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Australians Craig Alexander and Liz Blatchford outran the competition at today’s Ironman 70.3 Geelong. Every second mattered on Sunday, with both victories coming with less than a minute margin over the runner-up spots.
Three-time Ironman world champ Alexander grabbed his fourth victory in a row in Geelong thanks to a 21:55 swim, a 2:09:14 bike and a 1:12:25 run. He crossed the finish line at 3:46:26, just ahead of fellow Australian Sam Appleton who claimed second at 3:46:43. New Zealand’s Mark Bowstead edged out Canada’s Jeffrey Symonds for the third spot on the podium.
“It is nice to come back and win,” Alexander told Ironman.com. “I’ve got a great record here. Hats off to Sammy what he did today was world class, he pushed me all the way.”
Blatchford put together a 23:45 swim, a 2:28:05 bike and a 1:24:25 half-marathon to earn the win at 4:19:34. Keat was in the mix with Blatchford all day, but ultimately had to settle for second in 4:20:03. Sarah Crowley (AUS) made it an all-Aussie podium for the women, crossing shortly after Keat at 4:20:52.
“It was slightly unexpected, because I had a limited preparation, but I ended up feeling pretty good out there,” Blatchford said in a press release about the win.
Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Geelong, Victoria, Australia – Feb. 8, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:46:26
2. Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:46:43
3. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 3:51:14
4. Jeffrey Symonds (CAN) 3:52:21
5. Marko Albert (EST) 3:54:48
1. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 4:19:34
2. Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:20:03
3. Sarah Crowley (AUS)) 4:20:52
4. Gina Crawford (NZL) 4:22:12
5. Amanda Wilson (AUS) 4:24:27