McMahon Runs Away with Win at Ironman Triathlon 70.3 St George
A race fastest run split of 01:13:20 helped two time Canadian Olympian Brent McMahon take out Ironman 70.3 St George in Utah.
This year’s Ironman Triathlon 70.3 St George was a difficult one indeed, with competitors facing brutal swim conditions and 40 mph wins. A record 29% of the official starters did not cross the finish line. 6% of the total official starters did not even make it past the water, bowing out before the bike split. McMahon also found it difficult in the water but rallied back in the bike split to remain with the pack. It was the run leg where the two-time Olympian made his mark, pulling away from the group and creating himself a nice gap of three minutes over second place American Kevin Collington. McMahon’s overall finish time was 3:51:10. With less than a minute separating the two, it was a tightly contested affair for second place between Collington and fellow compatriot, Andy Potts, who finished second and third overall respectively.
It’s a landmark victory for the Victoria-based triathlete, who recorded his first ever win at an Ironman 70.3 race, and no doubt proving to himself and his peers of his capabilities as a worthy competitor. McMahon has traditionally competed on the International Triathlon Union’s world circuit, which is Olympic distanced (1,500-metre swim, 40km bike, 10km run). Ironman 70.3 races are a 1.9km, 90km bike and 21.1km run, half the distances of the famous Ironman race, and take almost four hours to complete.
In the women’s race, Sweden’s Svenja Bazlen and American Meredith Kessler duked it out throughout the swim, with the Kessler gaining the slight lead out onto the bike split. Bazlen came back at the American to take the lead on the bike with a blistering time of 02:21:39. The Swede also began amassing a massive five minute lead early on in the run but Kessler fought back in spectacular fashion to take out Ironman 70.3 Utah with an overall time of 4:17:11. Bazlen finished less than a minute behind with a finish time of 4:18:46. Heather Wurtelle of Canada rounded out the podium with her time of 4:20:26.
This post was sourced from an article by Victoria News. The original article can be found here.