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Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow kicked off her 2016 season by successfully defending her Ironman 70.3 South Africa title for the fifth year in a row, and she did so in dominant fashion. Swallow crossed the finish line in 4:23:29, nearly 20 minutes ahead of the runner-up.
“I had some shitty luck last year with over training and then the crash [before 70.3 Worlds], but in life comparisons I am blessed to be healthy and happy so it is time to get over it and move forward,” Swallow said in a Bahrain Endurance 13 team press release. “So happy to retain my sixth title here, a race thoroughly suited to me. But ‘the second hardest 70.3’ in the world is never easy.”
South Africa’s Matt Trautman took the men’s title in 4:01:53. Read a complete race recap at Ironman.com.
2016 Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Buffalo City, South Africa – Jan. 24, 2016
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Matt Trautman (RSA) 4:01:53
2. Kyle Buchingham (RSA) 4:09:11
3. James Cunnama (RSA) 4:09:12
4. Stuart Marais (RSA) 4:10:23
5. Konstantin Bachor (GER) 4:13:55
1. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:23:29
2. Astrid Stienen (GER) 4:42:01
3. Annah Watkinson (RSA) 4:43:35
4. Maria Czesnik (POL) 4:55:35
5. Lina-Kristin Schink (GER) 4:57:59