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The calm before a busy day of swimming, biking and running.
A beautiful morning at Mooloolaba Beach.
Australia’s Josh Amberger was the fastest swimmer of the day, turning in a 21:56 swim split for the 1.2 miles.
American Lauren Brandon was the fastest woman with a 22:54 swim.
Holly Lawrence was not far behind Brandon. The strong swim set her up for an opportunity to race off of the front.
American Heather Lindsay
American Alicia Kaye
Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf reportedly wasn’t feeling well during race week and she didn’t seem herself on the race course, choosing to ride with the main group instead of making a breakaway.
When Holly Lawrence rode by, Lauren Brandon was able to stick to a similar pace for a good chunk of the ride. She came off of the bike in second 3:46 back.
Lawrence was impressive on the bike segment, posting a 2:19:28 split for the 56-mile effort.
Australia’s Luke McKenzie had some troubles in T1 that ultimately led to mechanical issues on the bike ride. (McKenzie shared what happened on his Instagram.)
Sebastian Kienle quickly eliminated the 2-minute deficit out of the swim to ride to the front of the race.
New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone is the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion.
Bozzone, Kienle and France’s Maurice Clavel reach the crest of a steep climb.
Sebastian Kienle was looking to become the first athlete to earn three 70.3 world titles.
Australia’s Nicholas Kastelein was in the mix for much of the race.
Australia’s Sam Appleton
Terenzo Bozzone is one of several members of the Bahrain Endurance team who raced on Sunday.
A long string of athletes, led by Craig Alexander, watch as Sebastian Kienle and Tim Reed run away out front.
Kienle quickly decided to be the aggressor on the run.
Tim Reed, Sebastian Kienle and Sam Appleton
Sam Appleton and Maurice Clavel chase Tim Reed and Sebastian Kienle
Tim Reed and Sebastian Kienle went back and forth the entire half-marathon.
Kienle and Reed battle to the finish line
Alicia Kaye on her way to an eighth-place finish.
Holly Lawrence backed her strong swim and bike with a 1:21:48 half-marathon.
Reed gets the slight advantage on the finishing carpet.
Reed earns his first world title in 3:44:14.
Lawrence, a 70.3 specialist, has been impressive all year. Her first world title came in 4:09:12.
The podium celebration: Melissa Hauschildt (second), Holly Lawrence (first) and Heather Wurtele (third).
The medals await the athletes at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/
In a field that featured several former champions, Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship crowned two new winners in an exciting day of racing. Australia’s Tim Reed and Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence earned their the victories in impressive fashion on Sunday. The men’s race was a battle to the finish line, while the women’s race saw Lawrence dominate from early on in the bike.
Read the race recap