Tyler Butterfield got his 2017 season off to a strong start with a 4th place finish at the Ironman 70.3 Dubai yesterday, 27th January.However, Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild took a wrong turn near the finish after moving into 3rd so at press time it is unclear whether Wild was awarded 3rd or 4th as the results show 3rd but the twitter feed showed him 4th after he crossed the line behind Tyler.
Tyler exited the 1.9km swim in 9th place in 24.31 with Josh leading out of the water in 23:40. Tyler then produced the fastest time for the 90km bike ( 2:00:14) exiting transition at the front of the field. Despite a solid run, he was not able to hold off three times Triathlon World Series champion and Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez who used his renowned running speed to take the overall win. Gomez, making a welcomed return after breaking his arm last year and missing out on the Olympics and World Championships, handled the heat well to complete the 21.1km run in a very quick 1:10:44 for an overall time of 3hrs 42 mins 21 secs.
Josh Amberger was second in 3:44:38. Switzerland’s fast finishing Reudi Wild is shown as 3rd in an adjusted time of 3:44:59 with a 1:12:37 run. Tyler finished 4th after a 1:16:13 run for an overall time of 3:45:10.
Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland finished in 4:01:40 to take overall women’s honours after a blistering bike ride of 2:09:52.