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Former ITU athletes Brad Kahlefedlt (AUS) and Liz Blatchford earned victories at the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Busselton triathlon in Australia.
Kahlefeldt combined a 23:45 swim, a 2:08:27 bike and a field-leading 1:10:35 run to claim the 3:45:39 win. Fellow Australian Tim Reed earned second thanks to a well-rounded day across swim, bike and run, while James Hodge blazed through the swim and bike to grab the final podium spot.
Blatchford took the lead immediately out of the swim with a time of 26:01, but lost the top spot during the bike (2:25:37). She regained her position at the front on the run thanks to a 1:23:53 half marathon, giving her the victory in 4:19:07. Australia’s Kate Bevilaqua claimed second, with New Zealand’s Anna Ross getting the third position.
Ironman 70.3 Busselton
Busselton, Australia – May 11, 2013
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike. 13.1-mile run
1. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 3:45:39
2. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:48:29
3. James Hodge (AUS) 3:49:25
4. Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:49:30
5. David Mainwaring (AUS) 3:50:46
1. Liz Blatchford (GBR) 4:19:07
2. Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:22:22
3. Anna Ross (NZL) 4:24:09
4. Lisa Marangon (AUS) 4:27:30
5. Andrea Oracki (AUS) 4:28:15
Rachel Smith (AUS) 4:17:54*
Overall fastest female time by age-grouper Rachel Smith.
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