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Australia’s Pete Jacobs beat a seemingly unstoppable Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand by leading the entire day in the Philippines, while Canada’s Magali Tisseyre turned in a fast run to take the women’s title.
Jacobs started the day with a field-leading 24:52 swim. Bozzone headed onto the bike just ten seconds back of the Aussie and quickly made up the gap. The two battled throughout the entire 56 miles, with Jacobs gaining the slight edge heading into T2. From there, it became a battle of who could withstand the hot and humid conditions. Jacobs’ impressive 1:21:15 half marathon earned him the victory in 3:58:41. Showing the tough conditions of the day, Bozzone’s 1:28:28 half marathon (a time relatively slow by 70.3 standards) was the second fastest of the race, giving him second place. Sweeden’s Fredrik Croneborg earned third, nine minutes back of Bozzone.
Tisseyre also gained her victory by withstanding the conditions on the run. She started the day by showing great improvements on her swim, exiting the water just seconds behind former Ironman World Champion Michellie Jones of Australia. Tisseyre went on to post the fastest bike split of the day in 2:22:10. Despite the strong swim/bike performance, Tisseyre headed onto the run with Jones right on her heels. The Canadian eventually broke away to take the win in 4:27:01. Jones showed she is in strong form, finishing just two minutes later for second. Australia’s Rachael Paxton enjoyed third place from the end of the swim to the finish line.
Ironman 70.3 Philippines
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Pete Jacobs (AUS) 3:58:41
2. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 4:05:54
3. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 4:14:36
4. Leon Griffin (AUS) 4:17:30
5. Courtney Ogden (AUS) 4:21:00
1. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:27:01
2. Michellie Jones (AUS) 4:29:23
3. Rachael Paxton (AUS) 4:42:38
4. Monica Torres (PHL) 5:00:19
5. Ani Karina De Leon (PHL) 5:01:56