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With so many race opportunities this weekend, including the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships in St. George and the iconic Wildflower Long Course Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 St. Croix went fairly under the radar, but it still boasted a competitive professional field looking to take home their share of the $50,000 prize purse. Ultimately it was Americans Matt Chrabot and Lauren Goss who impressed on the tough course to take home the victories.
Based on the results it looks like Chrabot led the men’s race from start to finish, extending his advantage with each discipline. He started the day with a 24:54 swim, then turned in a 2:21:28 bike split and concluded his day with a 1:21:28 half marathon to take the dominant victory at 4:09:57. Fellow American Drew Scott was Chrabot’s closest competitor for much of the race, but Australia’s Richie Cunningham gained a slight advantage on the run to cross the finish line in second at 4:17:21. Scott followed closely, claiming third at 4:17:53.
Much of the women’s race was a battle between Goss and fellow American Amanda Stevens. Stevens, who is known for being one of the strongest swimmers in the sport, led out of the 1.2-mile swim at 26:04, with Goss following just two seconds later. The pair went on to post nearly identical bike splits, with Stevens earning a small seven second lead to start the run. Goss shined on the tough run course, turning in the fastest run split of the women (1:29:04) to claim the victory in 4:40:31. American Kirsty Jahn also had a strong run to propel herself to second, finishing at 4:46:56. Stevens rounded out the top three at 4:52:41.
2015 Ironman 70.3 St. Croix
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – May 3, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Matt Chrabot (USA) 4:09:57
2. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:09:57
3. Drew Scott (USA) 4:17:21
4. Sebastian Neef (GER) 4:24:39
5. Mikolaj Luft (POL) 4:31:41
1. Lauren Goss (USA) 4:40:31
2. Kirsty Jahn (USA) 4:46:56
3. Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:52:41
4. Anne Basso (FRA) 5:04:51
5. Jessie Donavan (USA) 5:12:20