With three 70.3 events ready to rumble around the globe this weekend, plenty of the big names are preparing to get their 2017 campaigns into full swing. Puerto Rico, Mexico and Taiwan will provide the venues for a super weekend of racing.

Text By Rob Sheeley | Images By Getty Images and Witsup

 

Defending Champ Deckers Returns To Puerto Rico

Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico will see the women’s field sporting the number-one bib in 2017. The race has attracted some quality athletes and should provide a great spectacle.

Defending champion Tine Deckers, returns to the place that she won the title in 2016 from Sarah Haskins and Linsey Corbin. Deckers is a polished performer and we can expect big things from her this weekend.

Corbin was third last year and also filled the runner-up position back in 2012. She has earned a win at this race and will be doing her utmost to grab a the top step on the podium in 2017.

Helle Frederikson could be the one that Corbin and Deckers have to contend with if they hope to take this one out. The Danish star won this race in both 2013 and 2014. She has battled chronic knee injuries for some time since then. At her best, she would be the one to beat in this field.

Other podium contenders in the event include Carrie Lester, Alicia Kaye and Mirjam Weerd. All three are top-class athletes and it would be little surprise to see them on the dais.

It will also pay to keep an eye on Kelly Williamson, who won here in 2012 and was fourth in 2013 along with Jodie Robertson was fourth last year.

Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico 2017 Start List

1 Deckers Tine BEL
2 Frederiksen Helle DNK
3 Williamson Kelly USA
4 Corbin Linsey USA
5 Robertson Jodie USA
6 Kaye Alicia USA
7 Lester Carrie AUS
8 Smith Lesley USA
9 Weerd Mirjam NLD
10 Alvarez Palmira MEX
11 Bay Sarah USA
12 Czesnik Maria POL
13 Harari Lotty PAN
14 Higgins Brittany USA
15 Jimenez Ana PRI
16 Leiggi Heather USA
17 Lendway Heather USA
18 Mathews Laura USA
19 Miller Leslie USA
20 Moench Skye USA
21 Roy Stephanie CAN
22 Valentine Nicole USA

Wurtele Targets Campeche

Ironman 70.3 Campeche is set to sizzle in Mexico this weekend. A relatively small field includes plenty of talent.

The experienced Heather Wurtele will be one they have to beat. Wurtele is a 70.3 specialist and has appeared on the podium at World Championships on multiple occasions, including a third in 2016. She won no less than five half-distance titles last year and will be looking to notch up another victory here.

Liz Lyles is very well performed, particularly over the full-distance. She took out Ironman Brazil, Ironman Wisconsin and the Wildflower long course races in 2016. She could be pushing for a top three spot here.

Four-time world champion Leanda Cave possesses a wealth of experience and is always a force in any event that she decides to contest. Sarah Cameto and Celine Schaerer are also two athletes to watch in this race.

Ironman 70.3 Campeche 2017 Start List

25 Cave Leanda GBR
26 Wurtele Heather CAN
27 Lyles Liz USA
28 Hering Jackie USA
29 Cameto Sarah USA
30 Schaerer Celine CHE
31 Finger Annett DEU
32 Linnell Allison USA
33 Parubocha Kateryna UKR
34 Perez Cecilia MEX
35 Walker Nicole CAN
36 Wendorff Amanda USA
37 Wiens Kyra USA

Radka Chases Second Win In A Week At Taiwan

An exciting field featuring a blend of experienced and promising athletes will assemble for Ironman 70.3 Taiwan.

Radka Kahlefeldt will head into this race on the crest of a winning wave. The Czech took out Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay last week, defeating Caroline Steffen. Provided that she can back up well, she will take some beating again this weekend.

Chilean superstar Barbara Riveros has been racing more regularly over the half-distance in 2017 with great success. She won her third consecutive Ironman 70.3 Pucon early in the year before finishing second at Ironman 70.3 Geelong against a stacked field. Her races feature a barnstorming run-leg, which is sure to present an exciting prospect at the back end of this race.

Reigning Ultraman world champion, Kate Bevilaqua, has been a regular on the podium in Taiwan. The Western Australian was second in both 2013 and 2015 as well as third in 2014. Bevilaqua was also fourth last year and is one of the best-performed athletes at the Taitung City venue. She finished fifth at Subic Bay last week after being prominent in the swim and bike legs.

Shiao-Yu Li is the local hope, who is never far away from the podium in most Asian events. She was fifth last year and also fifth in 2014, she will know the conditions well and can not be discounted.

Other athletes include Mackenzie Madison who finished 10th at Ironman New Zealand recently despite a difficult day and Annelise Jefferies who took out the Mooloolaba triathlon last week, defeating Katy Gibb and Kirralee Seidel.

Ironman 70.3 Taiwan 2017 Start List

31 Radka Kahlefeldt CZE
33 Kate Bevilaqua AUS
34 Shiao-Yu Li TWN
35 Barbara Riveros CHL
36 Emi Sakai JPN
37 Anna Eberhardt HUN
38 Mariya Shorets RUS
39 Mackenzie Madison USA
40 Jeffries Annelise AUS

 

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Rob Sheeley is the Race Editor for WITSUP

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