Tyler Butterfield finished an impressive 8th overall earlier today (Sunday 30th August) in Austria at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. In her comeback race Nikki Butterfield was 17th amongst the women.
As in the past Tyler had some work to do after the 1.2 mile swim as he posted a time of 24 mins 05 secs, 61st overall and almost two minutes behind pre race favorite Jan Frodeno of Germany. However Tyler worked his way through the field to 14th with one of the fastest bike splits of 2hrs 13th minutes and 48 secs for the 56 mile bike and then produced a strong showing on the 13.1 mile run with a 1:17:19 to finish in 3hrs 58 mins and 44 secs.
Jan Frodeno took top honours in 3:51:19 with another German, Sebastian Kienle in 2nd and Javier Gomez of Spain, the current leader of the Olympic distance World Series (he won the Stockholm leg just last weekend !!) in 3rd.
Nikki also trailed the leaders after the swim as she emerged from the water in 27 mins 45 secs, 21st amngst the professional women and 69th woman but then used her strong bike to move up into 11th with the 7th fastest bike time amongst the women of 2:30:25. After a solid start to the run Nikki faded in the later stages to record a time of 1:39:55 for an overall time of 4:42:07.
Bermuda’s only other competitor was Matt Thompson who finished 84th in the mens 45-49 age group in 5hrs 6 minutes and 30 secs with splits of 30:06, 2:42:57 and 1: 43:15.
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