A bumper weekend of racing produced some super results from all over the planet. A blend of familiar faces and first-timers broke the tape first, with more critical Kona points allocated as the final deadline nears. 

Text By Rob Sheeley | Images By Getty Images, AsiaTri.com and Witsup


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Castro Magic In Maastricht

An emotional Saleta Castro produced a career highlight when she took out Ironman Maastricht in the Netherlands on Sunday in front of Brooke Brown and Kate Comber.

It was a polished performance from the Spanish member of the Itzu Tri Team, racing near the front all day to score a memorable win.

Kate Comber was the first to emerge from the water in 51:20 with Castro just 29-seconds behind. They had a massive 12-minute gap on Brooke Brown and Rahel Bellinga.

Castro immediately put the hammer down on the bike, riding her way to a lead of just under two-minutes by the 40km mark.

Brooke Brown was dropping a plethora of Watt-bombs behind this pair and rode her way into second place, eating a lot of time into Castro’s lead.

By the time they hit T2, the Spaniard led by just two minutes with Comber a further three-minutes astern of the leading duo.

Castro came into her own on the run, quickly re-establishing the margin to Brown. After just 13km it was already out to six minutes, by the half-way mark it was almost eight.

While Brown was holding Comber at bay in second, Castro continued to sneak further away, eventually crossing the line 11-minutes in front in an overall time of 9:37:17.

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It was clearly a victory that meant a lot to Castro as the tears flowed freely down the jubilant cheeks of Spain’s newest Ironman Champion.

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Brown remained resilient in second with Comber seven minutes behind in third place.

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Ironman Maastricht 2017 Results

Pl.AC Name Time
1 Castro, Saleta (ESP) 09:37:17
2 Brown, Brooke (CAN) 09:48:13
3 Comber, Kate (GBR) 09:55:47
4 Bellinga, Rahel (NED) 10:21:16
5 Diawuoh, Annabel (GER) 11:42:30


Seymour Brilliant In Boulder

The unstoppable Jeanni Seymour racked up another win on Saturday, this time at Ironman 70.3 Boulder. Seymour took the race by four minutes from Lesley Smith and Alicia Kaye.

Seymour has now amassed an incredible 11 podiums in a row, including six victories.

It was Kaye who took the early ascendency in Boulder, leading the swim from Leanda Cave, Seymour, Christen Brown and Kelly Williamson.

Kaye’s strong biking came to the fore as she proceeded to put a space of two minutes on her rivals early.

Seymour was the only one able to ride any time into Kaye and slowly tried to erase the deficit.

After 30km, the margin still remained at 1:48 and by the time they had reached T2, Kaye still maintained a lead of 1:23.

Given the swift nature of Seymour’s run-leg, it was always going to be a gargantuan task for Kaye to stave off her advances.

By mile-three, Seymour had already whittled Kaye’s lead down to 32-seconds. Three-miles later, the South African was in front and opening up a gap.

After 9.5 miles it was apparent that Seymour was on her way to yet another win as she sped away to a lead of 3:08, which she extended to the line, finally breaking the tape in the time of 4:07:56.

Lesley Smith scorched home with the fastest run-split of 1:23:28 to grab second in front of Kaye who held third comfortably in front of Katy Evans.

Seymour has now raced five times in 2017 for four wins and a second to Holly Lawrence. Her next appearance will be at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga in early September.

Ironman 70.3 Boulder 2017 Results

Name Country Time
Jeannie Seymour ZAF 4:07:56
Lesley Smith USA 4:11:05
Alicia Kaye USA 4:13:09
Katy Evans USA 4:21:32
Leanda Cave GBR 4:22:48
Kelly Williamson USA 4:23:44
Uli Bromme USA 4:24:52
Lenny Ramsey USA 4:30:15
Annika Pfitzinger NZL 4:33:59
Lauren Capone USA 4:37:47
Jocelyn McCauley USA 4:38:19
Christen Brown USA 4:40:54
Palmira Alvarez USA 4:44:04
Terry Casey USA 4:45:06
Anna Buster USA 5:04:03
Pip Meo NZL 5:11:34
Madi Serpico CAN 5:41:25
Flying Frederkisen Outstanding In Otepaa

Helle Frederiksen unleashed a bedazzling display of half-distance racing to take out Ironman 70.3 Otepaa on the weekend.

