Mendez and Vodickova-Kahlefeldt top Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

Mauricio Mendez ran his way to the men's title while super-mom Radka Vodickova-Kahlefeldt continued her amazing season at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Cebu, Philippines.

| August 7, 2018 | NEWS

Tyler Butterfield (l.), Maricio Mendez and Braden Currie (r.) celebrate their podium finishes at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

Tyler Butterfield (l.), Maricio Mendez and Braden Currie (r.) celebrate their podium finishes at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

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Mexican Xterra world champ Mauricio Mendez managed to outrun a stacked field to take the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Cebu, Philippines. The Mexican came out of the water with the lead group on the feet of American Kevin Collington, joined by Canadian Brent McMahon, New Zealand's Braden Currie and Bermudan Tyler Butterfield. The group was followed 30 seconds later by an Aussie trio of Tim Reed, Tim Van Berkel and the ageless Craig Alexander.

Off the bike the group was mostly together, but had dropped Alexander and McMahon.

Initially Currie and Butterfield blasted into the lead on the run, leading the way through the half-way point of the half marathon, but would eventually be passed by Mendez and 15 km. The Mexican held his lead to the finish line, with Butterfield hanging on for second and Currie rounding out the podium.

Vodickova's amazing season continues

After taking her first 70.3 title of the year just a few months after having her first baby, Radka Vodickova-Kahlefeldt's impressive season continued with a huge win to take the women's championship by 10 minutes.

Vodickova finished the swim three-minutes down from American swim master Lauren Brandon, but quickly moved her way to the lead out on the bike course. She finished the day with a 1:21:57 half marathon, which was more than enough to get to the line ahead of initial runner-up Lauren Goss. Goss overcame a technical issue on the bike to get herself to the runner-up position, but missed the fact that she'd got a 30-second penalty for riding on the wrong side of the road and was eventually DQ'd. That meant another new mom, Caroline Steffen, would finish second. Melissa Hauschildt was unable to put together one of her patented super-fast runs after a stellar bike ride put her into second into T2 and had to settle with the final spot on the podium, one spot up on another fast mom, Beth McKenzie.

 

Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship | Women

August 5, 2018 | Cebu Philippines.

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Radka Vodickova-Kahlefeldt

CZE

4:12:13

0:27:56

2:18:00

1:21:56

2

Caroline Steffen

SUI

4:21:46

0:28:02

2:21:26

1:27:44

3

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

4:22:50

0:30:20

2:16:20

1:31:34

4

Beth McKenzie

USA

4:31:03

0:32:47

2:29:21

1:23:13

5

Lauren Brandon

USA

4:32:20

0:24:39

2:20:42

1:41:59

6

Sabrina Stadelmann

SUI

4:36:38

0:32:46

2:29:43

1:29:21

7

Manami Iijima

UMI

4:37:42

0:27:07

2:33:36

1:31:52

8

Dimity Lee Duke

AUS

4:40:16

0:32:47

2:27:22

1:34:54

9

Lisa Tyack

AUS

4:40:50

0:32:45

2:30:50

1:31:57

10

Simone Maier

NZL

4:41:41

0:35:57

2:27:52

1:32:19

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Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship | Men

August 5, 2018 | Cebu Philippines.

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Mauricio Mendez

MEX

3:46:45

0:25:16

2:03:55

1:13:38

2

Tyler Butterfield

BER

3:47:39

0:25:29

2:03:41

1:14:42

3

Braden Currie

NZL

3:48:12

0:25:17

2:03:45

1:15:14

4

Timothy James Reed

AUS

3:52:51

0:25:33

2:03:33

1:19:44

5

Craig Alexander

AUS

3:54:09

0:25:28

2:05:44

1:18:53

6

Luke McKenzie

AUS

3:55:29

0:25:31

2:03:29

1:22:26

7

Mike Philips

NZL

3:56:57

0:25:26

2:03:40

1:23:59

8

Casey Munro

AUS

3:57:42

0:25:23

2:03:17

1:24:28

9

Jakub Langhammer

CZE

3:58:21

0:25:35

2:05:43

1:22:58

10

Kevin Collington

USA

4:00:13

0:25:12

2:05:59

1:24:51

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