DUFFY DOMINATES AT IRONMAN 70.3 SOUTH AFRICA

In a rare move up to longer racing Flora Duffy today competed in the Ironman 70.3 South Africa, her debut Ironman event, and produced a hugely impressive performance to dominate the field, winning by 7 minutes from the talented UK athlete Emma Pallant.

Flora’s overall time  was faster than all but 9 of the professional men and she emerged from the water in 25:43 which matched all but a couple of the top professional men’s times.

What was most impressive however was Flora’s run time showing that the hard work she has put in during the off season on her running is paying dividends. Her time for the run was 1hr 20 min 37 secs within two minutes of the 2nd and 3rd place male professional times and seven minutes better than Emma Palant’s time, who is considered to be one of the top runners over the longer distance.

Flora, after losing most of last season recovering from injury, took on her first career 70.3 with dominating swim and run legs to finish in 4:34:05 with a 2:03 margin of victory over Emma Pallant of Great Britain and 7:12 better than 3rd place finisher Jade Nicole of South Africa.

While Duffy was noted for dominating the bike leg during her 2015 and 2016 World Championship seasons at the Olympic distance, that was not the case in her first try at the 70.3 distance as she surrendered 11:11 to Pallant’s 2:33:01 bike split and a whopping 18:07 to third place finisher and former pro cyclist Jade Nicole of South Africa.

However, Duffy’s women’s-best 25:43 swim was 4:18 better than Pallant and 4:20 better than Nicole, and her 1:20:37 half marathon was 7:01 better than Pallant and 11:04 better than Nicole – more than making up for her off-form cycling leg.

Results

Women

1. Flora Duffy (BER) 4:34:05 S 25:43 T1 2:58 B 2:42:12 T2 2:36 R 1:20:37
2. Emma Pallant (GBR) 4:36:08 S 30:01 T1 2:48 B 2:33:01 T2 2:42 R 1:27:38
3. Jade Nicole (RSA) 4:41:17 S 30:03 T1 3:07 B 2:24:05 T2 2:23 R 1:31:41
4. Natia Van Heerden (RSA) 4:46:26 S 32:19 T1 3:18 B 2:40:29 T2 2:12 R 1:28:09
5. Annah Watkinson (RSA ) 4:48:39 S 30:00 T1 3:08 B 2:42:37 T2 2:20 R 1:30:36
6. Mariella Sawyer (RSA) 5:00:44 S 34:21 T1 2:52 B 2:54:17 T2 2:04 R 1:27:12
7. Kristin Leopold (GER) 5:06:10 S 39:15 T1 4:05 B 2:53:51 T2 4:59 R 1:24:02

Men

1. Matt Trautman (RSA) 4:02:59 S 25:44 T1 2:31 B 2:17:16 T2 1:15:43 R 1:15:43
2. Bradley Weiss (RSA) 4:05:48 S 25:46 T1 2:35 B 2:17:18 T2 1:57 R 1:18:15
3. Henri Schoeman (RSA) 4:07:30 S 23:27 T1 2:35 B 2:19:46 T2 1:49 R 1:19:55
4. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:09:10 S 28:48 T1 2:52 B 2:17:29 T2 2:05 R 1:17:58
5. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 4:10:17 S 25:53 T1 2:40 B 2:17:01 T2 1:57 R 1:22:47
6. Michael Raelert (GER) 4:11:32 S 25:38 T1 2:19 B 2:17:30 T2 1:53 R 1:24:04
7. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 4:15:50 S 25:54 T1 2:41 B 2:23:12 T2 2:08 R 1:21:57

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