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A tough field of professionals traveled to the Cebu Province in the Philippines to compete in the 2013 Cobra Energy Ironman 70.3 Philippines race. In the end it was Australia’s Courtney Atkinson and Switerzerland’s Caroline Steffen who overcame the rainy tropical conditions to take the wins. Atkinson edged out reigning Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs, while Steffen dominated from start to finish.
Atkinson emerged from the 1.2-mile swim just ahead of Jacobs with a swim time of 23:50. Ironman 70.3 St. George winner Brent McMahon (CAN) was second, with Ben Allen (AUS), David Dellow (AUS) and two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack (AUS) following.
Two-time Olympian Atkinson showed some great technical riding, posting a split time of 2:12:38 to earn a more than three-minute lead over McMahon and others to start the run. Atkinson didn’t have the fastest run split of the men, but his lead was enough to give him the win and a new course record of 3:58:07. Jacobs ran his way from fourth off of the bike to second at the finish line thanks to a 1:15:37 half marathon. Dellow was the third pro across the finish line.
Steffen put on a show in the women’s race. The “Swiss Miss” exited the water in 26:31, ahead of the United States’ Bree Wee (27:12). From there, Steffen excelled on the bike with a 2:18:15 split to earn a seemingly insurmountable lead to start the half-marathon. She rounded out her day with the fastest run split of the women in 1:27:29 to defend her title and earn a new course record of 4:16:12. Wee spent her entire day in second position the finish line in 4:27:49. Australian Ironman veteran Belinda Granger claimed third in 4:33:50.
2013 Cobra Energy Ironman 70.3 Philippines
Cebu, Philippines – Aug. 4, 2013
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 3:58:07
2. Pete Jacobs (AUS) 3:59:09
3. David Dellow (AUS) 4:02:22
4. Chris McCormack (AUS) 4:03:15
5. Brent McMahon (CAN) 4:04:05
1. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:16:02
2. Bree Wee (USA) 4:27:49
3. Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:33:50
4. Jacqui Slack (GBR) 4:39:31
5. Vikki D’Arcy (HKG) 4:49:36
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