Weiss and Watkinson wonderful in South Africa

Bradley Weiss led an all-South Africa men's podium, while Annah Watkinson made it a home-country win for the women at Ironman 70.3 South Africa.

| January 28, 2019 | NEWS

Bradley Weiss finished fourth at Ironman 70.3 South Africa last year, but the Xterra specialist took the race this year and earned his spot at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

Bradley Weiss finished fourth at Ironman 70.3 South Africa last year, but the Xterra specialist took the race this year and earned his spot at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

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South African podium

During the run up to Ironman 70.3 South Africa, Bradley Weiss made it clear on his social media channels that his main goal for 2019 would be the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The South African Xterra specialist had finished fourth in his home race last year, but this year he moved from just off the podium to the very top.

After the 1.1 km shortened swim, he was out of the water 20 seconds behind the leader. On the bike Weiss set a race-best split of 2:14:25, leading Ryan Schmitz (RSA) by just under two minutes. 

On the run the 29-year-old managed to hold off his countryman Matt Trautman at bay to take his first 70.3 title in 3:53:51. The win netted Weiss a spot in Nice for the 70.3 worlds, too. Two minutes after the winner came Trautman, who had the day's fastest run (1:18:10). James Cunnama made it an all-South African podium, finishing 2:35 behind.

Ironman 70.3 South Africa | Men

January 27, 2019 | Buffalo City, South Africa

Name

Country

Overall

1.1 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Bradley Weiss

RSA

3:53:51

15:35

2:14:25

1:19:29

2

Matt Trautman

RSA

3:54:53

16:05

2:16:48

1:18:10

3

James Cunnama

RSA

3:56:26

16:08

2:17:43

1:18:18

4

Cyril Viennot

FRA

3:58:56

16:08

2:18:10

1:20:22

5

Ryan Schmitz

RSA

3:59:38

16:16

2:15:34

1:23:29

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Watkinson takes the win over Pallant

The small women's pro field included just four athletes, but there was lots of action up at the front. South African Annah Watkinson took the day in 4:21:15, just under two-minutes ahead of favorite Emma Pallant (GBR). Pallant was sick heading into the race and even up to race morning wasn't sure she would be able to start. Jade Roberts (RSA) rounded out the podium, finishing in 4:44:06.

Ironman 70.3 South Africa | Women

January 27, 2019 | Buffalo City, South Africa

Name

Country

Overall

1.1 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Annah Watkinson

RSA

4:21:15

17:39

2:34:16

1:24:49

2

Emma Pallant

GBR

4:23:12

18:03

2:35:14

1:26:01

3

Jade Roberts

RSA

4:44:06

18:52

2:47:03

1:32:48

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