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Both Belgium’s Frederik Van Lierde and Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow took the leads early on in Buffalo City to claim the Ironman 70.3 South Africa titles on Sunday afternoon.
Van Lierde combined a 25-minute swim, a 2:18:18 bike and a 1:19:21 half marathon to take the 4:06:30 victory.
Swallow, the reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champion and newest member of TeamTBB, was one of the fastest females on the day in all three disciplines. Her 25:16 swim, 2:40:56 bike and 1:28:55 run combined to give her the edge on second-place finisher Tine Deckers.
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Buffalo City, South Africa – Jan. 23, 2011
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 4:06:30
2. James Cunnama (RSA) 4:08:41
3. Alessandro Degasperi (ITA)4:15:16
4. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:18:12
5. Balazs Csoke (HUN) 4:18:51
1. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:39:19
2. Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:42:25
3. Mari Rabie (RSA) 4:45:45
4. Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 4:49:51
5. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4:51:26