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Americans Ben Hoffman and Melissa Rollison took the titles at today’s Ironman 70.3 Muncie race in Muncie, Ind.
Hoffman’s win came thanks to a field-leading 2:01:11 56-mile bike split. He followed that with a 1:18:31 half marathon for the 3:48:14 victory. Fellow American Mike Caizzo used a 1:16:07 half marathon to run his way from eighth off of the bike to second at the finish line. Great Britain’s Rich Allen turned in a well-rounded day to finish third.
Rollison upset pre-race favorites Kelly Williamson (USA) and Leanda Cave (GBR) by working her way through the field on the bike and the run. She capped her day off with a 1:19:19 half marathon to give her the 4:08:48 win. Williamson finished second, with Cave rounding out the podium in third.
Ironman 70.3 Muncie
Muncie, Ind. – July 9, 2011
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:48:14
2. Mike Caizzo (USA) 3:53:12
3. Rich Allen (GBR) 3:54:18
4. Joe Umpenour (USA) 3:55:12
5. Daniel Bretscher (USA) 3:55:36
1. Melissa Rollison (USA) 4:08:48
2. Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:12:19
3. Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:12:35
4. Margaret Shapiro (USA) 4:18:20
5. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:20:55