It was a tale of two runs on the weekend over the half-distance events. In Dubai, a sizzling run was the catalyst for victory, while in Goondiwindi, a winning run continued. 

Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Getty Images and Witsup


Red Hot Haug Storms To Victory In Dubai

Text By Laura Siddall

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Anne Haug is fast proving she’s a real danger over the half-distance in 2018 after winning the Middle Eastern Championship with a sizzling 1.14.11 run split, ahead of a break out performance from Britain’s Sarah Lewis and 2017 Ironman 70.3 Bahrain champion Holly Lawrence.

Haug has shown in the few 70.3 races she’s already contested that she is raising the run to a new level and this was a fantastic performance that confirms Haug as one of the athletes to watch in 2018.

Britain’s Sarah Lewis, had a rough start to 2017 with several accidents, but showed in the events she raced that she had talent and it was only a matter of time before she broke through with a great performance. Lewis will now take a break to have surgery as a result of the accidents last year. But there is little doubt that she’ll be back with more performances of this level.

Holly Lawrence was first out the water with a lead of just under two minutes over Ellie Salthouse and Haug. Lewis, Agnieszka Jerzyk and Kimberley Morrison were a further 20-seconds back.

Lawrence extended her lead on the bike and reaching T2 in first, with uber-biker Morrison, having ridden her way through the field to start the run in second, 2:30 down on Lawrence. Lewis, Salthouse and Haug all entered T2 close together a further minute back from Morrison.

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Haug’s run saw her quickly eating into the lead of Lawrence and it seemed only a matter of time before she moved to the front. Haug went on to run a 1.14 split. Yes, you read that right. That’s ridiculously fast and takes the run to a whole new level over the 70.3 distance for the women.

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Sarah Lewis also ran what would, in any other race, be close to the best run split, with a 1.18.42. She managed also to reel in Lawrence to move into second, with around 5km to go.

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After being off the front most of the day, Lawrence also carved out a very respectable run split to hold onto third.

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Ironman 70.3 Dubai 2018 Results

Name Country Div Rank Swim Bike Run Finish
Haug, Anne DEU 1 0:25:51 2:15:46 1:14:11 4:00:25
Lewis, Sarah GBR 2 0:26:12 2:15:23 1:18:42 4:05:19
Lawrence, Holly GBR 3 0:23:56 2:14:00 1:25:01 4:07:36
Salthouse, Ellie AUS 4 0:25:49 2:15:47 1:24:49 4:11:11
Jerzyk, Agnieszka POL 5 0:26:12 2:18:16 1:26:04 4:15:16
Morrison, Kimberley GBR 6 0:26:16 2:14:12 1:31:05 4:16:20
Bartlett, Nikki GBR 7 0:29:08 2:15:51 1:30:07 4:20:19
Lundstrom, Asa SWE 8 0:29:13 2:20:52 1:28:02 4:23:18
Koistinen, Minna FIN 9 0:30:32 2:20:26 1:28:32 4:24:28
Watkinson, Annah ZAF 10 0:29:18 2:26:33 1:30:48 4:31:53
Miller, Leslie USA 11 0:29:18 2:51:45 1:34:30 5:01:38

Crowley Sizzles At Hell Of The West

Text By Rob Sheeley

Sarah Crowley started 2018 in style on Sunday when she notched up her fifth victory at the iconic Hell of the West triathlon in Goondiwindi, Australia.

The Aussie won by six minutes from Skye Moench, with Fawn Whiting a further four-minutes away in third. Crowley’s time of 3:58:09 was just six seconds shy of the course record she set a year earlier.

Under dark skies, the field plunged into the McIntyre River for the 5am start, with the 2km swim comprising of 1km upstream to begin with and an easier 1km downstream to finish.

Holly Grice was the first to emerge from the water, closely followed by Alise Selsmark, Crowley, Nina Derron and Kerry Morris. This group had opened up over three-minutes on the rest of the field.

The 80km ride was a flat out-and-back affair with athletes enduring a solid headwind on the return 40km.

Crowley was a standout on the bike, powering to a 2:06:04 split, which was five-minutes faster than her nearest rival.

Morris pedalled her way to second, with the big mover being Moench, who catapulted herself into third, courtesy of the second-fastest bike.

Crowley produced a 1:21:14 run over the three-lap 20km course, which was more than enough to see her secure a comfortable victory at the race she has well and truly made her own.

Moench made her way to second with her strong bike/run effort providing the platform for her silver medal.

Whiting sizzled around the riverside run course, carving out the fastest split and grabbing the final step on the podium in the process.

Hell Of The West 2018 Results

Sarah Crowley 0:30:50 2:06:04 1:21:14 3:58:09
Skye Moench 0:33:33 2:11:04 1:22:17 4:06:54
Fawn Whiting 0:36:16 2:16:19 1:18:04 4:10:39
Nina Derron 0:30:50 2:20:14 1:20:00 4:11:04
Alise Selsmark 0:30:50 2:21:07 1:23:34 4:15:31
Kerry Morris 0:30:55 2:11:33 1:36:04 4:18:34
Holly Grice 0:30:40 2:28:47 1:34:31 4:33:58
Shannon Chapman 0:38:16 2:29:28 1:29:34 4:37:19
Jennifer Davis 0:36:17 2:30:23 1:40:27 4:47:08

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Rob Sheeley is the Race Editor for WITSUP

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