Weekend racing across the Americas saw two of the best half-distance talents in world triathlon win, just one week after going one-two at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship.
Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Bahrain 13 and Finisherpix
Lightning Lawrence Does It Again
Text By Laura Siddall
Another race and another win for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Holly Lawrence. She’s turning into an unstoppable force. She has produced three dominating wins this year at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman 70.3 St. George and now at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa.
It was again a wire to wire win in true Lawrence style (that’s all systems go from the gun) that saw her take the victory.
Sarah Piampiano produced the fastest run of the day, a speedy 1.19.45 to run herself into second place (from fifth off the bike), with Kaisa Lehtonen finishing in third.
Lawrence led out the water with almost a minute gap over the rest of the field and set about extending her lead on the bike.
In the second half of the bike, Lawrence started to feel the effects of her earlier efforts, but she still came into T2 with a six-and-a-half minute lead from Carrie Lester who had ridden through the field from fourth to second.
Kaisa Lehtonen is understood to have gone slightly off course on the bike yet still put in a great effort starting her run off the bike in fourth. It was Piampiano and Lehtonen that then ran themselves onto the podium, to finish second and third behind Lawrence.
Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa 2017 Results – Click For A Closer Look
Sizzling Seymour Too Good In Monterrey
Text By Rob Sheeley
Jeanni Seymour again showed that she is one of the most promising half-distance athletes on the planet when she took out Ironman 70.3 Monterrey on Sunday.
The 25-year-old South African claimed the Pan American Championship by five minutes from Liz Lyles and Lauren Goss.
The victory was Seymour’s fourth from her last six starts, with two second-placings in between those triumphs. It was also an incredible ninth straight podium appearance for the precocious talent.
Seymour came out of the water in fourth position behind the speedy Lauren Brandon who had put a space of over two-minutes on the South African. Lauren Goss was in second place with Rebeccah Wassner in third.
Brandon continued to force the pace up front, holding the lead throughout the bike-leg and into T2. Seymour slowly worked her way into a good position, pedalling up to second and whittling the margin between the pair down to less than two minutes. Allison Linnell was the big performer on the bike making her way from 12th to fourth, courtesy of the fastest bike split (2:14:49).
It was Seymour’s devastating run that sealed her victory. Her 1:21:42 effort was more than enough to overhaul Brandon and put a space on the rest of the field.
Liz Lyles moved from fifth to second with her solid bike/run combination being the catalyst for a well-earned podium. Lauren Goss was just 21-seconds behind in third place after performing well across all three disciplines throughout the day and almost clinging on to second.
The most eye-catching run of the day came from American Ruth Brennan Morrey. After being 12th off the bike she stormed through the field with a withering 1:18:04 run to finish fourth, just one minute off the podium.
Ironman 70.3 Monterrey 2017 Results – Click For A Closer Look