The weekend featured some top-notch racing in both Asia and South America. In the Philippines, the same three faces filled the podium as they did in 2016 with a different winner being crowned, while in Argentina, a thrilling come-from-behind win capped off a long return from injury.

Text By Rob Sheeley | Image By Witsup

 

Radka Reverses The Tables On Steffen

Radka Kahlefeldt began her 2017 half-distance campaign with a bang when she took out Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay on Saturday.

Kahlefeldt was locked in an engrossing battle with the defending champion Caroline Steffen for most of the day, before edging ahead on the run to win by just under four minutes. The pair were well ahead of Dimity-Lee Duke who finished third, securing yet another podium.

It was Steffen who led out of the water, just two seconds over Kahlefeldt. They had already opened up a break in excess of a minute over Kate Bevilaqua.

The scenario remained throughout the bike with Kahlefeldt heading into T2 with a mere five-second ascendency over the Swiss champion. They now had a five-minute lead over their nearest rival with Dimity-Lee Duke powering her way into third on the bike.

It was down to a footrace and Kahlefeldt excelled, easing ahead to a 25-second lead at the 7km-mark and extending it from there.

On the line, the Czech stopped the clock at 4:22:13, reversing the top-two result from a year earlier.

Duke finished in third place for the third consecutive year at the Philippines venue.

Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2017 Results – Click Image For A Closer Look 

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Chura Chases Down Victory

Haley Chura continued her great start to 2017 when she took out Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires in spectacular fashion on Sunday.

The American produced a fastest run-split of 1:22:29 to erase a six-minute deficit and claim the victory over defending champion Kimberley Morrison with Ariane Monticeli finishing third.

It was Chura who led out of the water, with her trademark lightning swim almost three minutes faster than her nearest rival.

However, Morrison produced a monster bike-leg to take the lead and surge away. The Brit’s 2:16:38 was almost nine minutes faster than her anyone else in the field and looked as though it may lay the platform for a successful title defence.

With 6:28 to erase, it was going to take an almighty effort from Chura, but she was up to the task. She whittled the lead down to less than four-minutes at the halfway mark and toiled away to take the win by 47-seconds.

Chura adds the win to her third placing at Ironman 70.3 Pucon earlier in the year, which is the culmination of a long comeback. Chura was hit by a car during a training ride in 2015 and has showed a plethora of tenacity and resilience on her lengthy road to recovery.

Morrison’s second continues her success at the Argentinian venue, while Ariane Monticeli finished third for the second consecutive year.

Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires 2017 Results – Click Image For A Closer Look

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