The British grip on Ironman 70.3 South Africa title was finally broken last weekend when Jeanni Seymour took the win for 2018 ahead of Emma Pallant and Spain’s Judith Vaquera in third.

Text By Laura Siddall | Image By Getty Images


Seymour led from the start exiting the water with a 90-second advantage over Vaquera, with Pallant just under three-minutes down. 

Pallant soon went to work on the bike, to try and eat into Seymour’s lead and moved up to second place within the first 30km of the bike and reducing the gap to two minutes.

However, by the time the women started the run, Seymour was back to almost a three minute lead. Pallant can run, and so can Seymour, so it was going to be a good foot race to see who could take the win. By just over half way Pallant has already erased the deficit and was just 12-seconds behind the lead, but Seymour then stepped up a gear in the second half, pulling away again for victory and reclaiming the title for the host country.

It is a positive start to the year for Seymour who is coming off a terrific 2017. It augers well for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held in South Africa later this year.

 It was also a good result for Pallant, who was coming back from a very serious accident in mid December and still ran the fastest run split. Vaquera is another who would be taking plenty of upside away from the race. She defeated some top-class athletes maintain her position in third.

Ironman 70.3 South Africa 2018 Results

Name Country Div Rank Swim Bike Run Finish
Seymour, Jeanni ZAF 1 0:26:38 2:36:20 1:24:44 4:32:23
Pallant, Emma GBR 2 0:29:30 2:36:28 1:23:51 4:34:21
Vaquera, Judith ESP 3 0:28:11 2:41:22 1:29:49 4:44:24
Cheetham, Susie GBR 4 0:29:54 2:41:04 1:31:47 4:48:11
Watkinson, Annah ZAF 5 0:29:52 2:45:11 1:29:32 4:49:45
Nieuwoudt, Magda ZAF 6 0:29:45 2:41:18 1:36:03 4:52:38
Schink, Lina-Kristin DEU 7 0:33:04 2:43:44 1:32:33 4:54:19
Bonner, Sarah CAN 8 0:33:05 2:49:25 1:34:37 5:02:30
Horner, Claire ZAF 9 0:32:02 2:54:46 1:40:03 5:13:14
Edwards, Parys GBR DNF

About The Author

Laura Siddall

Pro Triathlete, Ironman Champion and multiple half distance Champ.
4x Amateur World Champ.
Witsup contributor, Sid Talks (Fitter Radio) podcaster, Global Traveller, British, Aussie, Kiwi.
Ambassador for MORE Than Sport, SisuGirls and Women’s Sport Trust. Engineer, Consultant, ex-Military, Public Speaker.

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