Crowie wins Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Crowie got back onto the podium after a dominant Ironman 70.3 Geelong result, his third win at the course.
The temperature soared to 38 degrees before a late-morning reprieve, but conditions were still challenging for competitors, who not only had to deal with the heat but also the wind. Craig looked unfazed as he unleashed a dominant performance, with compatriot Tim Reed his closest rival.
“We had Commonwealth Games gold medallists, dual Olympians, world champions in that field and they all pushed me today. I love racing here in Geelong, the waterfront here is beautiful, and I’m really happy to notch up another win,” Alexander said told Ironman.com
Clayton Fettell took the lead in the swim with Courtney Atkinson and James Seear not far behind him. Fettell would eventually withdraw from the race. Craig and Reed took control early on in the bike to open up almost a minute and a half lead over their nearest rivals. Crowie stepped it up on the run, dropping Reed on the second lap of the run to win the race by over three minutes, his third triumphant Ironman 70.3 Geelong result.
Said Craig, “Those conditions out there today were brutal. I’ve never had a head wind that strong during a run, when we had it at our backs it felt like we were running three minutes per kilometre, but into it felt like we were running at 5 minutes. Everyone out there today is earning their money.”
Among the women, two-time ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt blew away all competition, winning the title by more than 13 minutes. Moffatt lead from start to finish and began with a four minute lead after exiting the swim. She dealt more damage to the rest of the competition by building a ten minute lead on the bike, giving her a relatively easy run to take the title in comfortable fashion.
“That was tough, the course is tough and the weather conditions out there made it really hard. Right now I don’t feel really good, but hopefully in a few days I’ll be able to reflect positively,” Moffatt told Ironman.com
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