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Americans Andy Potts and Heather Jackson repeated the victories they earned on this weekend in Coeur d’Alene one year ago—but this time it was at half the distance. With the 70.3 taking over the late June weekend and the Ironman moving to August (with no pro option), both 2015 Ironman Coeur d’Alene champions Potts and Jackson chose to return to the Idaho vacation town to compete for the half-iron titles.
Potts put together a 23:27 swim, a 2:11:28 bike and a 1:15:56 half-marathon to take the victory in 3:54:45. Australia’s Josh Amberger was second at 3:56:49, with New Zealand’s Mark Bowstead rounding out the top three at 3:57:16.
Jackson was dominant in the women’s race, posting a 28:10 swim, a 2:23:24 bike and a 1:24:01 run on her way to the 4:19:34 win. Australia’s Ellie Salthouse finished second in 4:27:44, with Canada’s Malindi Elmore claiming third in 4:29:42.
2016 Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – June 26, 2016
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Andy Potts (USA) 3:54:45
2. Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:56:49
3. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 3:57:16
4. Ben Hoffman (USA) 4:01:24
5. Luke Bell (AUS) 4:03:02
1. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:19:34
2. Ellie Salthouse (AUS) 4:27:44
3. Malindi Elmore (CAN) 4:29:42
4. Sue Huse (CAN) 4:34:47
5. Skye Moench (USA) 4:35:20