The Danish star led from go to woah, stopping the clock at 4:24:01, 13 minutes in front of compatriot Maja Stage Nielsen with South Africa’s Annah Watkinson in third.

Frederiksen started with a bang, slicing through the swim in 25:59 to exit the water not only four minutes in front, but also alongside the lead male professional.

The Dane then backed her super swim up by biking six-minutes faster than her nearest rival to open up a comfortable lead heading into the run.

A third-fastest run of 1:31:07 was more than enough to seal the victory for Frederiksen. Stage Nielsen was made to work hard to maintain second place in front of Watkinson who produced the fastest run of 1:28:13.

Ironman 70.3 Otepaa 2017 Results

Vital Points In Poland

Picturesque Poland was the venue for Ironman 70.3 Gdynia on Sunday. Austrian Lisa Huetthaler won the race in the time of 4:21:50 from Corinne Abraham and Maria Czesnik.

The podium result was critical for Abraham who sat right on the edge of Kona qualification at the July cut off. The Welsh national has been racing well in 2017, including second places at Ironman Lanzarote and Ironman Austria. It has since been revealed that Abraham did, in fact, make the July cut-off for spot on the Big Island in October.

For Czesnik, it was her third 70.3 podium for the European summer in which she has proven to be very consistent.

Czesnik led the swim from Ewa Bugdol, Huetthaler and Ewa Komander. With Huetthaler getting away on the bike.

Czesnik stuck on well throughout the half-marathon to maintain her podium place with the run of Abraham providing a highlight as she reeled of a slick 1:21:50 to fly into second place.

Ironman 70.3 Gdynia Results

Name Country Time
Lisa Huetthaler Austria 4:17:03
Corinne Abraham Great Britain 4:21:50
Maria Czesnik Poland 4:25:28
Ewa Bugdol Poland 4:26:40
Jenny Schulz Germany 4:26:50
Joanna Soltysiak Poland 4:31:57
Anna Wiese Poland 4:40:13
Renee Kiley Australia 4:46:50
Tine Holst Denmark DNS
Ewa Komander Poland DNF
Carolin Lehrieder Germany DNS
Eimear Mullan Ireland DNS


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Watkinson Wins In Sizzling Cebu

Searing heat couldn’t stop New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson from continuing her great affinity with Asian racing as she took out Ironman 70.3 Philippines on the weekend in front of Jacquie Thistleton and Kerry Morris.

Cebu was one of the few races that Watkisnon did not win in 2016, however she well and truly exorcised those demons on Sunday.

Watkinson led a large pack out of the water who were all in close proximity. Morris, Kim Kilgroe, Thistleton, Kirralee Seidel and Alise Selsmark were all within 12-seconds as the group stormed into T1.

As usual, Watkinson excelled on the bike, opening up her lead. Morris was the only athlete who could stay in touch and they put a space between themselves and the rest of the field.

Seidel and Thistleton were four minutes astern and would have to produce something special to catch Watkinson. Thistleton’s effort on the bike was worth nothing, she had a crash during the ride, which left her with a chipped tooth and damaged bike but still managed to ride well.

Watkinson’s run put the result beyond doubt, with the Kiwi producing a fastest split of 1:34:22 to win by just shy of seven-minutes.

Thistleton showed a myriad of tenacity to run herself into second despite the lingering effects of her earlier mishap.

Morris managed to cling onto third place just 15-seconds in front of Seidel.

Ironman 70.3 Philippines 2017 Results

1 Amelia Watkinson NZL 4:29:17
2 Jacqueline Thistleton AUS 4:35:53
3 Kerry Morris AUS 4:39:11
4 Kirralee Seidel AUS 4:39:26
5 Anna Eberhardt SGP 4:49:51
6 Alise Selsmark AUS 4:53:47
7 Kim Kilgroe PHL 4:58:58
8 Leanne Szeto AUS 5:16:01
9 Monica Juhart AUS 5:36:23

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Rob Sheeley is the Race Editor for WITSUP

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