Appleton and Salthouse in Los Cabos, Von Berg and Oliveira in Buenos Aires

Sam Appleton and Ellie Salthouse took the day at Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos, while Rodolphe Von Berg and Pamella Oliveira captured the Ironman 70.3 South American Championship in Buenos Aires.

| November 6, 2018 | NEWS

Rodolphe Von Berg took his third 70.3 title this weekend in Buenos Airess. (Archived photo)

Rodolphe Von Berg took his third 70.3 title this weekend in Buenos Airess. (Archived photo)

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Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos in Mexico promised to be an exciting race thanks to the world-class starting list and it lived up to expectations. There were no surprises after the swim as Sam Appleton (AUS) and former short-distance specialist Eric Lagerstrom (USA) came out of the water together in 24:30. Appleton completed the bike course in 2:05:41 and arrived in T2 more than seven minutes ahead of Alan Carrillo Avila (MEX) and Aussie Joe Gambles. A 1:15:50 run got Appleton a 3:48:43 total time for the win. Former Xterra world champ Mauricio Mendez (MEX) ran to second with the run split of the day(1:11:36) and finished in 3:53:29. The podium was completed by Gambles, who reached the finish in 3:57:42.

In the women's race, Australian Ellie Salthouse lived up to her role as race favorite. With the fastest half marathon of the day - 1:22:25, she ran to a clear victory and finished more than four minutes up in a time of 4:17:36. Behind her her countrywoman Carrie Lester took second in 4:22:01. The two had finished the bike together before Salthouse ran herself clear. Rounding out the podium was Canada's Heather Wurtele, who finished 7:12 behind Salthouse in 4:24:48.

South American Championship

In the race for the Ironman 70.3 South American Championship in Buenos Aires, American Rodolphe Von Berg was unstoppable. The 25-year-old athlete from Boulder won Ironman 70.3 Elsinore in Denmark and the premiere of the Ironman 70.3 Nice this year. In Buenos Aires Von Berg pushed the pace from the start, and was the first athlete out of the water in 23:25. On the bike, a trio including Von Berg and Brazilians Santiago Ascenco and Reinaldo Colucci rode clear of the field and arrived in T2 together, Once on the run it became clear who would dominate the day as Von Berg ran the half marathon in a blazing 1:13:20, securing his third Ironman 70.3 win of the year in 3:46:16 hours. Behind him was Colucci, who took second in 1:17:38 and finished the race in 3:50:35 hours. Third place went to Santiago Ascenco (3:51:46), who held off Canadian Jackson Laundry by 26 seconds.

The women's result was extremely close: Pamella Oliveira of Brazil used the day's fasest run (1:26:15), finishing in 4:19:37, just 40 seconds ahead of Lauren Goss (USA). Third place went to Argentina's Romina Palacio, who finished in 4:25:38.