

4:54:09

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Event: Salinas ITU World Cup

It was a day of firsts at the 2016 Salinas ITU World Cup as USA’s Kirsten Kasper and Spaniard David Castro Fajardo captured their first World Cup titles in the debut event in Ecuador.

After starting her season with two back-to-back World Cup bronze medals, Kasper finally achieved her first gold at the 2016 Salinas ITU World Cup by outrunning USA compatriot Summer Cook in the final kilometers.

The men’s race was a battle of survival  as Spain’s Castro won  in a sprint finish, securing his second World Cup podium of the year and his first gold medal.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

David Castro Fajardo

ESP

0:53:33

2

Matthew Mcelroy

USA

0:53:34

3

Crisanto Grajales

MEX

0:53:35

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Kirsten Kasper

USA

0:59:16

2

Summer Cook

USA

0:59:23

3

Gillian Sanders

RSA

0:59:31

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