Cunningham, Morrison win Ironman Triathlon 70.3 St. Croix
Hundreds of athletes from across the globe descended onto the Virgin Island’s Christiansted Harbour on Sunday for the Captain Morgan Ironman Triathlon 70.3 St. Croix. The race also had further incentive with 30 qualifying spots for the Ironman Hawaii World Championship in October up for grabs, as well as 40 spots for the Nevada Ironman Triathlon 70.3 World Championship in September.
At this years Ironman Triathlon 70.3 St Croix, Australian Richie Cunningham finished with an total time of 4 hours, 10 minutes and 29 seconds to take the men’s and overall title in the triathlon. Several minutes later, Great Britain’s Catriona Morrison finished in 4:38:56 to finish 15th overall and take the overall women’s title. Cunningham’s time included finishing the 1.2-mile swim portion in 24 minutes and 26 seconds, finishing the 56-mile bike race in 2:24:37, and finishing the 13.1-mile run in 1:21:26. Morrison’s times were 29:44 in the swim, 2:39:16 in the bike, and 1:29:56 in the run.
New Zealand’s Clark Ellice excelled in the water and was first to emerge, with a team of 24:15. Trailing him was eventual winner Cunningham, Puerto Rican Edgardo Velez, and Great Britain’s Will Clarke. Cunningham however, managed to recover by pulling off second fastest times in both the bike and run splits to take the victory.
Clarke finished second overall in 4:13:27, followed by Ellice in 4:13:32, Michael Lovato of the U.S. in fourth, and Oscar Galindez of Brazil in fifth. Velez was sixth in 4:26:41, followed by Poland’s Mikolaj Luft in 4:27:32, the Netherlands’ Felix Schumann in 4:27:28, and the Panamanian duo of Pedro Cordovez (4:28:50) and Ronan Pavoni (4:35:15). Joanna Lawn of New Zealand was the second women’s finisher in 4:44:00, followed by Maria Czesnik of Poland in 4:45:48.
In the Sprint Triathlon, Joao Otavio Fernandes finished the 750-meter swim, 8-mile bike and 4-mile run in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 11 seconds to take the title. He was followed by top women’s finisher Mignon Vatlach in 1:09:33, Gilles Janssen in 1:11:21, Agustin Quinones Jr. in 1:11:38, and Dedrick Laikens in 1:15:57. St. Croix’s Theresa Harper was second among women and 10th overall in 1:22:37.
This post was sourced from an article by Virgin Islands Daily News. The original article can be found here.