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Sam Appleton, Holly Lawrence Win 70.3 Santa Rosa

Australia's Sam Appleton and Great Britain's Holly Lawrence claimed the victories at today's inaugural Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa in Northern California.

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Australia’s Sam Appleton and Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence claimed the victories at today’s Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa in Northern California. Appleton was first out of the swim (23:30 split), first off of the bike (2:03:26 split) and first at the finish line (1:14:51 run split) to claim the victory in an impressive 3:46:47. Fellow Australian Joe Gambles was second, with American Tim O’Donnell earning the final podium spot.

Lawrence was also dominant across the three disciplines, turning in a 24:38 swim, a 2:18:08 bike and a 1:25:17 half-marathon to take the win in 4:13:20. American Sarah Piampiano was second, with Australian Carrie Lester finishing in third.

2017 Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, Calif. – May 13, 2017
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:46:47
2. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:50:32
3. Tim O’Donnell (USA) 3:54:19
4. Andy Potts (USA) 3:55:09
5. Alex Libin (USA) 3:56:57

Women
1. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:13:20
2. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 4:18:12
3. Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) 4:23:57
4. Carrie Lester (AUS) 4:24:31
5. Kelsey Withrow (USA) 4:26:47