The weekend saw four of the five scheduled races run and won with Ironman 70.3 New Orleans unfortunately having to be cancelled due to a storm. The highlight was a victorious return from injury for one athlete in Miami, with small fields left to contest races in Thailand, Chile and Aruba.

Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Lead Image By Talbot Cox, Images By Talbot Cox, Getty Images


Super Salthouse Back With A Bang In Miami

Text By Rob Sheeley

Ellie Salthouse put a year of injury and frustration behind her with a solid victory at Ironman 70.3 Miami on the weekend.

The Australian unleashed her usual polished performance across all three disciplines to win by two-and-a-half minutes from Angela Naeth, with Sarah Lewis a further five-minutes back in third.

Salthouse was always prominent, exiting the water in second behind Jennifer Spieldenner. Leanda Cave was in third with Lauren Goss and Lewis making up the top five.

(c) Talbot Cox

The bike was an opportunity for Salthouse to assert her authority and she wasted little time in doing so. By 33km she had already opened up a gap of over a minute to Goss who had moved to second. When she hit T2, she was over two minutes in front.

The big mover on the bike was Naeth who rode her way into second place on the back of a best bike split of 2:20:28.

However, Naeth proved no match for Salthouse on the run, with the Aussie extending to almost four minutes by the 10km mark.

(c) Talbot Cox

While Naeth did make some inroads later in the half-marathon, Salthouse had already ensured that the result was beyond doubt, with her seond-fastest 1:27:12 more than enough to see her hold the tape aloft.

Naeth was resolute in second and is another athlete who has experienced a frustrating year with injuries and it is great to see her back in form.

Lewis impressed with the best run of the day (1:26:45) to grab the final place on the dais in front of Spieldenner.

(c) Talbot Cox

Ironman 70.3 Miami 2017 Results

Pos Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Salthouse, Ellie AUS 0:28:29 2:21:26 1:27:11 4:19:57
2 Naeth, Angela CAN 0:31:34 2:20:28 1:27:34 4:22:34
3 Lewis, Sarah GBR 0:31:05 2:25:36 1:26:45 4:27:04
4 Spieldenner, Jennifer USA 0:28:11 2:28:13 1:31:18 4:30:28
5 Davis-Hayes, Cecilia USA 0:36:34 2:23:36 1:30:24 4:33:46
6 Goss, Lauren USA 0:29:25 2:35:14 1:30:54 4:39:12
7 Hansen, Jennie USA 0:35:46 2:31:00 1:29:58 4:40:47
8 Basso, Anne FRA 0:31:31 2:37:09 1:31:50 4:44:23
9 Hachmeister, Ericka USA 0:38:05 2:33:15 1:36:16 4:50:50
10 Svadlenkova, Pavlina CZE 0:31:25 2:44:05 1:40:45 4:59:51
11 Barrena, Laura ARG 0:45:14 3:01:08 1:58:14 5:49:18
Cave, Leanda GBR 0:28:47 2:36:33 DNF
Doehla, Alissa USA 0:31:28 2:44:47 DNF

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Watkinson Wins Again In Thailand

Text By Laura Siddall

Challenge Kanchanaburi saw a dominant display by New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson, leading form the start and stretching ahead over the bike and run to win by 25-minutes, from Imogen Simmonds and Parys Edwards, with Isabelle Moulin in fourth.

Challenge Kanchanaburi 2017 Results

1st – Amelia Watkinson (NZL) – 4:24:08

2nd – Imogen Simmonds (SUI) – 4:49:28

3rd – Parys Edwards (GBR) – 5:02:51

4th – Isabelle Moulin (FRA) – 5:34:50


Bravo For Cravo in Coquimbo

Text By Rob Sheeley

Brazil’s Luiza Cravo took out the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Coquimbo in Chile.

Just two women faced the starter with local Pamela Tastets providing the opposition for Cravo.

Tastets led the swim narrowly the pair exited the water practically together.

Cravo took control on the bike, riding to a lead of over 10-minutes after the 90km journey.

She extended this ascendency on the run to take victory by over 14-minutes.

Ironman 70.3 Coquimbo 2017 Results

1 Luiza Cravo BRA 0:30:56 2:44:35 1:37:46 4:56:56
2 Pamela Tastets CHL 0:30:53 2:56:00 1:41:19 5:11:38


Rodriguez Claims Aruba Crown

Text By Laura Siddall

Sadly just three pro women started the race with only two finishing at Challenge Aruba. It certainly looks like a huge missed opportunity for the professional women.

It was Fiama Rodriquez who took the win, having raced in 2016, she was back in 2017 and able to score a comfortable victory over Jessica Santos.

Challenge Aruba 2017 Results

Fiama Rodriquez – 5:05:43

Jessica Santos – 5.22.16

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