Anne Haug ran her to the Ironman 70.3 Dubai win, opening the door to a million-dollar payoff by taking the first leg of the Triple Crown.
February 2, 2018 | NEWS|
Holly Lawrence (GBR) led the way out of the water and off the bike, but once on the run there was no touching Germany's Anne Haug, who blasted through a 1:14:11 run split to easily take the win, setting herself up for the chance to win a million dollars if she can take the next two legs of the Triple Crown - the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Ironman 70.3 Bahrain.
After leading her main competition out of the water by about two minutes, Lawrence wasn't able to open up much time on the bike, coming into T2 with a lead of just under three minutes on countrywoman Kimberly Morrison. Haug and Ellie Salthouse (AUS) were another minute behind starting the run.
Once on the run, though, Haug was in a class of her own, hitting the halfway point with a split that was only a couple of minutes slower than men's winner Alistair Brownlee.
By the halfway point of the run Haug was in front and another British athlete, Sarah Lewis, was making huge inroads on Lawrence, too. By 16 km Lewis moved past the swim/ bike leader and cemented her runner-up position, leaving Lawrence to hang on for the final spot on the podium.
Ironman 70.3 Dubai 2018
- Februar 2018, Dubai (VAE)
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21 km Run