Rolli and Kahlefeldt tops at Ironman 70.3 Davao

Markus Rolli led from start to finish, while Radka Kahlefeldt won the battle of the super-moms over Caroline Steffen at Ironman 70.3 Daveo in the Philippines.

| March 24, 2019 | NEWS

Markus Rolli (Arvhive photo)

Markus Rolli (Arvhive photo)

Photo >Daniel Eilers / spomedis

Germany's Markus Rolli led from start to finish to take the men's race at Ironman 70.3 Davao. The German led the way out of the water with a 40-second lead on one of the men's favorites, former 70.3 world champ Tim Reed and almost two minutes on the ageless Craig Alexander.

Once on the bike the German blasted away from the rest of the field, opening up a lead of over eight minutes on the chasers that included Aussies Reed, Alexander, Sam Betten and Tim Van Berkel.

Alexander gamely posted a run split over five minutes faster than Rolli, but that wasn't nearly enough to stop the German from taking his wire-to-wire win. Van Berkel rounded out the podium.

Kahlefeldt runs to the win

Guam's Manami Iijima led the way out of the water, but that was the only time this race wasn't a showcase of super-mom racing as Radka Kehlefeldt (CZE) and Caroline Steffen (SUI) came out of the water just three seconds apart about 30 seconds back and then quickly rode to the front of the race. The two were together off the bike, but Kehlefeldt kept the pressure up on the run, gradually opening up a bit of a gap at the 7 km point of the half marathon, and then steadily pulling away to take the win by 2:36. Aussie Kirralee Seidel rounded out the podium.   

Ironman 70.3 Davao | Women

March 24, 2019 | Davao, Philippines

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Radka Kahlefeldt

CZE

4:16:52

26:55

2:21:49

1:25:11

2

Caroline Steffen

SUI

4:19:28

26:58

2:21:48

1:27:47

3

Kirralee Seidel

USA

4:28:37

27:07

2:26:53

1:31:23

4

Dimity Lee Duke

GBR

4:32:41

29:35

2:25:39

1:34:11

5

Lisa Tyack

NZL

4:39:19

32:04

2:32:52

1:31:20

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Ironman 70.3 Davao | Men

March 24, 2019 | Davao, Philippines

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Markus Rolli

GER

3:49:29

23:22

2:00:50

1:22:19

2

Craig Alexander

AUS

3:52:21

25:19

2:07:00

1:17:14

3

Tim Van Berkel

AUS

3:53:05

25:19

2:06:59

1:17:45

4

Tim Reed

AUS

3:57:18

24:02

2:08:28

1:21:58

5

Sam Betten

AUS

3:59:21

23:26

2:08:48

1:24:30

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