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Germany’s Michael Raelert proved he is back, racing for only the second time this year and taking the win at Ironman 70.3 Austin. On the women’s side, Jessica Meyers took the win.
See the race recap, courtesy of Ironman, below:
Raelert, an Ironman World Championship 70.3 title holder, led the first pack of male pros out of the water, followed closely by Fraser Cartmell (GBR), Richie Cunningham (AUS) and Paul Amey. Ronnie Schildknecht dominated on the bike course, entering into T2 nearly four minutes ahead of the other athletes. On the three-loop run, the leader position shifted several times with Raelert gaining time on Schildknecht and the two fighting it out to the finish line.
Canadian Tenille Hoogland finished the swim seconds ahead of Kristen Peterson. Despite Americans Jessica Meyers and Jennifer Luebke challenging her on the bike, Hoogland carried her lead into T2. After Hoogland pulled out of the race on the run, the field opened for Meyers and Mandy McLane to battle for the title. In the end, the women’s race was an American sweep with Caroline Gregory rounding out the top three.
Ironman 70.3 Austin
Austin, Texas – Oct. 23, 2011
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Michael Raelert (GER) 3:47:48
2. Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:49:48
3. Paul Amey (GBR) 3:52:36
4. Massimo Cigana (ITA) 3:56:26
5. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:56:59
1. Jessica Meyers (USA) 4:29:15
2. Mandy McLane (USA) 4:34:40
3. Caroline Gregory (USA) 4:38:28
4. Lesley Smith (USA) 4:39:10
5. Haley Cooper-Scott (USA) 4:40:48