Holly Lawrence won Ironman 70.3 Bahrain over Bahrain Endurance 13 team-mate Daniela Ryf, which meant there was no million-dollar Triple-Crown bonus for the Swiss star.
November 27, 2017 | NEWS|
Daniela Ryf was on track to take the Triple-Crown bonus she won a few years ago with wins at Ironman 70.3 Dubai, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, but some spirited racing from Bahrain Endurance 13 team-mate Holly Lawrence and Anne Haug relegated the Swiss star to third. Ryf, who dealt with some serious back issues earlier this year, will have to "settle" with a season that included a win at Challenge Roth along with both Ironman world championships.
Lawrence was unable to defend her 70.3 world title in Chattanooga earlier this year, but bounced back with an impressive third-place finish at the Island House Triathlon last weekend and her big win in Bahrain. It was touch and go, though, as the Brit found herself being chased right to the line by Germany's Anne Haug, who came oh-so-close to stealing the show herself.
Ryf trailed Lawrence by 10 seconds out of the water, and then bided her time through the initial stages of the bike before blasting through the final 50 km to take a two-minute lead over Lawrence into T2.
Out on the run, though, Ryf struggled to a 1:28 run split, which wasn't nearly enough to hold off Lawrence. Lawrence found herself hanging on for dear life as Anne Haug flew to a 1:17 half-marathon split to end up just 10-seconds behind at the line. Ryf hung tough for third over Emma Pallant and Angela Naeth.
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run