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Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow had a stellar 2014 season, including a second-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and a fourth-place finish at the Ironman World Championship, and looks to be building on that in 2015. She kicked off her year in the same fashion she has the last four years, with a victory at Ironman 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City. South Africa’s Matt Trautman grabbed the win on the men’s side.
It was a battle between Trautman and fellow South African Stuart Marais for much of the day. The two had nearly identical swim and bike splits, but it was Trautman’s 1:16:49 half-marathon that helped him earn the victory in 4:04:35. Marais also had a strong run at 1:18:19 but had to settle for second, finishing second in 4:06:04. Belgian Bart Aernouts rounded out the podium, crossing the line at 4:11:37.
Swallow dominated the women’s race from the start, turning in the fastest swim, bike and run splits of the pro women. Her day consisted of a 24:41 swim, a 2:33:39 bike and a 1:28:08 half-marathon, giving her the victory in 4:30:54. Susie Cheetham (GBR) and Parys Edwards (GBR) made it an all-British podium, finishing at 4:41:49 and 4:47:45, respectively.
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Buffalo City, East London, South Africa – Jan. 25, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Matt Trautman (RSA) 4:04:34
2. Stuart Marais (RSA) 4:06:03
3. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:11:36
4. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 4:14:28
5. Johannes Moldan (GER) 4:15:57
1. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:30:53
2. Susie Cheetham (GBR) 4:41:
3. Parys Edwards (GBR) 4:47:44
4. Emma Bilham (SUI) 4:55:30
5. Jeani Seymour (RSA) 5:02:02